UFS Explorer Network RAID
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UFS Explorer Network RAID

Multi-purpose data recovery software with network-based capabilities
from $209.95

  • Distributed data recovery from remote computers over LAN
  • Equally efficient work with locally attached storage devices
  • Auto-reconstruction of various RAID configurations
  • Adjustable RAID builder for manual RAID assembly
  • Support of specific RAID patterns and other storage technologies
  • Extensive options for creating disk images
  • Instruments for work with defective drives and RAID sets


UFS Explorer Network RAID is a software solution designed to address common cases of data loss and ones related to complex RAID-based storage devices, with the possibility to perform data recovery over a Local Area Network. The program provides an opportunity to restore files from hard disk drives, USB sticks, memory cards and other electronic media attached to a remote computer as if they were connected directly to a local machine, without the need for physical transfer of the hardware. Moreover, a disk array can be assembled from components that are connected to multiple PCs, even if they run different operating systems. The software offers both automated and manual RAID assembly and supports a wide range of configurations, including standard, nested, custom layouts and specific technologies, like Drobo Beyond RAID, Synology Hybrid RAID, Btrfs-RAID and ZFS RAID-Z.

Operations with drives connected to a DeepSpar Disk Imager device can also be carried out by UFS Explorer Network RAID via LAN and controlled by the software without the need for any third-party utilities. Furthermore, the application features other functionality for effective work with storages that have certain signs of physical damage. The software makes it possible to specify parameters as to storage reading, offers an embedded disk imager with configurable read timeout, block size, rules for skipping damaged sectors, etc. and supports maps with bad blocks generated during imaging, through the identification of a given pattern or produced by other compatible solutions.

  • Remote data recovery
  • Access over LAN
  • RAID recovery
  • NAS recovery
  • QNAP
  • Buffalo
  • Synology
  • Drobo
  • Apple RAID
  • Fusion Drive
  • FileVault
  • BitLocker
  • Dynamic Disk
  • USB stick
  • External drive
  • Memory card
  • Disk image
  • DeepSpar DDI

Technical specifications

Supported host operating systems:
Microsoft Windows ®: Windows ® XP with Service Pack 3 and later
Apple macOS: version 10.15 and above
Linux: Debian Linux 6.0 (or compatible) and above
Supported host computer architectures:
Intel Architecture, 32-bit (IA-32, x86)
AMD64 (x86-64)
Apple Silicon (arm64)
Supported file systems:
Data access and advanced recovery:
Windows: NTFS, FAT, FAT32, exFAT, ReFS/ReFS3;
macOS: HFS+, APFS;
Linux: Ext2, Ext3, Ext4, XFS, Extended format XFS, JFS, ReiserFS, UFS, UFS2, Adaptec UFS, big-endian UFS, Sun ZFS, Btrfs;
BSD/Solaris: simple/stripe ZFS volumes.
Recovery from complex RAID storages:
Distributed data recovery from RAID over LAN
Automatic recognition of known RAID metadata, saving and editing RAID configurations
Automatic reconstruction of mdadm, LVM, Apple Software RAID, Intel Matrix, etc.
Support of most popular standard RAID patterns for RAID 0, RAID 1E, RAID 3, RAID 5, RAID 6, RAID 7, etc.
RAID-on-RAID support: RAID level 10, 50, 60, 50E, etc.
Support of custom RAID patterns via RDL or Runtime VIM
Reading "stripe"-volumes with ZFS and RAID-Z (RAID-Z, RAID-Z2, RAID-Z3)
Adaptive reconstruction of RAID 5, RAID 6, RAID 5E, RAID 1, RAID 10, RAID 0+1 and nested RAID (levels 50, 51, 60, 61, etc.) using maps of bad sectors
RAID assembly from virtual disks
Support of Drobo BeyondRAID, Synology Hybrid RAID, Btrfs-RAID
The software is able to decrypt encrypted storages.
Supported encryption techniques:
Encryption of Apple APFS volumes
BitLocker and BitLocker To Go encryption
Supported technologies:
Full support:
Logical Disk Manager, Storage Spaces, Apple Software RAID, Fusion Drive (based on APFS), LVM, mdadm
Providing a partition table, information about Spans and Stripes of LVM2, AIX LVM, HP-UX LVM, Apple Software RAID
Giving a partition structure for MBR, Apple Partition Map, BSD/Adaptec/Solaris/Unix Slice Map, GPT, Novel, Intel Matrix
Drobo volumes, HP EVA, HP LeftHand, Symphony SAN
Supplementary features:
Instruments for remote access to disks:
Drive sharing over LAN
Connecting to a shared storage
Tools for low-level data analysis:
Hexadecimal viewer for storages, partitions and files
Additional functions related to storage scan:
Pausing the scan
Previewing intermediate scan results
Saving scan results for further work
Full-range storage scan for all-at-once data recovery
Five options for handling the existing file system
Options for work with partitions:
Detecting lost partitions
Automated partition aligning
Defining partitions manually
Helpful prompts
Zooming option
Reporting capabilities:
Recoverable data size with metadata test
Software events log
Supported virtual technologies:
VMware VMDK, Hyper-V VHD/VHDX, QEMU/XEN QCOW/QCOW2, VirtualBox VDI, Apple DMG, Paralles, EnCase E01 and Ex01 non-encrypted files, simple disk images
Internal sparse format
Support of drive as a disk image(for XEN and others)
Synology Sparse iSCSI
Custom "virtual image" files of Runtime Software
R-Studio image files (RDR file format)
Ways and means to work with damaged disks:
Advanced “Open storage” procedure with drive reading configuration
Direct network access and processing of disks connected through DeepSpar Disk Imager
Embedded disk imager with settings for read method/timeout and parameters for skipping defects
Use of disk images instead of original disks (including ones from third-party software)
Production of a defects map during the imaging process
Creating "dynamic" (pattern-based) maps of bad blocks for disk images
Defining damaged regions using bad sector maps created by UFS Explorer or compatible third-party tools (ACE Lab solutions, DeepSpar DDI)
Minimal configuration:
any of the supported operating systems
at least 20 MB of free space on the disk for the software executable files
at least 1 GB of RAM
Linux software version can run from most modern Linux Live CD
Recommended configuration:
64-bit edition of any of the supported operating systems
over 1 GB of free space on the disk for the program and temporary files
at least 2 GB of RAM and 4 logical cores CPU
default web browser
Trial limitations:
The software will copy files with the size below 768 KB.

Key features

Distributed data recovery over LAN Distributed data recovery over LAN
UFS Explorer Network RAID offers an option of distributed data recovery over a LAN for cases when storage devices involved in the process cannot be connected to a single host computer. Launched on each of the machines, the program enables access to the remote PCs via LAN and allows working with their storages as if they were physically attached to the host. RAID assembly is also possible from constituents distributed between different computers.
Effective data recovery from RAID Effective data recovery from RAID
UFS Explorer Network RAID allows processing RAID of various layouts, including standard levels (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 1E, RAID 3, RAID 5, RAID 6, etc.), nested patterns (RAID level 10, 50, 60, 50E, etc.) as well as custom RAID setups via RDL or Runtime VIM. The software also supports specific RAID configurations, like Drobo BeyondRAID, Synology Hybrid RAID, Btrfs-RAID and RAID-Z which makes it an indispensable instrument for most tasks related to data recovery from complex storage systems.
Ideal for restoring data lost from NAS Ideal for restoring data lost from NAS
UFS Explorer Network RAID makes it possible to cope with data loss from NAS appliances of various manufacturers, including Drobo, Buffalo Technology (TeraStation, LinkStation), Synology, QNAP Systems, etc. and is an optimal solution for this type of devices. The program identifies RAID metadata on NAS disks and uses it for automatic assembly of the array. The storage can also be defined manually and reconstructed in the virtual mode with the help of an embedded RAID builder.
Adaptive RAID reconstruction Adaptive RAID reconstruction
The software supports an adaptive reconstruction of redundant disk arrays (RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 6, etc. ) using bad sector maps generated for the components during the process of their imaging or through recognition of a given pattern and external ones created by other compatible tools. The program determines damaged data blocks on disks on the basis of their maps and can restore them using redundancy (parity information or a copy of data).
Support of modern storage technologies Support of modern storage technologies
Besides RAID-based devices, the program is capable of working with many other storage technologies, like Windows Dynamic Disks and Storage Spaces, Apple Software RAID and APFS-based Fusion Drive, Linux mdadm and LVM, virtual disks used by major virtualization systems, including VMware, Hyper-V, VirtualBox, QEMU and XEN, as well as various formats of disk images.
Configurable disk reading and imaging Configurable disk reading and imaging
UFS Explorer Network RAID presents the possibility to choose the method of disk access and define a timeout for cases when reading fails due to an I/O device error. An advanced disk imager allows adjusting the imaged area and such parameters as read timeout, block size, direction, protocol, etc. A set of rules can be specified for skipping bad blocks encountered in the process. The latter get also indicated in a map which can be applied for other data recovery operations.
Customizable scanning Customizable scanning
The application provides several scanning options, including a quick scan for defined file system types, longer profound search for lost data by known content with the possibility to load custom IntelliRAW rules, scanning of the space used by the file system or just the “free space” areas. The scanning procedure can be paused for checking the intermediate result while its results can be saved for further references.
Helpful additional possibilities Helpful additional possibilities
UFS Explorer Network RAID is enhanced with a set of helpful options for increased convenience. The software offers an advanced search function, allows previewing found files of most common formats, including images, PDF documents and text files, sorting files by name, size or date and filtering them by different criteria.
Defining damaged sectors Defining damaged sectors
UFS Explorer Network RAID generates defects maps during disk imaging and supports ones produced by other compatible solutions. The software can use such a map for the virtual definition of damaged sectors on the storage or identify bad blocks dynamically by recognizing a specified content pattern. The defective areas can also be masked with a provided text or hexadecimal template.
Support of DeepSpar Disk Imager Support of DeepSpar Disk Imager
UFS Explorer Network RAID provides direct access via LAN and allows recovering data from drives containing bad sectors connected through a DeepSpar Disk Imager device. The program provides the possibility to adjust the read timeout, block size and other parameters for maximum safety and efficiency of the procedure. In addition to that, the software works with full and partial DDI images, processing them like any ordinary disk image file.

When to use UFS Explorer Network RAID

Get access to files or cope with data loss from common storage media: hard disk drives, USB sticks, memory cards, etc.

The utility effectively works with various linear storage devices, including internal as well as external hard disk drives, USB flash drives, memory cards and many others, thus serving as an essential data recovery tool for handling most typical cases of data loss, like accidental deletion of files, storage formatting, malware attack, hardware or software malfunction, etc.

Recover data from complex storage systems: RAID and RAID-based devices

UFS Explorer Network RAID is an efficient solution for restoring data from RAID of different complexity, both software and hardware, and various RAID-based storages, like DAS and NAS. Moreover, the software makes it possible to perform data recovery from systems that apply specific RAID configurations, like Drobo BeyondRAID, Synology Hybrid RAID and Btrfs-RAID.

Conduct distributed data recovery on RAID consisting of many drives

When a RAID system is composed of many disks and there is no possibility to concurrently connect them to one PC, the program allows performing distributed data recovery from such an array over a Local Area Network. Moreover, the procedure can be performed remotely on a RAID attached to another computer, when a PC used for recovery lacks a sufficient number of ports.

Work with devices implementing specific technologies: LVM, LDM, Storage Spaces, etc.

The software is enhanced with wide support of modern storage technologies employed in different environments. It allows processing composite volumes, including LVM, MS Storage Spaces, Dynamic Disks, Apple Software RAID and APFS-based Fusion Drive, etc. which significantly expands the list of target devices it can be applied to.

Open or recover data stored in virtual machines: VMware, Hyper-V, VirtualBox, etc

UFS Explorer Network RAID effectively deals with disk images and virtual disks created by major virtualization software, like VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V, VirtualBox, QEMU, XEN, etc. and successfully copes with data recovery from such storages as though they were ordinary physical devices.

Reconstruct damaged file systems: Windows, macOS, Linux

A set of tools integrated in the software allow effectively solving practically any case of logical data loss, including the most severe ones. The program will either simply read file system metadata or conduct its detailed analysis and predict the allocation of files based on the file system specifics, allocation of other files or file content analysis to produce the best possible data recovery result.

Retrieve files from disks or RAID with bad sectors

The application gives the possibility to recover data from storages that have damaged sectors or other hardware issues with maximum efficiency. Not only it offers highly configurable disk reading and imaging procedures but also generates a map of bad blocks during the imaging process. In addition, virtual bad blocks can be defined dynamically on disk images by recognizing a given pattern or by reading bad sectors maps created by other compatible solutions.

Software Releases
The current version of the product can be obtained on the download page available via the button below.
  • Download links for all previous product versions starting from Version 7 (including Versions 7.*, 8.*, 9.*) and up to the current version are provided in the Changes log. There you will also see the record of updates and their descriptions.

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