How to Undelete a Lost File (or Two)

How to Undelete a Lost File (or Two)This is a sponsored post written on behalf of ReclaiMe. All opinions are 100% my own.

We’ve all lost a file we didn’t intend to delete at one point or another. Either it became mixed in with a group of other files or accidentally tossed in the recycle bin by a coworker. Whatever the cause of the accidental deletion, it doesn’t have to be the end of the world. In fact, you can usually restore a file, even after the recycle bin has been emptied. Furthermore, RAID and NAS failures shouldn’t deprive you of your important data.

Enter ReclaiMe, a Windows-based file recovery solution that works with a multitude of different file systems and makes recovering those important bits and bytes a simple matter.

Here’s a list of drive formats ReclaiMe works with. Keep in mind that this includes some RAID configurations such as 0, 1E, 0+1, 1+0, 5, and 6. It also works across standard and solid-state hard drives, USB drives, memory cards, and multi-disk NAS devices.

  • Windows
    • NTFS
    • ReFS
    • FAT (including FAT32)
    • exFAT
  • Linux / NAS
    • EXT2
    • EXT3
    • EXT4
    • XFS
  • OS X
    • HFS
    • HFS+
    • UFS

While you will need a Windows machine to run the ReclaiMe software, the file structure for even OS X and Linux partitions will remain completely intact and available to you. This makes doing things like recovering drives from dead NAS devices and older machines much easier. All you need is a drive dock or available SATA/IDE connection with which to hook the drive up.

I tested the software on a number of drives including a secured external drive and it worked without a hitch as long as the drive was open and accessible by Windows.

The only time I was unable to recover files through ReclaiMe was in a case where I performed a low-level reformat of the drive. This is to be expected as that type of format is intentionally established to make every bit of data inaccessible. ReclaiMe’s software is primarily intended for file recovery in the event of accidental deletion, error, or misplacement of data. For this purpose, it works remarkably well.

User Experience

Perhaps the most important thing to consider when choosing a file recovery solution aside from functionality is simplicity. Overly complicated software makes it difficult for most people to accomplish what they need to get done in the first place. Finding an advanced tool that works with a wide variety of file structures that is simple enough for just about anyone to use is difficult. ReclaiMe fits the bill just fine.

It’s quite simply the easiest file recovery software I’ve used in ages. You select the drive you wish to explore, wait for the drive scans to detect the files, and save the files you wish to recover. It’s really quite simple.

I’ve used ReclaiMe on Windows 8 and found it to work very well with the new operating system. I came across no bugs or errors, even when I jumped between drives faster than it could scan. Everything was smooth and responsive. There’s no reason you should have to wait hours upon hours to access your data. ReclaiMe makes your data available the moment it’s detected and scanned. Even if the drive hasn’t finished being read, many of your files are available in less than a minute.

If you’re looking for great file recovery software without all the complications, then ReclaiMe may well be what you’re searching for.