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DMDE – How to recover deleted files and Partitions using DMDE on Windows 7 and LINUX


If you have ever been asked to recover an entire partition from a crashed drive, you’ll understand the intense pressure you will be under to “get the data”.  In real life, most companies will not have access to £5,000 data recovery software, so here is an tool that is both fabulous, and free for private use – or really cheap to buy for commercial use.

Step 1 – Download DM Disk Editor and Data Recovery software

The easiest way to use DMDE is to connect the crashed hard drive into a drive caddy and run DMDE – then save the recovered files over onto your laptop.  Start off with “recovering” erased data from your USB pen to get used to the software.

DMDE works on Windows *and* Linux.  WOW! That’s great news.

dmde download linux

Download it (it’s zipped), installed it – remember to run as “admin”.

Step 2 – Select Logical view

The great thing is that DMDE will offer you physical and logical views.  If you’re on Windows 7 then you may find it easier to use the “logical” view.

dmde logical view

Step 3 – Mode

The Mode bar, will provide multiple options for viewing the MBR and partition tables.

dmde mode

Step 4 – Recover deleted files

So how do we recover files?

Select the drive/partition and allow DMDE to scan it.

Then we “recover” lost files or even entire partitions and drives which have crashed, and Windows can not read.

Drive > Select Drive

Press “Full Scan” button

dmde scan drive

The next stage is shown – here DMDE is asking you to specify the partition type eg Raw, NTFS and FAT for Windows recovery, whereas Linux would be Raw, FAT and Ext2/3/4

dmde scan step 2

Next DMDE will report on the partitions found.

dmde full scan step 3 types of partition

Leave it to scan – this will take some time – and depends on the size of drive.  Start with a small USB pen to get the hang of the software.  Here it has discovered FAT formatting.  Once the scans are completed – Select FAT (or the drive you want) and “LOAD”.

dmde scan step 4

After you have pressed LOAD, with luck you’ll see all the data appear.

dmde step 6


First tick the folder that you want to recover – here we tick the Recycle bin

dmde tools recover step 1

Tools > Recover

dmde tools recover

Then change the drop down list to include *deleted* files

dmde tools recover step 3

Once word gets around that you can recover lost data, everyone will love you.

Reviews for DMDE

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Takeaway message

  1. You can see why you need to forensically wipe your drives or laptops before you sell them.
  2. I am embarrassed at the second hand routers and equipment that I have bought, which still retain data from BT or Hong Kong Banks.
  3. The easiest way to hack a company, is to legally buy second hand computing equipment and recover their files.
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