What is Active@ File Recovery
Active@ File Recovery is one of the few file recovery software that restores file tree and file names. After tried several recovery applications, found that this one works most of the time, though it is not perfect. The company behind this one is Lsoft. You can visit Lsoft Active@ File Recovery page to view more about the product.
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There are several versions available: Demo, Standard, Professional, and Ultimate. You can browse to File Recovery Home Page (another official site of the product), click on “COMPARE FEATURES: DEMO vs. Standard vs. Professional vs. Ultimate” to show the comparison chart between the versions. Basically, the “Demo” version is a free version of “Standard” license, but with limitation of 64 KB file size and plus the Disk Hex Viewer. The “Standard” license lacks “File Organizer” (“for files detected by signatures allows to re-organize files in folders tree, rename files based on the internal attributes and preview re-organized data before actual recovery occurs”), RAID rebuild, and user defined signatures. While “Professional” license lacks bootable Linux Live CD and preparation tool of the “Ultimate” license. If you want the most features without the Live CD, it would be best to buy the “Professional” version. Off course, you can try the “Demo” to see if it is able to find anything.
Active@ File Recovery Usage
1. Open Active@ File Recovery
2. Choose [Advanced Mode]
* There are three options to find deleted files:
[QuickScan] – Good for deleted partitions, which were not overwritten
[SuperScan] – More intensive search, takes much more time
[Last Chance] – If nothing else works
* Our partition was gone, so using the [QuickScan].
3. Select your drive => [QuickScan].
4. After the process finishes, select the [Excellent] find that will appear under your drive.
5. On the right pane select all the files / folders that you want to recover while holding [CTRL].
6. Hit [Recover]
Name: *** Name of the folder that you want to save recovered files to
Recover to: *** The full path that you want to recover to. Never use the same drive as the drive that you want to recover!
[ ] Recover named streams
[V] Browse output folder after recovery
* If there will be no empty space left on the destination drive in the middle of recovery process – you will be prompted for additional location to continue recovery.
7. The output folder will open after recovery.