1st Drive Recovery

Hard Drive Recovery Made Easy

1st Drive Recovery offers home and office users an easy way to recover deleted files and data lost after a system failure or virus attacks.

1st Drive Recovery Manual

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Downloading 1st Drive Recovery

Click here to download your copy of 1st Drive Recovery.

Caution: Do not download or install 1st Drive Recovery onto the disk you are about to recover! By doing so, you may cause additional corruption to the disk and/or files you were to recover, up to the point of no return. To avoid any additional damage to data being recovered, save 1st Drive Recovery onto a different hard drive, flash memory card, USB thumb drive, network location, or onto a CD or DVD.

Register 1st Drive Recovery

In order to get an ability to save files being recovered, you will need to register your copy of 1st Drive Recovery. You can register 1st Drive Recovery at any point - even after a full disk scan is complete, without losing the results of the scan. To register 1st Drive Recovery, run DriveRecovery.exe, select "Help" - "About" and enter your registration key if you've bought one already. If you don't have a registration key, you can get one by placing an order on-line through the "Help" - "About" - "Buy Now". Once you have the key, click "Input Key".

Of course, you can place your order for a 1st Drive Recovery registration key from this Web site by simply clicking this link.

How to Use 1st Drive Recovery

Install and run 1st Drive Recovery to begin the recovery.

Using Recovery Wizard to Recover Files and Data

The Recovery Wizard will be launched automatically when you run 1st Drive Recovery for the first time. Click Next.

NOTE: If you'd like to see Recovery Wizard every time you run 1st Drive Recovery, make sure the "Show wizard on startup" check box is selected.

Selecting Drive Letter

Select a drive letter or a directory on the hard drive being recovered to scan for lost and deleted files. Click Next.

The Scanner Window shows working progress displaying the number of lost and deleted files and folders discovered. Recovering large numbers of files or processing big hard disks may take a good while; this is normal behavior.

After the scan is complete, click Finish. You'll see recoverable files in an Explorer-like window. With 1st Drive Recovery, you can use most techniques available in Windows Explorer such as file search, tree and folder view, moving back and forward, file details.

Saving Recoverable Data

The recovery process is not complete until you fix the recoverable files by saving them. Make sure to use a different drive letter, separate hard disk, network location, memory card or USB thumb drive to save recoverable files to. If you save the files onto the disk being recovered, you will be risking in losing more data in the process than you recover.

Many types of files can be previewed before they are recovered. You can preview digital pictures, many types of Microsoft Office documents, archives, multimedia files, and certain other types of data even in the free edition of 1st Drive Recovery.

Select files and folders you want to recover, and click "Recover" to save them. This will launch the "Export Wizard" that will allow you selecting a place to save the data to. Select a location to place the recovered files to, and click Next.

The last step of the Recovery Wizard displays a confirmation window with a link to access recovered data. Click the link to view the files you've just recovered, or click Finish.

Recovering Data without Recovery Wizard

If you prefer, you can gain full manual control over the data recovery process. Simply close the Recovery Wizard to begin.

In manual recovery more, you can recover partitions or the entire hard drive. Generally, if you can see a partition that holds files you want to recover, you should select the partition. If something bad happened, and the partition no longer appears as a drive letter, 1st Drive Recovery will perform the full scan of your hard drive in order to locate recoverable partitions. After that, 1st Drive Recovery will scan them for lost and deleted files. This can take quite a while if you have a large disk with lots of data.

Click Next to begin the disk scan.

Select a partition and click Next.

If you know what file system was there on the disk (FAT or NTFS), select one and click Next. Specify location to save the recovered files to, and click Next.

After the scan is complete, click Finish. You'll see recoverable files in an Explorer-like window. With 1st Drive Recovery, you can use most techniques available in Windows Explorer such as file search, tree and folder view, moving back and forward, file details.

Select files and folders you want to recover, and click "Recover" to save them. This will launch the "Export Wizard" that will allow you selecting a place to save the data to. Select a location to place the recovered files to, and click Next.

The "Recovered files" Folder

The "Recovered files" folder will contain lost and deleted files discovered with the SmartSearch algorithm. Only certain types of files can be rescued this way, including most office documents, compressed archives, digital pictures, email and multimedia files. You can preview these files before recovering them by simply clicking on them. Note that preview works even in the free edition of 1st Drive Recovery.

Pre-recovery preview

In order to recover files and folders, mark them and click "Recover". The Export Wizard will be displayed to obtain information on the place where you'd like to save data being recovered.

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