User's Guide for Windows

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You can distinguish deleted files and folders from existing ones by the icons:

  • Blue and yellow icons show existing files uneraser freeware: show existing files and folders uneraser freeware: show existing folders
  • Grey icons show deleted files uneraser free and folders show deleted folders

To restore a deleted file or folder:

  1. In Active@ UNERASER, search for deleted files or search for file signatures and select the file or folder (or group of files and folders) to be recovered
  2. Launch Unerase Options dialog using one of the following methods:
    • Click Unerase button on the toolbar: unerase button
    • Right-click the file or folder, and then choose Recover from the context menu
    • Press Ctrl+R key combination
    unerase options
  3. To give a name, you may use the name that appears in the Name field or you may type a different name. This option is only available if selected the only one file or folder
  4. To recover the to a specified location, in the Unerase to field, you may type a different path or click the ellipsis button (...) and browse to a recovery folder location
  5. If you selected several files or folders, you have an option of filtering them for the recovery process: to recover All selected files and folders, Deleted only or Existing only files and folders
  6. You have an option of recovering named streams attached to a file on NTFS volume. This includes, for example, Music ratings and album info, Document Author and properties, and so on... These streams will only be recovered and attached to a file when recovering target is an NTFS volume (FAT/exFAT do not support named streams)
  7. Option Browse output folder after recovery will open Windows Explorer and display the recovered items after recovery process is complete
  8. Extended recovery configuration options are available when clicking more options... link at bottom:
    Uneraser settings
    • Naming options: whether to use original file names, or to generate unique file names for each file being recovered
    • Conflict resolution: what to do when file being recovered already exists in the target folder (name duplicate detected)
  9. Click Unerase

After the recovery process is complete, make sure that the results are correct by verifying the contents of files. In some cases, a file cannot be reliably restored because its contents or a part of it has been overwritten.

See Also:

Searching for Deleted Files and Folders

File Signatures


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