Recover data with DMDE Free Edition
1 Download and extract
Go to www.dmde.com/download.html and click the ‘Download DMDE for Windows’ link. Save the zip file to any drive other than the one you’re trying to recover data from. Right-click the zip file and choose Extract All. Once that’s done, launch DMDE by double-clicking dmde.exe.
2 Choose drive type
When prompted to select the drive you wish to recover from, choose Logical Disks, followed by the drive letter if it’s visible in Windows; if it isn’t, leave Physical Devices selected. Click each Physical Device entry in turn to identify which one you’re searching for data on. Click OK when you find it.
3 Select partition
DMDE will scan the drive for partitions. Click OK to clear any errors, then several matches – some similar or seemingly identical – will appear. Select one using your target volume name/ drive letter, partition status, f.system (file system) and size to identify it. Then click Open Volume.
4 Explore drive reconstruction
Double-click ‘[All Found + Reconstruction]’ in the left-hand pane and click OK. Explore the $Root directory to view the drive’s contents or right-click a directory and choose ‘Find Files…’ to search for files. Use wildcards for fuzzy matches or to search by file type (such as *.png).
5 Select what to recover
The Free Edition allows you to recover up to 4,000 files from the current search at one time (upgrade to the Express for €16 for a one-year unlimited licence). Select your files or folders by ticking them in either pane, then choose Tools > Recover to open the recovery dialogue box.
6 Review and recover
Click the Size button to get an estimate of how much space your recovered items will require, then click the ellipsis (…) to select a different drive with enough space to recover them to – never recover files to the same drive. Make sure ‘include deleted’ is selected if applicable and finally click OK.