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Do-It-Yourself Windows File Recovery Software: A Comparison

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Professional Data Recovery Software: A Comparison

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Interface and Features Detailed Results

Advanced data recovery features

For this rating, we evaluated each program’s support for a number of essential advanced data recovery features. These are features that may be infrequently used, or only used in business settings with more complex data storage configurations. Nevertheless, their inclusion with the standard data recovery features can vastly expand the level of service that a technician can offer.

Product Rating RAID Recovery Features
R-Studio 6 Direct access to a virtual RAID. Any object (including regions) can be added to a virtual RAID. Data can be copied to and from a virtual RAID. RAID consistency can be checked.
Restorer Ultimate 5 Direct access to a virtual RAID. Any object (including regions) can be added to a virtual RAID.
UFS Explorer Professional Recovery 4.5 Direct access to a virtual RAID. Only disks and images can be added to a virtual RAID.
GetDataBack + RAID Reconstructor + Captain Nemo 3 Access to RAID data only after its image is copied to another storage device. Only disks can be added to a virtual RAID. RAID consistency can be checked.
DMDE 4.5 Direct access to a virtual RAID. Only disks and images can be added to a virtual RAID.
R-Studio has the best set of RAID recovery parameters.
Product Rating Standard RAID Level Presets
R-Studio 6 JBOD, RAID 0 (Stripe Set), RAID 1(Mirror), RAID 10 (1+0), RAID 1E, RAID 4, RAID 5, RAID 5E, RAID 5EE, RAID 6 (Reed-Solomon), RAID 6E (Reed-Solomon), RAID 6 (Double Xor), with all their variants. Parity delay support for all applicable levels.
Restorer Ultimate 5 JBOD, RAID 0 (Stripe Set), RAID 1(Mirror), RAID 4, RAID 5, RAID 5 with parity delays, RAID 6 (Reed-Solomon), RAID 6 (Double Xor), with all their variants.
UFS Explorer Professional Recovery 5 JBOD, RAID 0 (Stripe Set), RAID 1(Mirror), RAID3, RAID 4, RAID 5, RAID 5 with parity delays, RAID 6 (Reed-Solomon), RAID 6 (Double Xor), with all their variants.
GetDataBack + RAID Reconstructor + Captain Nemo 3 RAID 0 and RAID 5 only.
DMDE 4 JBOD, RAID 0 (Stripe Set), RAID 1(Mirror), RAID 4, RAID 5, RAID 5 with parity delays, with all their variants.
R-Studio has the best set of supported standard RAID levels. Restorer Ultimate and UFS Explorer Professional Recovery support fewer RAID levels than R-Studio, but they support the most widely used standard RAID levels.
Product Rating User-defined RAID Layouts
R-Studio 6 The user can specify very complex RAID layouts using the graphical RAID editor and the XML RAID description files.
Restorer Ultimate 6
UFS Explorer Professional Recovery 5 The user can specify very complex RAID layouts using a special language for RAID description files.
GetDataBack + RAID Reconstructor + Captain Nemo 0 No such feature.
DMDE 0
User-defined RAID layouts can be created in R-Studio, Restorer Ultimate and UFS Explorer. A special graphic RAID editor exists in R-Studio and Restorer Ultimate.
Product Rating Automatic RAID Parameter Detection
R-Studio 5 RAID parameters and layout can be automatically detected for some RAID 5 and RAID 6 volume sets. Partial RAID parameters and layout can be detected in other cases, with the user providing the missing or incorrect information.
Restorer Ultimate 0 No such feature.
UFS Explorer Professional Recovery 0
GetDataBack + RAID Reconstructor + Captain Nemo 5 Automatic RAID parameter finding for RAID 0 and RAID 5.
DMDE 0 No such feature.
All programs can create images of hard drives and partitions. R-Studio and Restorer Ultimate have the best disk imaging capabilities. They can also scan the disks while creating images. R-Studio and DMDE can also copy disk objects.
Product Rating Network Data Recovery
R-Studio 6 Full-featured network data recovery. All data (recovered files, disk images, scan results, etc.) can be saved both on the local and remote computers. Recovery agents on remote computers can run under Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. An unbootable computer can be started using a special emergency agent. Network recovery can be performed over the Internet or on a local area network.
Restorer Ultimate 5.5 Full-featured network data recovery. All data (recovered files, disk images, scan results, etc.) can be saved both on the local and remote computers. Recovery agents on remote computers can run under Windows. An unbootable computer can be started using a special emergency agent. Network recovery can be performed over the Internet or on a local area network.
UFS Explorer Professional Recovery 0 No such feature.
GetDataBack + RAID Reconstructor + Captain Nemo 0
DMDE 0
Only R-Studio and Restorer Ultimate can recover data over network. Network data recovery allows professionals to offer their clients full-fledged remote data recovery service.
Product Rating Hexadecimal Editor
R-Studio 6 The editor has all standard features, including custom patterns and advanced search. Data may be represented in any coding or as hex values. Excellent navigation. Any visible object (real or virtual) can be edited. A number of templates can be used to parse and interpret data. Users can create their own templates.
Restorer Ultimate 5 The editor has all standard features, including custom patterns and advanced search. Data may be represented in any coding or as hex values. Excellent navigation. Any visible object (real or virtual) can be edited.
UFS Explorer Professional Recovery 4.5 The editor has all standard features. Data may be represented in any coding or as hex values. Excellent navigation. Only disk objects (real or virtual) can be edited.
GetDataBack + RAID Reconstructor + Captain Nemo 3 Includes a hex viewer only. Requires an add-on program (Disk Explorer) in order to edit data.
DMDE 6 The editor has all standard features. Data may be represented in any coding or as hex values. Excellent navigation. Any visible object (real or virtual) can be edited. A number of templates can be used to parse and interpret data.
R-Studio and DMDE have outstanding hexadecimal editors rivaling many commercial stand-alone products.
Product Rating Startup Version
R-Studio 6

R-Studio Emergency: Graphical user interface version: equivalent in its features to the Windows version of R-Studio.
Text-based user interface version: offers a limited number of features.

R-Studio Agent Emergency: Client-side agent for network data recovery from an unbootable computer.

Restorer Ultimate 5.5

Restorer Ultimate Emergency Engine: Client-side agent for network data recovery from an unbootable computer.

UFS Explorer Professional Recovery 6

Restorer Ultimate Emergency Engine: Client-side agent for network data recovery from an unbootable computer.

GetDataBack + RAID Reconstructor + Captain Nemo 6

Runtime Live CD: Equivalent in its features to the Windows version of GetDataBack.

DMDE 6

MS-DOS startup disk: Equivalent in its features to the Windows version of DMDE.

All programs, except Restorer Ultimate, have startup disks equivalent in features to the Windows version. R-Studio and Restorer Ultimate have additional startup versions that are required for network data recovery from an unbootable computer.

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