Written by: Ilia
Data recovery specialist, guest author, journalist.
DMDE (DM Disk Editor) - recovering deleted files from HDD
DMDE (or DM Disk Editor and Data Recovery Software) is an utility for recovering information from popular types of storage devices. It works with hard drives, flash memory and RAID data arrays.
At the time of writing this review, the following list of software features was announced by the developers: restoring partition table, individual documents and directories, smart data search for granular recovery by signatures.
Three license variants are available:
- Free Edition which doesn't support multithreading mode,
- Home Edition which can simultaneously perform multiple tasks on one computer,
- Dmde Professional which has a number of functions for administering client devices.
DMDE basic features
The list of DMDE basic features is longer than the one of paid versions of some competitive products for recovering from a HDD. 3.4.2 version supports:
- disk editor,
- HDD/Solid-state drive partition manager
- function of creating image files,
- subroutine for cloning disks,
- damaged RAID arrays reconstructor,
- recovering deleted files in a single thread.
All those functions work the same with graphical interface version for Windows and console versions for DOS and Linux (and if you have proper skills, you can make it work even with MacOS). Accordingly, you'll manage to recover accidentally deleted documents in all file systems types: NTFS/NTFS5, FAT12/16, FAT32, exFAT, Ext2/3/4, HFS+/HFSX.
How does searching by signatures work in DMDE
DMDE creators' original product is searching by signatures which allows to get file retrievals out of primary deleted data arrays according to specified parameters after a couple of iterations. This method is used if it's impossible to use a standard way of searching through the file system structure. It happens when partition table is seriously affected by partial formatting or mechanical damage.
Searching principle is standard: the system analyzes an index by comparing given parameters to every document properties on storage device memory. In case of coincidence a link to that file is listed in the results. By default, documents matching with the maximum amount of entered by user parameters are shown first.
With DMDE program you can search for deleted files by a a specified template:
- by search area,
- file system,
- data gathering parameters,
- date of creation/deletion,
Utility additional features
DMDE works consistently in live version. Being a comprehensive product of high quality for launching from a disk/flash card, DMDE has cropped, but quite functional additions for working with recovered files.
Partition manager is a subroutine for quick searching and recovering of deleted or lost partitions. Works with information from FAT, NTFS, exFAT, Ext2/3/4, HFS table boot sectors.
There is an integrated disk editor for editing disk structures in different formats. Its simple interface is convenient for working, moving between related elements, viewing clusters map and reading FS directories elements.
Apps for working with disk images open access to cloning, creating virtual digital clones of data and decompressing backups into suitable storage devices.
When is DMDE program indispensable
Utility for recovering files is indispensable in a situation involving accidental software deletion of any information. For example, you've accidentally deleted a folder with the latest reports bypassing the Recycle Bin or an unknown virus has wiped off from a server a customer database and work papers backups. No matter what happened, if those files can be recovered, DMDE interface and console versions will help you with it.
To open recovery interface on a running Windows, Linux or DOS operating system, you have to unzip the program into a folder on your device HDD/SSD and launch it. When it's impossible to log in operating system, you can record a live CD with DMDE and boot your computer from it.