If you have ever lost important files or folders due to accidental deletion, formatting, partitioning errors, virus attacks, or hardware failures, you know how frustrating and stressful it can be. Fortunately, there is a powerful tool that can help you recover your data in some complex cases when other software can't: DMDE 2.4.
DMDE 2.4 is a disk editor and data recovery software that supports NTFS, FAT12/16, FAT32, exFAT, Ext2/3/4, HFS+/HFSX, ReFS, APFS, btrfs file systems and runs on Windows, Linux, macOS, and DOS[^1^] [^2^]. It can recover directory structure and files using special algorithms that analyze the disk surface and find data by signatures[^2^]. It also has a number of freeware features such as disk clone, simple partition manager, RAID constructor, and file recovery from the current panel[^2^].
In this article, we will show you how to use DMDE 2.4 to recover your lost data in a few simple steps. Before we begin, make sure you have downloaded and extracted DMDE 2.4 from the official website[^1^]. You will need a license key to use the full functionality of the software. You can purchase a license key from the website or use the free edition with some limitations[^2^].
Step 1: Select the disk and scan it
Launch DMDE 2.4 and select the disk where your lost data was located. You can choose between physical disks or logical volumes. If you are not sure which one to choose, you can use the auto-detect feature to find the most likely candidates[^2^]. Click OK to proceed.
DMDE 2.4 will scan the disk and display its partitions and file systems. You can see the details of each partition such as size, type, label, status, and file system. You can also see if there are any errors or warnings on the disk such as bad sectors or corrupted structures[^2^].
Select the partition where your lost data was located and click Open Volume. If you don't see your partition or if it is marked as deleted or damaged, you can try to find it using the simple partition manager feature[^2^]. This feature can restore accidentally deleted partitions using information from boot sectors or superblocks of supported file systems[^2^].
Step 2: Browse and recover files
DMDE 2.4 will open the selected partition and display its directory structure and files. You can browse through the folders and files using the tree view on the left or the list view on the right. You can also use the search function to find files by name, size, date, or attributes[^2^].
If you see your lost files or folders in the directory structure, you can select them and click Recover on the toolbar. You will be asked to choose a destination folder where you want to save your recovered data. Make sure you don't save your data on the same disk where it was lost to avoid overwriting it[^2^]. Click OK to start the recovery process.
If you don't see your lost files or folders in the directory structure, you can try to recover them using the scan feature. This feature can find data by signatures (raw recovery) when recovery by file system is not possible[^2^]. To use this feature, click Scan on the toolbar and choose a scan method (fast or full). You can also specify which file types you want to search for by selecting them from the list[^2^]. Click OK to start the scan process.
DMDE 2.4 will scan the disk and display its results in a separate panel. You can see how many files of each type were found and their total size. You can also preview some files by double-clicking on them[^2^]. To recover files from the scan results, select them and click Recover on the toolbar. You will be asked to choose a destination folder where you want to save your recovered data. Make sure you don't save your data on the same disk where it was lost to avoid overwriting it[^2^]. Click OK to start the recovery process ec8f644aee