NTFS Recovery Wizard is a full-scale recovery solution for the widest audiences of home and small office users.
Installing NTFS Recovery Wizard
"Download" NTFS Recovery Wizard, saving it anywhere but the disk being recovered. Run ntfs_recovery_wizard_setup.exe to install NTFS Recovery Wizard to your PC.
NOTE: Never save or install NTFS Recovery Wizard onto the disk that contains data being recovered to avoid permanent data corruption. Instead, use a separate hard drive or an external memory device such as a floppy disk, USB flash memory drive or flash memory card, network drive, CD or DVD.
Registering Your Copy of NTFS Recovery Wizard
To license your copy of NTFS Recovery Wizard.exe , click "Help" – "Order Now" in the bottom left corner of the application window. Alternatively, use "Help" – "About" and click "Buy Now", or click "Online Order" button. As soon as you receive your license key, enter it by using the "Input Key" button. Click "OK" to apply.
Tip: there is no need to restart NTFS Recovery Wizard after licensing it.
Note that you can always license your copy at any time just before the recovery commences. After the initial disk scan is finished, a windows prompting for licensing information will appear. Enter your license key in that window, or follow the instructions shown in it to purchase your license key.
Working with NTFS Recovery Wizard
Launch NTFS Recovery Wizard by clicking its icon on the computer’s desktop or in the Windows Start menu. You’ll see the welcome window of the Easy Recovery Wizard that’ll guide you through the process of data recovery.
Choosing a Disk to Recover Data
The Easy Recovery Wizard asks you to specify a volume or a physical drive to recover. Note that NTFS Recovery Wizard does not perform any write operations on the disk during the initial scan, so that you can safely recover even the system volume. Alternatively, you can mount a virtual disk image or create one by clicking Map Virtual Partitions.
If you want to scan an existing virtual disk image, click "Help" – "Mount Image". If you’d like to create a new one, right-click on the disk or partition to image, and click Create Recovery Snapshot to create a new virtual disk image.
Tip: virtual disk images, or recovery snapshots, are the safest way to handle the recovery. Working with a virtual disk image does not touch the original damaged disk or partition, always allowing for a backup plan if the recovery goes wrong.
The following window with a progress bar shows the number of recoverable files and folders found so far. It may take significant time to scan larger volumes.
After the scan is finished, you’ll see the list of recoverable files in an Explorer-like window.
If you see files and folders marked with a red ‘X’, be aware that they are probable damaged beyond repair and may be irrecoverable. Click on a file to see a full-size live preview and make your own judgment on the degree of corruption in such files.
To recover files or folders, select ones you’d like to repair in the file view on the left. Click "Next" to proceed with the recovery of the selected files.
Specify a folder to save the recoverable files to, and click "Next" to perform the recovery. Depending on the number and size of recoverable files, the recovery may take a while. It is recommended that you select a separate disk or an external storage device to store the files you recover.
In order to access the recovered files, click the underlined link on the final window of the Easy Recovery Wizard.
How to Recover a Corrupted Partition
In order to recover a damaged NTFS partition, launch NTFS Recovery Wizard and specify a physical disk in the disk selection window select. Double-click the selected disk to perform a search for lost, deleted or corrupted NTFS volumes and partitions.
NTFS Recovery Wizard will automatically scan the drive in order to locate all NTFS partitions on the selected physical drive. Click "Recover Partition" on the partition you’d like to recover.
The recovery wizard will add all volumes it discovered to the disk selection window. You can now specify one of the added partitions to recover data from. Select a partition to recover data, and click Next, then follow the standard way to recover data.
How to Recover the Entire Hard Drive
To recover data from the entire hard drive, start NTFS Recovery Wizard To recover data from the entire hard drive, start NTFS Recovery Wizard and double-click on a physical drive you’re about to recover. Click “Recover Hard Drive” to start the process. NTFS Recovery Wizard will automatically scan the drive in order to locate recoverable data on the disk. Note that the wizard makes no modifications to the disk just yet, which means that you can safely scan system or damaged volumes. The recovery may take a long time depending on the size of the hard drive. After the scan is completed, follow the prompts to recover data.
The Recovered Files Folder
The Recovered files folder lists files discovered by the SmartSearch algorithm.
SmartSearch combines information it gathers from the file system with actual data it reads from the disk surface to make a comprehensive reconstruction of the actual file and directory structure of the damaged disks. The technology is genuine to WizardRecovery Company, and provides the most precise information about recoverable data. While SmartSearch is useful to discover files that were simply deleted, it is truly invaluable when locating files such as Microsoft Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, or JPEG pictures, more then 100 different types of files in total, from badly damaged, corrupted or reformatted hard drives.
The Recovered Files folder groups recoverable documents by the type. You can access all supported documents with the Live Preview feature that displays full previews of recoverable files. What you see is what you get. Live Preview can display files such as digital pictures, Microsoft Office Documents, videos, music, compressed archives, HTML files, MSG and EML files, and plain text files. Simply click on a file to see its preview.
In order to select data to recover during the next step, mark files and folder to recover on the left. The files and folders you select will be recovered in a few steps when you click "Next".