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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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File Recovery Performance Detailed Results

Below are the results of the data recovery tests we performed with each of the software candidates. These tests were designed to recreate the most common data recovery scenarios faced by professionals. In each test, the operating system was Windows 7 32-bit.

For each test, the same set of test files were deleted from the disk. In instances where the file system was damaged or a partition was deleted, the files listed below were present on the disk prior to the damage or repartitioning.

Test File Set

File Type File Extension
Archives rar, zip
Audio files acc, mp3
Documents doc, docx, xls, xlsx, odt, ods, pdf, txt
Video files flv, mp4, mpg, avi, m4v
Images jpg, png, tiff
Programs exe

Damaged Partition

For this set of tests, we damaged various file systems using various methods and disk sizes. In each case, Windows could no longer mount the volume.

Product Rating Damaged Partition (NTFS)
File System Damage: Signature FILE deleted using a hex editor
Disk 1 - Disk size: 1 GB, Partition size: 1 GB
Disk 2- Disk size: 2 GB, Partition size: 500 MB
R-Studio 5.5 All files with correct file names were found in correct folders and successfully recovered after disk scan.
Restorer Ultimate 5.5
UFS Explorer Professional Recovery 5.5
GetDataBack + RAID Reconstructor + Captain Nemo 6 The damaged partition was found without a disk scan. All files with correct file names were found in correct folders and successfully recovered upon opening the partition.
DMDE 4.5 The damaged partition was found without a disk scan. Most files with correct file names were found in correct folders and successfully recovered upon opening the partition. The avi and exe files appeared damaged.
GetDataBack showed the best results successfully recovering all files without disk scan. DMDE could find the partition without disk scan, but recovered 2 files incorrectly.
Product Rating Damaged Partition (FAT32)
File System Damage: Bytes per sector and Sectors per cluster were deleted using a hex editor
Disk size: 512 MB, Partition size: 512 MB
R-Studio 6 All files were immediately found in their original folders with original names and successfully recovered upon opening the partition. No disk scan was required.
Restorer Ultimate 6
UFS Explorer Professional Recovery 5 All files were found in their original folders with original names and successfully recovered after performing a disk scan.
GetDataBack + RAID Reconstructor + Captain Nemo 5
DMDE 5
All programs successfully found and recovered all files in the original folders with original names. R-Studio and Restorer Ultimate found the files and folder names without a disk scan.
Product Rating Damaged Partition (FAT32)
File System Damage: Bytes per sector and Sectors per cluster were deleted using a hex editor
Disk size: 2 GB, Partition size: 500 MB
R-Studio 6 All files were immediately found in their original folders with original names and successfully recovered upon opening the partition. No disk scan was required.
Restorer Ultimate 6
UFS Explorer Professional Recovery 5 All files were found in their original folders with original names and successfully recovered after disk scan.
GetDataBack + RAID Reconstructor + Captain Nemo 6 All files were immediately found in their original folders with original names and successfully recovered upon opening the partition. No disk scan was required.
DMDE 6
Except for UFS Explorer, all programs successfully found and recovered all files in the original folders with original names without disk scan. UFS Explorer found all files and folder names after a disk scan.
Product Rating Damaged Partition (FAT16)
File System Damage: Bytes per sector and Sectors per cluster were deleted using a hex editor
Disk size: 256 MB, Partition size: 256 MB
R-Studio 5 All files were found in their original folders with original names and successfully recovered after disk scan.
Restorer Ultimate 5
UFS Explorer Professional Recovery 3

Some files were found in the original folders with original names and several ones were successfully recovered after disk scan.

Successfully recovered: acc, mp3, jpg, png, tiff

Unsuccessfully recovered files: zip, rar, avi

Files not found: doc, docx, xls, xlsx, odt, ods, pdf, txt, flv, mp4, mpg, m4v

GetDataBack + RAID Reconstructor + Captain Nemo 5 All files were found in their original folders with original names and successfully recovered after disk scan.
DMDE 5
R-Studio, Restorer Ultimate, GetDataBack and DMDE recovered all files after disk scan, while UFS Explorer could recover only a few files.

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