This is not an offical review, it's my personal review of my experience with Data Recovery over the last sleepless nights and up late data recovering since Friday of last week. I tried them all and only one done the job.
Nobody in the IT industry and/or even at home like to admit they deleted their entire system by error. Been there, got the tears and red face to prove it. I tried all the big websites with the facy pictures and screenshots and the large price tag that came with them. They all performed really bad. The below software was all given good reviews by www.toptenreviews.com which I have used from time to time. Although, I do disagree with their review on what I would call a little gem of a program. I tried all of these and they were dreadful at data recovery. Never underestimate a small basic looking website and/or a basic looking run of the mill program. It's what is under the hood that counds and how fast it can recover your lost data.
1. Windows Data Recovery by Stellar Data Recovery
2. Windows Data Recovery by Disk Doctor Labs
3. Recover my Files by Get Data
4. Digital Resure Premium by ?
Top Ten Reviews of Handy Recovery 4
I disagree with some of their review because believe me, all of the top ten mentioned above as far as I am concerned performed really bad at data recovery. I tried to recover the same HDD with all of the above. Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery just took so long I gave up after 6 hours. Recover my Files took 7 hours and produced utter jibberish. and the same for the rest.Handy Recovery 4 Sponsored Ad Publisher: SoftLogica
Pros: Handy Recovery is above average in terms of feature set, ease of use and recovery effectiveness.
Cons: This program could stand to have more help and support options to back it up.
The Verdict: It’s hard to go against a program that has very few weaknesses.
So I thought lets take a look at Handy Recovery 4 (now version 5 they need to update their review on toptenreviews) I started to recover the same HDD as with all the others and within less than an hour it recovered all of my deleted HDD and it was intact, All I had to do is recover it which took about 2 hours which is an impressive time for such a small program. when I checked the stucture of the files they were completally there as though it had never been deleted.
Lost files, well to be honest, there was only a handfull to recover and recoverying them now as we speak. Lost files is to be expected with data recovery you cannot help it, but I would estimate I know where most of these go.
Hady Recovery 5 is a gem of a program with an underestimated data recovery source under it's hood. It may not stand out of the crowed as with other high price tagged data recovery software. It does however, recover an entire intact HDD as it were before the HDD was deleted and/or corrupted. I lost over £2,000.00 worth of digital software downloads I have purchased within the last three years, and now I have all of them back again as though they were never deleted in the first place. Data recovery is a nightmare and I know what it is like to lose your entire system. This program does it all and outshines the top high priced tagged data recovery software. as far as I am concerned, www.toptenreviews.com should reavaulate this software and bring it closer to between 1 - 3 where it deserves to be.
Handy Recovery 5 Sponsored Ad Publisher: SoftLogica
Pros: Don't underestimate this program, it may look basic but it's powerful and "Does what it says on the tin."
Cons: The interface is a little basic and could do with overhaulling, I understand the reason for the basic help section, basic help for a basic program. Although I do agree with toptenreviews.com it could do with improving for the novice user.
Handy Recovery 5 does look like a basic run of the mill software with a basic interface and small help section... it could do with some minor improvements and I do believe the price is right, it wont brake the bank and it "Does what it says on the tin." I do believe it could do with a better review than toptenreviews.com I can see where toptenreviews.com are coming from and it could do with a better interface and attract more customers because I do believe they are put off by the basic look of the software, but they underestimate under the basic look is a powerful program which does recover an entire HDD.