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ZAR has been discontinued
After about twenty years, I felt ZAR can no longer be updated to match the modern requirements, and I decided to retire it.

ZAR is replaced by Klennet Recovery, my new general-purpose DIY data recovery software.

If you are looking specifically for recovery of image files (like JPEG, CR2, and NEF), take a look at Klennet Carver, a separate video and photo recovery software.
General considerations

When working, ZAR reports anonymous usage statistics back to its server. This data is never used separately from other people's reports. All the reports collected are subjected to statistical processing, and averages and outliers of the statistics are used for the following purposes:

  • Identify software bugs
  • Identify weak spots in processing algorithms
  • Identify processing speed issues
  • Evaluate various recovery performance aspects and possibly create some neat graphs.

The report does not contain any personally identifiable information and does not contain any sensitive information (like usernames and passwords). There are two things in the report that might require additional explanation in privacy terms.

Random identification number

The random identification number is for us to distinguish between the same error occurring on the same machine (or the data set) hundred times in a row, or occurring once on each of hundred of different machines (data sets). There is no way to trace a random number back to the person or machine sending the particular report.

File name in the report

Occasionally, a file name may slip into the report, because in some cases the name of the file which caused the error is logged. Only one file name is logged per report. Typically, a single file name logged does not present a significant concern privacy-wise. On top of that, an error that warrants logging a file name is a rare situation.

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