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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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GetDataBack + RAID Reconstructor + Captain Nemo

GetDataBack + RAID Reconstructor + Captain Nemo

Overall product rating: 3.5 Compare

Mediocre recovery features and performance, but showed outstanding performance in some areas.

Strengths: RAID parameter recognition.

Weaknesses: Very poor localization support.

Interface and Features Detailed Results

Localization support: 2.5 Compare

Supported Interface Languages: 3 Compare

Languages supported: English, German, French.

Language management: Language change requires program restart.

Localized File Name Recognition: 2 Compare

Language tested: French, Russian, Arabian, Japanese, and Chinese.

Characters recognized: Russian.

Characters unrecognized: French (changed to similar Latin ones), Arabian, Japanese, and Chinese (changed to the underscore character).

Demo version restrictions: 3 Compare

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.

File preview: 4 Compare

Built-in previewer for jpg and txt files. Files can also be launched in a third-party application (if installed) directly from the program.

Standard file recovery features: 3.5 Compare

File systems supported for file recovery: 4 Compare

NTFS/NTFS5, FAT12/16/32; Limited support: EXT2FS/EXT3FS, Novell, XFS

Deep analysis of disks (disk scan): 4 Compare

Hard drives and logical disks can be scanned.
Scan results can be stored in a file and loaded later.
User can control bad sector processing and memory usage.

File recovery using file signatures (raw file recovery): 3.5 Compare

Supports raw file recovery and user customizable file signatures. However, custom file signatures have a limited set of parameters, including the maximum possible file size.

Disk imaging and copying: 5 Compare

Image types: byte-by-byte and compressed; file split size can be specified.

Native support for virtual image files (.vim); loads .vim files directly in the file recovery program.

File search, mark for recovery, sorting: 4 Compare

Filters and sorting: Similar to Windows Explorer.

File search: File mask, search for date, size, deleted/existing.

Logging: 4 Compare

Standard logging. The log can be saved to a file.

Disk parts/regions: 0 Compare

No support for disk regions.

File recovery parameters: 3.5 Compare

Recovers file names and folder structure. Deleted files can be included or excluded from data recovery results.

Advanced data recovery features: 3 Compare

RAID recovery features: 3 Compare

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.

Standard RAID level presets: 3 Compare

RAID 0 and RAID 5 only.

User-defined RAID layouts: 0 Compare

No such feature.

Automatic RAID parameter detection: 5 Compare

Automatic RAID parameter finding for RAID 0 and RAID 5.

Network data recovery: 0 Compare

No such feature.

Hexadecimal editor: 3 Compare

Includes a hex viewer only. Requires an add-on program (Disk Explorer) in order to edit data.

Startup version: 6 Compare

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

Overall interface and features: 3 Compare

File Recovery Performance Detailed Results

Deleted files (Recycle Bin bypassed): 3.5 Compare

Deleted Files (NTFS): 5.5 Compare

Disk 1 – Disk Size: 1 GB, Partition Size 1 GB
Disk 2 – Disk Size: 1 GB, Partition Size: 500 MB
All files and folder information found successfully, except the avi file, which was found but appeared damaged. No disk scan required.

Deleted Files (FAT32): 2 Compare

Disk 1 – Disk size: 1 GB, Partition size: 1 GB
Disk 2 – Disk size: 1 GB, Partition size: 500 MB
No files were found during the standard scan. After scanning for file signatures the following files were found (Lost files): jpg, doc.
The following files were found but appeared damaged: mp3, zip.
No folder information recovered.

Emptied Recycle Bin: 5 Compare

Emptied Recycle Bin (NTFS): 5 Compare

Disk 1 - Disk size: 1 GB, Partition size: 1 GB
Disk 2 - Disk size: 1 GB, Partition size: 500 MB
All files were found in the $Recycle.Bin folder with altered names after scanning the partition. All files, except avi, acc, and mp3, were successfully recovered. The folder and file names could be successfully recovered starting from the second level.

Emptied Recycle Bin (FAT32): 4.5 Compare

Disk 1 – Disk size: 1 GB, Partition size: 1 GB
Disk 2 – Disk size: 1 GB, Partition size: 500 MB
Most files were found and recovered after disk scan. File and folder names were slightly altered (e.g., xOCUME~1.doc instead of DOCUMENT.doc).
The same files were also found in the $Recycle.Bin folder with altered names.
The docx and xlsx files were recovered incorrectly for both disk setups.
For the second disk setup, the program recovered the avi file incorrectly.

Disk reformat: 4 Compare

Disk Reformat – NTFS to NTFS: 3 Compare

Disk 1 – Disk size: 1 GB, Partition size: 1 GB
Disk 2 – Disk size: 2 GB, Partition size: 1 GB
Most files were found successfully, and several ones were successfully recovered after disk scan using IntelliRAW.
Unsuccessfully recovered files: zip, acc, doc, docx, xlsx, odt, ods, txt, flv, mp4, m4v, exe.
The avi file appeared with double the file size, but it could be played correctly.

Disk Reformat – FAT32 to FAT32: 6 Compare

Disk - Disk 1 size: 1 GB, Partition size: 1 GB
Disk – Disk 2 size: 2 GB, Partition size: 1 MB
All files were found in the original folders with original names and successfully recovered after disk scan.

Disk Reformat – NTFS to FAT32: 6 Compare

Disk 1 - Disk size: 1 GB, Partition size: 1 GB
Disk 2 – Disk size: 1 GB, Partition size: 500 MB
All files were found in the original folders with original names and successfully recovered after disk scan.

Disk Reformat – FAT32 to NTFS: 0 Compare

Disk 1 – Disk size: 1 GB, Partition size: 1 GB
Disk 2 – Disk size: 2 GB, Partition size: 1 GB
No files were found.

Damaged partition: 5.5 Compare

Damaged Partition (NTFS): 6 Compare

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
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.

Damaged Partition (FAT32): 5 Compare

File System Damage: Bytes per sector and Sectors per cluster were deleted using a hex editor
Disk size: 512 MB, Partition size: 512 MB
All files were found in their original folders with original names and successfully recovered after performing a disk scan.

Damaged Partition (FAT32): 6 Compare

File System Damage: Bytes per sector and Sectors per cluster were deleted using a hex editor
Disk size: 2 GB, Partition size: 500 MB
All files were immediately found in their original folders with original names and successfully recovered upon opening the partition. No disk scan was required.

Damaged Partition (FAT16): 5 Compare

File System Damage: Bytes per sector and Sectors per cluster were deleted using a hex editor
Disk size: 256 MB, Partition size: 256 MB
All files were found in their original folders with original names and successfully recovered after disk scan.

Deleted partition: 6 Compare

Disk 1 (NTFS) – Disk size: 1 GB, Partition size: 500 MB
Disk 2 (FAT32) – Disk size: 1 GB, Partition size: 500 MB
All files were found in their original folders with original names and successfully recovered after disk scan.

RAID Recovery: 4.5 Compare

RAID 0 (2 Disks): 6 Compare

Correct RAID 0 parameters were automatically found. All files were found in the original folders with original names and successfully recovered after disk scan.

RAID 5 (3 Disks): 3 Compare

Correct RAID 5 parameters were not found automatically. Although the folder structure could be determined correctly, there were no files in respective folders. Some files could be found in Lost Files (using file signatures), but many of them could not be recovered correctly.

Overall file recovery performance: 4.5 Compare

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