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Using File Scavenger®

A typical session requires four steps:

  1. Determine what to look for and select a scan mode
    • In Look for, check the file extensions to search for. It is best to leave the default "*" for all files.
    • Select a drive letter or disk number from Look In.
    • Select an appropriate Scan Mode.

    See File Scavenger Main Dialog for more details.

  2. Scan the drive for files
    • Click Scan. Click Pause at any time if necessary. Later you can either resume or abort the scan.
    • When the scan is complete, you can click on Tree View on the toolbar to display files in their parent folder in Windows Explorer style. Click on a heading banner to sort files by the corresponding column. Click on the filter icon on the right edge of a banner to display only files meeting the filter criteria such as name, size, date, etc.

  3. Save the files
    • Click on the tab Step 2: Save.
    • Select the files to save by checking the checkboxes on the left. In Tree View you can also select folders or the entire drive.
    • Click Browse and choose a destination folder on another drive.
    • Click Save.

  4. Validate results
    • Open the recovered files in their respective application for validation.
    • Do not dispose of or reformat the problem drive. Keep it until you are certain all files have been saved and validated.

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