MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition

MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 213 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    6.8
  • Total Downloads:
    1,648,616
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 25, 2013
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    9.37MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    12,649
  • 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

    3.1

    out of 28 votes

    • 5 star 11
    • 4 star 3
    • 3 star 2
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 11
  • All Versions

    4.0

    out of 213 votes

    • 5 star 129
    • 4 star 38
    • 3 star 6
    • 2 star 6
    • 1 star 34
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5 stars

"Great Program for my needs!"

February 27, 2015  |  By WhitemanKennet

 |  Version: MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition 6.8

Pros

Thanks a lot. it is good.

Cons

nothing to write in this

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5 stars

"Most Thorough Data Recovery Program Ever Made Available"

February 24, 2015  |  By scmustang23

 |  Version: MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition 6.8

Pros

Easy To Use
Very Powerful
Diverse Media Options
Could Save You Hundreds To Thousands OF Dollars

Cons

Expensive in Terms of Consumer Software
Overkill for some applications where a chkdsk may be more efficient
May take a long time to process (24 hours for 320 GB-about 13 GB per minute)

Summary

I am an IT Technician and Consultant and have been in the IT field for years. When I first started, there weren't many programs available for data recovery and those that were seldom recovered anything.

Minitool Power Data Recovery is anything but a "mini" tool. This program is the most powerful data recovery suite available on the market today for under $100 for home users.

A friend's hard-drive's file allocation table was corrupted. Chkdsk and multiple hard-drive recovery programs conclusively reported that the drive was unrecoverable. I spent more than 5 hours working on the drive in the Windows and Ubuntu environments using name brand software and command prompt tools such as chkdsk, et al.

Minitool Power Data Recovery ran on this person's drive for 24 hours and recovered 60 GB of family photos, videos, important documents, etc. Without Power Data Recovery, this family would have lost EVERYTHING.

I will be recommending others to purchase this software, also. One of a kind!

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1 stars

"Nothing was recovered"

February 13, 2015  |  By kindnesszinsind63

 |  Version: MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition 6.8

Pros

I have files that was deleted long time ago and now I need them. I tried the Undelete Recovery of this tool and to my dismay it hasn't recover anything.

Cons

try another

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5 stars

"Not working on my USB drive"

February 06, 2015  |  By vxundkdimsom68

 |  Version: MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition 6.8

Pros

I lost my data on my USB drive and then tried this tool out. It says that it can recover the lost files on my USB drive. Tried it and waited for hours and found nothing any of my lost data.

Cons

wasted my time

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5 stars

"Flawless performance"

February 02, 2015  |  By BiceSole

 |  Version: MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition 6.8

Pros

Good product but BEWARE of Tech Support!!!

Cons

Nothing. just download and use it.

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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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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 XP, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows NT, Windows 7, Windows 2003, Windows, Windows Server 2008
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 9.37MB
File Name pdr6free.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,648,616
Downloads Last Week 12,649
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations 1 GB data recovery limit
Price Free

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