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File Recovery with Undelete My Files

File Recovery tools are flooding the software market these days and it takes more than to provide a way to recover files to stick out of the masses. Undelete My Files offers several features that make it at least an interesting application to try. The file recovery is obviously the dominating component of the software. Hard Disks can be scanned which usually does not take longer than a few seconds - depending on the size of the hard drive - and the results are displayed afterward. One interesting aspect of this procedure is that multiple hard disks can be selected at once. Most other tools scan hard disks on a per disk basis only.

Another interesting aspect of that scan for deleted files is the option to preview items before they are recovered. Every file can be marked and a click on the preview button opens the file in the default viewer. It becomes pretty obvious if a file can be recovered, chances are slim if the default viewer cannot open it. If the file displays fine on the other hand chances are good that it can be recovered without difficulties.

Undelete My Files provides access to two specialized recovery operations: Media and Mail Recovery. Both target specific files and try to recover them. The advantage of using Media Recovery is that it specifically targets multimedia files offering a preview pane for quick file previews.


Mail Rescue tries to recover Microsoft Outlook Express, MS Outlook, Eudora and Netscape mails. The software automatically tries to locate the installation folders and proposes a system scan if none can be found.


Another function provided by Undelete My Files is the Advanced File Search. That's a nice function if you know what you are looking for. You can pinpoint the tool to search specific folders, look for certain names and file types, sizes and attributes. Pretty convenient if you want to recover specific files.

The last two functions are not related to file recovery. The first is a disk wiper that deleted existing files on the disk securely so that they cannot be recovered by normal means. The other the creation of a Emergency Disk Image which creates a snapshot of a disk to work with later on. That's actually a great idea to prevent that deleted files are overwritten by new files and the same way professionals are handling this issue.

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  1. darkkosmos said on June 21, 2008 at 11:49 am

    So many recovery tools :O, I wonder why there are only a few disk whipers..

  2. Martin said on June 21, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    The reason for that is because there are more people who are accidentally deleting files than people who want to make sure files cannot be recovered. That’s my theory at least.

  3. Varla said on June 23, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    I’ve said this before and I say it again: protect your data on the drive! Backup regularly and install a file recovery app on the system so that any accidental deletions can be undone in just a couple of clicks. Having a recovery solution already in place on the system greatly increases the chances of success, and is one of the pillars of a solid data protection plan.

  4. Roman ShaRP said on June 30, 2008 at 10:15 am

    O, I wonder why there are only a few disk whipers..

    Hmm… I can tell that there are plenty of them, even more than undeleters.

    Backup regularly and install a file recovery app on the system so that any accidental deletions can be undone in just a couple of clicks.

    You can also use versioning backup software for files you work on. If we talk about Windows, – FileHamster is pretty good solution on my opinion.

  5. Roman ShaRP said on June 30, 2008 at 10:17 am

    Some time ago I gave a run all undelete programs I collected. Results were following:

    UndeleteMyFiles – instant restart with blue screen of death
    FreeUndelete 2.0 – finds almost nothing
    Glary Undelete – not bad, but scan is long
    Undelete PLUS – good, scan is somewhat faster, then Glary

  6. zlatan24 said on July 11, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    I heard about not bad application-Outlook recovery, recover Outlook files and data from corrupted pst files of all Microsoft Outlook mail clients, from Microsoft Outlook 97 to Microsoft Outlook 2003, recover Outlook email and data from corrupted *.pst files protected with a password, recover Outlook email and data from corrupted pst files larger than 2GB with the maximum size for *.pst files of 32TB, recover Outlook files and recover Outlook messages from corrupted *.ost files of Microsoft Exchange versions 5.0, 5.5, 2000, 2003.

  7. jj said on March 13, 2009 at 1:16 am

    Is UndeleteMyFiles efficient with recovering data on formatted disk?

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