The effective way to find out if a Visual FoxPro database is recoverable is to try the demo version of DBFRecovery on it. Visit the Demo page for a free copy of the demo.
Product specifications with lists of items recovered and not recovered is available at the Product Information page.
Note: Always backup your original corrupted Visual FoxPro database before proceeding with any recovery activity!
What limitations does the demo version of DBFRecovery have?
The demo version recovers a limited number of rows in each table of the original database. The remaining rows will contain "demo" in text fields and null values in other types of fields. Full version of DBFRecovery will recover the demo-limited rows as well.
Note that no additional records or tables or any other elements and features of the original database will be recovered by commercial version of DBFRecovery if not present in demo output.
I have tried the demo. How do I decide whether to purchase the full version of DBFRecovery?
Evaluating the results of demo recovery can help in making the decision.
What are the differences between product licenses?
Details of current licensing scheme are described at the Licensing page.
Why do results of recovery contain less data than the original Visual FoxPro database?
This is normal. The damaged parts of your Visual FoxPro database will convert to zero size on output. The other common reason of file size decrease is when some of features of the original database are not supported and therefore absent from the recovered database.
Demo-recovered database is smaller because it mostly consists of demo placeholders than actual data.
Running DBFRecovery from command line (through Windows Start -> Run menu).
If your license type is Enterprise or Service, you can run DBFRecovery from command line and use these calls in your batch files. Standard version does not support command line. The format for command line call is:
dbf.exe <original filename with path> "<path to directory to store the recovered file(s)>"
(without angle brackets).
Please note that the directory for recovered file(s) should be created before starting the recovery.
Command line mode supports patterns '*' (replaces group of symbols) and '?' (replaces one symbol).