ReclaiMe: File Recovery Tool – You Never Know When You’ll Need it

Most people don’t think about lost files, until they lose them!

Have you ever accidentally deleted a file?  Or perhaps you deleted it on purpose believing it was backed up somewhere else, only to discover that it wasn’t?

I’m actually guilty of both scenarios.  As a result, I’ve developed an acute case of OCD when it comes to saving files.  I might have them saved in three different places.  The only problem with this is, if you make edits to one file, you’ll have to remember to update all three.  Or risk overwriting the wrong file which brings a whole new level of confusion into the mix.

Obviously, that’s a lot of trouble and saving files in three places takes a lot of space, so that only works for me with small files.  I couldn’t do that with all of the images that I use on my blog.  So I was very relaxed when it came to backing up image files.  I guess I just figured that since there was a copy on my blog or since I’d used creative common images from Flickr, that I really didn’t need to take extreme measures to back them up.

I found out the hard way, when my server crashed that was the wrong approach.  There are still files that I probably will never recover, but I’m glad to know that there are file recovery tools that can help.

ReclaiMe File Recovery is one example of software that can help resurrect files that have been deleted.  I gave this software a try, just to see how many files it could salvage and to my surprise, it recovered files that I had completely forgotten about!

How it Works

ReclaiMe File RecoveryI downloaded ReclaiMe to my computer and activated the software.  Then I selected the drives that I wanted it to scan.  I started with my jump drive and then my SD card because I was most interested in recovering photos.

It was extremely simple to use – and I mean that.  I didn’t have to fiddle around too long because the options were presented as huge buttons along the top.  I didn’t even have to turn to the User Manual at all during the process.

To start the process all I had to do was hit the start button.

After a few moments, it showed a list of file directories I could choose to review.  The scanning process took a while, but it allowed me to preview a few recovered files while I waited.  Once I found a file I wanted to recover, all I had to do was hit the “Save” button.

There were a good handful of photos that were only partially recovered – for example, only the top half of the photo was viewable, but for the most part, I was able to reclaim quite a few images that I didn’t realize even existed anymore.

According to the website,

“It works on Windows, Mac, Linux and NAS devices.  It can undelete a single file or multiple files, unformat hard drives, recover data from USB drives and memory cards, recover RAW file system drives, and recover data in case of boot failure.”

So, if you’re ever in need of recovering your lost files and you’re not in the mood to try to figure out how to use some other confusing software, then ReClaiMe might be a good option for you.

About Kiesha Easley

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Comments

  1. Hey Keisha,
    This is a really useful because I was search it before a couple of weeks. I carry my data on a flash drive but suddenly when I attached it to my laptop system ask me to format it. I am not able to open that drive. I lose my all data and Google for this kind of software. Thanks for this informative post. I am going to note-down the tool name for future use.

  2. I think it’s important to mention that file recovery software is rarely 100% successful. While the odds of recovering files that have been deleted are fair, files that have been corrupted or infected with a virus etc. will be far more difficult to recover.

    So, while applications like ReclaiMe certainly have value they are, in many ways, a last hope. We should all be backing up our hard drives *and* our websites on a regular basis which is a far “safer” way to retrieve any lost or deleted files.

  3. This is good to know, Kiesha. I learned the hard way to have a backup system. Currently, I use Seagate’s external hard drive to regularly back up my files. However, we all know Murphy shows up at the most inopportune times! Is ReclaiMe free?

  4. I am going to keep this on hand. I really need to backup more files than I do, but this will be a great tool if I ever lose everything. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Hi Kiesha,

    Certainly looks an amazing tool, I generally keeps backups of all my important files. But I know sometimes you delete a file as you feel it’s not important, but after a few days that file becomes really crucial for you so in that scenario, this tool could prove very handy.

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