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"Buggy, temperamental and time consuming"
Recovers some files and finds folders. I think it does some good things, but find myself frustrated with the lack of...read the cons section.
I should state that I went to some data dr franchise, but was not willing to pay up. I asked for my HD back. These companies prey upon your misfortune and try to get you to pay $1000's for your data. It works like this: How soon do you need your data? You: yesterday. Them: "We'll need to do an assessment." You: "Um.. ok. How much?" Them: " No worries its only $150" "You: cool" Them: ...to get it finished by next week." You: "I need it right away" Them: "$350" You: "well ok" You then will get a call. "Great news Mr/Mrs Sucka, we can recover some or maybe all of your data. You: "Great!" Them: do you want that next day, next week or 3 weeks? It is $1000 rushed, $6-700 medium and $350 for 3 weeks." If you do not cough up $1000, it will sit for 3 weeks. You must also buy their external HD for $$$.
This must be beta-software. It assigns random file numbers in place of the original file names. You are left with endless (thousands) of files to rename. It scans your drive for 8+ hours and then freezes when you attempt to save your files. Be patient and it will allow you to save. It will seem like an eternity, but it is a shorter period of time than rescanning and learning to be patient. This part was a big time waster for me. Even when you click the save button after long periods of waiting for it to be possible, it seems to ignor your click. Again, wait for it. The other odd thing it is that my MS-Office products were located, but were all 97-2003 versions. There were not any docx files (2010). Is this software incapable of recovering MS-Office products of recent vintage? It might store them as rtf files. It seems like a fail to me. It found all of my original folders with names, but no files were in them (***?). This is a huge headache. pfds are safe, it did not miss any of those.
This software is disappointing at best. I have thousands upon thousands of files to rename - oh, thank you - wonderful software.
I am taking my drive to local yocal computer repair store and can specify that the files are removed with names intact or I don't pay (as per the deal I made over the phone). It will cost me $300-400, but I don't have to waste days trying to get the "Easy Recov" software to do its thing. I at least am able to get my files off of the drive before sending it out to an unknown repair shop.
I heard that you can get your files back by opening your drive with a system running Linux, but have not tried it. I think that assumes not errors or bad sectors are present.