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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.

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iRecover features

Works in Microsoft Windows XP, 200X (Server), Vista, Win7/8 (32-bit and 64-bit)
Supported file systems: FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, EXT2/3/4, XFS
Safe to use: read-only and monitors hard disk health
3 operating modes: Photo, Disk and RAID recovery
Fully automated RAID detection and recovery, select the (former) RAID disks and go
HD temperature monitor (unique!); iRecover will pause when your disk gets too hot
Two pass disk imager with reverse cloning
Configure hard disk access for bad disks
Advanced configuration options for experienced users
Easy to use wizard type operation
Can handle millions of files and folders
Support for Windows dynamic disks
Support for md-raid volumes
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 option.
Why should you use iRecover?
Because iRecover is different from other data recovery software. It is better. iRecover gets data where other software doesn't.

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 recovered.

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 recovery?
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 from to a SATA port, so that iRecover can monitor the disk health.
If the disk contains bad sectors a SATA connection is required.

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