I usually keep so many backups of my data that I don’t have to worry about recovering deleted files or data that was on a drive before it was formatted but when Tenorshare contacted me asking if I would review Data Recovery I was curious to see what it could do and how much it could recover.
I decided for this testing the easiest way to test all the scenarios I wanted was to use my Kingston HyperX 64GB USB Drive and do all my data destruction scenarios on this flash drive to see how well Data Recovery would do in bringing back my files. I found that this software can recover far more than you think and even multiple FAT32 and NTFS formats of the USB sticks didn’t prevent old data from almost a year ago from being pulled up and recovered when doing the deep scan and raw data recovery.
The first thing you notice when you load Tenorshare Data Recovery Professional is that you have several recovery types, deleted recovery is the simplest and is for restoring files that are simply deleted. One thing I noticed is that my USB drives will not show up under the main window, to select a USB drive you have to do the Wizard Recovery and select USB drive when you get to that option.
When doing format recovery and RAW recovery of an NTFS formatted USB stick, if you use a drive often or have many previous formats of the drive then you will be shocked at just how much data may be found though not all of it is salvageable. Some of the data is recovered raw and some .avi files worked, but none of the mpg files worked that I recovered via the raw data recovery.
When you select the files you want to recover, you specify your output folder. It should have settings configurable so you can select a default output folder instead of it clearing to it’s installation folder every time but this is a minor complaint.
When doing the Deleted Recovery the software was very easily able to find the Minecraft mods that I had put a while ago on the USB Flash Drive and deleted, and all files were intact and recovered successfully.
One feature I would also like to see is the ability to see all files you are capable of recovering at a higher level folder, right now you have to drill down to either individual folders or in the case of RAW or Deep Scan you have to drill down to the specific extension type to select files and recover them.
Tenorshare Data Recovery Professional supports recovering data on the Windows file systems FAT12, FAT16, FAT32 and NTFS as well as Mac file system HFS, HFS+ and Linux file systems EXT2, EXT3, EXT4.
This software works very well if you need to recover data that you deleted, emptied in the Recycle Bin or wiped from a flash drive. I was impressed enough with the software that I also thought of a huge warning and alert. If you have any old hard drives, it is absolutely essential that you use something like Darik’s Boot and Nuke (aka. DBAN) http://sourceforge.net/projects/dban/ to eradicate data on a drive or usb stick before you would ever sell it or donate it. This software does multiple write passes over the entire disk to ensure data is not recoverable. Tenorshare Data Recovery Professional is so good at recovering data that need to make sure you securely sanitize your drives before you dispose of them.
So if you have a need for recovering deleted files Tenorshare Data Recovery Professional will get the job done and do it will. You can download a free trial version of the software which lets you cover up to 100MB on the trial version to test it out.