Re­cover data with DMDE Free Edi­tion

Windows 7 Help & Advice - - WINDOWS 10 -

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.

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