Recover My Files
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Full user review
"Works well; takes a long time"
-Salvages data from a disc that is unreadable in windows and linux
-Prioritizes the file types the users wants, can ignore the rest
-Is effective and fairly user-friendly
-Takes a LONG time (500GB 5400 RPM drive took over 24 hours)
-Tends to visually hang while operating, giving the impression that it couldn't continue when it could
-Not asthetically pleasing (if you care about that sort of thing)
-free trial will detect files but not recover them
-Loses access to recovered files if computer is put to sleep, requiring a restart of the whole process
All in all I'm pleased with this software. I've never used data recovery software before and while I had heard of sotware that was supposedly better and faster (Digital Rescue Premium -TopTenReviews) this is the best software that I could find that even had a free trial.
So, since I already knew it worked because I could test it, I bought it and was able to recover my friend's school documents from his crashed hard drive. I did notice that the paid software ran faster and was more responsive than the trial software so there is hope for those of you on the fence about buying it.
Despite my gripes, this software does what it advertises it will do (once you purchase it) and it does it well. My friend's data was recovered and really that's all that matters when looking for software like this.