At Prosoft Engineering Inc., we pride ourselves on developing best-in-class computer repair software, hardware, and data recovery services for the computer world. Nov 22, · For this reason, the professional license of Data Rescue includes a partnership with The Data Rescue Center, a Prosoft Engineering company that provides such data recovery services. Summary. When faced with data loss due to accidental deletion, reformatting, or corruption, data recovery software can be used to scan, preview, and recover jcsqpq.me: Ryan O. Aug 08, · Data Rescue PC combines ease of use with performance and provides users with a reliable solution to any of the data loss issues mentioned above. With the numerous advancements to the recovery engine of Data Rescue PC, and the free file preview option, this should be your first choice when searching for Windows data recovery software.
The app will then prompt the user with a dialog box querying whether they want to scan the entire disk or just a portion of it.
Proceed to select an option and specify the nature of the scan — whether it's a full or quick scan. From there, the application will take a moment to run and then it will list the detected partitions on the drive. To restore the selected partitions, click Finish. The restored partitions allow a user to view the contained files to verify whether the restored partition is the desired one.
One shortcoming of MiniTool is it's random sluggishness, which results in the app's unresponsiveness once a user proceeds to scan a partition. Nonetheless, MiniTool is adept at recovering lost partitions efficiently without leaving Windows and has a simple interface. Pro version: MiniTool provides different license types to meet the needs of users: Pandora Recovery Pandora Recovery is an excellent, easy and free data recovery tool.
One of the most exceptional features of Pandora is how well it is suited for beginners. The helping tools, wizards, and customization options feel like the interface is holding your hand and guiding you through your data recovery process.
Pandora may not have a colorful interface as with most freely available data recovery tools, but its features and deep scanning capability make up for this.
Unfortunately, Pandora is not available as a portable software and must be installed. Once installed, Pandora can recover lost files in three significant ways. Pandora may present a list of files that the application can successfully recover, from which a user can select a file to undelete.
Secondly, Pandora can search for records using various criteria such as name, file size and dates. Lastly, the surface scan tool does a deep search of recoverable data on a device. Overall, Pandora is a simple and efficient tool and is the best choice for casual and curious users looking to perform simple data recovery procedures of the highest quality. UnDeleteMyFiles Pro Here is a free file recovery tool that offers some advanced features usually only found in a commercial app. This application is freeware and there is no paid version available.
The freeware is provided as-is and can be used for any purpose, including commercial applications. You can pick a particular partition or scan the entire hard drive. We tested both processes during our review. On the next screen, you can choose to load scan results from a prior scan or start a new scan. When you run a quick scan, Data Rescue can usually recover files that have been recently deleted. Quick scan can also be used to recover files from a non-mounting partition that still has its file system i.
While scanning, a progress bar will keep you informed of how much of the scan has completed and how much time remains. Once your scan completes, you can navigate found content with a file tree pane on the left side of the wizard. Folder content displays in the central pane. Files deleted from Windows cannot be recovered with their filenames. Instead, generic names are given. This is a limitation with pretty much any data recovery software.
Because generic names can make sorting through content difficult, Data Rescue lets you preview returned data. Data Rescue does give you two different search capabilities:
High-powered file recovery. Fast and efficient scanning. Saves file-scan data for use in later sessions. Cons Over-complex, under-informative interface. Option to create disk-copy clones rather than faster, more manageable disk images. Licensed to five drives only. Bottom Line Prosoft Data Rescue is equal to the best when it comes to raw data-recovery power, but it's burdened by a complex, clumsy interface.
Its interface is adequate for technicians and anyone else who is getting paid by the hour to recover files, but it's not as suitable for real-world users who need to get back a deleted file as quickly as possible. Under the hood, however, Prosoft performed extremely well at finding deleted files, though it wasn't able to identify some of the files it found in a way that lets nontechnical users figure out what those files are. Prosoft doesn't include an option to delete data securely—a feature included in most rival products—but then again, you probably don't absolutely need that feature in an app designed to recover data.
Like Ontrack and Seagate, Prosoft offers a high-priced mail-in service that attempts to recover data from physical drives. There's more on the mail-in service and Mac version below. View All 6 Photos in Gallery Getting Started When you launch Data Rescue PC4, it presents a laconic menu listing your current drives, and—in most cases—you simply select a drive that you want to scan for lost data.
A dialog box asks if you want a Quick or Deep scan—and, as in all the other products we tried, you'll almost certainly want a Deep scan because a Quick scan is unlikely to find the deleted files that you want. Data Rescue PC4 now starts scanning the drive. An Advanced button optionally displays technical data about the exact location that is being scanned on the drive, but you'll probably have no use for this kind of detail. At the end of the scan, the app shows a confusing menu of different items that you can view, but if you choose Found Files from this menu, you'll get to what you're looking for—a clearly organized menu of document types that the app is able to recover.
Testing and Performance When I tested Data Rescue on a traditional spinning hard drive, on which I deleted a batch of files and then emptied the Recycle Bin, it instantly found all the deleted files.
It didn't make it easy to locate the files in a densely cluttered, tree-structured list of files that it found, and I had to use the app's Find tool to search for the files by name or extension. Once I found one of the files I was looking for in the menu, however, it was easy to see the rest.
Data Rescue won't win any prizes for its interface, but the information you need is there—if you know how to search for it. I also ran a similar test on a solid-state drive SSD. Here, Data Rescue, like the other file-recovery apps I tested, claimed to find all my deleted files, but when I recovered the files to disk, every single one was corrupted and unusable. This is exactly the performance I expected with an SSD, and no other service did any better. Only Kroll Ontrack EasyRecovery matched this performance.
Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery came close, but only found 11 out of 12 files. Like these other apps, Data Rescue listed these files is a tree-structured display divided into Archives, Pictures, and Documents, but it didn't provide a preview pane like Stellar Phoenix, and it fell short of Ontrack in identifying file types. In contrast, the quick-scan option that I was able to use with a traditional spinning hard drive correctly identified DOCX files.
In reality, DOCX files are ZIP archives, but every operating system, and every other data recovery software we tried, recognizes and displays them as DOCX documents, using identifying data included in the file.
Only Data Rescue, in its deep-scan mode, failed to recognize that a DOCX file was, for all real-world purposes, a document. So if you want to recover a lost DOCX file using Data Rescue's deep scan, you'll need to recover a ZIP file identified only by an arbitrary numerical name, and then change the extension from.
ZIP to. DOCX—not exactly a user-friendly procedure. Saving A Recovered File Data Rescue seems especially clunky when you want to save a recovered file to disk. There's a Recover button at the foot of the window, but you can't simply highlight a file and click the Recover button, which seems like the obvious thing to do.
When you click the Recover button, a dialog pops up telling you to right-click the file so that "a red check mark will appear"—and you can then press the Recover button to recover files that have those red check marks. And what the dialog tells you isn't exactly right anyway: It's not enough to right-click on the file; you have to right-click and then choose Check from a pop-up menu before the red check-mark appears, and then you can recover the file.
There is one option that Data Rescue offers that you won't find in rival products. If a drive is physically failing, you can tell Data Rescue to attempt to clone it to a different physical disk, so that you can attempt to recover files from the clone. Rival products offer an alternative solution by letting you create a disk image of the failing drive. A disk image is a single file that you can save to any existing disk that's large enough to hold it, while a clone requires a full partition to itself.
Both methods get the job done, but cloning will be less convenient in most cases. Prosoft Data Rescue on the Mac If you're a multiplatform household and you're considering Prosoft's tools, you'll be pleased to hear that Data Rescue is one of the top data recovery utilities we've tested for the Mac. The Mac version of Prosoft Data Rescue offers very powerful and very usable data recovery the Mac interface is much friendlier , although top honors in the Mac data recovery space go to Alsoft DiskWarrior.
If your drive is so borked that it's clicking or grinding or unrecognized by your system, there's still a good chance that the engineers at Prosoft's Data Rescue Center might be able to retrieve your data in their ISO 5 class cleanroom. You'll have to consult the company for price.
Prosoft says its standard turnaround for a standard recovery job is 7 to 10 business days. Seagate, by comparison says jobs get done in 2 to 21 days. Kroll promises to get your drive analyzed within four to 24 hours, depending on its size, and to recover your data in an average of seven days on its standard plan you can pay more for faster recovery.
Powerful, Albeit Complex, Software All in all, Prosoft's Data Rescue is technically impressive in its raw power, but not impressive enough in the way it makes that power available to the user. Technicians and users with time on their hands will have no trouble navigating the menus and figuring out that a file identified as a zip archive is really a Word document, but worried users desperate to recover their lost photos and videos will be better off with a friendlier alternative, like the Editors' Choice Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery or the slightly less friendly, but slightly more powerful Kroll Ontrack EasyRecovery.
Once you've gone through the process of recovering your lost files hopefully you got them all back , next on your agenda should be doing your best to ensure that you never lose any other data. Data recovery software is all well and good, after all, but even better is not having to go through the terror of realizing you need it, and hoping it works. You can go a long way toward protecting yourself from needing to fire up your data recovery app by making sure to use backup software. For extra protection, you should also consider backing up your data to the cloud, so that even a disaster that wipes out all your local hardware won't destroy your data.
For this, you'll want to use an online backup service. Prosoft Data Rescue PC4.