Data recovery ends with saving found files to a safe target storage. This can be another disk partition or hard drive of your local computer or an external data storage medium such as a USB flash or hard drive. At the same time, an external storage may not have enough disk space and the local computer may not serve as a target storage because it is already the source of the lost data. Whatever the reason, you might also consider a hard drive of another computer or NAS attached via the local network.

Because network data transmitting protocols differ from a simple SATA cord or a USB adapter, the device may not be included into the list of target devices available for data saving from Recovery Explorer.

Additional actions may be required to enable the network storage for saving files.

Windows OS, without UAC


In order to make the storage available in the target storages selection directly, map network location to the local logical disk.

Windows OS with UAC

For Vista, 7, 8, 8.1

To make the network storage available under privileged user account context, map the network storage with the "Reconnect at log-on" flag:


Settings in Windows
  1. Go to "Network" locations, open the server;

  2. Right-click the shared folder and choose "Map network drive";

  3. Set up connection details and make sure that the "Reconnect at logon" flag is set;

  4. Press "Finish" to complete setup.

In the "save" dialog of Recovery Explorer:

  1. Go to "Places";

  2. Double-click network drive to open it in the save dialog to turn it to "online" state;

  3. Select target folder to save your data.

For Windows 10

There is another way to make the network storage available in a privileged user account under Windows 10:

  1. In the Windows menu type "cmd.exe" to find this application;

  2. When found, right-click "cmd.exe" and choose "Run as Administrator";

  3. In the "cmd" window, type: "net use X: \\server_name\share_name" command to map network drive (here X: - free drive letter in your system, "server_name" is network name or address of your NAS/server and "share_name" is network shared folder name.

In "save" dialog of Recovery Explorer click "Places" to navigate to newly connected network place.


As an alternative, use the direct path:
  1. Navigate to destination network folder using Network location in Windows Explorer;

  2. Copy the network location path in the address bar of Windows Explorer;

  3. In Recovery Explorer insert the storage path into the address box of the "save" dialog;

  4. Press Select. Now the network target storage is available for saving recovered files.

Mac OS X

To save files to the network location, first, connect to it using the "Finder" application:

  1. In the Finder main menu, press "Go" and "Connect to Server" (Cmd+K);

  2. Type shared folder path. Typically, it is smb://server_name/share_name;

  3. As an alternative, go to "Network", then "Servers", then choose the location;

  4. If requested, type your user name and password to connect shared folder.


In the "save" dialog of Recovery Explorer:

  1. Click "Places", then the attached file system name;

  2. In case when it is not in the list, click "File system", then "Volumes", then either attached file system name or your user name and then attached file system name;

  3. After the file system is opened, select folder on it to save your data.

Linux OS

Depending on your system configuration, there are different ways of accessing network shared folders. The most common way is mounting "CIFS" location. To make it work properly, it’s advised to:

  1. Start Terminal application;

  2. Make mount point folder or use standard "/mnt" folder;

  3. Type "mount.cifs //server_name/share_name /mnt -o rw" command to mount shared folder "share_name" of server "server_name" to location "/mnt" in read-write mode. You may specify also user name and domain (workgroup) within arguments of this command (e.g. mount.cifs //server_name/share_name /mnt -o rw,username=jonny,domain=domain_name").

In case of success, in Recovery Explorer:

  1. Open mount point location (e.g. "Places"->"File system"->"mnt");

  2. Select target location to save data.