How can I regain lost access to files?

No doubt, digital data is an indispensable part of people’s computing life: whether you're part of a company or an individual, it's crucial that your important documents and other files could be opened whenever they are needed and from the platform or environment you are most comfortable working in. However, the abundance of choice offered by the modern IT market may lead to the situation when on-demand data access becomes impossible due to incompatibility issues, such as conflicts of different operating systems or computer's inability to recognize a connected storage. Fortunately, the inaccessibility of files doesn’t make them damaged or lost: reliable data access software may work as a guide to an unreachable storage allowing the user to find the needed files and copy them to another location without making any destructive changes to the source.

SysDev Laboratories recommends UFS Explorer and Recovery Explorer as optimal solutions to a wide range of issues associated with missing access to files. The software supports most common file systems enabling you to copy data from a disk partition of a supplementary operating system, for example, Linux or macOS installed on the PC in addition to Windows, or retrieve files from a portable storage previously formatted in another non-compatible environment. Moreover, the utilities are able to work with virtually stored files as if they were located on an ordinary physical device – there is no need to set up or run a virtual machine.

The applications allow copying inaccessible files ofany type, including:

  • photos
  • videos
  • documents
  • emails
  • and many others

as well as from each of the common operating systems:

  • Windows
  • macOS
  • Linux
  • Unix, Solaris, BSD.

In general, to get access to undamaged data back, you can make use of UFS Explorer Standard Access to copy the files by carrying out the following procedure:

  1. Download and install UFS Explorer Standard Accesson to a computer running the Windows operating system.

  2. Start the program and, if needed, adjust its settings in the settings tab.

    set up ufs explorer standard access program

  3. If the blocked data is located on an external storage device, attach it to the host PC using any valid type of direct connection. If you need to retrieve files from a disk image or virtual disk, open it in the software using the "Open storage" tool from the main menu.

    open disk image or virtual disk in ufs explorer standard access program

  4. Select the problem device or a logical volume under "This computer" item found in in the left pane of the program interface and browse through its files to find the needed ones. They can be sorted by name, date, type or previewed in the internal viewer. The quick and advanced "Find in this folder" search options are available as well.

    examine storage files in ufs explorer standard access program

  5. Use the "Define selection" tool to choose the files to be saved.

    select files to be saved with define selection tool in ufs explorer standard access program

  6. Click "Save current selection" to copy the selected files to the desired location.

    save selected files to new location with ufs explorer standard access program

To learn more about the peculiarities of data access on various storages, please, refer to the corresponding article:

Note: UFS Explorer Standard Access facilitates access to undamaged data and intact file systems. If the files were deleted or lost, choose a data recovery tool which is applicable to your data loss case.

Last update: August 09, 2022

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