Knowledge base articles on data recovery
Fundamentals of data recovery
Whether you are getting started with data recovery or want to gain a deeper understanding of this notion, the articles in this section will take you through its basic principles, help you to estimate the chances for success in various data loss scenarios, explain the peculiarities of this process depending on the operating system platform and give some helpful recommendations on performing a do-it-yourself data recovery procedure.
- What is data recovery?
- File system basics
- Windows file systems
- macOS file systems
- Linux file systems
- BSD, Solaris, Unix file systems
- Clustered file systems
- Chances to recover data
- OS-related specifics of recovery
- RAW partition/drive issue explained
Overview of storage technologies
This section is focused on a variety of ways and methods used to store and manage information in modern computer systems. The articles will give you an idea on how data is organized by technologies like NAS, RAID, BeyondRAID, Synology Hybrid RAID, LVM, Apple Core Storage and Fusion Drive, etc. as well as their benefits and most common data loss issues.
- Data distribution and recovery peculiarities on different RAID levels
- Drobo's BeyondRAID overview: What does it offer against data loss?
- Synology Hybrid RAID: Storage layout and specifics of data recovery
- Apple Core Storage: Composition and possible data recovery challenges
- Data organization and recovery principles of Apple’s Fusion Drive
- The basics of virtual machines and their potential data loss issues
- The basic architecture of Linux LVM and prospects for data recovery
- NAS: The principles of data organization and recovery of lost files
- Getting to know the XFS file system
- Synology NAS: The peculiarities of data organization and recovery
- Data organization on QNAP NAS
Storage device specificities
The section is devoted to the features that are characteristic for devices of a certain model or manufacturer. Using this information, you can familiarize yourself with their technological peculiarities and typical problems that may arise in the course of their operation. With such a background, it will be much easier for you to approach a data recovery procedure and handle any possible complications.
Basic concepts and procedures
The articles in this section provide the basic information that may be required during work with UFS Explorer and demonstrate how you can perform the principal procedures implemented in the software, from scanning the storage device with the goal of recovering deleted files to evaluation and saving the obtained scan results.
- Scanning a drive with UFS Explorer to recover deleted or lost files
- Opening a virtual disk in UFS Explorer for further processing
- Use of a network storage to save the recovered data
- Uninstalling UFS Explorer
- Creating a bootable (live) USB drive using third-party software
- Saving the intermediate scan result to a file and its further use
- Identification of different storages and technologies for further processing
- Evaluation and saving the results of data recovery with UFS Explorer
How to recover data from...
Here's everything you need to know about the primary drive interfaces, their distinctive features and techniques they rely on to establish connection with the computer system. Having determined the type of drive you have, you can choose the most optimal method for attaching it to the computer and find detailed steps that will let you complete the procedure with no trouble.
- How to recover data from an encrypted Apple APFS volume
- How to recover data from a volume encrypted with BitLocker
- How to recover data from a LUKS-encrypted volume
- How to recover data from volumes that use Microsoft data deduplication
- How to recover data from Microsoft Storage Spaces
- How to recover data from a Linux LVM volume with Thin Provisioning
- How to recover data from Drobo
- How to recover data from a typical NAS device
- How to recover data from a simple ZFS volume
- How to recover data from ZFS RAID-Z
- How to recover data from Btrfs-RAID
- How to recover data from Apple Fusion Drive (Core Storage and APFS)
- How to recover data from Dell EqualLogic with RAID 6
- How to recover data from WD My Cloud Home
- The process of data recovery on QNAP NAS
- How to recover data encrypted with eCryptfs
Guides to connecting drives
This section contains articles and useful video instructions with the demonstration of data recovery from a variety of storage devices, including ones that employ encryption or specific storage technologies, like Linux LVM, Microsoft Storage Spaces, Apple Fusion Drive, Drobo BeyondRAID, ZFS RAID-Z and many others.
- Identification of a hard drive’s interface type and means for its connection to a computer
- Choosing a method for connecting SATA drives to a computer
- How to connect SATA hard drives to the motherboard of a computer
- How to connect SATA drives to a PC using a USB to SATA adapter
- How to connect SATA drives to a PC using an external enclosure
- How to connect SATA drives to a PC using a PCIe expansion card
This section offers helpful tips and guides related to the practical side of data recovery, from removing and connecting parts of the hardware involved in the process to proper handling of specific cases or particular issues encountered during the procedure, like disk defects, access to drives blocked by the operating system, need to create search rules for files of a proprietary format and others.
- How to recover data from a defective drive
- How to create an image of a drive in UFS Explorer
- Storage access restrictions of macOS: Removing them for data recovery
- How to create custom search rules for raw recovery
- How to choose an optimal operating system for NAS data recovery
- How to safely remove hard drives from a NAS device for data recovery
- Mass NAS: Typical data organization and peculiarities of data recovery
- Identification of the drives' order in an XFS-based NAS
- Data recovery from Buffalo's LinkStation and TeraStation Duo NAS
- Data recovery from Buffalo's TeraStation Quad NAS
- How to choose software for data recovery or access to files
User manuals and instructions
This section provides setup instructions and detailed user manuals for the UFS Explorer products:
Key terms explained
The special terminology encountered in data recovery guides may leave you confused if you are not an expert, but it is crucial to interpret is properly to be able to follow the provided instructions. This section includes articles that define certain terms frequently used in the context of data recovery. It is recommended to get the drift of them before moving on to the actual practice of restoring your files.
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