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« on: September 18, 2009, 11:58:21 AM »

iRecover data recovery step-by-step

For detailed information on RAID recovery, look here:
http://www.diydatarecovery.nl/FAQ_RAID_recovery.htm

Use iRecover to recover data in scenarios such as, but not limited to:

  • a drive has been formatted
  • a drive has been formatted and Windows has been reinstalled
  • a drive has become RAW (Windows does not recognize a file system)
  • a drive has been unformatted (extensive damage to the file system)
  • mass file undeleting
  • a partition was lost/deleted and then recreated
  • a reasonably intact RAID on a NAS device

You will need an additional drive to which you will be restoring the recovered data. If you are recovering from a drive that was originally formatted as NTFS it is advised the drive that will receive recovered data is also formatted as NTFS.

Download iRecover here: http://www.diydatarecovery.nl/download.htm

1. Start iRecover

Select 'Data Recovery for Windows and Linux' to recover data from a volume residing on a single disk.

Note: To recover data from a set of NAS disks, enter advanced config > disks and partitions TAB > enable the scan for md-raid option.





2. Select the device or the volume for analysis

Select a volume to analyze. If no volume is listed select a disk, then click more options to either define a volume manually or to scan for missing partitions. If there was only one volume on the disk, it is easiest to define a volume manually and then select 'there was only one volume, scan entire disk'.

To scan a NAS disk set, select the largest MD raid volume in the list. NAS mdadm RAID sets do not show up unless this option is enabled in the disks and partitions TAB in advanced config.



If more volumes are listed, use the volume sizes to determine the correct volume.



3. Volume analysis

This step is completely automated and requires no user input. Time required to complete the analysis depends on multiple factors, such as the volume size and the way the hard disk is connected to the system (for example, if the disk is in a USB enclosure the process will be slower). Time required may range from 15 minutes up to several hours. Analysis goes through several stages. There is no need for alarm if it takes iRecover quite a while to display the correct file system (rather than 'not known yet').





4. Folder tree

By turning checkboxes on/off you select files to be included/excluded for recovery. Use the pane on the right to find and/or select files in the file tree. Once you have selected all files/folders you wish to recover, click 'Next'.



Note: As soon as the directory tree is displayed, validation runs. There is no need to wait for validation to finish, you can start selecting files immediately. Once you click 'Next' validation will automatically stop. Validation is designed to give you an overall estimation of the recovery quality. Files that weren't validated (yet) can still be selected and recovered.



5. Start the copying process

Select a drive to copy files to and click 'Start...'.





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Kind regards,
Joep
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