Software to bring back lost files

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  1.    26 Mar 2018 #11

    Im going to check out your tutorial and get back with the results.

    Alright, so the tutorial shows how to scan usb drives. I want to scan my SSD.

    Scanning my SSD brings up a completely different menu. I find the layout in this program to be seriously confusing. Completing the scan seems to find about 58,000 files, but no rtf files like the one i was looking for. Sorry, but this program didnt work out for me.
    Last edited by Cerawy; 24 Jun 2018 at 16:19.
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  2.    29 Apr 2018 #12

    and can i get them back even after reinstalling windows?
    A reinstall replaces the Master File Table that informs where a file begins and is scattered across the SSD. With a defragmented HDD, one might get lucky to find a file across a contiguous block.

    I have had 'success' using testdisk to salvage a regularly-defragged HDD, including recovering .rtf files. I have no experience in salvaging from an SSD, yet, and hopefully I never have to.

    If SSD technology allows retention of previous Master File Tables, and there are salvage tools that explore these extant MFT's (NSA forensics?), one might be hopeful?
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  3.    30 Apr 2018 #13

    I got no idea, i think you would know that better than me. Im going to see if i can find some more programs. If anyone has some good suggestions, please let me know.
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       02 May 2018 #14

    You could try puran free version
    Puran File Recovery Download


    ZAR will scan , but if it finds what you need it requires a license to recover ( except photo recovery which is free)
    https://www.z-a-recovery.com/tutorials/digital-image-recovery.aspx
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  5.    07 May 2018 #15

    I like the simply and easy layout that puran has. I did a scan and it found a lot of deleted files, but sadly it didnt find the text file that i was looking for. Do you think the file has been deleted so long ago that it can no longer be recovered?

    P.S is there an option in puran to search for specific files, e.g rtf files?
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       07 May 2018 #16

    When you delete a file on a traditional drive the file remains in place but the space it occupied is marked as 'available' meaning it can be overwritten when needed.

    I believe SSD's are different, and it is in the drives interest to delete such space whenever it has chance to do so for the simple reason that SSD memory can not be directly overwritten, the blocks must first be cleared. If that is already done then writing to the drive is quicker, if it wasn't done the drive would have to do that first and then write your data. Have a search for 'Garbage collection SSD Drives'.

    So unfortunately I suspect your files are long gone on the SSD drive.
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  7.    07 May 2018 #17

    Well i just did a test with puran. I created a text file, deleted it and did a scan. It didnt find the file, which pretty much defeats the whole purpose of the program.
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       07 May 2018 #18

    pyramid10 said: View Post
    A reinstall replaces the Master File Table that informs where a file begins and is scattered across the SSD. With a defragmented HDD, one might get lucky to find a file across a contiguous block.

    I have had 'success' using testdisk to salvage a regularly-defragged HDD, including recovering .rtf files. I have no experience in salvaging from an SSD, yet, and hopefully I never have to.

    If SSD technology allows retention of previous Master File Tables, and there are salvage tools that explore these extant MFT's (NSA forensics?), one might be hopeful?
    Cerawy said: View Post
    Going to test some more programs, if anyone has some good suggestions, please let me know.
    Didi you try Testdisk, recommended by pyramid10? I've had success with it too.
    Another good choice (in my opinion) is Minitool Data recovery . Free version has some limitation, but good to try
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  9.    07 May 2018 #19

    Im going to try the suggestions, thanks.
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  10.    20 May 2018 #20

    I've tried without success to recover deleted files from SSD and I've used all sorts of methods. I like to know that when files are deleted that they are unrecoverable.

    Anyway check if Trim is enabled. If it is then the only way to get your files in from your backup that you made with Aomei Backupper. You just mount the backup and browse the image.

    If you didn't backup then forget it.

    What is TRIM and How To Check and Enable it on Windows 10 | Next of Windows

    Enable or Disable TRIM Support for Solid State Drives in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials
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