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[Windows] Restore lost or deleted files with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard [1]I rely on my computer a lot. In fact, it’s how I make a living. So wanting to protect the information on my computer is important to me. So the idea behind EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard sounded good to me on paper. The ability to recover deleted files or lost data due to a software crash or virus is something that I am very interested in. However, there are other programs out there that offer the same kind of service. So how does EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard stack up… let’s find out!

WHAT IS IT AND WHAT DOES IT DO

Main Functionality

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is a program that can help restore data that has been deleted or lost. There are many things that can cause files to be lost, like viruses, crashes or even unexpected shutdowns. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard does not replace the need to back up your information elsewhere, but it can help protect against the unexpected.

Take note there are multiple versions of EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard available:

This review is specifically on Data Recovery Wizard, not the other versions. EaseUS does not specify exactly the differences between the versions but we will try our best to mention the differences as we come across them.

Pros

Cons

Discussion

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Screenshot [2]EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is a software which aims to please the “oops did I accidentally deleted that file”, “I really need to find that file I deleted long ago or a file that I had before I formatted”, and “can I recover that partition” people. In other words it allows you to recover/undelete files and partitions alike.

Data Recovery Wizard has three modes:

When going to scan for lost or deleted files, you have the ability to search for all deleted or lost files in the target partition/drive or search by specific file type.

Once files have been found and you go to undelete or recover files, you have the ability to preview files before you restore them. However, not all files can be previewed. As per my tests, text files and images can be previewed; other file types, such as videos, cannot. And even some text files and images cannot be properly previewed — it all depends on how “recoverable” a file is. If a text file or image is recoverable, then Data Recovery Wizard will be able to preview it; if it is not recoverable, Data Recovery Wizard will show garbage.

Aside from previewing, there is a built-in search feature allowing you to search for files by name, type, date, and/or size. And when ready to restore/recover files, you have the ability to restore/recover multiple files at a time.

In terms of performance (i.e. finding and recovering deleted/lost files), ‘Delete File Recovery’ is your basic undelete tool found in most programs; ‘Complete Recovery’ performs fairly well (does particularly well when looking “under the file system” – found thousands of files for me there), but I have seen better software; and ‘Partition Recovery’ is a very weird partition recovery method that is more file recovery than partition recovery.

There is also a caveat. Not all the “lost” files found can be recovered properly. (I learned this the hard way by trying to recover found lost files only to learn they were not recovered properly.) Although the inability to properly recover found files is not necessarily Data Recovery Wizard’s fault, because there are many factors at play that determine if you will be able to recover a file or not and many of the factors are out of the program’s hands. What is Data Recovery Wizard’s fault is that it does not give an explicit indication of how “recoverable” a lost file is (I am looking for a column that states the “recoverability” of a file). However, a trick I learned is that if you are able to preview a file, you will be able to recover it just fine (as I mentioned above).

That all said, by far the biggest problem with this program is the fact that all existing files are shown in the scan results with deleted/lost files. So if a user is not careful, he or she may think existing files are deleted files and try to recover them. Fortunately, though, EASEUS provides a key so users can know which files are already existing and which are deleted/lost files. However, that does not make up for the fact that existing files are shown when they shouldn’t be.

CONCLUSION AND DOWNLOAD LINK

Overall, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is an average data/file recovery program. It isn’t bad per se, but it isn’t noteworthy either; I’ve seen better and I’ve seen worse data recover solutions. It definitively isn’t worth the $69.95 price tag… especially when you consider the fact that you need to purchase a separate version of the program to get WinPE bootable media capability. In other words, you need to pay extra to be able to run this program from outside of Windows; $59.95 extra, to be exact.

That said, if you are looking for excellent data recovery, look no further than TestDisk & PhotoRec [3]. There are many, many data recovery tools out there but, in my experience, none of them can recover files/data as well as TestDisk & PhotoRec. They are a bit unconventional due to their command line nature, but they provide excellent results and are completely free.

Price: $69.95

Version reviewed: 5.6.5

Supported OS: Windows 2000 / XP / Vista / 7 / 8

Download size: 6.1MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/46 [4]

Is it portable? No

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard homepage [5]