We all know that feeling of deleting some files and emptying the recycle bin to realise what we have just deleted. Fear not there some great programs out there that can help with recovering the files. One of these programs is the EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for both Windows PCs and Mac. As a Windows user, I will be testing this version.
The EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard will help recover accidentally deleted files as well as files erased by programs. It can also be used to access non-mounting, raw or corrupted partitions, servers, and Raid storage. It is also useful to recover a formatted SSD card.
There are three versions available for Windows
- Free – This version will recover only 2gb worth of data and this version does not include technical support. This version is great to try the software out and for those only wanting to recover a small amount of data
- Pro – This version is $69.95 and offers unlimited data recovery as well as lifetime support. You will also have access to the latest version of the software
- Pro + WinPe – This version costs $99.90 has the same features as the Pro version but comes also with bootable media in case your system fails to start or crashes.
File Types and File Systems
EaseUS seems to support all the basic file types:
- Documents: Word, Excel, Powerpoint, PDF
- Images: JPEG, PNG, RAW, Photoshop, Illustrator
- Audio: MP3, WAV, AIFF, AAC, Ogg
- Videos: MPEG-4, QuickTime, AVI, WMV
- Archives: Zip, Gzip, RAR, Stuffit
As for Windows, it supports both FAT and NTFS file systems.
Free Version Reviewed
For the review, I chose the free version. The recovery software and only scan partitions and not whole hard drives. Depending on the partition size and the number of files found it can take a while for the recovery software to do a full scan. For my SSD drive, it found over 28,000 files and the total scan time takes more than two and a half hours. So best to let this run in the background whilst doing some other work.
It is possible to browse and preview files before the scan is complete. The preview capability helps since recovered files are given generic names.
With a complete scan, you can browse the content in the file tree or by file category (video, graphics, audio, etc). You can also search by file extension (.txt, .doc etc) .
Once the scan has completed, you can browse content by file tree, file category (graphics, audio, document, video, email, other) and search for files. Search is handy because you can search for a specific file type by searching for an extension (.txt, .jpg).
Content that was deleted personally will be in the “recycle bin” folder. Content deleted by other means, like a program, is in a special folder marked, “more lost files (RAW).”
Recovering the lost content is very simple. Click the checkbox next to the file name, and hit the recover button. I will ask you to select a recovery location. That location needs to be a different partition, drive or external drive.
Data recovery was easy with the US Data Recovery Wizard, I like the fact that it found and restored my lost files in an easy way. The free version is great to get an idea if the software is right for you. I wish it would be slightly faster on the scanning front.