PC Inspector File Recovery

PC Inspector File Recovery

Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 504 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4
  • Total Downloads:
    1,550,739
  • Date Added:
    Feb. 08, 2007
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    5.83MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    631
  • Platform:
    Windows
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  • Current Version

    3.1

    out of 105 votes

    • 5 star 34
    • 4 star 21
    • 3 star 5
    • 2 star 9
    • 1 star 36
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    4.0

    out of 504 votes

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    • 4 star 40
    • 3 star 8
    • 2 star 14
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4 stars

"Best Free File Recovery Program Available"

December 24, 2013  |  By Azhrarn27

 |  Version: PC Inspector File Recovery 4

Pros

I just had two portable hard drives fail within days of each other, and was face with the loss of ALL of my personal data. PC Inspector File Recovery saved my life. I tried about 2 dozen freeware programs, and except for PhotoRec (which I never finished testing), nothing else even came close to this program. First of all, it recognized the logical name of my failed drive immediately. Second, it found almost all of my "missing" files. Third, not only did it recover my missing files, it even put them into the correct file structures! That's kind of crucial considering I was recovering hundreds of GB and tens of thousands of files. This program works. I tried Recuva, and the best it could do was identify maybe 100 files and if I had tried to recover them they would have all been thrown together. None of the other programs could even identify my logical drive.

Cons

This program was made by a German company, so the translation suffers a bit in the help files. The interface is also not as intuitive as it could be. My suggestion would be to spend some time exploring the program. It really doesn't take that long to figure it out.

Be aware that the program can freeze sometimes after it's done recovering files. It can also freeze if it tries to recover certain types of files. I found this happening with files having a .db filename extension. If this happens just close the program and restart it. But make sure you don't close the program while it's still running, because then you might destroy some of the data. To check to see if the program is still running or if it's frozen, just go to the hard drive where you are copying your recovered files and check to see if the files are increasing in size and number of if you see the same file listed at the same size over and over again.

Summary

This program works. No it's not perfect , but it's free. What more can you ask for?

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1 stars

"Can I give this a negative rating?"

March 28, 2013  |  By qsusie2008

 |  Version: PC Inspector File Recovery 4

Pros

It recovered some files, but not all.

Cons

This Put a stinkin' invasive virus on my computer. White Smoke toolbar and other Adware. I have NEVER had that happen with a CNet download before. Use Recuva instead, it has a better interface and didn't give me garbage.

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5 stars

"RECOVERS DELETED FILES"

January 01, 2013  |  By tjlavalleeshop

 |  Version: PC Inspector File Recovery 4

Pros

It can recover those files you accidentally deleted. Have used it on several occasions and gets the job done.

Cons

Takes some time to navigate through the process.

Summary

I am running Windows XP and it runs flawlessly. Not sure what the other reviewers are talking about. I have no affiliation with this company or any other. Sometimes I wonder if these reviews are 100% unbiased. Give it a try it worked for me.

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3 stars

"Awful Interface"

December 19, 2012  |  By fred64ha

 |  Version: PC Inspector File Recovery 4

Pros

It found over 40 thousand files added extensions like .exe or .jpg etc.

Cons

I stumbled upon how to select to failed drive. Be careful where you click! Some clicks that seem like option selections start scans. Options abound, but how to select them is hit and miss.

Scan a hard drive one of my users did a system recovery on -- thought he was restoring to a previous time (sigh).

After many hours it found tens of thousands of files. Some from before the formatting, some from the new installation.

Scan results are one big list, you can click on headers to sort, but that's about it for help finding what you need.

Summary

Maybe ok as a last resort?

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1 stars

"What a dud!"

November 18, 2012  |  By gmartinez67

 |  Version: PC Inspector File Recovery 4

Pros

Wouldn't know if this software has any pros; couldn't get it started.

Cons

I have never seen a less intuitive program! I am still trying to work out how to get it to recognise my hard disk drives. And the help files are absolutely useless. Helps is pretty much limited to "run program, recover files, save recovered files". Reminded of the instructions on a packet of peanuts in a plane: "Open packet, eat peanuts".

The only thing this download has done properly was to install some bloody search tool bar on my internet browser... ALTHOUGH I SELECTED NOT TO INSTALL IT!

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4 stars

"Recovered 65% of Data"

September 04, 2012  |  By offerPop5724028

 |  Version: PC Inspector File Recovery 4

Pros

Was quick in recovery

Cons

Could not recover the entire records

Summary

Good software

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5 stars

"Run in XP Compatibility Mode to avoid crash!"

August 31, 2012  |  By lifanus

 |  Version: PC Inspector File Recovery 4

Pros

This saved my life! I had a corrupt file filled with important images for client, this is the only free program that is able to read the corrupt directory and successfully extracted every single image that got lost! Simply amazing. It can also re-name the files before saving them so any corrupt file name can be changed to normal file name before recovery.

Cons

Have to run in XP compatibility mode to avoid crashing the system.

Summary

Best free data recovery program there is.

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2 stars

"Powerful, but crashed. Not updated since 2007."

August 08, 2012  |  By Lars_Hallstroem_Eriksen

 |  Version: PC Inspector File Recovery 4

Pros

Appears to be powerful when it works. Distinguishes between ordinary deleted files and other lost data. Free with no limitations.

Cons

Froze when it started recovery of selected files. Has been at version 4.0 since 2007 - appears not to be maintained.

Summary

I needed to recover a file that a program bug had rendered useless by changing to 0 bytes, so I figured this was 'lost data' rather than 'deleted file'. The program scanned the micro-SD card of my smartphone and found hundreds of lost clusters, which it showed with file type, but only file names like "Cluster123.JPG" and blank dates, probably because no file metadata was available. But when I selected all the JPG files for recovery, the program froze and I had to kill it with Task Manager. Afterwards, I found that it had saved two out of several hundred files, and the two files it did save were fully functional (but unfortunately not the picture I was looking for).

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5 stars

"If your drive says it needs to be formatted, USE THIS!!"

April 04, 2012  |  By CompPro2006

 |  Version: PC Inspector File Recovery 4

Pros

Easy (for moderately computer minded people)
Affordable ( FREE!!)
FAST ( INSTANT RESULTS)

Cons

I don't have any stock in this application!

Summary

Be sure you know what your doing and this will be a great tool to help recover seemingly lost files!

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1 stars

"Piece of Trash"

February 25, 2012  |  By JATomlinson11

 |  Version: PC Inspector File Recovery 4

Pros

None at all.

Cons

The second it tries to scan my external hard drive (which is what I need to recover data off of) the program crashes. Tried several times. Not worth the download.

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General
Publisher Convar
Publisher web site http://www.convar.com
Release Date February 08, 2007
Date Added February 08, 2007
Version 4
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory File Management
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows NT, Windows XP, Windows 98, Windows 95, Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows
Additional Requirements Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP
Download Information
File Size 5.83MB
File Name pci_filerecovery.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,550,739
Downloads Last Week 631
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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