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Recovery of files deleted from BSD

FreeBSD is an operating system for modern server, desktop and embedded computer platforms with two native file systems: UFS and UFS2, though presently FreeBSD is inheriting the ZFS file system of Sun Solaris.

Recovery of files deleted from UFS or UFS2 has modest chances for success, however, the technology used to manage data in these files systems substantially complicates the process.

To get familiarized with the peculiarities of FreeBSD file systems check out the article Understanding file systems.

The general procedure of getting access to files deleted from UFS/UFS2 can be conducted with UFS Explorer Standard Recovery:

  1. Download, install and launch UFS Explorer.

Note: For successful recovery never download anything (including data recovery software) to the disk that contains the files you want to recover. Otherwise, the files will be overwritten.

  1. Choose a particular partition or a local disk if you are not sure which partition you have lost data from.

UFS Explorer automatically detects the file system of a partition and shows it in the list. If a user chooses a logical disk, UFS performs data recovery of one file system at a time.

  1. Press Recover to start scanning. Specify general scan parameters if needed and press Start.

  2. After the scanning process is over, browse through the found files and folders, choose the needed ones and save them to a secure storage.

Note: never save the recovered data to the storage you lost it from, this can lead to irreversible data loss.

Last update: 05.07.2018