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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

Demo version restrictions

Demo versions are most useful for personal users who are still considering purchasing a license. But for professionals, restricted demo versions may be useful for evaluating alternative tools when their primary utility fails to perform. Our ratings are based on the ability to estimate the chances for a successful file recovery before purchasing a full license.

Product Rating Description
R-Studio 4.5 File preview (no file size limitations).
Recovers files up to 64 KB.
No time limit for the demo version.
Restorer Ultimate 4.5 File preview (no file size limitations).
Recovers files up to 128 KB.
No time limit for the demo version.
UFS Explorer Professional Recovery 3.5 File preview for files up to 64 KB.
Recovers file sizes up to 64 KB.
Some limitations on built-in hex editor.
No time limit for the demo version.
GetDataBack + RAID Reconstructor + Captain Nemo 3 No built-in file previewer but files can be opened in their respective application (if installed).
30-day time limit for the demo version of RAID Reconstructor. The RAID image cannot be copied.
DMDE 5 No demo mode limitations, except group file recovery.
DMDE has the least restricted demo version. Although it has no built-in file previewer, the demo mode allows you to recover single files of any size. Once recovered, the individual files can then be opened in their respective applications.

The demo versions of R-Studio, Restorer Ultimate and UFS Explorer Professional Recovery are typical for professional data recovery software; they allow you to recover small files and/or preview any found file in order to estimate the likelihood of a successful file recovery.

In the GetDataBack package, RAID Reconstructor’s restriction on copying RAID images severely diminishes the ability to successfully estimate how the program reconstructs a particular RAID.

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