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Scans the hard drive to look for files based on the options selected.


Saves the files selected from the list at the bottom half of the window to the Destination folder.


Pauses the current scanning or saving activity. A paused operation can later be resumed or aborted.

Advanced Volumes

Reconstructs a broken RAID 0, RAID 5 or spanned volume (volume set). If a RAID volume is corrupted or reformatted but not broken, do not use this command unnecessarily to avoid complicating the recovery.

Properties or Preview

Displays the properties of the file, folder or volume currently selected. If a picture file (such as those with the extension BMP, JPG, PNG, TIF, etc.) is being selected, displays the picture in reduced size.



Restores a previous session from a File Scavenger® Session file.


Saves the current state of File Scavenger to a file. The session can be restarted via the Load function. This method can save minutes or even hours of scanning.

Depending on the number of files found, this file can be a few kilobytes to many megabytes. It must be saved onto a drive other than the problem drive to avoid overwriting lost data.

Disk Image

A disk image file is an exact copy of a drive. It can be used during data recovery so that the original disk can be safely stored away.


Adds a disk image file to the Look In list of drives. Once added, a disk image file can be scanned just like an ordinary drive.


Creates a disk image of the drive currently selected in Look In.

Load VMDK Files

Adds one or a chain of linked VMware's' virtual machine disks (VMDK) to the Look In list of drives.

Load VHD/VHDX Files

Adds one or a chain of Microsoft's virtual hard disks (VHD) to the Look In list of drives.


Quits File Scavenger

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