R-Studio Features

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R-Studio is a family of file restoring utilities. It recovers files both on local disks and on disks on remote computers over network, even if their partition structures are damaged. A unique IntelligentScan technology and flexible parameter settings give you real control over the fastest data recovery ever seen.

R-Studio features:

Standard "Windows Explorer" - style interface.

Host OS: Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, 7, Windows 2012 Server, Windows 8/8.1/10.

Remotely recovers data over network. Data can be recovered on network computers running Windows, MacOS X, Linux, and some other UNIX OS.

Supported file systems: FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, NTFS5 (created and updated by Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/7/8/8.1/10), exFAT, ReFS file system (Resilient File System), a new local file system Microsoft has introduced in its Windows 2012 Server, Ext2/3/4FS (created by Linux or other OS), HFS, HFS+, HFSX, and UFS1, UFS2, UFS BigEndian (used by the FreeBSD, OpenBSD, and NetBSD operating systems).

Please note, that when a file is being deleted on the HFS, HFS+, HFSX file systems, the computer completely removes all system information on it, and there is no way to recover the deleted file except by using the Extra Search for Known File Types option. Nevertheless, R-Studio is able to read existing files from HFS, HFS+, and HFSX disks.

Support for known file types. R-Studio searches for files with known typical features of their structures allowing the user to search for files on devices with unknown files systems, including an HD, CD, DVD, floppy disk, Compact Flash Card, USB drive, ZIP drive, Memory Sticks, and other removable media.

Scan process visualization. While scanning an object, R-Studio graphically shows items that have been found, including files of known types, FAT and NTFS MFT records, boot records, etc.

Mass file recovery support.

Support for file recovery lists - lists of files that can be exported from R-Studio, manually edited, and then loaded back. Files from such lists will be automatically marked for recovery.

Dynamic disk support.

Software RAID, volume set, and stripe set support. Support for RAID 6, RAID 5, and RAID 4 layouts. Support for custom RAID layouts. Parameters like block size and order, offsets, and even the number of stripe blocks can be explicitly specified. Custom RAID configurations can be saved.

Support for Windows Storage Spaces, created by Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10.

Support for Apple software RAIDs

Support for Linux LVM/LVM2

RAID consistency check (check for valid data parity values).

Hardware RAID, volume set, and stripe set support.

Automatic RAID parameter recognition.

Reverse RAIDs: A technique that decomposes real disk objects into virtual RAIDs. Then those components of reverse RAID scan be processed like real objects. They can be viewed, edited, imaged, copied to physical drives, etc. This technique also can re-construct data on the real parents of a virtual RAID. For example, it becomes possible to re-construct data on a missing disk.

Creates image files for an entire hard drive, logical disk, or its part. Such image files can be processed like regular disks. Images can be either simple exact object copies (Plain images) compatible with the previous versions of R-Studio, or compressed images that can be compressed, split into several parts, and password-protected. Such images are fully compatible with the images created by R-Drive Image, but incompatible with the previous versions of R-Studio. Images may be saved either on the local or remote computer. R-Studio can scan objects while creating their images.

Advanced object copy. In addition to byte to byte copy of any object visible in the Drives panel, smart copy of partitions and hard drives is available.

Recovers files on damaged or deleted partitions.

Recovers compressed files (NTFS, NTFS5).

Recovers encrypted files (NTFS5).

Recovers alternative data streams (NTFS, NTFS5).

Support for Symbolic links. Symbolic link recovery options in the Technician version.

Support for file system journal on the HFS+ and Ext3/4fs file systems.

Support for soft updates journal on the UFS file system.

Support for extended attributes on the HFS+, Ext3/4fs, and UFS file systems.

Support for compressed files on the HFS+ file system.

Recognizes localized names.

Recovered files can be saved on any (including network) disks visible to the host operating system.

A hexadecimal disk and file editor supporting NTFS file non-resident attribute editing.

Patterns (or templates) in the hexadecimal editor allowing for parsing the data according to specific data structure. Such patterns may be custom-created.

File preview. Most of the file types can be previewed to estimate recovery chances.

Enhanced remote host scanning procedure. In the R-Studio network versions, data is analyzed on the remote host rather than on the home host, thereby the speed of recovery procedure greatly increases. The scan information may be saved either on the local or remote computer.

Recovered files may be saved on a disk on a connected remote computer rather than be transferred over network to the local one. Saving recovered files on a remote computer may be useful when the remote computer has a healthy disk because you do not have to transfer files over network. It may be an external USB hard drive, for example.

Support for S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) attribute monitoring.

Forensic mode. (For the Technician version only).

Support for third-party hardware. (For the Technician version only).

R-Studio Emergency*. The R-Studio Emergency version starts from a floppy or compact disk when it is necessary to recover data on a computer, on which Windows cannot start up because its system files are corrupted or deleted.

*The R-Studio Emergency is a part of the R-Studio software package. When you buy an R-Studio single license you may run the R-Studio Emergency or/and install the R-Studio Windows version on one PC only and you may not transfer the licensed software to another PC.

R-Studio recovers files:

That have been removed without the Recycle Bin, or when the Recycle Bin has been emptied;

Removed by virus attack or power failure;

After the partition with the files was reformatted, even for a different file system;

When the partition structure on a hard drive was changed or damaged. In this case, R-Studio can scan the drive trying to find previously existed partitions and recover files from found partitions.

From disks with bad sectors. In this case, R-Studio can first copy the entire disk or its part into an image file and then process such image file.


R-Studio can create image files for an entire hard drive, logical disk, or its part. Such image files can be processed like regular disks. Images are very useful if there is a risk of total data loss due to hardware malfunction. If bad blocks are constantly appearing on a hard drive, the only way to save the data is to immediately create an image of that drive. All data search, scan and recovery can be done from this image.


To learn more about the IntelligentScan technology, go to the IntelligentScan topic .