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Active@ File Recovery

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.2
out of 23 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    14.5
  • Total Downloads:
    150,223
  • Date Added:
    May 27, 2015
  • Price:
    Free to try (Only allows recovery of up to a 64KB file); $29.95 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    15.75MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    190
  • Platform:
    Windows

Editors' Review

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Active File Recovery enables you to recover files that you've accidentally deleted or that were lost for any number of other reasons. With clear options and quick scanning functionality, this app will have your files back in your hands in no time.

Pros

Superscan: Files that can't be recovered with the Quick Scan feature can often be unearthed by breaking out the Superscan. This is especially useful for items lost due to deleted or damaged partitions, and while it does take a little longer to run, it is adept at finding files you never thought you'd see again.

Good for beginners: This app is a good choice for those with limited computer knowledge, thanks to its clear interface and helpful descriptions of the types of files recovered. But that doesn't mean it's lacking in the power features that more advanced users are looking for.

Cons

Hidden features: These power features are not always easy to find, however. While the initial scanning options are presented in a straightforward enough way, the recovery process is less clear, and taking advantage of advanced features can be a little confusing.

Bottom Line

Active File Recovery is a good option for most users, whether you consider yourself a computer pro or are just starting to learn your way around. You can try out the scanning capabilities of the software for free to see if it can find the files you're looking for, and you can even recover one small one without purchasing the full version.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Active File Recovery 14.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"Saved me a ton of work!"

February 16, 2009  |  By linnyhca

 |  Version: Active@ File Recovery 7.3.111

Pros

Tried 3 other file recovery programs on a nonbootable drive- none of them worked. Demo version of this program found my files, but couldn't recover them correctly. Decided to buy the full version for $34.95 which worked perfectly.

Cons

There is nothing I can complain about with this product.

Summary

This program worked great on my non-bootable hard drive hooked up as an external drive to my laptop. It didn't take long to search using the Quickscan function and my recovered files work great (including my important Quickbooks file). Highly recommended!

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1 stars

"Simple: It doesn't find my deleted file"

November 26, 2008  |  By cdebel2005

 |  Version: Active@ File Recovery 7.3

Pros

Absolutely none

Cons

It doesn't find my freshly deleted file. Simply not usefull

Summary

Won't waste my time with writting a more detailed review...

I've created a file in My Documents, deleted it, removed it from recycle bin... and it's not found anymore.

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1 stars

"Useless for trial due to max 65K file size limit."

August 27, 2008  |  By MustXcape2

 |  Version: Active@ File Recovery 7.3

Pros

NONE - unless your believe the advertising!
A complete a waste of your time.

Cons

To get it to work on any file larger than limit a payment is demanded - Before you even know the results!

Summary

Forget this software and move on to a better product.

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4 stars

"Easy to use, works great, trialware has 65k file size limit."

August 26, 2008  |  By milspec

 |  Version: Active@ File Recovery 7.3

Pros

User friendly interface, simple to navigate.

Have tried three other file recovery utilities in the last three days. This is the best.

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4 stars

"One of the better file recovery programs."

May 03, 2008  |  By Charles K

 |  Version: Active@ File Recovery 7.3

Pros

Having tried a couple dozen, I settled on this one. Why? Because it works as described, can be installed on removable storage devices like my 4Gb travel drive and my 500 GB Maxtor one touch external hard drive. It's a simple to use program that not only can search for multiple files and file types but a can hunt a particular file or folder which I fine it's best feature. All my hard drives are NTFS file type drives and Active @ works great on all. Even the price, compared to others is good.

Cons

Only one con from me! The free trial limitations. However, it does what I need and accomplished everything I purchased it for.

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5 stars

"3"

December 12, 2007  |  By nour_rewesh

 |  Version: Active@ File Recovery 7.1 build 301

Pros

very good

Cons

no think

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4 stars

"Saved me"

September 01, 2007  |  By billped

 |  Version: Active@ File Recovery 7.1 build 301

Pros

My daughter spent 10 days in Japan on an exchange program, took a huge number of photos, but one of her SD cards was accidentally reformatted. Unfortunately, she saved a couple of new photos before realizing the problem.

Active@ File Recovery found all the photos and recovered at least 80% of them. For $30, it was a screaming bargain.

I am once again my little girl's hero.

I love the other response of "only works if bought". For free, it will tell you what it can recover and then will tell you to pony up if you want to actually recover the files. I consider that fair.

Re: the "expensive" comment, the other product I found that was able to recover the files was $80, so the competition appears to be much more expensive. Perhaps if all you need is a simple "undelete", freeware would be fine, but I needed something that would recover files from a format AND it had to work with something other than a simple hard disk.

Cons

The interface is not as intuitive as it could be, but a bit of playing with it eventually got me what I needed.

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5 stars

"Outstanding"

July 24, 2007  |  By claseboy

 |  Version: Active@ File Recovery 7.1 build 301

Pros

A couple of days ago I had to reformat my hard drive and re-install Windows. Unfortunately I'd completely forgotten to backup up my entire collection of photographs which were stored on my D partition. That's about 5 years of birthdays, family events, parties, family visits, even little things like pictures of our new puppy and days out at the zoo. The lot, gone.

I tried several other programs and none of them managed to find my photos.

One go with the demo version of Active@ and it found my entire D partition, untouched and undamaged.

Yes I had to pay $29.95 to recover the files, which is about £15 there or thereabouts. Was it worth it? Most definitely.

Cons

I can't say a bad word against it. I didn't even need to read the help documentation before using it. It was so easy.

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5 stars

"Very good"

July 22, 2007  |  By carvil

 |  Version: Active@ File Recovery 7.1 build 301

Pros

Long time to download

,But I had trouble with an erroron my computer

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2 stars

"Expensive!"

July 14, 2007  |  By FreddyMysty1_x

 |  Version: Active@ File Recovery 7.1 build 301

Pros

Seems to recover but you have to pay.

Cons

Why do these programs cost so much? No free trial? How can I get my data back for free? Why doesn't microshaft include these types of programs?

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 14.5
Version 14.5:
  • Added more pre-defined signatures - OpenOffice Spreadsheet *.ODS. Database *.ODB,
  • Formula *.ODF, Graphic *.ODG and Presentation *.ODP;
  • Improved Linux Ext2\Ext3\Ext4 file systems scanning performance;
  • Included the latest Active@ Disk Editor 6;
  • Active@ Boot Disk switched to WinPE 5.1 64-bit (x64) base which performs faster and optimizes RAM usage;
  • Active@ Boot Disk now being able to boot the latest UEFI Secure Boot systems.
General
Publisher Active Data Recovery Software
Publisher web site http://www.ntfs.com/products.htm
Release Date May 12, 2015
Date Added May 27, 2015
Version 14.5
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory File Management
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 15.75MB
File Name filerecovery-demo.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 150,223
Downloads Last Week 190
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations Only allows recovery of up to a 64KB file
Price $29.95

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