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Can I Recover my Scanned Data at a Later Point of Time?

 Modified on: February 15, 2021 |    12914 views

Yes, you can do this by creating a DAT file of the scan and then using 'Resume Recovery' feature to recommence recovery after loading the DAT file.

To use the 'Resume Recovery' feature of Stellar Windows Data Recovery, follow the given steps:

  • Download and run the >Stellar Windows Data Recovery Professional software. You’ll reach to the following interface:


  • Now, you have to decide what you want to recover as this software can easily recover more that 300+ file types such as Text, Audios, Videos, etc.
  • Click on ‘Next’ button to reach on next screen.

  • Select the Drive from where you want to recover. Click on Scan option.

Now, let’s suppose that you don’t have time for further recovery and you want to halt this process for future, the very first thing we do is – Search and Press the Back Button. After clicking the back button, you’ll be asked for saving the Scanning information.

  • Click on ‘Yes’ to save the image for future scanning. It will ask for the destination location for saving the image in question.

  • After saving a file, you’ll be back to the ‘Select Location’ interface of the software. Click on the ‘Advanced Settings’ option at the top of the interface.
  • Select the ‘Resume Recovery’ option at the top and the software will list down all the files created for Resume Recovery.


8 User Comments

Hi! I've already created an image file from a previous scan result, but whenever i try to reload that image, it does not show up in the 'select scan information / drive image to continue pane'. please help me out. :(

Migs Isip

Dear Migs,

Sorry for the inconvenience!!

I'd recommend you to kindly uninstall the program and reinstall back again using administrator credentials. After successful re-installation, try to load that image again.

Hope it helps!!

Amit Pandey

I had done a full scan of my external hard disk. I saved the image of the scan. Now, few days later, when I open the scan information file, I can see the directory structure. The files also are recovered. But, the recovered files do not contain any information, and the viewer says that the file is damaged. Can someone explain how to get rid of this and obtain the correct undamaged file.


Dear Amar,

Could you navigate to the location where you had previously saved the 'Scan Information File' and check their size and other attributes. This is to ensure the image file isn't corrupted or damaged. Any existing virus / malware or system update of your computer might caused this.

If you can't able to recover files intact from the created image, I'm afraid that you've to rerun the scan of your external hard disk. Hopefully, you may now able to recover files that is accessible and working properly.

Would glad to address any more queries.

Amit Pandey

Is it necessary to leave the hard disk connected or can you recover just from the spwdr scan.img file?

De Smet Leen

Amit Pandey

Hi Leen,

You have two options:

1) If you want to recover a particular amount of data, of which you have created an image of your hard disk, then you don’t have to connect that hard disk again to your system for recovering your data.

2) But, if you want to recover your whole data and you have created a spwdr scan.img file till half or any other limit, then yes, you have to connect your hard disk again and use that scan.img file to proceed scanning process further for recovery of your data.
Hope you have understood the solution.

If you still face any issue, feel free to ask.


I see there is an option to create a smaller image by selecting the sector range.
If I have a 2 TB failing hard drive that I need to image can I create 2 or 3 separate images (for example the first one would be from sector 0 to 2000000000 and the other would be from 2000000000 to end) and then use them both to recover files (even those which are split between these images)? can i merge the images somehow during recovery? Hope this makes sense. Thanks


Amit Pandey

Hi Paul,

Thanks for asking a question.

For your information, I would like to say, that our software could let you create multiple images of the sectors decided by you; but, at the time of recovery, you have to individually recover data from those sectors of whom you have created the images. You will not have any option to merge those images while doing a recovery process.



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