Before downloading and installing ReclaiMe File Recovery or any other file recovery software I have to bother you with this (with best intentions):
Before you download ReclaiMe File Recovery there is a minimal amount of info you should know about before downloading any file recovery software. Please read this page carefully to avoid mistakes that put your data in jeopardy.
First, the legal thingy: By downloading and installing ReclaiMe File Recovery you acknowledge you have read and agree to the license agreement.
Note 1: Although this software is capable of recovering data from non Windows file system (Mac, Linux), it requires Windows to run.
Note 2: ReclaiMe is able to recover data from NAS but can not run on a NAS. You need to disconnect affected disks from the NAS and attach them to a Windows PC.
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.
If you are not recovering data from your system drive (usually c:) and the disk is not making unusual noises, you can stop reading here and download ReclaiMe File Recovery immediately. Please note that this is not specific to ReclaiMe and true for any data recovery software.
This download is always the latest version:
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 ReclaiMe File Recovery 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.
Download ReclaiMe File Recovery ‘portable’
If you need to recover 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.