3.4 Active@ File Recovery (LiveCD component)

Active@ File Recovery is a data recovery utility that you can use to restore accidentally deleted files and folders located on existing drives, and even on deleted or damaged partitions.

It is best to save recovered data onto another logical, removable, network or floppy drive. Make sure that you have access to another physical or logical drive before attempting to recover a file.

To run Active@ File Recovery:

  1. From the Active@ Boot Disk shell, click Start > Programs > Active@ File Recovery. The Active@ File Recovery workspace appears with all available devices listed in a tree view under Local System Devices.
  2. To scan a logical drive, select it. A message in the right pane reads Disk not scanned yet...
  3. To scan the drive in basic mode, do the following:
  • Click Quick Scan. The status bar displays the progress of the scan.
  • After the scan is complete, a list of all folders and files appears in the right pane.
  1. If you cannot locate or find your deleted files and folders, to process the whole surface of a disk, select it and click SuperScan. The SuperScan Options dialog box appears. Do the following:
  • From the Scan What drop-down list, choose the drive that you want to scan.
  • To restrict the scan to a small number of sectors, indicate the From sector and the number of sectors to scan.
  • Select the check box next to each type of partition that you want to search for deleted files and folders.
  • To use utility tools to re-build image files (BMP, JPG, DOC, ZIP, etc.) from partial data, select options in File types to be recognized based on signatures area.
  • Click Start. The status bar displays the progress of the scan.
  • After the scan is complete, a list of detected partitions appears in the right pane. You may search through these partitions.
  • If you chose to re-build image files, a folder named Files Recognized by Signatures appears. You may search through the contents of this folder.
  1. After you have scanned a drive, to search for deleted or damaged folders or files:
  1. To search for files or folders based on a specified date range, select any combination of check boxes for Created, Modified or Accessed (Deleted) and indicate the date range
  2. To search for files or folders based on the size of the file, select the Size check box and indicate a size range.
  3. To start the search, click Find. The status bar displays the progress of the search.
  4. After the search is complete, a new folder named Search appears in the Local System Devices list.
  5. Select a file or folder that you want to restore.
  6. Click Recover. The Recovery Options dialog box appears. Do the following:
  • In the Name field, revise the file name.
  • In the Recover To field, enter a path to a drive other than the drive where you found this file or folder. You may also browse to another drive.
  • Click Recover.

The file or folder is recovered to the new path.

Note: A device scan or a search may take a long time. To stop a device scan or a search, click Stop at any time.

Note: For more detailed instructions and support, see the Active@ File Recovery User Guide.

Picture. Active@ File Recovery Application. Recover files and folders from deleted or damaged partitions.
Active@ File Recovery