2.3 Step 3 - Scanning the Drive
After the disk image has been created, the disk content is scanned automatically. A progress bar is displayed for the scan. Messages about partition status or about detected errors are displayed on the page.
Unformat uses either QuickScan or SuperScan. If you choose QuickScan in Step 1 options, QuickScan is run first. If QuickScan fails to find non-empty partitions, SuperScan is launched automatically. If you choose SuperScan in Step 1 options, then SuperScan is the only scan that runs.
After the scan is completed, scan results are automatically saved to a file in the directory where the disk image is located. With this record combination of the disk image and scan results, if the original recovery attempt is not successful, you may re-use the original information in the future for a different type of recovery. Original scan results can be loaded quickly to avoid another time-consuming disk scan process.
After a complete scan, Unformat advances automatically to Step 4.
2.3.1 Stopping the Scan
You may click Stop to stop the disk scan process at any time.
If you stop the scan, although results are not complete, scan results are saved to a file in the directory where the disk image is located. These scan results can act like a bookmark. If you start the scan for this drive or device again, the scan resumes from the bookmark place. After you stop a scan, you may click Back to return to Step 1 or click Next to advance to Step 4.
If you are looking for a partition on a physical device, the partition information can be detected at the beginning of the scan. If you advance to Step 4, you may be able to view a deleted or damaged partition without scanning the entire device.