MiniTool Power Data Recovery User Manual

How to Recover

Recover Data in Multiple Cases

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These instructions could help you quickly find and recover files in MiniTool Power Data Recovery under different cases.

Note

  • Please do not write any new files to the drive from which you want to retrieve deleted data, for doing this may overwrite the files which have been deleted.
  • Please do not save recovered files to the original drive, because this may also overwrite deleted data.
  • Overwritten files can’t be recovered anymore.

How to Quickly Find and Recover Deleted Files

Run MiniTool Power Data Recovery, and choose the partition where your lost data is originally saved to scan. In our test, we select partition L: to scan.

choose a target partition to scan

After the scanning is completed, you’ll see the scanning result interface:

software interface you see when the scanning is finished

In this window, you can find and save files from one of the following 4 locations:

1. Original Folder Tree

find files from the original normal path

In general, you could find the deleted items from the original path. Please double-click each partition to view contents, and in most cases, you can find needed files from the first partition (Existing Partition). The deleted items are always marked with red "x". Of course, you may find them from other partitions in addition to the first partition.

2. $Dir Folders in the Lost Files Folder

find files from the $Dir folder

If you can’t find your needed files from the original path, please double click the Lost Files folder in each partition and view files in the $Dir folders. The deleted items are always saved in $Dir folders if they are not in original path.

3. Recycle Bin Folder

If lost files were originally saved on HDD, you can also check the Recycle Bin folder, as the following screenshot shows:

find files from the Recycle Bin

4. More Lost Files Folder

Find files from More Lost File (RAW)

Just double click the More Lost Files folder and recover specified types of files. Files saved in this folder are found by directly scanning data area (bypass file system), so they will lose original names, and you need to recover them to a different drive to view the contents.

How to Quickly Find and Recover Files from Formatted Drive

Run MiniTool Power Data Recovery, and then select the formatted drive to scan. In the test, we formatted L:, so we choose it to scan:

select the formatted drive to scan

After the scanning is completed, you’ll see the following interface:

the interface when the program has finished scanning a formatted partition

Please double click each partition to view contents. If you can find files from the original folder tree, just choose needed files and save them to another drive. But in most cases, there is no folder tree found, and you can only see the Lost Files folder after opening a partition. Please double-click the Lost Files folder, and then view files in the $Dir folders. In our test, we find desired files from $Dir folders:

find desired files from $Dir folder

You can also find and save files from the More Lost Files folder.

find files from the More Lost Partitions (RAW) if $Dir fails to return good results

Please choose specified types of files and save them to another drive.

How to Quickly Find and Recover Files from Damaged/Inaccessible Drive

Firstly, please run MiniTool Power Data Recovery and select the damaged or inaccessible drive to scan:

select a damaged partition to scan

After the scanning is completed, you'll see the following interface:

software interface when the program has finished scanning a damaged partition

Please double click each partition to view contents. If you can find needed files from the original folder tree, that’s great. Just choose and save needed files to another drive. But in most cases, users have to recover data from the More Lost Files folder:

try to find files you want from the original path or from More Lost File (RAW)

Please choose specified types of files and save them to another drive.

How to Quickly Find and Recover Files from Lost Drive

Firstly, please run MiniTool Power Data Recovery and see whether you can find the lost drive from the Lost Partition module:

select a lost partition to scan

If found, just select the lost drive to scan. If not, please click the Hard Disk Drive tab, and choose the whole hard disk to scan:

or you may turn to scan the whole hard drive

After the scanning is completed, you’ll see the following window:

software interface after scanning the lost partition or the whole hard drive

Please double click each partition to browse contents in either the original path or the Lost Files folder. If you can find desired files from one of those partitions, just save them to another drive. But if you can't find needed files, please double click the More Lost Files folder, and save specified types of files to another drive.

Tip:

Files saved in the More Lost Files folder are found bypassing files system, so they will lose original names, and users need to recover them to a different drive to view contents.

How to Perform RAW Scan

In some cases, you are suggested to do a RAW scan using MiniTool Power Data Recovery. This always happens when the program gets stuck in the process of rebuilding the virtual file system. After RAW scan, all files found will be listed in a drive named ALL RAW Files.

To perform a RAW scan, please run MiniTool Power Data Recovery, find the existing partition/lost partition/unallocated space to be recovered and go to Settings. Then uncheck all the file systems before scanning the desired.

RAW scan setting

However, if RAW scan also fails to display useful data, that means there is no data our program can recognize or the disk read failed.

Tip:

The RAW scan does not work for Hard Disk Drive module where you will have to select at least one file system.

FAQ when Using MiniTool Power Data Recovery

1. How to recover files from ESD-USB drive?

ESD-USB drives are usually caused by burning Windows to an external hard drive. And then you get a hard drive with 32GB FAT32 partition followed by unallocated space taking up all the rest disk space. To recover data from ESD-USB drives, please make sure you are select the whole disk drive (in Hard Disk Drive module) instead of selecting the 32GB partition or the unallocated space to have a scan.

2. How to recover data from BitLocker encrypted hard drive?

MiniTool Power Data Recovery cannot recover data from BitLocker encrypted hard drive unless you decrypt in advance.

3. How long will it take to complete the scan process?

The time required to scan a drive depends on many factors, such as how many data you saved in this drive and the current status of the drive.

4. Got the error message "failed to find any file system information from the specified device", and no files are found.

Most probably your device has physical issues. In this case, please take a screenshot to show us your disk layout in Windows Disk Management or use hard drive testing tools like CrystalDiskInfo to see whether your hard drive has physical issues.

5. Why the program found a lot of partitions?

When our program finds a file system track, after scanning it will show it as a partition no matter the file system is intact or not. If it finds 10 file system tracks, it will show 10 partitions. If the file system is intact, all files in this partition will be shown correctly. If file system is incomplete or corrupted, all files will be in the RAW Files folder and lose their original name.

Files in the All RAW Files partition are found over the file system, so they lose original names and date info.

6. What does RAW Files mean?

RAW Files means that all files in it are found over file system, so they lose original names and date info. How does this occur? Well, when our program found files form incomplete or corrupted file systems, all files will be in the RAW Files folder.

7. What does $Dir file mean?

$Dir files are found from NTFS file system and the file record gets corrupted. When our program cannot find the parent directory of a file, that file will be included in a $Dir folder.

8. Why recovered files lost original names and are shown as file1, file2, file3…

In general, there are 2 causes for this issue:

  1. 1) Errors occurred during the process of scanning. In this case, please rescan the drive.
  2. 2) File system is damaged. In this case, the original folder structure can't be restored.

9. The program said it saved files successfully, but I just found an empty folder.

In general, there are 4 causes for this issue:

  1. 1) There is not enough free space on the drive to save the file. Please double-check the unused space of the drive.
  2. 2) There are errors in the path selected for recovered files. In this case, please right-click an individual file and recover it to the root directory of a drive to see whether it is there. If you have already closed the program, you can relaunch, choose the function you used to scan the drive and load previous scanning results.
  3. 3) Errors occurred during scan. In this case, please rescan the drive and then save an individual file to see whether it is there.
  4. 4) File system of the drive you used to save recovered files isn't supported by Windows. Please try saving files to an NTFS or FAT32 partition.

10. Recovered files can't open in any other supported programs.

In general, there are 3 causes for this issue:

  1. 1) There are errors in the path selected for recovered files. In this case, please right-click an individual file and recover it to the root directory of a drive to see whether it can open correctly. If you have already closed the program, you can run it again, choose the function you used to scan the drive and load previous scanning results.
  2. 2) Errors occurred during scan. In this case, please rescan the drive and save an individual file to see whether it can open.
  3. 3) The file got damaged before recovery. MiniTool Power Data Recovery can only recover lost/deleted files but can't repair damaged files.

This PC

This module is designed to recover files from the logically damaged partition, formatted partition, and RAW partition and it is selected by default.

How to recover data from damaged, formatted or RAW partition?

Step 1: After launching MiniTool Power Data Recovery, users will enter the following interface where all the detected disk partitions are arrayed by drive letters. For partitions that do not have drive letters, they are arranged at the end of the list. And MiniTool Power Data Recovery displays much partition information, including the volume label, the file system, and the capacity.

Just choose one partition and then click Scan button to the next step.

Notes

  • If the target partition is not listed, please click refresh to refresh this interface.
  • If users want to recover some specified file types on certain partitions, use Settings option to help. This way can save some scanning time.

choose partition

Step 2: See! This software is scanning the selected partition. And it can find both the lost and existing files while scanning. If users have found crucial data, they can click pause to pause or click stop to stop the scan process for instant data recovery.

Tips

  • Users had better wait patiently until the scan is completed so as to recover lost data well.
  • The scan time is determined by the capacity of data.
  • MiniTool Power Data Recovery can scan the lost, deleted, RAW files. Also, NTFS compressed and encrypted files are supported.

scan process

Step 3: After completing the scan, users need to find files they need. Then, check some items and click Save button.

choose files to recover

To quickly find needed files, MiniTool Power Data Recovery offers three options to users.

Type

In type section, all the founded files will be displayed by file type. Just unfold a file type and choose certain items to recover.

type

Show Lost Files

This option helps users find the lost files quickly. Just click Show Lost Files button to make the software only show you the lost files.

Show Lost Files

Find

This option allows users to input the specific file name so as to quickly find the needed file. Just click Find button, type the file name and click Find finally.

Tips

  • For an exact search, users can check Match Case or Match Word.
  • The Match Case option requires users to pay attention to the capital and small letter of file name.
  • The Match Word option requires users to type the complete file name.
  • If there is more than one file that matches the searching condition, after clicking Find button, users can see Find Next button.

find

Filter

This Filter option enables users to search files by filename/extension, file size, creation or modification date. Besides, users can also choose to show deleted, lost or normal files according to their needs. Just click Filter button, and make some advanced settings in the pop-up window.

filter

Tip

If users don't want to perform the recovery operation right now or have some problems when using this software, Export Scan Result option helps them to export the scan result to avoid a new scan. Click this feature, add a file name for the .rss file and export it to a location.export

Step 4: Finally, choose a directory to save selected files.

Tip: it is recommended to save the recovered files on another drive. Otherwise, the lost/deleted data could be overwritten.

storage path

Removable Disk Drive

This recovery module helps users to recover photos, music files, and videos from various digital media storage devices, such as USB flash drives, digital cameras, SD cards, memory cards, pen drives, etc.

How to retrieve lost data from a removable disk?

Preparatory work: Before starting data recovery, please connect the removable disk to a computer. If users have an SD card, please plug the SD card into a card reader and then connect it to a computer.

Step 1: When opening MiniTool Power Data Recovery, click Removable Disk Drive feature to enter the following interface. Here, we suggest choosing the removable disk rather than its disk partition and click Scan to start a scan.

removable disk

Tip: The Settings option can help users to make advanced settings so as to only recover some specific file types on certain partitions.

Step 2: Now this software is scanning the removable disk. While scanning, the found files will be listed. And if users have found their needed files, they can choose to pause or stop this scan.

Note: To get the best recovery result, we recommend waiting patiently until the full scan finishes.

scan process

Step 3: After scanning the removable disk, unfold a folder to find files. Or users can also quickly find the needed files with Type, Find or Filter option. Then choose certain items and click Save button to the next step.

scan result

Step 4: Specify a storage path to save the selected files. Note that users had better recover files to another hard drive to avoid data overwriting.

destination location

Hard Disk Drive

Many computer users may have encountered partition loss due to some reasons, for instance, system update, hard drive failure, OS corruption, etc. And certainly, data in the partition is lost. In this case, users can use Hard Disk Drive feature to recover lost or deleted data after partition loss or deletion.

How to recover deleted data after partition gets lost?

Step 1: In the following interface, the lost partition and all the hard disks are displayed and users can choose the lost partition or the target disk to scan. But for better data recovery, we recommend choosing the hard disk containing lost partition and click Scan to begin a scan.

hard disk drive

Tip

Users can choose certain file types on the specified partitions to scan. Just click Settings and make the advanced settings for the scan.

settings

Step 2: This software is scanning the target disk and all the found files are listed. To get the best recovery result, we suggest not pausing or stopping the scan but waiting patiently until the full scan completes.

scan process

Step 3: In the following interface, MiniTool Power Data Recovery will list 10 lost partitions at most. And if there are more than 10 partitions, please click Show More Partitions. Then, open each partition to search for needed files.

scan result

To quickly find files, we suggest using Type option which enables users to check files via file types. Besides, Find and Filter options are also useful.

type

After finding files, check them and click Save button.

Step 4: Select a directory to save selected files. It is recommended to choose another drive to avoid overwriting data.

save

CD/DVD Drive

This module is designed specifically to recover data from damaged, or scratched CD and DVD discs. Almost all CD and DVD disc types are supported including CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, and DVD-RW. It also supports disc recorded with UDF packet writing software, such as DirectCD, InCD, and packetCD.

How to recover files from CD/DVD disc?

Step 1: Enter the following interface, choose the CD or DVD disc and click Scan button to continue.

cd drive

Tip: Settings option helps users to make scan settings so as to scan certain file types.

settings

Step 2: Then, this software starts to scan the CD/DVD disc. During the process, found files will be shown.

Tip: To get the best recovery result, please wait until the full scan finishes.

scan process

Step 3: After completing the scan, users will enter the following interface where they need to find the needed files. And then, click Save button to continue.

Tip: To quickly find files, use Type, Find or Filter option.

result

Step 4: At last, specify a storage path for the recovered files. Note that users had better choose another hard drive for file storage to avoid data overwriting.

storage location