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 iRecover - Data Recovery for FAT, FAT32, NTFS, EXT and XFS
iRecover introduction

iRecover is a comprehensive read-only Windows based data recovery utility. Whatever caused your data to become in-accessible, download and install iRecover and you'll be recovering your lost data in minutes.

iRecover highlights and features:

Easy to use:

You can recover data yourself as long as you are reasonably familiar with computers. iRecover is ideal for the entry-level computer user; all you have to do is select a recovery mode and a disk.

More technically minded users can benefit from a wide range of configuration options. You can override file system type and parameters, and control disk access parameters (useful when dealing with disks containing bad sectors).


iRecover offers support for all major file systems: FAT, FAT32, NTFS (all versions) and Linux Ext2/3/4 and XFS. iRecover is a one-stop solution for undelete, unformat, partition, RAID and image recovery. Both Windows 200X/XP/Vista/Win7/8 basic and dynamic disks are supported.

iRecover offers a powerful RAID 0 and RAID 5 recovery module that will automatically detect RAID parameters such as stripe size and disk rotation.
Support for NAS systems is also included. iRecover can access disks from a failed NAS and recover the data, much like the way you would recover data from RAID disks.

iRecover allows you to create a RAW image file of a volume, a disk or an entire (reconstructed) RAID array and recover data from the image file.


With iRecover, nothing is assumed (the 'zero assumption principle'); it never relies on file system structures on the (damaged) disk and figures everything out by itself.
iRecover will automatically detect the file system type and file system parameters, such as cluster-size. It will even do so if vital file system structures such as the boot sector and partition table are lost. It will recover data even if other file recovery software does not.

iRecover allows you to recover data from broken RAID 0 and RAID 5 arrays (hardware and software): unlike other RAID-capable recovery software you will not have to enter RAID parameters such as stripe size and disk rotation order, iRecover will automatically detect these parameters. RAID 5 arrays can be processed even if one member is missing.


iRecover only reads the problem disk. While scavenging the disk for file system structures iRecover constantly monitors the disk's physical condition (if the disk is S.M.A.R.T. capable).

If any S.M.A.R.T. attributes exceed critical levels iRecover will warn you and halt operation until it's safe to continue. For example, one of the attributes that can be monitored through S.M.A.R.T. is a disk's temperature. If the disk gets too hot iRecover will pause to allow the disk to cool down and then continue.


As disks grow larger, data recovery operations tend to take more time as more data is detected and needs to be analyzed. iRecover now includes a smart quick scan for NTFS drives (automatically invoked if applicable). The quick scan dramatically improves scan speeds on NTFS formatted volumes.
Suggestions for use
If you are recovering data from a system drive

The safest thing would be to shut down Windows and boot the PC from a parallel Windows installation, or to move the disk to another PC and attach it as a (slave) data drive. Then run iRecover to salvage data from the corrupt disk.
If this is not possible then: 
  1. Stop processes and tasks that may write to the disk. These include automatic update tasks (Windows, virus scanners), backup jobs, network sharing services, peer to peer download programs, cd-burn sessions etc. Under no circumstances should you attempt to defrag the drive or allow chkdsk to run. You may want to consider disconnecting the PC from the internet before shutting down firewalls/virus scanners.

  2. Download (on a different PC) the DIY DataRecovery.nl Product CD ISO image, burn the ISO image using your CD burn software, insert the CD in the PC containing the disk that requires recovery and select the option to run iRecover from the CD directly (the PC must already be running Windows).

iRecover links

      Dos and Don'ts      
Raid Recovery Guide
     Photo Recovery     
        User Manual        
           Get Help           
           Buy Now          
     Discount bundle     


Version 6.1:
With improved Linux support, and XFS file system support. Read our upgrade policy here.
- Windows 2000 or later
- Administrative rights
- A destination drive
  containing enough free
Background articles
RAID 5 reconstruction

Article explains RAID 5 and data recovery procedures when using iRecover.

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