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How to Rescue Data, Disk, Drive and Files using Data Rescue Software

Oct. 11, 2013 3:38 pm / Updated by Jerry Cook to Data Recovery on Mac
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Anyone who uses a computer for a length of time surely experienced losing your important data due to different reasons such as accidental deletion, file system corruption, partition formatting, or hard drive crash. Of course, Windows (or Mac) offers tools like "Recycle Bin", "Trash", "System Restore" and "Backup and Restore" to enable you to rescue data. If you execute "Shift + Delete" (or "Command + Delete"), empty the Recycle Bin (or Trash), or leave your computer without backup, these tools don't work for you. You must have stomach-dropping sensation as soon as you realize you lose important data which may be gone for good.

Relax. When a file is deleted, it only disappears from the directory of files but remains in the hard drive unless the space that it occupied in the hard disk is overwritten by a new file, making the deleted file recoverable. In this case, Windows doesn't render you built-in data rescue functions, and you must utilize a third-party application.

Data Rescue is your best assistant to do so with no prior computer skills. It is all-in-one data rescue software that enables you to rescue deleted, formatted, lost photos, videos, music, documents and other files from hard drive, USB, memory card, SD card, memory stick and other portable devices. For Mac users, you can try Data Rescue for Mac.

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The instructions about how to use this software will help you.

Note: First of all, to ensure a successful data rescue, any write operations (copying, deleting, creating, altering files) are not allowed to be done on the drive your lost data located, even including booting up the computer. Since no matter on Windows or Mac operating system, the space of lost data will be replaced or overwritten by creating temporary files or the files which are required to booting the system or program, and finally lead to the lost data completely unrecoverable. Therefore, as soon as you found you lost your data, you should power off the computer properly.

Part I: How to Rescue Data in Windows 8, 7, XP and Vista?

Step 1: Select the Recovery Mode

Data Rescue provides four recovery modes. Choose one based on your need: "Deleted Recovery" for deleted data rescue, "Format Recovery" for formatted data rescue, Partition Recovery for partition rescue and Raw Recovery for specific type of file retrieval. Here we assume that you just now deleted some files, so click "Deleted Recovery".

Step 2: Select Your Files

Select the partition where your lost data located. Hit "Scan" to start data rescue.

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Step 3: Select the Files You Need

This software will list all the files you lost in a tree-like explorer. Unfold the folders to select the files you desire to rescue. You can preview photos by highlighting them. And click "Recover".

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Step 4: Save the Recovered Files

After it finished, specify a location to save your recovered data. You need to note that you can't save them to the same partition as where you stored your lost files before. Click "OK" to finish data rescue.

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Part II. How to Rescue Data on Mac with Mac Data Rescue?

For Mac users, here are quick steps of how to use Mac Data Rescue to rescue data on Mac OS X:

Step 1: Select the recovery mode according to your data loss reason. Here we assume you deleted your files by mistake. So choose "Lost File Recovery". And then choose the volume where your lost data were.

Step 2: Choose file types and click "Scan". You will get a list of all the recoverable files. Select the ones you need to recover after previewing. Click "Recover".

Step 3: Select a folder to save the rescued data.

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