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A test about data recovery software

By cordy
Jan 2, 2008
  1. I want to share it with you all, a useful discussion about data recovery software.
    Here is the link:(as this is my first post here,i am not able to post a link, paste it follow www)
    microsoft.com/communities/newsgroups/en-us/default.aspx?dg=microsoft.public.windows.vista.file_management&sloc=en-us&mid=90f5985a-07be-4579-ac68-ec15029e9f3d

    Someone tested 17 recovery software and come to the final result:
    <As promised, I am writing back with test results from a comprehensive survey
    of file / disk recovery software. I'm sure there are other programs about, so
    if anyone wants to send me a link to another program in the next day or two
    before I fully restore the SD card, I'm happy to test it out as well, and
    describe the results.

    The SD card that was overwritten was recovered almost completely intact by 3
    programs of 17 that I gave this job to. I could only afford to buy one
    program of these three, so it may be that, on purchase, the other 2 programs
    turn out to have bells & whistles that will put you in better stead.

    The three programs that worked were Kroll OnTrack's EasyRecovery
    Professional [$200-500, depending on features], Easeus' Disk Recovery Wizard [$80], and BinaryBiz's Virtual Lab [$150 for up to 100GB]..........>
     
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    It would be useful to know what board or computer you have, and what you are attempting to recovery. Some "best" programs will be overkill for one recovery job. There are plenty of recovery programs cheap or free.
    If we know more about the problem, and the equipment you have, we can perhaps better advise you.
    Our shop uses programs for free or $19.95 and $29.95 from www.majorgeeks.com for most of our jobs. Most recovery sytems will rescue Outlook, Outlook Express, and Microsoft Office files for very little money. Recovery of images and photos requires different software.
    For a difficult job rescuing critical data files, I would use OnTrack, but count on it taking 24 hours to complete.
    The real trick is getting software that will not futher damage the lost files.
    First thing you do is STOP trying to access the drive for any reason until recovery.
    If your drive is bad, you need very good software... and really need a specialist. Some hard drives need a chip replaced. Some have bad bearings or a defective spindle. While others have the magnetic media peeling off portions of the hard drive plates. Depending on the hardware issues involved, none of the above will work without technical help.
    If you have simple erasures, overwriting, or other corruption, then you can get by with simple software.
     
  3. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

  4. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    Two I have used for long time and will get back just about all your data
    filescavenger and getdataback
    FS is great for RAID
    GDB works a little faster and can do network recovery

    thats my story and I'm stick'n to it
    lots of free linux distro's for data recovery ,but they take to long and I am not up on my linux like I should be
    when they fix the rpm system I'll go back and play
     
  5. oristin

    oristin TS Rookie

    hi cordy, nice post! you really helped me!
    i was wondering which to buy and i will prefer to pay this wizard. $80!

    EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard Professional [recovered 2500 files] [$80]
    x Misnamed one folder, but all contents were there
    x Poor file previews
    x Still makes plenty of English mistakes in instructions & alerts
    * Recovered everything, including folder structure
    * Identified all folder names, with sole exception of top level folders
    * Will conduct a physical device search
     
  6. Bingoo

    Bingoo TS Rookie

    I never test for so many data recovery software. however, I should say if you want to recover files just due to deletion, it's unneccessary to purchase a charged one ,there are many freeware for data recovery such as RECUVA from Piriform and EASEUS Deleted File Recovery from EASEUS Software.

    Recuva: Recuva (pronounced "recover") is a freeware Windows utility to restore files that have been accidentally deleted from your computer. This includes files emptied from the Recycle bin as well as images and other files that have been deleted by user error from digital camera memory cards or MP3 players. It will even bring back files that have been deleted by bugs, crashes and viruses!

    EASEUS Deleted File Recovery: is a fully functional freeware designed to recover deleted files from all types of media such as Hard Disk Drives, Floppy Drives, Smart Media, Compact Flash, Memory Sticks, and other types of removable media.

    Restores files after mistakenly-deletion.
    Retrieves almost all types of files.
    Recovers from local PC and various portable devices.
    Supports FAT 12, FAT 16, FAT 32 and NTFS file system.
    Supports Windows 2000/2003/XP/VISTA.
    Previews recoverable files.
    Fast and easy-to-use with a Graphical User Interface.
    Safest read only software
     
  7. martincrow

    martincrow TS Rookie

    I had used stellar phoenix and found good its not a free ware but its really good software.
    Try its trial version and know what you can recover with this software.
     
  8. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    most commercial software has free and open-source alternatives out there that are just as good,f if not better. I have'nt bought any software utility wise in the last few years. there is too much free stuff.
     
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