Locating Deleted Data

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3.2.1. Locating Deleted Data

Search for files using one of two methods. If you know names of deleted files or folders, skip down to the next method below.

Scanning Drive or Folder Locations

If you do not know names of deleted files or folders, scan drive or folder locations using these steps:

  1. Select the drive or the folder that you suspect contains the deleted files and scan it by pressing [Enter].
  2. This method will detect the names of all files and folders recently deleted. Once detected, deleted files are marked with a block-type mark on the left side, as depicted below.
  3. If the specific files or folders you are looking for are not detected, try scanning another folder or drive location.

Searching for Files by Name

If you know the name or part of the name of the deleted files or folders, create a search pattern, similar to a search in Microsoft DOS or Windows.

The asterisk or star symbol (*) is used as a wild-card character. The search engine looks for the file name, replacing the star with any number of characters.

The question mark symbol (?) is used to replace a single variable character. The search engine looks for the file name and replaces the question mark with another single character.

Examples of Searchable Expressions

Example Search Results
 * - All named files and folders
*.TXT - All files with the suffix "TXT"
My*.* - All files starting with "My"
My p????. - All files starting with "My p" text, having eight characters in the file name and no suffix or extension
MyFile.txt - Only the file named "MyFile.txt" will be displayed, if found

Use the following steps to search for files by name:

  1. In the Logical Drive Information Display, select the drive you think contains the deleted files and press [Ctrl]+[F]. The Search Dialog screen appears.
  2. Enter the exact filename or search pattern in the Search Dialogue Type field and press [Enter]. The search will begin.
  3. You can stop the search process at any time by pressing [Esc]
  4. Files matching the search pattern are displayed, similar to the figure below.
  5. If the specific files or folders you are looking for are not detected, move the cursor over another dirve or folder area and press [Ctrl]+[F] to continue searching.
  6. If the specified file or folder is detected, press [Enter] to go directly to the folder location or press [Esc] to cancel further search activity.

Checking For Recover-ability

Use the above procedure to identify deleted files. Identified files may or may not be recoverable. Use the procedures below to inspect the content of files and folders to see if the data is worth recovering.

Checking an Identified File Deleted files and folders are marked with a box icon to the left of the file name.

  1. Position the cursor on an identified, deleted file.
  2. Press [Enter] to check the file's recover-ability. A restored file preview screen will appear.

If the file's content can be viewed, similar to above example, the file is recoverable.

If an error message is displayed, data in the file is corrupted and the file is not recoverable.

Checking an Identified Folder Check for a folder's recover-ability in a way similar to the file check procedure:

  1. Deleted files and folders are marked with a box icon to the left of the file name. Move the cursor to the identified folder and open it by pressing [Enter].
  2. If an error message appears, the folder is not recoverable. If names of files or sub-folders are displayed, the folder is recoverable.

Once a deleted file is located, do not write or save any files to this drive. The process of writing or saving data onto a drive might damage the header portion of deleted files or folders. If the header is damaged or overwritten, the file is unrecoverable.

User's Guide content

    1. Restoring Deleted Data
    2. Files Erased
    3. Partition Damage
    4. Steps to unerase Files and Folders
    1. Starting Active@ UNERASER DOS console
    2. Starting Active@ UNERASER Windows console
    3. Command Bar Menu
    4. Performing a Drive Scan
    5. Performing a Device Scan
    6. Searching for Deleted Files and Folders
    7. Searching for Files by Name
    8. Using Hex/Text Viewer
    9. Unerasing a Deleted File
    10. Unerasing a Deleted Folder
    11. Creating a Disk Image
    12. Steps to create a Disk Image
    13. Checking Disk Image
    14. Working with Disk Image
    15. Long File Names Support
    16. Recovering Files with Long Names
    1. Treat Recovery Area With Care
    2. Save Recovered Files Onto a Different Drive
    3. Load UNERASER to a Floppy
    1. Preparing a DOS-Bootable Floppy Disk
    2. Preparing a Bootable ISO CD-ROM Image
    1. Overview of Command Line Parameters
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