When choosing a data recovery program, the most important thing is whether it will actually recover your data or not. In my job I’m often asked to restore files that have been deleted or “lost”, and if there’s no backup (which, invariably on a removable disk, there isn’t), data recovery is the only way to go.
I’ve been testing EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard 7.0, to see how well it performs.
EaseUS’ product does two things I’ve not seen in other recovery programs. Firstly, it claims it can recover data from deleted, or reformated as a different filesystem, partitions. Secondly, when it searches for lost files, it can do so by type.
This is useful if you can remember it was a Word document but you’re not interested in anything else.
My main test was with a 16GB external USB flash drive. I’d previously used it on a Mac, and it had contained an installer for OS X Mavericks. I’d since formatted it as FAT32. I set about searching the drive with Data Recovery Wizard, looking for all types of deleted files.
After quite some time (which I expected, considering the job), the software came up with a list of found files. I chose to recover them all, and after an hour or so I had a folder on my PC, containing subfolders named by type of file:
Each of these folders contained numerically sequenced files, all from the installer for Mavericks. I was a little confused that it didn’t name the files as they were originally, nor did it replicate the original file structure, but I reasoned that this information was probably lost since the partition table of the USB drive had been wiped and it was recovering Mac files from a Mac filesystem. The important thing was that the files were intact.
As a further test, I reformatted the drive again, this time as NTFS, and Data Recovery Wizard was again able to find, and restore, the deleted files. I don’t know if it restored all of them (as I don’t know what was there before), but certainly data was recovered.
Then I decided to try it out on a folder on a local hard drive. This drive is used as a temporary dumping ground for file transfers, downloads, temporary backups of things, etc. with files being added and deleted all the time. As before, I searched for all deleted files, and again it found lots of stuff – some of which I’d deleted months ago. I organise download folders by year and month, which is why the folders are named like this:
I opted to recover some files at random, and this time the folder they were recovered to did recreate the original filenames and folder paths. Presumably it was able to recover this information as well in this case.
In summary then, Data Recovery Wizard 7 does what it sets out to do. I can’t say for certain under all conditions it would be able to recover all files (no software can recover all files 100% of the time), but it is easy to use and in my tests it was successful, so should be an option when you’re looking for a data recovery tool.
Disclaimer: EaseUS contacted me and offered a copy of their data recovery software in return for a review. I’ve no connection with the company and this is an honest opinion.