Preview Deleted Files

Advanced NTFS Recovery includes a feature that allows previewing deleted files in various popular formats. The supported formats include MS Office documents, images, videos, audio files, etc.

The preview feature offers several benefits. First of all, sometimes filenames cannot be recovered. At this point, some other file recovery tools will give up, and it may look that your files are lost forever. Advanced NTFS Recovery will scan the entire surface of your HDD or examine the contents of other media (SSD drives etc.). Deleted files may still be there, but without any filenames. The data recovery program will detect such files, recognizing their format and some other details. Then it will assign an automatically generated name to each file.

Well, this is definitely better than nothing, but how can we find the file(s) we are looking for? Such automatically generated filenames will hardly tell us much.

This is where the preview feature can be pretty useful. We can simply start checking files of the required format.

Previewing a deleted image in a separate window

You can preview deleted files in a separate window, like on the screenshot above. It is also possible to enable a preview area in the main window, which will allow previewing files much faster, if a group of them is to be processed.

To enable the preview area in the main window, select "View" - "Preview Panel":

Enable the preview area

Now you can move selection from one deleted file to another and see a preview for each file immediately, without opening an additional window.

The preview feature is also available in the free trial version of Advanced NTFS Recovery. It can help you decide whether you need a license. A complete preview guarantees that the corresponding file is recoverable. If you cannot find the deleted file you are looking for, or if the preview for it does not work properly (for example, showing incomplete contents), this may mean that the file is not recoverable (partially or completely overwritten by other data).

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