VirtualLab Data Recovery is a modular data and partition recovery tool from BinaryBiz. VirtualLab recovers lost, damaged, or deleted files and partitions, including Mac partitions, as well as deleted e-mail and photos. It can also recover CD and DVD data in many cases. This powerful suite even includes a RAID Recovery tool. It works on regular hard drives as well as removable and flash drives. While the program is free to try, it won't recover any data. The least expensive licensed version recovers up to 100MB of data. License upgrades are available, depending on how much data you need to recover. The trial introduces VirtualLab's features and capabilities, though, and gives you the opportunity to compare them with freeware recovery tools. We tried it in Windows 7.
VirtualLab's colorful, compact start screen displays its seven Recovery Modules in tilelike icons, together with Account and Support Center links. However, clicking the Support Center link took us to an Apache Server test page. We found the support resources, including a manual, by browsing directly to the developer's Web site. VirtualLab's compact user interface also lists the seven tools to the left of a main window that displays scan results. We sampled VirtualLab's tools for recovering deleted or lost files, e-mail messages, and images; its partition recovery tool; and even the Mac and RAID tools. The program scans fast and displays its results clearly. It can scan and recover physical and logical partitions -- at least, the full version claims the capability.
We have no problem recommending that you try VirtualLab Data Recovery to see if its toolkit has what you need. Users who need to recover a lot of data more often than occasionally will probably be more interested in this tool's full capabilities, though many home users may turn to VirtualLab if one of the many freeware data recovery utilities isn't up to the task. The home version only recovers 100MB of data, but unless you're talking about media files, that's a lot of data. For instance, if you accidentally deleted your mortgage files, VirtualLab's license might not seem like much.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of VirtualLab Data Recovery 6.0.24.