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MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition

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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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  • All versions:

    4.1 stars

    out of 197 votes

    • 5 star: 124
    • 4 star: 36
    • 3 star: 5
    • 2 star: 6
    • 1 star: 26
  • Current version:

    3.5 stars

    out of 12 votes

    • 5 star: 6
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 3
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  • 5.0 stars

    "worthy idea"

    April 11, 2014  |   By cfnxlmXHoodwink

    Version: MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition 6.8

    Pros

    Really easy inteface.Simple programme.Get it now.

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of...Really.

    Summary

    Does not waste your time. Only two apps work that good: this and *********. , Seriously.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Free Any Data Recovery is the real freeware."

    March 2, 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 1.0 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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  • 1.0 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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  • 4.0 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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  • 2.0 stars

    "Recovered files but none where readable"

    December 6, 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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  • 5.0 stars

    "Fantastic Tool"

    November 14, 2013  |   By uwillneed

    Version: MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition 6.8

    Pros

    Install fast, it's a green free software !

    Cons

    well, it is so excellent that has no cons for me

    Summary

    Good software and you deserve it ! Trust me

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Good software"

    November 14, 2013  |   By hanxiaole

    Version: MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition 6.8

    Pros

    Easy to install , take up the space is little, recover data powerful

    Cons

    Not found

    Summary

    Very powerful and professional

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  • 5.0 stars

    "the best free tool i have ever gotten"

    November 14, 2013  |   By whattgf

    Version: MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition 6.8

    Pros

    very fast and recover all the data i wanted back

    Cons

    none has been found

    Summary

    very powerful and it is free

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