Regardless of the type of disk and its file system, R-Undelete can locate and recover all lost files. It does not matter if you accidentally deleted them, if a virus erased them, or if they were stored on a partition or external storage device that you decided to reformat – the program’s powerful algorithms and detailed scan processes can identify your lost files and offer to bring them back to life for you.
R-Undelete will only recover your lost files once you have registered your copy for a not-so-affordable price. If you need assurance of its effectiveness before parting with your money, you’re advised to check R-Undelete Home first. This is a free edition for home users that will recover all recoverable lost files from any FAT drive and will identify all lost files in your NTFS drives, recovering those below 256 Kb. If you’re happy with the way R-Undelete works but you need support for RAID and drives on a network, you can always upgrade to R-Studio.
Designed using a wizard-like approach, the app offers you a quick and basic search and a detailed scan for hard-to-find data. The former will provide you with a quick report showing you all missing files and folders with a Windows File Explorer look-and-feel. You can sort your files by name, extension, creation date, modification time, and even access time. Those with a wider knowledge of the inner structure of a file can also preview any deleted file in Hex format. Media files can also be previewed before recovery using your default viewers and players, provided that there’s enough data to display or play back.
If the fast scan failed to find the files you were looking for, you can try the detailed scan. This is a sector-by-sector search – though it may take a while to complete, it will surely retrieve a larger amount of missing data. To narrow the search and to speed up the scan process, you can specify the file types you are looking for, which will allow the app to make use of its file-specific search algorithms for better results. The detailed scan performs a deeper search and makes an image file of the selected drive, scanning the data in that image on the fly. This technique prevents the disk, partition, or storage device from further damage and data loss. It also allows R-Undelete to create a scan info file that can be used for further recovery operations without going through the detailed scan again.
As mentioned, the trial version merely lets you admire the program’s scan capabilities and the intuitive way in which your data is presented. It is for you to consider whether the amount or the nature of the data you need to recover is worth the license price.