R-Undelete - recover deleted files in three steps

Each of us may accidentally delete an important document, even when Windows requests confirmation. If you delete them without sending them to the recycle bin, you will not be able to return them without a special application. R-Undelete will allow you to return ordinary, compressed or encrypted documents regardless of the method of their deletion. The software can scan individual partitions or the entire hard disk using different methods, and also allows you to sort the results. Software can also save data in damaged or deleted partitions. The installation package weighs approximately 17 MB, so its components can be installed as soon as possible. In addition to the standard installation, you can also choose the portable version if you want to run the software on other computers from a portable memory device.

Features of working with the program R-Undelete.

Select a scan section on HDD

How to use R-Undelete Plus? Recovering deleted documents is a fairly simple operation. The utility will offer you step-by-step instructions, like a setup wizard in Windows. In addition, all settings have a fairly clear description. The program will also issue a warning message if you do something risky. The first step to recovery will be to select a disk:

  1. Select the physical device where the deleted data was located.

Here are the following options: internal hard drives, USB, SSD-drives, NVME (SSD-drives connected to the PC through a special interface), images (are identical copies of disks), CD / DVD and virtual disks.

  1. Check if the hardware with the lost files is in good condition.

If the storage device has hardware problems, R-Undelete will mark the device with an exclamation mark and issue a SMART Monitoring warning. In such a situation, you must use the application to create images.

Disk scan

Specify the folder on the device where the deleted data may be located.

  • Right-click on the disk and click "Show Files" (quick scan operation). Depending on the volume, number of documents and system resources, the procedure can take from several seconds to several hours. When documents are found, R-Undelete will switch to the “Files” menu, where you can select them for return.
  • Click on the formatted PCM disk and click "Show Files" (quick scan operation). When R-Undelete switches to the “Files” menu, click “Deep Scan”, wait for it to complete and select the folder where the data was stored.
  • Right-click “Unallocated Space”, select “Scan Partitions” and wait for R-Undelete to complete the process. If the device has a large volume, the procedure will take a lot of time. When the disk is scanned, right-click "Show files" and select which ones to return.

If documents are to be restored from a partition with an unsupported file system, R-Undelete will only use raw search and, therefore, will not restore the names and original folder structure.

Manage Search Results

After you target one or more sections, you can proceed to the next step and select the scan method to use. R-Undelete can perform a quick scan, but may not find as many documents as you would expect. In addition, you can perform a detailed scan that takes more time, but the chances of finding what you are looking for are much higher. In addition, if you select a detailed scan method, you can target the software to specific types.

Folders and file types

R-Undelete has advanced sorting and search options. To do this, open the folder structure and tick off the extensions or document types that need to be restored. This feature will be especially useful when you need to find, for example, photos from the sea from last year or video from the camera.

Filtering Search Results

Scan results are displayed among your local folders in a tree structure. Deleted folders are marked so that they are easier to detect. In addition, you can sort the deleted data by extension, creation time, change, or last access time by clicking the row of navigation tabs under the tree structure. Also available is a preview of images, videos and audio files. You can destroy deleted documents to make their contents completely unrecoverable. To start the recovery, click the "Restore" button.

Saving recovered files

To restore the data, all you need to do is click the corresponding checkboxes and proceed to the next step, where you can choose the final folder to save and make several other settings, for example, save the original folder structure or restore alternative data streams for NTFS. The R-Undelete utility provides support for NTFS and FAT file systems, as well as Ext2 and FS.

  1. Select the method by which R-Undelete saves files: either in folders by file type, or in the structure of a real folder.
  2. When all the necessary settings are made, click the "Restore" button to start the file recovery. Wait until the end of the operation.
  3. The file recovery log can be saved by clicking the Save Log button.
  4. When the restoration is complete, the folder with the recovered files will automatically open.
  5. Go to the Disks panel to start another session, or click the Exit button to close the program.

The benefits of the program are obvious. You can recover deleted data regardless of their size or format. The software performs a quick or detailed scan and searches for specific file types. The utility also allows you to sort the scan results in various ways. The only drawback of the trial version of the program is the limit on the size of the files to be restored.