New Active@ File Recovery v.9
Hello all, I have just recently discovered this cool software that has really broadened the potential of my computer to do what I thought was not possible. What I mean by this is that this software I found can recover files even after they're "permanently" deleted. After doing some research (ok, maybe I just Googled a few things), I found that there were actually even labs, dedicated to this type of work. Taking a look at several types of software, I decided to try Active@ File Recovery.
What inspired me to really look into this type of software is that I deleted some folders, clearing up some space on my USB (it was running low on disk space), and accidentally deleted some past projects that I needed to use for reference to my current work. I ran the "Super Scan". It ran fairly quickly, and when it was done, I found the folder I was looking for, almost immediately. All I had to do was "Recover" it to my desktop and the entire thing was recovered, flawlessly.
How it worked for me was that, at first, I did a "Super Scan" of the entire disk. After it quickly goes through the disk, looking for these deleted files, there's something like a preview of the files found. At this point, the files aren't quite recovered yet. This is so you can just look through these files and see if whatever it was you deleted is there.
Once you find it in the list of documents, this list includes the documents that are still on the disk, you select it, whether it's a folder, file, or group of files, right click on it and hit "Recover". Then you pick where you want to recover the files to and the software does the rest.
Impressed, I started recovering cool things off of my old USBs, just for the heck of it. I found some pretty interesting things: photos, documents, PDFs. I'm pretty sure it also works on hard drives, and seeing as how fast it took to go through my USBs, I'm pretty sure it wouldn't take exceptionally long to scan a hard drive. I didn't bother testing that out because without looking for something in particular, I'm sure I would've just found a bunch of garbage.
Instead, I decided to save some old photos I had. I remembered that about six months ago I took some really funny photos, but, showing them off to people, I must have somehow deleted them. Either way, whether it was me or my friends that did it, the photos were gone.
I had to cut my losses and forget about them, seeing as how they no longer existed in this realm. Using this software for recovering my work data, I thought I would give my SD card a try. I ran the scan of it. I noticed that the names of the photos were skewed, but I restored all of them and, in the pile of photo I had there, found the missing photos! I don't think the recovery worked on photos that were deleted from the camera itself (I tried), but in the case of those missing pictures, it worked.
Saving me twice, Active@ File Recovery is a great piece of software that is fairly easy to use and does exactly what it is marketed to do to give you a shot at recovering data when it seems like it's gone for good. Thank you, Lsoft!