July 24, 2013 at 9:13 pm #4471
HI. I have tried to search for deleted documents with the free version. But I notice that as soon as I go to the window to initiate a search, it starts before I can tailor the search to certain parameters (such as documents only, and only those documents I’ve trashed in the last week). So I then pause the process and click on those criteria, but I really don’t think the application responds in any way. This was confirmed when I got the results: over 5000 Word documents, over two thousand pdfs, etc. I definitely did NOT trash folders with that many documents. A couple of hundred Word doc and a few dozen pdfs, sure. And they are immensely important documents that I need to recover and put back in their folders.
So my question is why did Disk Drill ignore my search criteria and then go looking for every possible document God knows where on my HD? I haven’t paid for the full-on version yet, but I certainly don’t have the four or five months to spare to go clicking on 7000 documents in the hope that some of them are the docs I need to restore to their original folders.
Any ideas? Thanks in advance.July 29, 2013 at 2:05 pm #5121
The filters you see in scanning results window are only for those items that were already found, data recovery doesn’t work in a reversed way: /help/can-i-recover-a-specific-file-with-disk-drill/August 5, 2013 at 1:53 pm #5124
OK, thanks for that. But I went to the saved Disk Drill file and chose files that had been deleted in the last month. And I got exactly the same results. Over 5000 Word docs, 2000 pdfs, etc. And trust me, I did not throw that many files away. I clicked on some random Word files to preview them and they mostly consist of Word templates, clip art, pictures of happy yuppies doing things, etc. None of it relevant. And the other doc files I’ve tried to preview come up as gibberish, with a dialogue box asking if I want to convert the file to unicode, Excel, Rich Text, etc. (None of which is able to open the file in a readable form.)
So what can I do? Should I buy the full-on version and do another deep scan? And afterwards specify that I want only those files lost in the last month? Or will that result in the same thing, i.e. thousands of files, most of which are unreadable or irrelevant?August 12, 2013 at 2:26 pm #5129
Did you actually look in the article I mentioned above? With Deep Scan, filtering won’t usually be effective. File properties (like dates) are lost if the file system is lost, that’s when Deep Scan actually can help, but file metadata won’t be recovered by Deep Scan. Please check the article again, it explains everything.
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