Before downloading and installing ReclaiMe File Recovery or any other file recovery software:
There is a minimal amount of info you should know about before downloading any file recovery software. Please read this page carefully.
First, the legal thingy: By downloading and installing ReclaiMe you acknowledge you have read and agree to the license agreement.
This download is always the latest version:
ReclaiMe File Recovery is very safe to use.
- It is a read-only solution (does not alter the drive containing the lost data).
- It checks the physical health state of the disk automatically. This is important because recovering data from a physically damaged device requires special consideration: For example you may want to image the disk first (can also be done using ReclaiMe).
Because of this built in safety I feel comfortable recommending ReclaiMe to anyone. It also is also very easy to use which reduces the chance of error.
Files can often be recovered due to the fact that pointers to the file and the actual file contents remain intact. Anything that gets written to the drive containing the lost data potentially overwrites recoverable data, therefor:
- You should not use ReclaiMe or any other file recovery software if there are indications (like unusual noise coming from the disk) that a disk is physically damaged.
- Do NOT download the software to the drive you need to recover data from. If the data was lost from the c: drive or the c: drive is the only drive, follow the portable solution (see below).
- Do not install the file recovery software on the drive containing the lost data.
ReclaiMe File Recovery ‘portable’
If you deleted data from your only or Windows drive, preferably download and install ReclaiMe on a different PC. Browse to the ReclaiMe installation folder (\Program Files\ReclaiMe). Copy all files to a USB stick. Start ReclaiMe from the USB stick on the PC containing the deleted data. The only requirement for this is, is that the target PC already has .NET 2.0 installed which is required for ReclaiMe to run. This will not be a problem for any PC running Windows 7 or newer. So:
- Download and install the software on a different PC
- Copy files from the installation folder to a USB stick
- Plug the USB stick into the ‘victim’ PC and run the software from there.
ReclaiMe will automatically indicate which license is required for actually saving the recovered data. In short, if you are recovering from a single disk formatted with a Windows file system the Standard license will do. For recovering data from Mac and Linux based file systems you need the Ultimate license. You also need the Ultimate license for recovering data from multiple disk sets (RAID & NAS).
Short introduction to using ReclaiMe File Recovery
In general data recovery scenarios from single disks fall into three categories:
- UNDELETE: Deleted file recovery. The file system is intact. Files just ‘flagged’ as deleted, this is a normal file system function. Generally, undelete software can easily detect these files again.
- UNFORMAT: The volume is still present and available, though it can not be accessed. Typically Windows wants to format the volume and displays the file system as RAW or unknown. If the volume was re-formatted, it can be accessed but is (almost) empty.
- PARTITION RECOVERY: The drive is no longer present. Disk Management shows unallocated space.
|Undelete||RAW / Unformat||Partition Recovery|
To recover deleted files, simply select the drive containing the deleted files and click Start.
To recover files from a RAW, reformatted or corrupt volume, select the drive and click Start.
To recover data from a lost or deleted partition, select the physical disk and click Start.