File Scavenger

File Scavenger

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    December 04, 2003
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  • 3 stars

    "Does not work at all"

    August 12, 2014   |   By Michleeloor

    Version: File Scavenger Data Recovery Utility 4.2


    It won't even see any files in the formatted card. Any other recovery software I've used, sees the files, but doesn't do a good job at recovering video. so i used another data recovery tool from

    It recovers instantly all data.


    sorry, but spam, toolbars, extra gaming software, and other random crap installing without asking me first is unacceptable and is then to me considered spam-ware.


    This program (trial) does not function well at all. The files it found were random and folders limited to the search criteria. No flexibility. It did not find any of the files I was looking for. It just found tmp files and random crap nobody would care about.

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  • 5 stars

    "Total RAID 0 XFS recovery from a Buffalo Linkstation!"

    July 02, 2014   |   By stayloa

    Version: File Scavenger Data Recovery Utility 4.2


    XFS support - vital for many NAS setups
    RAID 0/5 support
    Very quick (6 hours thorough scan on a 6TB RAID compared to 6 days using another program)
    Support for image files taken from dying disks
    Very fast copying speed
    Ability to export search results to a CSV file
    Ability to save state after a scan
    Estimated 'health' of files before actually recovering them
    Competitively priced within the market


    You need to know the stripe size of your RAID 0/5 array which isn't easily available if you didn't manually set up the RAID yourself, as well as the drive order.
    The company would (seemingly) charge you to help determine things like the stripe size as part of their remote RAID recovery service. This is an assumption however as I already knew the parameters.


    This worked where many many other failed.

    I woke up one morning to my Buffalo Linkstation Duo 6TB RAID 0 NAS being unresponsive and flashing the firmware wouldn't bring it back to life.

    I immediately got the drives out and discovered SMART errors on one, so used ddrescue to take an image of the failing drive in Linux.

    There aren't many recovery tools that support RAID as well as XFS and this one was less well advertised.

    Gparted in Linux showed one of the RAID partitions as unallocated, so I clearly had some corruption on the drive and this was enough to confuse all of the other data recovery suites.

    Only one other suite was giving any promising results, but scans were taking days and at the point of trying this, about 8 days of time had been spent to recreate my RAID but not detect a valid filesystem.

    When I stumbled across this, having used many other bigger names, I was not holding out hope.

    Thankfully, Reclaime's free RAID recovery software was able to detect my RAID settings (disk order and stripe size - although be careful to note whether the result is in KB or sectors).

    Once I had that info, I recreated the RAID and within seconds of clicking scan, my files in their intact directory structure were coming up!

    A day or so later and I'm doing copying everything back over with no errors and seemingly no file damage!

    If anyone else has a similar issue, try this first!

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  • 5 stars

    "Recovered it all!"

    November 13, 2013   |   By kukumisu

    Version: File Scavenger Data Recovery Utility 4.2


    Recovered absolutely everything pretty much as I had left it: Files, folders, Powerpoints, word docs, AVI. files - everything!

    GUI is easy to navigate

    Everything is pretty self explanatory


    None whatsoever


    I had spent hours looking at other software that only partially recovered files and gave me results that were no good to work with. File Scavenger recovered 10gb worth of data from a corrupted flash drive. I can't praise it highly enough. Best cash I've ever spent. I recovered documents that had taken me hours and hours to produce - all laid out in their original folders as on the flash drive. Save yourself a headache download now!
    Joined CNET just to review this. So thankful!

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  • 5 stars

    "Remarkably effective in recovering data."

    November 12, 2013   |   By Geoff Sjostrom

    Version: File Scavenger Data Recovery Utility 4.2


    Very effective, reasonable price.


    Program assumes you know what you're doing, and the help files aren't particularly helpful.


    I recently had a severe computer crash, and in trying to recover data I ham-handedly managed to damage the disk that had an excellent backup of all my information. I tried three disk recovery programs in succession: VirtualLab Client, Iolo Search and Recover, and File Scavenger. All have similar marketing schemes: They will scan your damaged disk and identify recoverable files for free, but to actually recover those files, you have to purchase a license. That seems fair enough to me.

    The Iolo and File Scavenger products cost about $50 each, and VirtualLab cost about $100. VirtualLab recovered a handful of files, randomly named and including many duplicates and damaged files. Iolo recovered a smaller handful of files, in similar condition.

    File Scavenger recovered about 80% of my files, completely intact, correctly named. Another 10-15% were recovered with random names, but were otherwise undamaged and completely useful. I wish I'd found File Scavenger before I wasted my money on those other programs.

    It wasn't quick: It took over 24 hours to scan my 2Tb disk, and about ten of those hours were spent as the progress indicator moved from 72% to 75%. So if you try it, don't assume that it's crashed just because things appear to be going slowly. And since File Scavenger doesn't alter the disk that it's scanning (which could cause more damage) you will need a separate disk to receive the files that it recovers.

    Needless to say, I highly recommend the program. If you've had a disk disaster or are anticipating one, go to and get File Scavenger. It will be the best fifty bucks you ever spent.

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  • 4 stars

    "Easy in use"

    September 29, 2013   |   By stevemartin12788

    Version: File Scavenger Data Recovery Utility 4.2


    Suitable to operate with all windows version and recover files on the basis of name and size.


    Unable to restore data from unbootable drive.

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    Full Specifications

    Publisher QueTek Consulting
    Publisher web site
    Release Date December 04, 2003
    Date Added December 04, 2003
    Version 2.1
    Category Utilities & Operating Systems
    Subcategory File Management
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows NT, Windows, Windows XP, Windows 2000
    Additional Requirements Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 Server
    Download Information
    File Size 2.11MB
    File Name 32fsu43.exe
    Total Downloads 1,050,086
    Downloads Last Week 506
    License Model Free to try
    Limitations 64-KB trial
    Price $39.95

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