MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition

MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 200 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    6.8
  • Total Downloads:
    1,539,793
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 25, 2013
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    9.37MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    7,886
  • 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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  • Current Version

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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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4 stars

"Excellent customer service!"

June 17, 2014  |  By firstfig

 |  Version: MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition 6.8

Pros

Practically immediate email response to the support email address! I received a very patient and detailed response to my inquiry, along with screenshot walk-thrus of how to solve my problem.

Cons

No cons to report!

Summary

Unfortunately, the problem I faced wasn't something the software is designed to resolve, but due to this misunderstanding on my part, MiniTool reimbursed my purchase in full. Amazing customer service! Thank you MiniTool!

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4 stars

"Works Great"

May 26, 2014  |  By feck_you_cnet

 |  Version: MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition 6.8

Pros

Windows couldn't read the hard drive, so we put the hard drive into another computer. This software recovered 99% of the files off the drive! Paid for it as we had more than 1 gig of files to recover.

Ignore the 1 star Android reviews, THIS ISN'T FOR ANDROID...it's for Windows. NO clue why people are trying to use this to recover Android phones.

Cons

Interface could use some work, figured out if you select multiple files to recover you are suppose to click SAVE at the top left corner, not RIGHT CLICK (it then selects only one file to recover).

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1 stars

"Free Any Data Recovery is the real freeware."

March 02, 2014  |  By Dinderon

 |  Version: MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition 6.8

Pros

Free Any Data Recovery is the free version of Amazing Any Data Recovery which can Retrieve deleted/formatted/lost photos, music, videos, documents, emails, etc. from both computer and removable drives

Where you guys can find it:
http://download.cnet.com/Free-Any-Data-Recovery/3000-2094_4-76036800.html
http://en.softonic.com/s/free-any-data-recovery-free-download

Cons

Recovered files but none where readable
Useless with Android device
Useless in 'free' version

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5 stars

"definitely a nice tool"

February 26, 2014  |  By rafaelmcgraw2012

 |  Version: MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition 6.8

Pros

free and fast and recover what I wanna recover

Cons

just free for 1G

Summary

thank you so much for the free service. I got my work file back.

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1 stars

"This software is useless in 'free' version."

February 12, 2014  |  By Chris_Sharp_cnet

 |  Version: MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition 6.8

Pros

I'm sure that there are some very light PC users who could benefit from the 1Gb recovery limit offered by the free version of this software. But for the rest of us, 1Gb is virtually useless.

Cons

I'd be happy to buy the full version of this software, given the range of tools it offers. But not at the current price of £42 ($69).

Summary

A decent, all in one toolbox. But there are much! cheaper suites available, and you can even build a very good alternative from freeware programs. Useless in free flavour and overpriced for the retail version.

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1 stars

"Useless with Android device"

February 11, 2014  |  By robert_g

 |  Version: MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition 6.8

Pros

None so far

Cons

Installed to try to salvage accidentally deleted files off my Nexus 7. It can't even see it!

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4 stars

"worked for me"

January 29, 2014  |  By outragedhuman

 |  Version: MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition 6.8

Pros

recovered files from my usb/thumb drive
offered me chance to save to another drive
quick
easy

Cons

none, it even recovered the "corrupted" files and I just deleted them - saving the good ones

Summary

Thank you. This was a good find. I only used it today, but was totally pleased with the way it worked! Did what I needed and the files were not "lost" forever. Saved videos, photos, and documents!

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2 stars

"Recovered files but none where readable"

December 06, 2013  |  By ScurvyDuck

 |  Version: MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition 6.8

Pros

No adware nor malware

Cons

None of the files recovered where useful. If there where not a 1mb for free limit, I may have found some good files. I plan on buying partition recovery software at Best Buy, costs a little less and being sold at a store implies it has been well vetted.

Summary

Worth a try. Advise to others. After the search there is a critical choice that may not be obvious. Select the FAT files (?) with the colorful icon, then the files such as word and excell will appear.

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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 1,539,793
Downloads Last Week 7,886
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations 1 GB data recovery limit
Price Free

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