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Easeus Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition

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Easeus Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition recovers deleted files, even if you've emptied the Recycling Bin or deleted them directly (and provided they haven't been securely deleted with multiple passes). It can recover data from your hard drive, USB drives, memory cards, and other storage devices. It's compatible with dynamic disks and all Windows file systems, from FAT to NTFS and EXT, and it can skip bad sectors automatically for quicker scanning. Easeus Data Recovery Wizard is fully functional freeware with a 1GB recovery limit that serves as a trial for a paid upgrade. The latest version of Easeus Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition sports an improved user interface and Windows 8 compatibility.

True to its name, Easeus Data Recovery Wizard is a wizard-based utility, starting with three simple choices: Deleted File Recovery, Complete Recovery, and Partition Recovery. It has an excellent Help file, too. It's easy to see the program in action; if you don't have files to recover, make some. That's what we did, copying data from a USB drive, deleting it, and emptying the Recycle Bin before starting the Deleted File Recovery Wizard.

The tool's first screen let us search for a lost file automatically or by file type and also opt to ignore bad sectors. Easeus Data Recovery Wizard quickly found the files in automatic mode, displaying its results in a separate, tabbed File Preview window. We selected the files we wanted to recover and pressed Next. We chose an output directory from a screen that displayed available drive capacity -- a nice touch. The recovery operation finished almost immediately. We clicked on the drive link in the notification screen, and the destination folder opened with our recovered data intact and available.

Easeus Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition is a capable performer, even with the 1GB limit. Most users probably want to recover a specific piece of data, like a file or folder that was deleted accidentally. If you've deleted something you meant to keep, try the free tool first. If you need more, you don't have to download or scan your system again but can upgrade Easeus Data Recovery Wizard in place.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Easeus Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition 5.6.1.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.6 stars

    out of 141 votes

    • 5 star: 71
    • 4 star: 20
    • 3 star: 5
    • 2 star: 15
    • 1 star: 30
  • Current version:

    3.3 stars

    out of 11 votes

    • 5 star: 5
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 3
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  • 2.0 stars

    "Don't bother. Get R-Studio"

    February 25, 2013  |   By joeddoe

    Version: Easeus Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition 5.6.1

    Pros

    Simple user interface

    Cons

    Tried recovering 600+ GB of jpeg, email, and other file formats (for example H&R Block tax returns) from partition that went from ntfs to RAW. Partition Recovery didn't recognize full partition. Complete Recovery recognized entire partition but could only recover some files (jpeg files only) to RAW (flat) file system. Excel, Word, Live email, tax return files, and other specialized files could not be recovered to usable format. File system was recovered separately to Lost Files. If I wanted to, I would have had to move 22000+ jpeg files from RAW file system back into the separate directory structure and still wouldn't have the original filenames.

    Summary

    Couldn't recover RAW partition. Only handles common file formats. Waste of $70. Similar results from AOMEI Partition Assistant Home Edition and Recover My Files.

    Tried the free edition of Seagate's File Recovery Software to see it could recover what I needed and then bought R-Studio to do the job. I was able to recover all the files I needed, including tax return files, with R-Studio. R-Studio is available from R-Tools Technology or as licensed technology in Seagate's File Recovery Software. Buy R-Studio!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "never found the file i wanted to recover"

    December 16, 2012  |   By urbanesasquatch

    Version: Easeus Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition 5.6.1

    Pros

    none that i encountered.

    Cons

    hard to use for the novice.

    Summary

    i tried recovering a video file from my droid x. this program did not find the file or any video newer than 6 months old. it's a very confusing program to use. another program found the file right away, but, then it wanted $25 to buy it, a little steep for this semi-precious video.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "This program really works. Everything was recovered!"

    November 18, 2012  |   By Milooddie

    Version: Easeus Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition 5.6.1

    Pros

    This software is great. I like how you can see what can be saved and it really does what it says it will do.

    Cons

    Not one complaint.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It saved a month of work"

    November 6, 2012  |   By Golfindriel

    Version: Easeus Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition 5.6.1

    Pros

    1.- Allows you to choose which files you'd like to recover
    2.- Pretty damn fast
    3.- Once it has found the files you can choose those that only interest you
    4.- Very easy to use

    Cons

    Not at all

    Summary

    I had deleted my work files permanently, emptied the bin and stuff. Downloaded it, very light and fast installation. Found what I wanted to recover in no time. Great tool!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Efficient & Effective Recovery of Linux EXT files"

    October 26, 2012  |   By R_Holland

    Version: Easeus Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition 5.6.1

    Pros

    Recovery of Linux EXT files is darn-near impossible ... but EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard can do it with ease.

    Most notable pros:
    - Easy to use
    - Quick, efficient, and effective scan for deleted files
    - Recovers files into a meaningful folder system

    Three levels of capability:
    - Quick Scan (for deleted files)
    - Complete Recovery (for formatted disks)
    - Partition Recovery (for partition loss)

    Following a mix-up regarding purchase of Standard vs Professional edition, the customer service at TrialPay was excellent.

    Cons

    The free edition has the ability to recover Linux EXT files, but is limited to 1GB of data recovery. The standard edition has unlimited data recovery capability, but cannot recover Linux EXT files. I had to upgrade to the professional edition to have unlimited data recovery capability and the ability to recover Linux EXT files.

    Summary

    EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition is worth a "Test Drive", and provides you with the look, feel, and general capability of the Standard and Professional version (limited to 1GB of data recovery). If you need serious data recovery capability (including Linux EXT files), the Professional version is recommended.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Misleading specified capability and recovery accuracy"

    October 19, 2012  |   By BKSmith714

    Version: Easeus Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition 5.6.1

    Pros

    Ability to select either all or certain types of files to attempt recovery.

    Cons

    Free edition only allows recovery and saving of 1GB total which wasn't obviously stated until after 5+ hour usage and work. Additionally, the program "finds" many unusable bits and pieces of files (mostly labeled FILE000.XXX)which are counted in the total thereby forcing either hours and hours of individual file examination to determine real files or else purchasing paid edition which has unlimited saving but not better real file recognition.

    Summary

    Very disappointed both in unstated limitations of free program and in ability of either free or paid program to recover complete, valid files.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Crashed every time"

    October 18, 2012  |   By dlestes1

    Version: Easeus Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition 5.6.1

    Pros

    There are no pros to an app that crashes repeatedly.

    Cons

    It crashed every time it scanned a dying drive I had. Then, I used a FREE app which read the entire drive and recovered it (again, FREE). Don't use this app!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Easeus Recovery one of the best data recovery software."

    October 15, 2012  |   By mabzal

    Version: Easeus Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition 5.6.1

    Pros

    Easeus Data Recovery one of the best data recovery ever used

    accidentally while windows 7 installation i deleted all my partition and lost all my confidential data and after searching a lot on internet i found Easeus Data Recovery...this is one of the best data recovery software i have every used.i recovered all my 450 GB data, even after formatted and deleted partition.

    i have seen my friends, they have spent almost $800 US dollars even though they didn't recover their data.

    Easeus Data Recovery one of the best best best data recovery software...........

    Cons

    No cons at all.....

    Summary

    Easeus Data Recovery one of the best best best data recovery software...........

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Works well for most data recovery situations."

    October 9, 2012  |   By FredVanOl

    Version: Easeus Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition 5.6.1

    Pros

    Has always been a good product.

    Cons

    Doesn't work on newer 3tb USB3 drives. I believe 2tb is the largest drive supported.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent product"

    October 5, 2012  |   By gthaigh

    Version: Easeus Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition 5.6.1

    Pros

    It was quick and easy. And recovered the fileI needed from a dead disk.

    Cons

    No cons at all.

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