Saving Recovered Data to the Same Drive
No new data should be written to the problem drive to avoid permanently writing over the lost files. File Scavenger® has a safety check to prevent saving recovered files to the same drive
If you are recovering files from the only drive on the computer, you will need a new drive letter by
mapping a network shared folder or installing a new disk such as an
external USB drive or another storage device such as a USB flash card. Generally recovered data cannot be saved to CD or DVD drives because they require a staging folder on drive C:.
However, if you are
willing to take the risk of losing some or all of the lost data permanently
(with no chance of recovery), you can override this safety check. The risk
depends on the size of the files and the amount of free disk space. For
example, if the disk has 40 GB of free space and 2 MB of data is being
saved, the risk is very low. But if you are saving 1 GB of data over 2
GB of free space, it is almost certain that much of the lost data will be
overwritten, resulting in corrupted recovered files.