Software updates to CnW Recovery Software

The policy for software updates is one of continuous
development, rather than major releases. This way, user requests can be added very quickly, rather than waiting for complete new release. The list below shows various features, and dates of addition. The online, and program help is always kept up to date with any new feature. Bugs (all programs have them) are fixed as quickly as possible. Updates contain many small features and improvements. The list below shows significant points, and grows almost every month.

An update may be downloaded at anytime, by just
downloading the program, and reinstalling. There is no need to uninstall before loading new the version. Your registration key will always work, though an expired 30 day licence will only work in demo mode.
Sept 2023
V6.11 Data carving added, and AVCHD wizard added
July 2023
V6.10 - small improvements and support for CCTV system
April 2023
V6.06 of CnW64 released - still a beta version, but small imnprovements
November 2022
V6.03 of CnW64 released
August 2022
V5.61 small bug fixes
June 2022
V5.60 - small tweaks
January 2022
Very BETA version of
CnW 64 available. This is a very early development version. Include Sennce CCTV recovery
August 2021
V5.59 extra RAID disks supported - now up to 12 drives
February 2021
V5.57 extra support for exFAT and XFS recovery
January 2021
V5.50 Support for some
encrypted WD drives
October 2020
V4.58 Supports
XFS Symlink files
September 2020
V4.56 Supports XFS files from large disks, and deleted disks
August 2020
V4.45 Supports XFS Version 5 files
July 2020
V5.44 Function to show features of a DVD drive
March 2020
V5.43 Improved .BKF recovery routine
December 2019
V5.40 Data carved JPEGs have the GPS locations logged
V5.39 Includes link and licence to GoPro Recovery software
V5.38 Android SD cards supported (Linux)
July 2019
V5.36, small changes
May 2019
V5.35 HEIC added for data carving (enhanced ‘JPEG’ format)
January 2019
V5.34 Improved support for Canon EOS recovery
February 2018
V5.29 Support for ‘JPEG’ Canon video files
November 2017
V5.27 Support for Samsung HMX-Q10 video
V5.26 small change to support a Sony video format
October 2017
V5.25 Improvenments for Canon EOS
February 2017
V5.20 Canon Vixia video camera supported
January 2017
V5.19 Improved support for Canon EOS 8
December 2016
V5.16, small changes to file filter operation
September 2016
V5.15 Beta version of video file scanning from large hard drive, very limited features
June 2016
V5.14, Extra PMW support
May 2016
V5.12. Improved support for deleted PMW-150 video files, including 2K sector size
V5.11 Website updated to be secure, HTTPS://
April 2016
V5.10, redirecting files where signature has failed on NTFS disks, Failed JPGs when carving are saved in different directory
March 2016
V5.09, can select range of scanning in AVCHD wizard.
February 2016
V5.08 Improved verification of EOS files, and faster recovery
V5.07 Supports AVCHD M2T files
January 2016
V5.04 Support for 4K sector sizes with NTFS disks. Scanning for catalog entries on an HFS+ disk has been implemented
December 2015
V5.02 Process fragmented headers on Canon HF-G30 videos
November 2015
V5.01 Support for Canon HF-G30 camera
V5.00 New option in RAID to concatenate JBOD
October 2015
V4.99 Sanyo E1 video recovery added for deleted files
September 2015
V4.98 Support for Canon SX600 camera. Improved support for XFS greater than 2TB
V4.97 Support to image disks greater than 2TB. Enhancements for Canon EOS recovery
August 2015
V4.96 Demo now saves .bmp thumbnails in output directory. AVCHD updates
V4.95 Support for Panasonic Lumix GH4 video on SD memory chip
July 2015
V4.93 - Improved recovery of Panasonic Lumix videos
V4.92 - Small updates for GoPro
May 2015
V4.89 - improved speed for GoPro recovery
April 2015
V4.86 - small changes to AVCHD fragment matching
V4.82 improved fragment matching with AVCHD - uses frame times
March 2015
V4.81 GoPro updates
February 2015
V4.79 Additional variation of GoPro added (GoPro Hero)
V4.78 Improved first frame on some GoPro recoveries
December 2014
V4.76 Enhanced detection of EOS video files for MP4 Wizard
V4.75 Problem fixed (hopefully) where virtual CD ROM drives caused problems with program initialisation
November 2014
V4.72 Support for GoPro Silver. Improved support for large XFS files and directories.
V4.70 Partial support for GoPro Hero Silver versions
October 2014
V4.69 Additional file selection with exFAT routine
V4.68 Improved dates on AVCHD, larger XFS files supported
V4.67 Dates added to some of the AVCHD wizard files
September 2014
V4.66 New time interval added for AVCHD/MTS recovery wizard
V4.65 Reduced memory requirements for MP4 Wizard
August 2014
V4.64 AVI wizard now supports reconstruction of both idx1 and ix00 index types
V4.63 Most recent video thumbnails will scroll through on Wizard functions. CnW video recovery works where most software packages fail.
V4.62 Improved displaying of video thumbails on the demo
V4.61 Improved reconstruction of GoPro files on FAT32 devices.
4.60 AVI Wizard will display thumbnails of some videos, improvements with fragmented file support.
4.58 AVI Wizard supports files with missing header
July 2014
4.55 RAID-6 (provisional) added
4.53 Better support for exFAT with MP4 wizard
June 2014
4.52 Support for MP4s greater than 4GB being added
May 2014
V4.51 Will write images to disk drives on Windows 7&8 (Commercial version only)
April 2014
V4.49 Photo wizard displays thumbnails. AVI thumbnails are displayed
March 2014
V4.48 Demo will display thumbnail on MP4 Wizard for some types of file
V4.47 Thumbnail for some videos displayed on recovery (not demo yet)
V4.46 Improved support for large GoPro memory chips
February 2014
V4.44, Support for larger cluster sizes in MP4 wizard
V4.44 Frozen version for XP computers
January 2014
V4.43 Support for deleted GoPro Hero 3+ Black files from a multiplexed stream - ie high and low resolution
V4.42 Preliminary version of AVI wizard added. Extra time interval value for AVCHD and extra support for large exFAT clusters
V4.41 MP4 wizard can select video type to recover - useful when multiple types of video on a hard drive
December 2013
V4.40 Good support in MP4 wizard for Sony PWM-F3 deleted files
V4.39 Small updates to MP4 wizard
November 2013
V4.37 Forensic disk scan can save a disk image, and will log some details. More details will be logged in next release.
V4.36. Larger cluster sizes for exFAT drives supported, improved speed for forensic disk scan, MP4 wizard updates.
October 2013
V4.33 Additional recovery mode for MP4 wizard
September 2013
V4.32 GoPro Hero 3 mixed deleted files can be recovered
August 2013
V4.30 Extra fragmented MP4 function added for wizard
July 2013
V4.29 More variations of MP4 included in wizard
V4.27 More updates on MP4 Wiard, including fragment GoPro files
V4.25 Status message when file filter used, plus warning messages.
June 2013
V4.24 Support for GoPro video recovery, MP4 wizard
V4.22 Enhances made to Formatted wizard - includes filter for unnecessary files
May 2013
V4.20 Small changes
April 2013
V4.18 Extra detection for corrupted NTFS disks
March 2013
V4.17 Some carved files can be selected on dates with file filter - depends on file type.
V4.14 - more MP4 modes detected in wizard
February 2013
V4.12, Longer directories for XFS, and more MP4 wizard updates
January 2013
V4.11 Updates to MP4 wizard - displays codecs
V4.10 MP4 wizard, small enhancements. Beta version of DOCX and ZIP wizard
December 2012
V4.06 Further developments on MP4 wizard
V4.05 Small enhancements to MP4 wizard, maximum drives handled now 19 (was 9)
November 2012
V4.04 Will block sleep/hibernation mode of PC while recovering files. Small additions to MP4 wizard
V4.03 Multiple partitions support for HP MediaVault
October 2012
V4.01 Manual selection of Linux files - tested on Windows 8
V3.99 Changes to AVCHD wizard.
V3.98 - improved recognition of Ext4 disks. Beta version of 3GP wizard - very limited functions
September 2012
3.96 Small changes to forensic report and reading Mac disks
August 2012
3.95 Improved defragmenting of Word DOCX files, ODT files recognised. Two hex codes displayed in log if signature is not recognised
3.92 Detects fake memory chips.
3.91 AVCHD no longer has a limit of 128GB for total size of recovery
July 2012
3.90 Improved support form AVCHD recovery from non FAT disks
3.89 Extra apple failure modes supported.
May 2012
3.87 New routine for AVCHD Wizard. More modes for reconstructing missing .AVI indexes.
3.86 Improved merging of AVCHD files in wizard function
3.85 Improved support for Reiser scanning and automatic detection of HP MediaVault configuration
April 2012
3.81 Reiser files (HP MediaVault) can now be selected by file or directory from user interface
3.80 Support for simple Ext4 files - still in development phase
March 2012
3.78 Displays type of Linux/Unix disk being recovered
3.75 Option to skip verify on carving. Enhanced 3GP defragmentation
February 2012
3.71 Zip and DOCX files can be defragmented after carving
3.69 Word .DOCX have date added when carved
January 2012
3.67 Improved support for fragmented AVI files
3.66 Improved support for XFS disks. Log subdirectory automatically compressed with NTFS compression. Reiser files greater than 4GB can be read
3.63 Reiser files listing shown on screen, and addition help for Reiser configuration in the Corrupted disk wizard
December 2011
3.62 VM Virtual disk format handled (forensic option only)
3.61, some enhancements to AVCHD and 3GP defragmenting
November 2011
3.60 Extra support for defragmenting deleted .3GP, .MOV files from FAT32 devices.
3.58 Options for different time frame intervals on AVCHD recovery
3.55 Improved Encase .E01 support
October 2011
3.54 SHA-256 hashing may be optionally disabled
3.53 Enhanced supported for fragmented .MOV files. Can read QIC113 backup files
September 2011
3.52 AVCHD wizard function
August 2011
3.51 AVCHD / MTS files can be defragmented.
3.50 MPEG-1 audio streams supported when creating .IFO files on video disks
3.48 Further development on keyword searching - log can be sorted. Keyword searching added to forensic report.
July 2011
3.47 Small changes to the way DVDs are recovered with more than 99 chapters.
3.46 Uni-code added to keyword search
June 2011
3.45 Keyword search exported with log info, keyword file can be viewed from log. The download is now signed with a certificate registered to Michael Stephen Cotgrove
3.44 First version of keyword search added for FAT and NTFS disks (commercial and forensic options only). Not uni-code yet
May 2011
3.41 Reiser files recovered when first superblock is missing
3.40 Extra MP4 type files detected in data carving
3.39 Changes to JPEG defragmenting
April 2011
3.37 Changed routine for defragmenting JPEGs
3.36 Alternate Data Streams extracted from NTFS disks
3.35 Improvements on 3GP and MP4 defragmenting
March 2011
3.33 Slightly faster copy/imaging speed. A reminder has been added if software is not updated after 3 months.
February 2011
3.32 Reiser FS included as part of wizard - also shows directories while in restore process.
3.31 Multiple strings can be searched for as part of data carving - forensic only option.
3.29 Improved support for fragmented 3GP, MP4 files in ftyp-mdat-moov sequence.
January 2011
3.28 Mini DVDs can be recovered, and then a new DVD created within CnW
3.27 Apple resource fork modified to allow copying of short cuts and hyperlinks on systems where the links are not valid.
3.26 Function to download and extract NSRL MD5 hash values for standard files (Forensic option only). Dongle drivers now a separate download.
3.25 Will process fragmented .3GP files <16MB in length and in ftyp-moov-mdat sequence
3.24 Verification of 3GP/MP4 files
December 2010
3.23 Will recover many Reiser FS deleted and lost files
3.22 Extra testing on XFS files
November 2010
3.21 Improved ReiserFS support - for HP MediaVault
3.20 3GP video files detected in carving
October 2010
V3.17 improved JBOD operation for HP Media vault
V3.12, improved photo defragmenting. Support for missing drives in RAID-5
V3.11, improved carving of fragmented AVI files.
September 2010
V.308 Improved RAID support
V3.07 Support for deleted XFS added
August 2010
3.04 Support for dongle on Windows 7 64 bit
3.02 Mini-DVD wizard displays thumbnails of video chapters on recovery
3.00 released with new Wizard functions
Improved support for Linux Ext2/3 disks
July 2010
Reiser FS, first release in V3 Beta version
2.86 development of Formatted wizard function
June 2010
CnW V3 pre-release details Read about the next major release
May 2010
2.74 Image raw split into separate functions of Data Carve and Disk Image
2.73 New Fragmented AVI routine
April 2010
2.71 More XFS improvements, supports Version 1 inodes
2.68 Improved Unix XFS support. Enhanced routines for fragmented photo recovery
March 2010
2.67 Increased speed for defragmenting photos. Small improvement to MTF (.BKF) file recovery
2.66 Small enhancements - development for RAID systems taking place
January 2010
2.65 First support for Unix XFS disks. 4096 byte sectors supported for FAT32 - iPod disks