Sunday, April 24, 2011

How to Use PC Inspector File Recovery

When I have problems with files missed in my PC I always use PC Inspector File Recovery to recover these  files. But, since my point of view, it's not so easy to use, but with the step shown here you will be able to use it with no problems.

When you run the application, the first thing to do is to select the language you are going to use, remember tu execute with administrator credentials.



Close the window showed after selecting the language.



Once you have done that, select the "search" icon located at first place in the left panel.



With this, the application will show a dialog where you have to select the "Physical drive" tab to force the program to find any logical drives. This is because we could find a formatted partition even in the chosen physical drive.


But finding logical drives requires a command indicating what disk physical sector will be scanned, you ca in this moment to choice all disk sectors or limited range of them, after selecting sectors, click on the "check" button.

Now you only have to wait until searching finalize, it could takes many minutes depending on your disk size.

 
In this point you will have all the logical drives (partitions) found on your disk, to check what missed files could be inside them, you have to select one by selecting it and clicking on the "check" button.

While the application is listing all files found in the logical driver you will see this dialog box.


As you will see, the program will list all files, the missing files will be shown in green, having the possibility to recover them.


If you want to recover one of these recovered files, you have to use the "Save to..." option which is in the right click menu on the file.


Just select the destination folder, and you will have your file recovered.


Remember that not always a file is recovered as it was before deleting process so it's possible to have a non working file.

25 comments:

  1. PC Inspector File Recovery could not find my fixed disk's logical drive. Please help.

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    1. Hi! but... is this finding your physical drive?

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  2. PC Inspector didn't find any logical drives for my external hard drive either, however it did find my physical drives. What can I do?

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    1. Make sure you have search all the sectors that your disk has, I always recommend to look from sector 0 to max value allowed.

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  3. I have the same problem...it can find physical drive, and I do a complete search (0 to max) and select green tickbox, but nothing happens. what to do?

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    1. Oh! I don't know what is going on, I will need a kind of printscreen or similar to get involved in the problem. Thanks for reading!!! =)

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    2. Make sure you run it with administration rights. If you don't no logic drives will show.

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    3. Running it with administration rights worked for me

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    4. Make sure the drive you are selecting isn't one of the "Fixed#..." select the drive with the Letter (C: Or H: etc.) then give it a try.

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  4. My disk had WAV files on it but PC Insp just shows excel and other file types all with a 1440 size>

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    1. Hi! that's interesting, look at the application manual if there are restrictions for file recovering.

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  5. Hi 'm having the same problem, i logged on with admin props but still no logical drives shows. It looks like nothing is happing.

    I'm using a Windows 7 OS.
    What could be the cause?

    Thanks!

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    1. Hi! Have you tried to use it in secure mode?

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  6. Hi ! I ran the File recovery as Admin, and it found my logical drives. However, after analysing everything it found no deleted files...

    Do you know how I could fix this ?

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    1. Hi! it should appear on the screen, could you try searching in all the disk?

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  7. scanning 976million sectors? holy crap? Do you know of any way i can specifically find the music/movies i deleted, that is the only thing i want, and i cannot seem to find them all in the same area, was all deleted form my desktop, so im not too sure on how to find it all, i cant go through and search each and every file that was missing becuase im not too sure exactly what all was deleted

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    1. Hi! in this case sometimes it's necessary to remember the folders in what the files were, because this is the only way this tool organizes what it recovers.

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  8. I recovered a big folder but... it was empty, with out all the files that were inside... why?

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    1. Hi! because there are files that can not be recovered, because their space are already used by new files.

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  10. The folder which I accidentally deleted was in "My Videos" WHICH MEANS IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE IN c dRIVE,RIGHT?bUT i CAN'T FIND IT OVER THERE UNDER MY ACCOUNT.i AM RUNNING AS THE ADMIN BUT I CAN'T FIND IT UNDER THE ORIGINAL ACCOUNT.HELP?

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    1. Hi! well if you can't find the folder that means that probably you can't recover it.

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  11. I also "Ran as Admin" and it worked, did not before that. Hasn't found many files yet, but I am quite sure it works as reported-just started using.

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    1. Excellent Mike! Thank you for reading : )

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