UFS Explorer RAID Recovery

A perfect software solution for both common storage devices and complex RAID-based systems

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UFS Explorer RAID Recovery
UFS Explorer RAID Recovery
UFS Explorer RAID Recovery
UFS Explorer RAID Recovery

UFS Explorer RAID Recovery

Effective data recovery from RAID and other storage media

  • Well-suited to tackle most common data loss issues
  • Auto-detection of RAID parameters and prompt virtual assembly
  • Smooth manual definition of various RAID configurations
  • Support of specific RAID layouts and other storage technologies
  • Extensive possibilities for creating disk images
  • A variety of means for work with defective drives and RAID sets

Overview

UFS Explorer RAID Recovery is a versatile software instrument focusing particularly on data recovery from RAID and various RAID-based storages, like NAS and DAS. The program is capable of processing standard, nested and custom RAID patterns just as efficiently as individual disks and other electronic media, including USB flash drives and memory cards managed by various file systems of Windows, Linux and macOS. Along with typical RAID setups, the software supports specific configurations, including Drobo BeyondRAID, Synology Hybrid RAID, Btrfs-RAID and other popular storage technologies, like Linux LVM, mdadm, Windows Dynamic Disks, Storage Spaces and Apple Fusion Drive. A supported complex storage can be reconstructed automatically by the application with the help of on-disk metadata or assembled manually by the user and built in a virtual mode.

Furthermore, UFS Explorer RAID Recovery offers additional functionality to improve the effectiveness of work with RAID disks and other linear storages that bear the signs of hardware defects. The program allows defining parameters as to storage reading or creating a disk image with the possibility to configure read timeout, block size, etc. and specify rules for skipping damaged sectors. Maps of bad blocks produced during imaging, through the identification of a given pattern or created by compatible utilities can also be employed in the recovery process.

Technical specifications

Supported host operating systems:
Microsoft Windows ®: Windows ® XP with Service Pack 3 and later
Apple macOS: version 10.7 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)
Supported file systems:
Data access and advanced recovery:
Windows: NTFS, FAT, FAT32, exFAT;
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:
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
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)
Dynamic definition of virtual bad blocks on disk images through recognition of a given pattern
Supported technologies:
Full support:
Logical Disk Manager, Storage Spaces, Apple Software RAID, Fusion Drive (based on APFS), LVM, mdadm
Recognition:
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
Ways and means to work with damaged disks:
Advanced “Open storage” procedure with drive reading configuration
Embedded disk imager with settings for read method/timeout and parameters for skipping defects
Production of a defects map during the imaging process
Creating "dynamic" (pattern-based) maps of bad blocks for disk images
Use of disk images instead of original disks (including ones from third-party software)
Defining damaged regions using bad sector maps created by UFS Explorer or compatible third-party tools (ACE Lab solutions, DeepSpar DDI)
Supplementary features:
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
Interface:
Helpful prompts
Zooming option
Reporting capabilities:
Recoverable data size with metadata test
Software events log
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.

How to recover data with UFS Explorer RAID Recovery

Install program

To install the program, download the installation file. Make sure that your computer meets the minimum technical requirements before running the file. If installation does not start automatically, browse the Downloads folder for the program setup file, the name of which usually contains the name of the software, e.g. ufsxrci.exe. Open the file with Administrator privileges or enter the administrator password, in case you are an ordinary user of PC. Start the installation by following the prompts.

NEVER download or install the software on the storage (drive, flash drive, RAID, etc.) you have lost data from. This can result in permanent data loss leaving no chances for its recovery. In case of data loss from a system partition, it is highly recommended to shut down the system and consider using UFS Explorer Emergency Recovery CD.

Read full setup instructions

Choose the device

After launching the program, you will see the navigation tree on the left side of the tab where all detected storages will be shown together with partitions, disk images and complex storages (RAID). You can either choose the needed storage from this top-level structure or use the Open button on the upper panel. In case you don’t see the needed storage, press the Refresh button to reset the tree of the attached storages. Double-click the storage to browse through available files and folders or press the Start scan button to proceed to data recovery.

Scan the storage

To find lost and deleted files, the application will scan the chosen storage, which may take a while, depending on the amount of data stored and working speed. The scan settings include the option of choosing a file system or several file systems in which the lost data was created and enabling the IntelliRAW technology for data recovery by known content. When everything is set, press Start scan. For more convenience, the scanning process can be paused so that the intermediate results could be evaluated. When the scan is over, it's strongly recommended to save the scan result project for further work.

Save recovered files

The scan results include all found files and folders that can be recovered. The simple interface allows users to preview the recovered files before saving them to make sure that the results are satisfying their needs. Users can browse and save the needed recovered files just like in an original file system.

NEVER save the recovered files to the storage they were recovered from. The file data (contents) is still read from the source drive; this means the software may overwrite file contents making recovery impossible. Use another storage to save the recovered data.

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All UFS Explorer products are offered as shareware. Therefore, one can try out the program before purchasing a license.

It’s strongly recommended to use the trial version and evaluate the results of recovery before ordering a license.

To install the program, download the installation file. Make sure that your computer meets the minimum technical requirements before running the file. If installation does not start automatically, browse the Downloads folder for the program setup file, the name of which usually contains the name of the software, e.g. ufsxrci.exe. Open the file with Administrator privileges or enter the administrator password, in case you are an ordinary user of PC. Start the installation by following the prompts.

NEVER download or install the software on the storage (drive, flash drive, RAID, etc.) you have lost data from. This can result in permanent data loss leaving no chances for its recovery. In case of data loss from a system partition, it is highly recommended to shut down the system and consider using UFS Explorer Emergency Recovery CD.

Read full setup instructions

After launching the program, you will see the navigation tree on the left side of the tab where all detected storages will be shown together with partitions, disk images and complex storages (RAID). You can either choose the needed storage from this top-level structure or use the Open button on the upper panel. In case you don’t see the needed storage, press the Refresh button to reset the tree of the attached storages. Double-click the storage to browse through available files and folders or press the Start scan button to proceed to data recovery.

To find lost and deleted files, the application will scan the chosen storage, which may take a while, depending on the amount of data stored and working speed. The scan settings include the option of choosing a file system or several file systems in which the lost data was created and enabling the IntelliRAW technology for data recovery by known content. When everything is set, press Start scan. For more convenience, the scanning process can be paused so that the intermediate results could be evaluated. When the scan is over, it's strongly recommended to save the scan result project for further work.

The scan results include all found files and folders that can be recovered. The simple interface allows users to preview the recovered files before saving them to make sure that the results are satisfying their needs. Users can browse and save the needed recovered files just like in an original file system.

NEVER save the recovered files to the storage they were recovered from. The file data (contents) is still read from the source drive; this means the software may overwrite file contents making recovery impossible. Use another storage to save the recovered data.

Key features

Efficient data recovery from RAID Efficient data recovery from RAID
UFS Explorer RAID Recovery allows working with RAID of various levels, including standard patterns (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 1E, RAID 3, RAID 5, RAID 6, etc.), nested levels (RAID level 10, 50, 60, 50E, etc.) as well as custom RAID configurations via RDL or Runtime VIM. The software also supports specific RAID types, like Drobo BeyondRAID, Synology Hybrid RAID, Btrfs-RAID and RAID-Z which makes it an essential tool for most tasks related to data recovery from complex storage systems.
Support of various file systems Support of various file systems
Besides RAID, the software offers direct access to the intact content and performs data recovery from other common types of storage media, including internal and external hard drives, USB flash drives, memory cards, etc. used in different environments: Windows (FAT/FAT32/exFAT and NTFS), macOS (HFS+, APFS), Linux (Ext2/Ext3/Ext4, ReiserFS, XFS, JFS, IBM JFS2) and BSD/Solaris (UFS/UFS2, ZFS).
Perfect for data recovery from NAS Perfect for data recovery from NAS
UFS Explorer RAID Recovery supports popular NAS devices of such vendors as Drobo, Buffalo Technology (TeraStation, LinkStation), Synology, QNAP Systems, etc. and is an optimal solution for this type of storages. The software detects RAID metadata on NAS drives and uses it for automatic reconstruction of the storage. The array can also be assembled manually with the help of an embedded virtual RAID builder instrument.
Work with diverse storage technologies Work with diverse storage technologies
Along with RAID-based storages, this specialized application offers the possibility to handle other storage technologies implemented in modern devices. Among them are Windows Dynamic Disks and Storage Spaces, Apple Software RAID and APFS-based Fusion Drive, Linux mdadm and LVM, virtual disks used by leading virtualization systems, including VMware, Hyper-V, VirtualBox, QEMU and XEN, as well as a variety of disk image formats.
Extensive disk reading and imaging possibilities Extensive disk reading and imaging possibilities
UFS Explorer RAID Recovery allows choosing the method of data access and specifying a timeout for cases when reading fails due to an I/O device error. An advanced disk imager makes it possible to customize the imaged area and provides adjustable parameters such as read timeout, block size, direction, protocol and settings for the omission of defective blocks. The bad blocks encountered during the process of imaging get indicated in a map which can be utilized for other data recovery operations.
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).
Customizable scanning Customizable scanning
The software offers 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 provide 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.
Defining damaged sectors Defining damaged sectors
UFS Explorer RAID Recovery produces defects maps during disk imaging and supports ones created by other compatible solutions. The program can utilize 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.
Helpful additional options Helpful additional options
UFS Explorer RAID Recovery 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.

When to use UFS Explorer RAID Recovery

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Get access to files or cope with data loss 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.

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

UFS Explorer RAID Recovery 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.

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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.

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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.

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

UFS Explorer RAID Recovery 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.

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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.

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