Search for deleted files and folders

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Search for deleted files and folders

To help you find deleted files in a long list of files from a scanned drive, you may search the list with specific search criteria and review results in a Search for deleted files and folders

1. Select a scanned logical drive or scanned detected partition

2. To open the Search for Files and Folders dialog box, do one of the following:

  • From the main toolbar, click Search
  • Right-click the selected item and click Search from the context menu

3. Provide general search criteria

Enter search criteria in Look for and other search options (if required) and click Search button to start searching in selected location.

General Search Options. Active@ UNDELETE

Figure 25: General Search Options

Recursive search in subdirectories

Use this option to search the root level of the drive and all sub folders. To search only the root folder, clear this check box.

Match case

To display files that match upper and lower case letters in the Look for field, select the Match case check box

Search among existing only

To display only files that are not deleted, select the Search among existing only check box.

Search among deleted only

To display only files that are deleted or damaged, select the Search among deleted only check box.

4. Set date search criteria [optional]

To display files by a specified date, in the Date Criteria tab, in the Date Type drop-down list, choose a type and select a date range.

Date Criteria. Active@ UNDELETE

Figure 26: Date Criteria

5. Set file size criteria [optional]

To display files by a specified file size, in the Size tab, select Small, Medium or Large, or specify the size range in KB.

File Size Criteria. Active@ UNDELETE

Figure 27: File Size Criteria

6. Set file attributes criteria [optional]

To display files based on file attributes in, the File Attributes tab select file attributes that should be present (Include Files and Folders Attributes) or otherwise exempt (Exclude Files or Folders with Attributes) in search result.

File Attributes Criteria. Active@ UNDELETE

Figure 28: File Attributes Criteria

To change all settings back to defaults, click Restore Defaults.

7. Click Search to start searching process

To display disk image events and progress details, click Details. To terminate the searching process, click Stop at any time. In this case search results may be not accurate or complete. After the search is done, a Search Results view appears.

Note: You may repeat a search many times and refine the search criteria for better results.

Note: See Searching patterns for details how to set search criteria. You may use File filter toolbar control to improve search results.

After search complete, Search results view must appear with search results (if any for provided criteria). You can repeat steps form 1 to 4 for desired effect.


Search results view

The Search Results view appears after you perform a Search for deleted files and folders on page 40. The top panel displays the results of the search in a list.

To make this list easier to read, you may do the following:

  • To sort the list by a column in ascending order, click the column header.
  • To sort the list by the same column in descending order, click the column header a second time.
  • To show a list that is reduced in size by a filter, select one of the preset options in the File Filter toolbar.
Search results view. Active@ UNDELETE

To recover an item in this list, right-click the item and choose Recover from the context menu or click Recover button in toolbar.

To preview an item, select it and click File Preview.

To change search criteria and repeat the search at the same location, click Search Again.

Note: You can create a custom filter for this list. For more information see File filter toolbar control.

Note: For information about how to start a search, see Search for deleted files and folders

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