Boomerang is an extremely easy data recovery software program to use. This guide offers fundamental instructions for the installation and use of the program.
Ready? Let's go!
1. Installing and Running Boomerang
To install Boomerang for Windows, visit www.boomdrs.com or any other major download site. Boomerang comes with an installer, just double-click the installer to install.
WARNING! Don't install this program, or any other, to the partition that contains deleted data you want to recover!
Once you've downloaded and installed Boomerang to a supported operating system and launch the application, you'll see the following window:
On this particular system,
there is one hard drive with one partition.
Please note that your system will show different drives available than the one here in this demo.
Select the drive or partition
you wish to scan for files and click 'Recover It!'
(Note: If the device you want to recover does not appear here, then you need to make sure that it's enabled from Device Manager and that any/all necessary drivers are installed, and that the device us usable from Windows.)
If the partition you want to recover does not appear, then select the device (the hard drive, for example) and click 'Recover It!', this will enable you to search for the missing partition.
HINT: At any time you can register or place an order for Boomerang by clicking the option icons at the top of the application.
1.1 Advanced Options
You can adjust your results by changing the 'advanced recovery' options.
FAT Advanced Options
NTFS Advanced Options
Advanced Settings Common
When clicking "Recover It" you have the option of including a File Types scan. This is..
If you click Yes, you will be presented with the File Types screen.
By clicking you can create types of files that Boomerang doesn't know about.
Select a file type you wish to add:
The Maximum File Size for deleted files. This option tells Boomerang the maximum file size to look for on deleted files, if you have larger files, you should increase this setting. It may increase your scan time.
During the scan, you will see progress..
It is not recommended to cancel the scan, if you do you maybe missing part of your data on the next screen.
After the scan, you will see a list of files with various options avaialbe including search, regular/lost files, preview, etc.
Clicking the preview file, you can view images and also text:
For example, here is a preview of a picture called "Blue hills.jpg"
The search box can find a specific file you are looking for, only if Boomerang knows the file name. Some files may be missing the file names.
If you don't find the data you are looking for, try scanning your disk/partition using different settings. See how to improve results at the begining of this help document (advacned settings).
You will need to purchase an Activation Number to save your files.
Now you can save your files to the location you choose. Make sure to recover your data to an different location than you are recovering from. My using "My Network Places" you can save to a remote FTP location or shared volume.
Boomerang will begin svaing your data.
Once you see this message, your recovery is completed. Check your data for integrity. If it's not good, then you might want to go back and scan your drive/partition a different way using the Advanced Options.