Most of the hard drives you can find today use NTFS (New Technology File System) format. This is actually a good thing. The data in the NTFS-formatted drive will be easier to recover if you accidentally delete it. There are many methods you can use to recover it. But, in this article, we will show you how to do that with R-Studio.
What is R-Studio?
R-Studio is data recovery software. Previously, this software doesn’t support NTFS type drive. But, the latest version of this software has the NTFS as one of the supported drives for the recovery process. This software is paid software. However, the demo version is good enough to recover your data.
- NTFS is not a drive, it’s a file system and disks/partitions can be formatted to different file systems. Different operating systems (say Windows, Mac or Linux) support different file systems. When we say “NTFS drive” we mean a drive with NTFS file system, but “NTFS type drive” or “software has the NTFS as one of the supported drives for the recovery process” sounds awkward.
- R-Studio supports NTFS and FAT (most common in Windows OS) file systems since its first release in 2000.
Before you recover your data, you need to know several things. They are important because they can affect the data recovery success rate. Here are important things you need to know first before you use R-Studio.
- The drive must be formatted in an NTFS format for each partition,
“MUST” is not applicable. It doesn’t really matter if the drive is formatted to NTFS or any other supported file system. R-Studio supports a wide range of file systems: NTFS, NTFS5, ReFS, FAT12/16/32, exFAT, HFS/HFS+ and APFS (Macintosh), Little- and Big-Endian variants of UFS1/UFS2 (FreeBSD/OpenBSD/NetBSD/Solaris) and Ext2/Ext3/Ext4 FS (Linux).
I would suggest you do not try just rephrasing and repeat our article. It would be much better if you write about NTFS disk failures, recovery options, etc. and then just mention our R-Studio as one of the best recovery solutions for NTFS disks/drives/partitions.
- The drive must have a good physical condition and has no damage, especially the inside part,
- DO NOT write, copy, or add new data in the partition or drive that you are going to recover. It will only delete the old deleted files you want to recover. And, if that happens, you won’t be able to recover those files.
- Prepare enough space to keep the recovered data. You can use the other partitions or external storage media.
Recovering Your Files with R-Studio
Here are the steps you need to do when you use R-Studio to recover your files.
- Install the software. Once it’s done, open it.
- Choose the partition/drives that you want to recover. Then, click the S.M.A.R.T. button on the lower right to find out the disk condition. here are what you need to notice:
- GOOD – it’s recoverable,
- CAUTION – there is some error on your disk, but the data recovery process is still possible to do,
- BAD – there is a huge failure on your disk, which makes the recovery process, mostly, will be failed.
That’s wrong. S.M.A.R.T. Shows just a hard disk condition and doesn’t guaranty a success of recovery. We always recommend our customers to create a byte-to-byte disk image (disk clone)
and then to recover data from the image. When a disk SMART is BAD, cloning the disk is usually a MUST first step in a recovery procedure. Sometimes there is a 100% success of recovery from disks with Bad SMART and 0% success from disks with Good SMART.
- Click the “Scan” button on the top bar. Once you click this button, you will find a window where you can adjust the scanning setting. Make sure you change the “File System” into NTFS only (just to save a scan time and avoid analyzing disk data for another file systems) Then, you can click the “Scan” button on the bottom of the window.
- On the scan window, actually, you also can make another adjustment. For example, if you know the file format that you are going to search, you can choose to search that specific format. And, do not forget to check the “Save to File” option and choose the specific location to save the scan information. It’s useful to continue the scanning process if it’s interrupted.
- The scanning process will be started. Once it’s finished, you can choose the disk partition that you scan before to show you the scanning result.
- Choose the files that you want to recover. You can check the box on the left of the files name. Before you recover the files, you also can use the built-in Previewer feature that can show you the file condition and recover success rate. If it’s an image, it will display the image of that file.
- After choosing all files you want to recover, click the “Recover Marked” button. Choose the location where you will put the recovered file on the “Output folder” bar. Then hit “Ok” button.
- Now, wait until the recovering process is finished. Once it’s finished, you get your files back.
The success rate for recovering the deleted files using R-Studio is quite high. In many cases, this software can recover all the files that you want. With this high success rate, you don’t need to worry, whenever you have the deleted file problem. You also can use this software to recover the file from the reformatted drive.
We can’t promise any success rate (high or low), but if R-Studio doesn’t find data/files on a disk after deep scan it usually means it can’t be done with any data recovery software available on the market or the end user doesn’t use the software properly and our assistance is required.
Moreover, what we explained above are the process to recover data using the demo version of R-Studio. It’s a free version. So, you can use it anytime you want. However, for better result and feature, you can buy the paid version, especially if you use this software for business or company system.
R-STUDIO run in the demo mode allows evaluating how the utility recovers lost files. The only limitation is it doesn’t recover files larger than 256KB in the demo mode.
All R-Studio versions (except the technician version*) are registered on on-the-fly and no reinstallation required. Depending on the registration key the software is activated to a local or network version. When R-Studio run in the demo mode has found a lost file larger than 256KB you may simply double-click the file to preview it. If you are satisfied with the file content you may buy the R-Studio license, register the software and recover the file right away.