Files and folders

Once you select the device from the device list, click Start scan, specify all the preliminary settings in the Filesystem scan parameters window, and click the Start button from there, ReclaiMe Pro starts searching the device for the filesystem structures. As soon as the software discovers something, on the left you will see root folders named after the found filesystems.

Clicking a root folder displays all the subfolders of a particular filesystem. Note that ReclaiMe Pro doesn’t display empty folders. When clicking any folder on the left, on the right you can see the files belonging to the folder. Next to every folder there is a checkbox using which you can mark the specific folders for data extraction. A gray intermediate checkbox means that one or several (but not all) subfolders of the folder have been marked.

Copying recovered data in ReclaiMe Pro.

When you click a file on the right, ReclaiMe Pro displays the preview of the file given that the file format is supported; otherwise, you get a hexadecimal view of the file content. Also, in ReclaiMe Pro there is a special Trace tab where you can find forensic trace information for each file displayed. Please refer to the Forensic trace page for more information about trace format. The forensic trace is available only when there is no filesystem scan running, that is, when the scan is either finished or paused.

Whenever available, along with file name and size, you also get information about:

  • the status of the file (deleted or not)
  • when a file was created
  • the last modification date
  • the last access data
File information in ReclaiMe Pro.

Additionally there are two more columns content type and test results which provide more information about a file. These columns become informative only if you click Test files button. You can find more information about this feature below.

Clicking a column header allows you to sort the file list by that column attribute. Files as well as folders have checkboxes allowing you to mark specific files for copying. If you need to recover a specific file or folder, consider using the search capability of ReclaiMe Pro.

This folder and Marked

This folder block contains information about selected folder while Marked block provides information about all the objects marked for data recovery. Note that data in This folder can significantly change as ReclaiMe Pro adds new files and folders. Marked changes according to the following rules:

  • Number of marked files does not change without your explicit request.
  • Total size of marked files may increase as ReclaiMe Pro discovers new fragments of data for the files you have already marked.
  • Number of marked folders may change as more folder tree structures are recognized and some folders get shifted around.

Copying recovered data

Before you start copying the recovered data, you need to decide how duplicate and deleted files should be processed.

Duplicate files

For duplicate files, there are the following options:

  • Rename. Default rename rule adds sequential number to the end of the file name producing duplicate file names like filename(1), filename(2) and so. Custom rename rule allows to set a pattern for renaming duplicate files.
  • Skip. A file with duplicate name will be skipped; only the first coming file is saved.
  • Overwrite. A file with duplicate name will be overwritten; the last coming file is saved.
Duplicate files in ReclaiMe Pro.

By default ReclaiMe Pro renames all the duplicate files. Keep in mind that if a folder contains two files with the same names, only Rename option allows to recover both files. Such a situation occurs if:

  • filesystem is so badly damaged that the records about file parents are lost,
  • there are several file versions: one current, and one or several deleted,
  • names of two files on Linux filesystems differ only in letter case.

Deleted files

You can choose either Copy all files (default option) or Skip deleted files. It works only for those filesystems where it is possible to detect whether a file was deleted. If it is impossible, all files are copied.

Start copying

Note that you cannot save the recovered data with a trial key of ReclaiMe Pro. For non-trial license keys, the button is enabled if at least one object (file or folder) is marked for recovering. Once you click Start copying, you need to specify the location where all the marked objects should be restored to. Note that you can estimate the amount of marked for copying objects by looking at the Marked field at the bottom of the window. Marked field provides both the total size and the total number of the marked files and folders.

Once you have specified a location for the recovered data, you see the File copying window where you can find a lot of information about current data extraction process like target path, the size and the number of recovered files to be copied, and so on.

Copying of recovered data in ReclaiMe Pro.

In addition, you can adjust the size of write cache using the Write cache size setting next to which the current percentage of write cache in use is displayed. If you copy the recovered data to a slow target (network, NAS, or external hard drive) and there is enough RAM in the system, increase the write cache size. If you deal with a fast target, normally you should not use write cache.

Keep in mind that once a marked folder is successfully copied, ReclaiMe Pro unmarks it along with all the files and subfolders stored in this folder. If copying is interrupted, the last folder fully copied is unmarked, and the folder that was being copied at the time of interruption is left marked.

ReclaiMe Pro allows you to Pause, Cancel, >Skip current file during the copy process. Also, you can Pause the recovery and Save the list of files and folders already copied to the .CSV file which can then be opened in any comma-separated values processing software like Microsoft Excel. When importing, for each file copied you get the full name, size, time of creation/modification/access, status (deleted or not).

File list of recovered data opened in Excel.

Once the copying process is done, ReclaiMe Pro displays you the detailed statistics on the copied data.


The button allows you to pause the data recovery process anywhere and then resume the process from the same point. Note that if you select the Filesystem scan first, then deep scan, with pause (recommended) mode in the Filesystem scan parameters window, some short time into the scan (usually within three percent) ReclaiMe Pro displays a message stating that the initial scan is complete, pauses the scan, and changes Pause to Resume. This feature is not available on the FAT16 filesystem.

Forensic trace

Using this button you can get forensic traces for the recovered files. In ReclaiMe Pro there are three modes:

  • None
  • One trace for all files — for each file recovered a trace file is created
  • One trace per file — each file trace is placed into a single .CSV file

To see forensic trace information in the evaluation version of ReclaiMe Pro you need to switch to the Trace tab.

For more information about this feature please visit Forensic trace page.

Test files

Using this button, you can get additional information about a file such as:

  • Whether file extension matches those ReclaiMe Pro was able to detect.
  • File validity namely how ReclaiMe Pro estimates the quality of the file for example good or bad content.
  • File hash values (MD5 and SHA-1).

For more information about this feature please refer to the Test files page.