It is generally assumed that the files deleted from your system end up in the Recycle Bin folder and those emptied from this folder are lost forever. The files deleted from Zip disks, USB drives, or any other removable media do have a similar story. It is believed that the files stored on these devices do not last as soon as they are deleted. However, there is only a little truth behind these presumptions. The fact of the matter is that files don’t disappear even if they bypass the Recycle Bin folder or you delete them on any removable media device.
When you hard-delete a file, it bypasses your Recycle Bin. During this process, Windows makes some changes to the directory entry of this file to hide it from view, and then renames the file. The space allocated to this file is marked as ‘free’ and can be reallocated to some other file. This implies that the file isn’t completely erased from your drive and there is a good chance of recovering the file unless it is overwritten by new data.
Stellar Phoenix File Recovery is an efficient, non-destructive program that easily recovers deleted files of varied types from any storage media device, including hard drives, memory cards, USB drives, Zip disks, and more. The software works by conducting a scan within the selected storage media to search for traces of accidentally deleted or lost files. The scanning of the media can be done in two modes (when recovering deleted files from missing volumes), i.e. ‘Quick’ and ‘Deep’. The latter takes more time but does not compromise the accuracy of results. Each type of scan displays an index of existing as well as deleted files in the main interface. Deleted files have a ‘cross’ on their icon so that they are easily identified.
Once the scanning is finished, you can take control of the whole process. You can choose to preview all the listed files (including existing as well as deleted), select the files for recovery, and save them at any desired location. The software does impressive categorization of scanned files in the left pane. You can either see the scanned data in the form of Windows directory structure or group the scanned files based on their types. You can also filter these results and choose to display only select files and folders. The software has a slew of options to allow you perform recovery on your terms. Stellar Phoenix File Recovery supports recovery of Acrobat files, Archive files, Audio/Video files, backup files, image files, database files, Internet files, Miscellaneous files, and documents.
The software is equipped with an easy-to-follow interface containing appropriate instructions on each navigation screen. On the top of that, you can even choose to recover deleted files in two phases. In the first phase, you can scan the storage media and save the scan results as a ‘.img’ file to your system. In the second phase, you can use the saved ‘.img’ file to perform recovery at any convenient time.
The process for recovering deleted files using Stellar Phoenix File Recovery is described below:
Once you launch Stellar Phoenix File Recovery, the main interface of the software appears as shown below. The main screen displays three tabs namely, ‘Data Recovery’, ‘Recovery from Image’, and ‘Advance Option’. Select the ‘Data Recovery’ tab and click the ‘Drive Recovery’ button.
When you click ‘Drive Recovery’, the ‘Select Volume to Recover Data’ section appears. In this section, you will see a list of all logical volumes in your system. Select a volume to be scanned for deleted files, and then click ‘Deleted Recovery’ button on the flying pane that appears to the right of the application window.
The software starts scanning the selected logical volume for deleted files. The scanned folders and sub folders start showing up in the left pane under ‘Classic Tree’ tab. The progress bar in the top-right pane displays the overall scan status.
Once the scanning is finished, the contents of the entire volume will show up in the left pane. When you select a folder in this pane, all the files and subfolders within this folder are displayed in the bottom-right pane. All deleted files will carry a ‘cross’ sign on their icon. You can select any file to see its preview in the top-right pane. Select the files you need to recover and click the ‘Recover’ button in the bottom-right corner of the screen.
When you click on ‘Recover’, the following dialog box is displayed on the screen. You can choose to recover the files to a desired location in your system or to an FTP server. You can apply compression to each file individually or save all the recovered files to a single zipped folder. In addition, you can choose to include or exclude deleted files from the recovered data. After specifying these options, click ‘OK’. Once the process is completed, you can navigate to the specified location for accessing the recovered files.
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Last updated: 08/04/2014