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[Windows] Recover deleted and lost files with Tenorshare Data Recovery

2013-07-17_105127 [1]Data/file recovery is one of those capabilities everyone wants to keep in their toolbox incase the worst happens. To help with that worst case scenario, here on dotTech we have a review of the best free file and data recovery software for Windows [2]. However, if you are not happy with what we listed in our review, Tenorshare Data Recovery is another option you can try. Let’s see if it is worth your time.

What is it and what does it do

Main Functionality

Tenorshare Data Recovery is, as the name implies, a data/file recovery program for Windows. With this program, you can recover deleted and lost files — including those files that existed prior to a reformat or crash.

Take note Tenorshare Data Recovery comes in four different versions — Standard, Professional, Enterprise, and WinPE; this review specifically looked at Tenorshare Data Recovery Standard. The following chart explains the differences between the four versions:

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2013-07-17_110108 [4]As stated above, Tenorshare Data Recovery is a file/data recovery program that also has the ability to recover lost partitions.

Using the program is easy; you select which of the four modes you want to run — ‘Deleted Recovery’, ‘Format Recovery’, ‘Partition Recovery’, and ‘RAW Recovery’ — let the program run its scan, select which files you want to restore, select where you want to restore the files to, and restore. Prior to restore, you can preview files if they are photo and audio files and when restoring files you can restore files in batch.

Depending on which type of mode you use will control the time it takes for Tenorshare Data Recovery to run its scan. Deleted Recovery is the quickest because it does not look under your file table; in other words, Deleted Recovery only finds files that have been deleted during your current Windows installation. Format Recovery and RAW Recovery are next in terms of speed because they do deeper scans than Deleted Recovery and thus typically find more files. Partition Recovery is somewhere in between.

In terms of performance, RAM usage is not very high at all hovering around 15-25 MB during my tests. At the same time, Tenorshare Data Recovery used up my whole 1 core CPU during my tests… which is a good thing, because it speeds up the recovery process. Now, of course, the million dollar question is: how well does Tenorshare Data Recovery recover files?

As per my tests, Tenorshare Data Recovery ranks average in terms of being able to recover files. It was able to find one of my test files but not the other and it found a lot of other files (read: thousands when using RAW Recovery)… but, I have seen better recoverability in other programs, such as with TestDisk & PhotoRec.

That being said, I want to point out one major drawback in Tenorshare Data Recovery: the fact that Standard, Professional, and Enterprise cannot create bootable/recovery CD/DVD/USB to run data recovery from outside Windows. It is a well known fact in the data/file recovery circle that data recovery is best done from outside the operating system because not only does that give best results but also because using a system from which you want to recover files from lowers the chances of you recovering the necessary files (due to overwrite on hard drive sector).

On top of that, having a data recovery program that only runs from inside Windows makes the program semi-useless in the situation that your computer crashes and you cannot boot into Windows. In this situation, for you to use a data recovery program that only runs from inside Windows, you would need to reinstall Windows, install the data recovery program, then try to recover files — which will decrease the chances of you recovering files due to having to reinstall Windows.

Since only Tenorshare Data Recovery WinPE version can run from outside Windows, the other versions are, in my book, semi-useless.


Conclusion and download link

There is one word to describe how I feel about Tenorshare Data Recovery: medicore, especially the Standard version. You are more than welcome to check out this program if you desire, but I don’t recommend it. Rather, I recommend you check out dotTech’s review on best free data and file recovery software for Windows [2] to learn of free file and data recovery programs that work extremely well — many of which have bootable/recovery CD/DVD/USBs.

Price: $29.95 (Standard), $39.95 (Professional, WinPE), $49.95 (Enterprise)

Version reviewed: 3.1 Build 9100

Supported OS: Windows (XP, Vista, Seven, Eight)

Download size: 3.5 MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 1/47 [5]

Is it portable? No

Tenorshare Data Recovery homepage [6]