How to use Active@ LiveCD to restore previously deleted files, folders or recover data from accidentally re-formatted disks?

Active@ UNDELETE 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.

To recover files using Active@ UNDELETE:

1. From the Active@ LiveCD shell, click Start > Favorites > Active@ UNDELETE. The Active@ UNDELETE workspace appears with all available disks listed in a tree view under My Computer.

2. Select a proper Local Disk under My Computer node and click Undelete Files toolbar button, or double-click it.

3. Mark Detect files by their signatures checkbox

4. Click Select All button (all signatures to be recognized), or select manually particular file types you want to detect and recover.

5. Click Scan button. Wait while local disk has been scanned.

6. Inspect found files and folders:

  • a) Browse folders tree to find your files and folders
  • b) Filter content by file type using Filter by toolbar text box
  • c) Click on found objects to Preview them

7. If volume is severely corrupted, file tree can be corrupted and not displayed as well. In this case try to expand Files Detected by Signatures tree, and look for your files by file type. Some file attributes, like creation time, original file name may not be recovered, however original file content can still be recovered (if not overwritten).

8. Place cursor on file or folder you want to recover and click Recover button.

9. The Recovery Options dialog box appears. Do the following:

  • a. In the Recover files to field, revise the recovery path. Make sure it is not an original disk you are recovering data from.
  • b. To change file naming approach, conflict resolution modes and some advanced options, click More Recovery Options button, and change the recovery behavior.
  • c. Click Recover.

The file or folder is recovered to the path being supplied.

For detailed instructions, see the Active@ UNDELETE Documentation.