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Save files

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.
Disk subsystem considerations

The save file contains certain information about the disk subsystem configuration of the machine performing the run. Should the disk configuration change, ZAR may fail to load the file. Hence, it is recommended to set up the disks as required for the actual recovery before the first attempt.


ZAR will save the data gathered during the run to the AUTOSAVE subfolder, created automatically where the program is installed. In case an error occurs during the save the run is continued after an appropriate error message. In such a case you can save the information collected during the run when it is done (when a file and folder tree is displayed, see below)

Saving state manually

Once the analysis is finished and the file and folder tree is displayed, it is possible to save the analysis results for later reuse. This is done, obviously, by clicking the "Save state" button.

Manual save produces a "full" save file, containing all the data available.

Loading saved information

To load a previously saved file, use the "Open save file" button on the first screen. Provide the location of the file to load when prompted.

Once the save file is loaded, the file and folder tree will be displayed and the background validation starts if enabled in options. The files should then be marked and copied normally.

If ZAR fails to match the physical device due to the disk configuration change, various error messages may be emitted and the program will shut down. Typically, there is no workaround in such a situation and the recovery have to be restarted (and disks rescanned).

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