MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition

MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 208 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    6.8
  • Total Downloads:
    1,592,504
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 25, 2013
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    9.37MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    9,507
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition is a free file- and data-recovery tool for Windows. It bundles several tools that together can recover lost and deleted data from hard drives, USB drives, and nearly every kind of disk or directory that can hold (and lose) data. Of course, not all lost data can be recovered, and there's no guarantee that recovered data will be intact or still usable. But MiniTool's modules are focused on specific data-recovery tasks, giving you a good chance of getting your data back. Its wizard-based operation and simple interface make it easy enough for beginners: just follow each step and you'll do fine. The free edition is limited to 1GB of data. That's a lot, and more than enough for most truly critical data, though not enough for, say, a copied DVD. A paid upgrade is available, if you need more.

MiniTool's installer warns that you should never install the program on the disk partition containing the lost data since that can cause irretrievable data loss. It's always best to run data-recovery operations from a separate, healthy disk, and usually necessary as well. MiniTool's colorful, simple user interface has large buttons for its five modules: Undelete Recovery, Damaged Partition Recovery, Lost Partition Recovery, Digital Media Recovery, and CD/DVD Recovery. Two more buttons let you contact technical support and buy a bootable CD (you can create a bootable system repair disk with your system's existing Windows Backup, too).

We strongly advise against damaging or deleting a partition on purpose, but we had no qualms about trying MiniTool on data and partitions we'd created specifically for deleting and recovering, starting with our D drive. MiniTool quickly scanned the drive and displayed the results in a neat tree view. We could click through to recover just certain files or select the whole thing via check boxes. MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition will only recover partitions up to 1GB, which clearly isn't enough for today's disks, though it's enough for many USB drives, which lead hard lives and can be damaged by rough handling. Certainly we recommend trying the freeware before the premium version.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    2.8

    out of 23 votes

    • 5 star 7
    • 4 star 3
    • 3 star 2
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 10
  • All Versions

    4.0

    out of 208 votes

    • 5 star 125
    • 4 star 38
    • 3 star 6
    • 2 star 6
    • 1 star 33
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1 stars

"Didn't recover anything!"

January 29, 2015  |  By Blondeldimfhen63

 |  Version: MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition 6.8

Pros

I was so pissed with this product, I spend hours using this tool and didn't get anything from it!!!

Cons

not working

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1 stars

""Recovers" 1 GB of unreadable junk."

January 19, 2015  |  By gospelmidi

 |  Version: MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition 6.8

Pros

It didn't cost me anything to find out that it didn't work.

Cons

A waste of time and effort with absolutely ZERO benefit.
After the free program "recovered" 1 GB of deleted files, none was readable. If Minitool is going to limit the free program to a lifetime total of 1 GB of data, at least don't count in that total files it can't recover.

Summary

Look at all the zero ("1") ratings. Why would Minitool even post this program?

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5 stars

"Not working!"

January 19, 2015  |  By homsekbdikdtnd64

 |  Version: MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition 6.8

Pros

not working

Cons

This tool is not working on my end. I have been trying to use it make it work for me but no luck.

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1 stars

"Try another software!"

January 08, 2015  |  By tonzumrsimsth53

 |  Version: MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition 6.8

Pros

has free trial

Cons

slow
only 1 GB free trial

Summary

I do not recommend this tool. You might want to try another program. This program is slow and cannot recover all the files that I lost.

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3 stars

"No way to know if it ever would have worked"

January 07, 2015  |  By benjiroo

 |  Version: MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition 6.8

Pros

Easy user interface
Uninstallable

Cons

Just 1 GB trial recovery?

Summary

Ran this for 24 out of an estimated 200 hours recovery time on a 320 GB portable hard drive that took a fall. The program locked up. Afterwards, couldn't run the program on the drive again. Not sure if it was too far gone or if it's just a limitation of the system? Also, 1 GB trial is just plain ridiculous, but I guess I will never know.

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1 stars

"Do not buy this product!"

January 06, 2015  |  By bomensublean69

 |  Version: MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition 6.8

Pros

Such a waste of money.

Cons

Slow program it will take you forever to recover anything.

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1 stars

"Shop elsewhere.."

December 23, 2014  |  By Nightranger59

 |  Version: MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition 6.8

Pros

Finds files...

Cons

All files are anonymous.. You have to save them to HD to open them. My program would only save one file at a time... I had over 100,000 files... at 6 clicks of the mouse for each one that's over a half million clicks...

Summary

Company sent me a one-line suggestion in 48 hours that didn't work. I paid $70 and can't get it back...

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5 stars

"Useless Program fo me"

December 21, 2014  |  By kpmdroxindt60

 |  Version: MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition 6.8

Pros

this program is useless in my case

Cons

can't recover files
not user friendly
difficult to set up

Summary

Tried to recover files with this program several times but no luck.

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1 stars

"Waste of Money!!!"

December 08, 2014  |  By rermevailingh42

 |  Version: MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition 6.8

Pros

I don't know if there's any pros in this tool!

Cons

this tool is terrible!

Summary

Do not trust this tool.

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1 stars

"DON'T BOTHER!"

July 26, 2014  |  By forwardvision

 |  Version: MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition 6.8

Pros

None that I care to mention

Cons

It's NOT really free, it's a demo version. It only lets you recover 1GB of data, which is pointless, by today's standards!

Summary

Don't bother. It's a waste of time, in my mind!

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 6.8
Version 6.8 comes with an enhanced scan & recovery data engine and supports 096-byte-sector-based hard drive.
General
Publisher MiniTool
Publisher web site http://minitool.com/
Release Date September 25, 2013
Date Added September 25, 2013
Version 6.8
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows NT, Windows Server 2008, Windows 2000, Windows 7, Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 9.37MB
File Name pdr6free.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,592,504
Downloads Last Week 9,507
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations 1 GB data recovery limit
Price Free

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