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Windows 7: Please recommend Data Recovery Software (folder structure required)

27 Feb 2017   #11
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
"...I'm now looking into backup options such as RAID 1..." If I understand RAID 1 a little bit, I do not recommend this; if a viri or malware or worse - ransomeware - hits your computer, both RAID 1 created original and second copies could become lost in an instant. I recommend making weekly, bi-weekly, bi-monthly, u-pick-how-often, using Macrium Reflect or anything similar, full images of your OS and Data partitions onto affordable reliable external media.

I see three of us were posting at the same time :)
What can I say? Small world?

Your advice is dead on. I personally recommend keeping System files (OS, programs, and games) segregated from data files, either on separate drives (that also has the advantage allow to use a smaller, thus less expensive, SSD for the OS and programs, and, maybe, games) or on seaporate partitions (OS, programs, and games on one partition and data on another partition). That allows one to use an imaging program, such as Macrium Reflect Free for backing up the System files and a folder/file syncing program, suchas FreeFileSync, to back up the data.

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09 Oct 2017   #12

Win 7

For the benefit of future readers, a free option that just recovered approx 40,000 photos from a disk my partner formatted in Windows and started using, is Disk Drill Free Data Recovery Software. Recover Deleted Files Easily After the format he then copied about 50 x 400mb video files onto the drive before realising he'd been working on the the wrong disk. It was command line but very simple to use. In total we recovered about 70,000 files (pdf, doc, mkv, mov, png, jpg) that I selected in the file type options. I didn't care about all the other files on the drive. From what we can see, nothing of importance was damaged or not recoverable. Unfortunately we also got about 10,000 duplicate files recovered.
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