Complete Working of Stellar Data Recovery Professional Explained

Stellar Data Recovery Professional is a DIY data recovery software that makes data recovery convenient with its simple interface and robust features. The software can deal with any data loss scenario, be it due to a formatted hard drive, accidental deletion, or disk corruption.

What are the Types of Recovery Possible with Stellar Data Recovery Professional?

Stellar Data Recovery Professional can be used for:

1. Data Recovery

The software helps recover corrupt, lost or deleted data from all types of Windows devices. It can recover documents, emails, pictures, videos, and audio files.  Also, the software can recover data from hard drives, SSDs, memory cards including SC card, Micro SD card, etc.

To know about the data recovery process, refer to the section

2. Partition Recovery

Stellar Data Recovery Professional software can help you locate missing hard drive partitions, which might have been lost due to accidental deletion or corruption. You may also choose to undelete the files stored on a lost partition by using the software.

What’s more?

The software can recover NTFS, FAT and ExFAT volumes/partitions, and provides deep scan utility to conduct a thorough scan of the lost drive volumes or partitions that no longer exist on your system due to reformatting. To learn about the partition recovery process, refer to the section.

3. Recovery from a Disk Image

Stellar Data Recovery Professional can also recover data from an existing disk image, or you can create a new image of a storage device and recover data from the image. Further, you can also recover data from previously saved scan information. To know about the process of recovery from the disk image, refer to the section 

Minimum System Requirements

Prior to installing the software, make sure that your PC meets the minimum system requirements, listed as below:

  • Processor: Intel
  • RAM: 2 GB minimum (4 GB recommended)
  • Hard Disk: 200 MB
  • Operating Systems: Windows 10 / 8.1 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP

Step-by-Step Guide to Perform Recovery by Using Stellar Data Recovery Professional

Let’s have a look at a few cases where the software can help:

Case 1 – Recover Data

1 – Download and install the software on your PC

2 – Launch the software

3 – The software’s main interface opens with two options: ‘Recover Data’ and ‘Monitor Drive’. For data recovery, choose the first option.
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4 – A window will pop-up asking you to “Select What to Recover” with the following options:

  • Everything: Choosing this option helps recover all the data from any connected device or location on a storage device
  • Documents, folders, and emails: Select this option to recover office documents, files, folders and emails
  • Multimedia files: This option lets you recover deleted or lost multimedia files, including photos, audio, and videos.
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Once you have selected your recovery option, click Next

5 – In the Select Location dialog box, select a location from Common Locations or any of the Connected Drives from where you want to recover data.
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Note: Do not choose the same location as the corrupt file.

6 – Click on the Scan button

7 – A window showing scanning progress will pop-up. You can choose to stop the scanning process at any point, by clicking on the Stop button.
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6 – Once the scanning process completes, details of the recovered files and folders are displayed in a dialog box (as shown in the screenshot below:
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Case 2 – Recover Lost Partition

1 – Run Stellar Data Recovery Professional software, and choose the Recover Data option
2 – In the Select What to Recover dialog box, choose the file you want to recover, and then click Next.
3 – In the Select Location dialog box, under Other Locations section select the Can’t Find Drive option
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4 – Click Scan

5 – From the window that appears, in the Select Drive section, a list of all the hard drives connected to the system is displayed. From this section, pick a hard drive you want to scan for lost partitions, and then click Search.
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6 – The selected drive will be scanned for lost or deleted partition. Any ‘lost partition’ if found will be listed in the Partition Found section.
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7 – From the list of partitions detected, choose any desired partition, and then click Scan to continue with the recovery process.

Case 3 – Recover Data from Existing Disk Image or Scan Information

1 – Run Stellar Data Recovery Professional software, and click on Recover Data option
2 – On Select What to Recover dialog box, select the type of data you want to recover, and then click Next
3 – In Select Location dialog box, select Recover from Disk Images option provided under Other Locations
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4 – Click Scan
5 – From the dialog box that pops-up, select Recover from Existing Image option, and then click Next
Data Recovery Professional6 – In the Recovery from Image screen, all the disk images and saved scan information is displayed with their respective size. You can select the disk image from which you wish to recover data and then click Add.

TIP: You can also remove any disk image, by selecting that image and clicking Remove. To remove all the images, click Reset

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7 – Once you’ve added the images, click Scan to initiate the recovery process.
8 – A screen showing the scanning process is displayed. Click Stop to end the scanning process at any point.
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9 – Once the scanning process is complete, details of the recovered files and folder are displayed in a dialog box as shown below:
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What to do if you still can’t recover data?

If you are unable to recover lost/inaccessible data from a quick scan, or in case the data loss is severe, then choose deep scan to scan the deleted or corrupted volume thoroughly.

NOTE: Deep scan is only available for Connected Drives.

The deep scan option is available on the bottom left of the Select Location screen.

Once the deep scan option is enabled, click on Scan and a screen showing the scanning process is displayed. After the scanning process gets completed, details of the lost or deleted files and folder are displayed in a dialog box.

NOTE: Since deep scan thoroughly scans a drive, it can take a longer time to complete. In this case, you may choose to pause recovery and resume it later any time.

Avoid Data Loss Situation by Using Drive Monitor

Without an effective backup and data recovery strategy, data loss can have serious repercussions. But, keep in mind, despite following the recovery strategy you can still encounter data loss situation.  We recommend the use of Stellar Drive Monitor utility to avoid such situations.

The Drive Monitor utility lets you keep real-time track of vital hard disk parameters (such as Temperature, Performance, and Health), and thus help you anticipate impending drive failure. In addition, the utility helps create an exact replica of a failing drive by using its Clone Disk functionality.

Once you’ve installed and launched Stellar Data Recovery Professional software, select ‘Monitor Drive’ option and the following screen will pop-up:

Following modules included in Stellar Drive Monitor which helps monitor the status of the disks:

Disk Status: When the Stellar Drive Monitor wizard opens with the Disk Status pane, click the drop-down list from the top right corner and select the drive you need to monitor. Click Refresh, and the wizard will display parameters of the selected storage drive at the top and Disk Details at the bottom.

Smart Status: Click on the ‘Smart Status’ option from the left pane of the Drive Monitor wizard to know about your drive’s SMART attributes.

Disk Partition: Click on the ‘Disk Partition’ option from the left pane to know the partition details, such as partition status (healthy or failed), and available storage space.

Scan Disk: Click on the ‘Scan Disk’ option from the left pane to scan bad sectors in the disk.
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Clone Disk: Click on the ‘Clone Disk’ option from the left pane to create a replica of a severely corrupt storage drive.

Additional Benefits of Stellar Data Recovery Professional Software

Listed below are some additional benefits that the software offers:

  • Supports recovery from internal hard drive and all detachable data storage devices, including USB flash drive, external hard drive, memory card, etc.
  • Supports recovery from encrypted hard drives
  • Can search a specific type of files in a drive or folder
  • Supports Raw Files recovery
  • Can recover any file format by using file header
  • Option to resume the recovery at later stages
  • Allows you to create a replica of a weak drive or SSD with Clone Disk utility

EndNote

Using Stellar Drive Monitor utility can help you avoid data loss scenario. But in case, you encounter events such as accidental deletion or formatting of hard drive, or disk corruption, choose a data recovery software that can help you overcome such situations. Stellar Data Recovery Professional can help you address a wide range of data loss scenarios. However, for physical damage to the hard drive can render it inaccessible, in such cases, the software cannot help.

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