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Features in File Scavenger® Version 4

New features in Version 4.2

  • Improved support for the Ext3/4 file systems, both 32- and 64-bit.
  • Improved support for the XFS file system.
  • Support for the exFAT file system.
  • Support for the VMware VMFS file system.
  • Support for the VMware VMDK (flat, hosted sparse, and ESXi host sparse).
  • Support for the Microsoft VHD and VHDX (fixed, dynamic and differencing types).
  • In raw recovery mode where the original filenames are lost, most JPEG and TIFF files are arranged by the date the pictures were taken (instead of being stored in one large folder).
  • Using 5 to 10% less virtual memory than version 4.1.

New features in Version 4.1

  • Significantly improved recovery for the following file systems: Ext3/4 (both 32- and 64-bit), UFS1 and UFS2, HFS+ and XFS.
  • New view filters to show only files meeting certain conditions. For example you can tell File Scavenger ® to show only filenames containing a certain string, files larger than a certain size, files created after a certain date, etc. When the filters change the display is updated accordingly without having to rescan the drive.
  • A new dockable status panel with more details about the current session status. During recovery log messages displayed in this panel are also saved on a disk file.
  • The significantly improved Quick Scan mode can now quickly locate volumes for scanning. When it works Quick Scan yields uncluttered results. The Long Scan can find more files but in many cases those include irrelevant files that need cleaning up later.
  • Availability of the Chinese version.
  • In raw scan mode (where files are found without a name of folder path) group TIFF and JPEG photos into folders by the date the photos were taken.
  • Support for UTF8 filenames in various file systems.
  • Windows 8 compatibility certification.
  • Improved support for hard drives with 4K sector size.

Features in Version 4.0

  • Significantly improved recovery of corrupted FAT and FAT32 volumes. The FAT and FAT32 file systems are commonly used on flash memory cards.
  • Improved recovery of the folder structure of NTFS volumes.
  • Reduced virtual memory requirement which allows File Scavenger to scan volumes with several millions of files.
  • Support for the latest generation of hard drives with 4KB sector size (3 TB and up).
  • Support for very long filenames (over 260 characters).
  • Simplified licensing.
  • Reconstruction of NAS devices.
  • Reconstruction of spanned volumes over RAID volumes and RAID 50.
  • Limited support for Ext2, Ext3, HFS, HFS+, HFSX and UFS1. These functions will be incrementally improved with each revision within version 4 with no additional upgrade fees.

Features carried over from Version 3

  • Recovers the original filename and folder path.
  • Recovers files deleted from a network share. (File Scavenger must be run on the computer where the share is defined.)
  • Recovers files deleted in a DOS command window.
  • Recovers files removed from the Recycle Bin.
  • Recovers files deleted from Windows Explorer with the SHIFT key held down.
  • Recovers data from reformatted volumes.
  • Recovers files from deleted volumes.
  • Is especially effective in recovering digital images in JPEG format.
  • Recovers files from broken striped volumes (RAID 0 or RAID 5) or volume sets (spanned volumes).
  • Supports NTFS compression.
  • Supports both basic and dynamic disks.
  • Transparently handles bad sectors when possible. Otherwise allows the user to skip ranges of bad sectors.
  • Scans badly damaged partitions.
  • Supports alternate data streams and sparse files.
  • Can search for file patterns or file types.
  • Recovers multiple files in one click.
  • Can sort files by date, size, name, type, path, etc.
  • Restores the original Create and Modified dates.
  • Supports Unicode filenames.
  • Scans very large volumes (hundreds of gigabytes) holding up to several million files or more on a computer with sufficient RAM.
  • Detects certain file types based on their data patterns, thus allowing recovery even when the file system structure is totally lost.
  • Saves a search session to a disk file for reloading later so that a drive needs not be scanned again.
  • Scans disk image files.
  • Supports FAT and FAT32, but in a limited manner due to the inherent weakness in those file systems.

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