"Windows Data Recovery Software"
Losing your data accidentally at some point is something that should be expected, actually. More and more users become more informed and aware that they should create backups of their files so that they can easily recover them if they get deleted, but what if there is no backup to bring back the data? FILERECOVERY 2013 is a professional software with the sole purpose of recovering lost files from any type of media, such as hard drives, USB flash drives and optical drives.
The Installation procedure is straightforward and doesn’t have any kind of settings. The main installation process is fairly quick as well. No kinds of additional 3rd party software are bundled with FILERECOVERY (viruses, Trojans, spyware, toolbars, advertised software, etc.).
The program runs smoothly under any machine running Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 7 and 8.
First-timers will be prompted to choose the desired language first and then asked to choose whether they have a serial key to activate FILERECOVERY or try it as a demo. Afterwards the main window will open, which doesn’t have loads of buttons and features but keeps it simple and neat so that everyone can use it without getting confused. Below the toolbar at the top is a bar with various buttons: Options, Refresh Disk List, About, Help and Email recovery. The main area has some information regarding the program, and the status bar at the bottom displays a few details about the system’s memory.
To start the recovery procedure click on the “Continue” button (located at the bottom right corner) and follow the step-by-step guide.
The wizard that will guide you through the restoration operation makes everything easier. Firstly it will ask you to pick the media type you want to rescue your files from (you can choose between Hard Drive, Memory Device, Optical Media, Multimedia/Mobile Device and RAID System) and in the next step you’ll have to choose the available disks and volumes in that media. In step 3 you have a list of recovery scenarios that display different results in different ways and you’re required to select the one that best fits your problem (Explore Volume, Deleted File Recovery, Formatted Media Recovery, Disk Diagnostics and Disk Tools). Here you can configure a few settings as well. Step 4 gives you an overview of your choices and then the search is initiated. When it’s complete you’ll be presented with a list of found files and you can select the ones you want to recover.
Disk Diagnostics and Disk Tools are two features that allow you to check the integrity of your disks and create/restore images from them, as well as copy a disk to another disk directly.
The Email recovery feature gives you the power to restore deleted emails from the following supported email clients: Outlook Express, Outlook, Eudora, Mozilla, Becky and Windows Live Mail.
FILERECOVERY supports any partition using FAT 12/16/32 or NTFS file system and also supports HFS formatted volumes. Last but not least, RAID recovery is supported too.
Remote access recovery (via VNC) is only available in the Enterprise version.
A few good alternatives are Active File Recovery (paid), Recuva (free), GetDataBack (paid) and R-Studio (paid). Although all of those are very efficient, R-Studio and GetDataBack are for a bit more hardcore situations.
FILERECOVERY will recover your deleted files most times in a good condition. And a bit of advice: don't go installing the program and recovering files in the disk with the deleted files, as this could overwrite them and eliminate your chances of a successful restoration.
Requirements: Intel compatible system, 1 Ghz minimum, running Windows, min. 2 GB RAM and a drive to save files to.
What's new in this version: New interface, new recovery algorithms, multiple file system support, disk tools
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