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How to choose the right software to recover data or regain access to files

Even though most people agree on the need of regular backups to keep important digital files safe, it happens now and then that they neglect to create a timely copy or backup software lets them down at the worst possible moment. As a rule, data loss occurs when it is least expected and is usually not the most pleasant experience, but it can hardly be described as a life-or-death situation: it almost doesn’t matter which circumstances it was caused by, whether accidentally deleted files were removed from the Recycle bin or Trash, the hard drive was mistakenly formatted, a software malfunction has lead to the data vanishing from the memory card of a digital camera or any other external storage medium, having the right software tool at one’s disposal one can easily recover deleted or lost files even without hiring professional services.

SysDev Laboratories has developed a wide range of data recovery software offering the opportunity to choose a program depending on the necessary functions, user’s skills and the preferred operating system. The applications can be used not only to undelete files or restore them from a formatted disk but will also cope with more complicated issues, like recovering data after OS crash or from a virtual machine, spanned volume, complex RAID system, encrypted storage or a disk with damaged sectors.

All of the data recovery products have a common algorithm of file system reconstruction and search for lost data, but at the same time, each of them has its own distinctive features that can be crucial for dealing with your case.

To choose the right piece of software that will perfectly fit your particular instance of data loss, you should consider the following points:

  • the type of storage medium affected by data loss;
  • the file system lost files belonged to;
  • the type of files to be restored;
  • the operating system you are going to use to retrieve the lost data (the host OS);
  • necessary additional functions;
  • your level of computer literacy and skills in data recovery.

Common cases of data loss

Accidental deletion of files, disk formatting, system malfunction, etc.

Type of storage:

PC/laptop, USB flash drive, memory card, external hard drive, disk image, virtual disk, spanned volume (Apple, mdadm, LVM, Windows Dynamic disk, etc.)

File system:

FAT/FAT32, exFAT, NTFS (Windows); HFS+, APFS (macOS); Ext2, Ext3, Ext4, XFS, Extended format XFS, JFS, ReiserFS, UFS, UFS2, Adaptec UFS, big-endian UFS, Sun ZFS, Btrfs (Linux); simple/stripe ZFS (BSD/Solaris)

Type of files:

Any existing file format

Host operating system:

Windows, macOS, Linux

Accidental deletion of an important project file or formatting a disk with valuable databases is not a reason to panic as long as one has an effective data recovery tool. SysDev Laboratories offers standard editions of UFS Explorer and Recovery Explorer to cover the data recovery needs typical of home users. Both utilities are cross-platform and can be installed on most common operating systems, including Windows, macOS and Linux.

Click here to learn about the difference between UFS Explorer Standard Recovery and Recovery Explorer Standard.

Windows users can also choose even a simpler tool for getting lost files back. Raise Data Recovery is a helpful must-have utility for users who seek out an efficient data recovery solution provided at an affordable cost.

Complicated cases of data loss

Data loss due to severe logical damage, from a storage system implementing a specific technology, a virtual machine, an encrypted volume, a disk containing damaged sectors, a drive with non-standard sector size, etc.

Type of storage:

PC/laptop, USB flash drive, memory card, external hard drive, Apple FusionDrive,disk image, virtual disk, spanned volume (Windows Dynamic disk, Storage Space, mdadm, LVM with thin provisioning, Core Storage), RAID (including nested and custom configurations, BeyondRAID, Brtrfs-RAID, RAID-Z), NAS, encrypted disk (BitLocker, FileVault 2, APFS, LUKS, eCryptFS), NTFS or ReFS volume with enabled data deduplication

Type of files:

Any existing file format

File system:

FAT/FAT32, exFAT, NTFS, ReFS/ReFS3 (Windows); HFS+, APFS (macOS); Ext2, Ext3, Ext4, XFS, Extended format XFS, JFS, ReiserFS, UFS, UFS2, Adaptec UFS, big-endian UFS, Btrfs (Linux); ZFS (BSD/Solaris); VMFS, VMFS6 (VMware)

Host operating system:

Windows, macOS, Linux

Professional data recovery software is an essential assistant for specialists in the field of data recovery and other technical experts. Their daily routine requires having a comprehensive instrument for dealing with complicated cases of data loss. Normally, they choose advanced data recovery utilities featuring special tools for the analysis of data consistency and editing of hexadecimal content, work with complex or specific storage systems, encrypted volumes and virtualization technologies.

SysDev Laboratories offers professional editions of UFS Explorer and Recovery Explorer to cover the needs of data recovery experts. Both utilities are cross-platform and can be installed on most common operating systems, including Windows, macOS and Linux.

Click here to learn about the difference between UFS Explorer Professional Recovery and Recovery Explorer Professional.

Storage-specific data loss cases

Data loss from RAID

Accidental deletion of files, disk formatting, system malfunction, etc.

Type of storage:

RAID (including nested and custom configurations, Btrfs-RAID, Synology Hybrid RAID), RAID-based NAS, spanned volume (Apple, mdadm, LVM, Windows Dynamic disk, Storage Space)

Type of files:

Any existing file format

File system:

FAT/FAT32, exFAT, NTFS (Windows); HFS+, APFS (macOS); Ext2, Ext3, Ext4, XFS, Extended format XFS, JFS, ReiserFS, UFS, UFS2, Adaptec UFS, big-endian UFS, Sun ZFS, Btrfs (Linux); simple/stripe ZFS volumes (BSD/Solaris)

Host operating system:

Windows, macOS, Linux

As the popularity of RAID-based devices, like NAS, grows, so does the demand for effective tools for the retrieval of files lost from such storages. General data recovery software can hardly manage any case of data loss from RAID, therefore, a special software application is needed for this purpose. The key feature of such software is the availability of instruments for recognition of RAID metadata, building RAID in the virtual mode, creating and modifying RAID configurations.

SysDev Laboratories offers RAID editions of UFS Explorer and Recovery Explorer software for RAID-related data recovery tasks. The applications easily deal with general data recovery issues and are enhanced with a toolkit for work with RAID. UFS Explorer Network RAID is also available for cases of remote data recovery over LAN when it is impossible or inconvenient to connect all of the RAID disks to a single computer. The utilities are cross-platform and can be installed on most common operating systems, including Windows, macOS and Linux.

Click here to learn about the difference between UFS Explorer RAID Recovery and Recovery Explorer RAID.

Data loss from NAS

Accidental file deletion, disk formatting, issues with firmware updates, inappropriate storage configuration, etc.

Type of storage:

Buffalo NAS, QNAP NAS, Synology NAS, Western Digital MyCloudNAS

Type of files:

Any existing file format

Host operating system:

Windows

With increasing utilization of network attached storages in both big corporations and small home offices, there is a clear need for effective tools capable of restoring files lost from such devices. In the main, general data recovery software enhanced with RAID reconstruction functions is able to cope with data recovery from NAS, still, the lack of user’s technical skills together with the design peculiarities of some NAS models may make it impossible to disassemble the storage and connect its disks to the computer.

For cases when network-attached storage is bootable and its drives work properly, but taking them out of the box is impossible or undesired, SysDev Laboratories offers Network Storage Recovery – a set of vendor-specific utilities for recovering data directly from NAS boxes. Installable on Windows, the software supports most popular NAS devices, including ones produced by Buffalo Technology, QNAP Systems, Synology, Western Digital Corporation, and restores data over a local area network which doesn’t require removing the disks and connect them to a PC.

Data loss from CCTV

Accidental deletion of files, disk formatting, system malfunction, etc.

Type of storage:

Closed-circuit television appliances

Type of files:

CCTV-footages

Host operating system:

Windows

Surveillance camera security systems are one of the most popular technology solutions which serve for the safety of homes and offices by monitoring what is happening inside/outside and preventing unauthorized access to the personal or corporate property. Although modern security cameras make surveillance simple and reliable, losing recorded videos or having issues recording them is a common problem which often occurs when those footages are urgently needed.

Owing to certain peculiarities of these systems getting the missing recordings back requires purpose-specific data recovery software. SysDev Laboratories offers myCCTV Recovery as a special utility for recovery of video footages lost or deleted from closed-circuit television appliances. Installable on Windows, this helpful utility efficiently restores files from CCTV video and digital still cameras.

Data loss from Digital Video Recorders

Accidental deletion of files, disk formatting, system malfunction, etc.

Type of storage:

Digital video recorders used in vehicles

Type of files:

DVR recordings

Host operating system:

Windows

Automotive “black boxes” or dash cams provide crucial information for reconstruction of accidents on the road. Losing this evidence may be critical in resolving controversial situations, but fortunately, footages lost from car camcorders can be retrieved with the help of purpose-specific data recovery software.

SysDev Laboratories offers myDriveRecorder Recovery – a special application for recovery of data from Event Data Recorders used in vehicles. Installable on Windows, this helpful utility quickly restores files lost from the black box of a car.

Other cases of data loss

Loss of photos

Accidental deletion of files, disk formatting, system malfunction, incompatibility issues, etc.

Type of storage:

PC/laptop, photo/video camera, memory card, USB flash drive, external hard drive, etc.

Type of files:

Original RAW photos

File system:

FAT/FAT32, exFAT, NTFS (Windows) HFS, HFS+, APFS (macOS), Ext2, Ext3, Ext4, UFS, XFS, ReiserFS, JFS (Linux)

Host operating system:

Windows

When taking photographs of important moments in life or creating masterpieces with the help of a digital camera, one should be careful with storing these images. Accidental deletion of valuable photos or incorrect operations with an SD card where they are located often lead to the loss of the files. General data recovery software may successfully bring the lost photos back, however, file-specific data recovery utilities often provide users with much better results of recovery and even an option of reconstructing fragmented photos.

myPhoto Recovery is a software application developed by SysDev Laboratories for restoration of digital photos. Enhanced with a special function of reconstructing a photo by matching its fragments, the software efficiently retrieves .JPG-files lost or deleted from SD cards of photo and video cameras or any other storage medium.

Data access issues

Lack of access to virtually stored files, OS incompatibility issues, unrecognized devices, etc.

Type of storage:

PC/laptop, USB flash drive, memory card, external hard drive, RAID, NAS, virtual machine, disk image.

File system:

FAT/FAT32, exFAT, NTFS, ReFS/ReFS3 (Windows); HFS+, APFS (macOS); Ext2, Ext3, Ext4, XFS, JFS (JFS2), ReiserFS, Btrfs (Linux); Unix/BSD UFS/UFS2, Solaris/Mac big-endian UFS/UFS2, Adaptec UFS, Sun ZFS, Btrfs, Novell NWFS, Novell Storage Services, DTFS, HTFS, VxFS, AIX JFS1/J2FS

Host operating system:

Windows

The issues with incompatibility of file systems or operating systems, especially in cases of dual-booting, often lead to inability to find or open a file. However, the fact that data cannot be found or accessed doesn’t mean that it is lost or removed. Thus, there is no need for a data recovery tool, as this problem can be easily solved by data access software.

SysDev Laboratories offers UFS Explorer Standard Access for opening storages which cannot be recognized by the local operating system and getting access to data located on supplementary operating systems. Installable on Windows, the software also provides access to multi-level virtual storages without the need to run a virtual machine.

Note: Before purchasing the software, please, make sure that it corresponds to your data loss task. If you have any questions concerning the choice of the right software, please, feel free to contact our support team.

Last update: May 17, 2019

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