iRecover - Recover data from just about anything
|Lost data? DIY DataRecovery
iRecover can recover it. As long as
your disk spins, iRecover doesn't care how you lost your data and
can get it back. iRecover is a simple to use yet powerful tool
for recovering data from hard disks, memory cards, RAID arrays and Network
Attached Storage (NAS)
devices. You can even recover photos directly from your camera's
memory card with the special photo recovery mode. The
process is almost fully automated. iRecover gets data where
other software fails. It is also very safe: iRecover does not write
to the disk, and it monitors critical hard disk parameters while scanning to
make sure it is safe to continue.
iRecover is the most complete data recovery
program available. In addition to outstanding recovery capabilities,
it offers everything a data recovery engineer could ask
for: two-pass disk cloning (with reverse cloning), a disk viewer
that interprets disk structures, automatic RAID0 and RAID5
parameter detection and access to S.M.A.R.T. data to
review a disk's physical status.
|How does it work?
||1. Select a Recovery Mode.
Select Image recovery to recover digital images and movies
from memory cards and such. Use Data Recovery for Windows
and Linux to recover data from corrupt, formatted or deleted
Windows or Linux volumes. RAID Recovery helps you recover
data from broken or degraded RAID arrays.
||2. Select a disk to scan.
Select the volume you need to recover data from. If the
volume is missing (because it was deleted), right click or
choose More functions and select Scan for Missing
Partitions, or if there was only one volume on the disk
select Define Manually.
||3. Disk Scan and Analysis.
This step requires no user interaction, however the settings
on the right side of the screen can be used to modify disk
access settings, which can be useful when dealing with a
physically damaged disk. Depending on the size and the state
of the disk, this step may require a few hours to complete.
||4. Select files.
From the tree you can select folders and files for recovery.
As soon as the folder tree is displayed the validation
process runs. You do not have to wait for that to finish!
File validation helps you determine the state of the files.
You can select files regardless of their validation state.
||5. Copy data to a safe location.
Select a drive to store the recovered files. This should be
a different disk than the one you are trying to recover data
from. Any drive that Windows assigns a drive letter to, is
fine. This includes local hard disks, USB disks, mapped
network drives etc. Copying to a local disk is the fastest
|Why should you use iRecover?
|Because iRecover is different from other data
recovery software. It is better. iRecover gets data where other
There are many different approaches towards data recovery, but
most programs out there follow the same route: look at a few key
spots on the disk and assume the rest, and base the recovery on
that information. This can work, if the damage is minimal, but in
most cases this approach is not the best: these assumptions can be
based on incorrect or old information, and not all data will be
iRecover follows a different approach and treats the disk as if
it were a disaster area. It does not rely on easy to find pieces
and file system fragments. As far as iRecover is concerned, that
information may be corrupt as well. Instead it methodically
scavenges the disk, looking at every piece of 'evidence'. And only
when it is satisfied that the evidence points to a good solution,
it will draw conclusions. Until then, the file system is
'unknown'. iRecover may seem slower, but it will get data from
disks where other data recovery software fails.
|What do you need to perform a
|Your 'recovery station'; a PC running Windows with
iRecover installed, and attached to it:
- A disk that you know is good, to copy the data to
- The disk that you want to recover the data from
It is recommended to attach the disks directly to SATA ports,
it is faster and more reliable. If you do not have enough ports available at least connect the disk you want to recover data
to a SATA port, so that iRecover can monitor the disk health.
If the disk contains bad sectors a SATA connection is required.