Pandora Recovery

Pandora Recovery

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Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 561 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.0.1
File Size:
3.12MB
Date Added:
July 18, 2008
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/Vista
Total Downloads:
5,131,344
Downloads Last Week:
18,929
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Windows 2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista

Editors' review

The name Pandora originates in Greek mythology, and it means "all-giving." It's an appropriate name for Pandora Recovery, which can give you back files you've deleted--even those removed months ago.

Now for both NTFS and FAT-formatted volumes, Pandora functions by scanning the hard drive and building an index of existing files and deleted file markers. This, in turn, allows the dead files to be brought back to life--as long as the file format is currently supported by the computer. Users can browse for deleted files, search for specific ones, preview certain file types like images, and get an estimate on the chance of recovery and the amount of time the procedure will take.

The program offers a guidance wizard to make sure that you're able to find deleted files. Pandora cautions you to recover deleted files to a separate drive from the one which they're being recovered from--sound advice, and the program makes it easy to recover to an external hard disk or portable drive. The interface isn't anything special, but combines Windows XP Explorer-style navigation with its own toolbar for an effective if uninspired layout.

There's also a portable version of the program that usually retails for $40.

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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    4.1

    out of 561 votes

    • 5 star: 340
    • 4 star: 100
    • 3 star: 30
    • 2 star: 24
    • 1 star: 67
  • Current Version:

    4.2

    out of 43 votes

    • 5 star: 22
    • 4 star: 14
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 4
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  • 5 stars

    "Easy to use - Recovered everything!"

    June 11, 2014   |   By ckrysiak

    Version: Pandora Recovery 2.1.1

    Pros

    Easy to use
    35 minutes to recover 1300 photos
    Free

    Cons

    None that I encountered

    Summary

    I accidentally reformatted my 32GB Sandisk while it was in my digital camera. PANIC! I tried to stop it in the middle but was too late, it said "No Image to Display." MORE PANIC! I popped the disk in my PC, downloaded Pandora, and VOILA! All of my 1,345 pictures were recovered and saved to my computer in less than 1 hour. Lifesaver!

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  • 1 stars

    "It thinksI'm using Windows 95"

    April 29, 2014   |   By dmshank

    Version: Pandora Recovery 2.1.1

    Pros

    Can't tell, can't install

    Cons

    Won't recognize Windows XP

    Summary

    I'm running Win XP Home Edition, SP3. When I try to run the installer, Pandora says I can't run it on Windows 95! I have no idea where THAT came from! I'll try something else, then.

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  • 5 stars

    "Don't get scammed for money!"

    January 17, 2014   |   By SlimJim812

    Version: Pandora Recovery 2.1.1

    Pros

    FREE! Simple, quick, effective. Can preview files to be recovered.

    Cons

    No Cons I can think of.

    Summary

    This was my 4th program to try and I will keep this one. The others sucked or wanted money after claiming to find hundreds of files that I could not preview.

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  • 5 stars

    "Excellent Product!"

    January 10, 2014   |   By Bons0209

    Version: Pandora Recovery 2.1.1

    Pros

    So easy to use! Really Works! Great wizard.

    Cons

    Some pictures came out grainy once recovered.

    Summary

    We were devastated when our pictures were accidentally deleted from our phone. After doing some research for recovery software, we elected to download Pandora. We are so happy that we did...all of our pictures were recovered! Though some of them were a bit grainy, and a small percentage had a part of the picture missing, we are thrilled that we were able to get any of them back. Thank you Pandora!

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  • 3 stars

    "Did not recover all my data."

    January 01, 2014   |   By TechMaster2014

    Version: Pandora Recovery 2.1.1

    Pros

    Easy to navigate
    Recovered some of my data

    Cons

    Did not recover all my data. I purchased Stellar Phoenix and it managed to recover ALL my lost data! Its cheap, check their site:
    http://send.onenetworkdirect.net/z/577595/CD198757

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  • 1 stars

    "Works fine, but installs malicious adware"

    December 21, 2013   |   By bdarling1

    Version: Pandora Recovery 2.1.1

    Pros

    It only took a few seconds for it to recover a photo I had deleted off my flash drive.

    Cons

    During installation I unchecked two boxes requesting Conduit Search be installed and did not allow the installation of an add-on. It installed these anyway and a nightmare began. It installed a difficult to remove malicious adware called Conduit Search. It is an adware program that changed my browser home page and default search engine to search.conduit.com on all three of my browsers - IE, Firefox, and Google Chrome. I had to Google to find out how to get rid of it. Kaspersky did not prevent it from being installed and did not catch it when I did a full system scan.

    Summary

    This is not safe. CNET should remove it and look into how many other Pandora downloads are not safe.

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  • 5 stars

    "It works like a charm!"

    December 07, 2013   |   By BEECHG

    Version: Pandora Recovery 2.1.1

    Pros

    Works really great!

    Cons

    None that I'm aware of.

    Summary

    Pandora Recovery really works great! I had deleted photos from my SD card before I was finished with them. In a panic, I went to CNET and found Pandora. Downloaded, installed it and got all of my photos back in no time.

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  • 1 stars

    "Appears to work fine but the malware . . ."

    November 28, 2013   |   By ScurvyDuck

    Version: Pandora Recovery 2.1.1

    Pros

    Recovered data quick and may have been as thorough as any . . . I did not compare with any other.

    Cons

    Warning, Pandora will download the malware Connect DLC 5, it is a spy software and difficult to remove

    Summary

    Not worth it

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  • 5 stars

    "CRACKING STUFF HIGHLY RECONMENDED"

    November 07, 2013   |   By IlikeCENT

    Version: Pandora Recovery 2.1.1

    Pros

    Easy to use
    No Virus and safe to run
    Recover my photographs on my digital camera card with great easy and speed.
    Free but asks for a donation I did as away of saying thank you for saving my skin

    Cons

    None forseen

    Summary

    Can't praise it enough

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  • 5 stars

    "worked great!!!!!"

    October 04, 2013   |   By obriena123

    Version: Pandora Recovery 2.1.1

    Pros

    Fast install, easy to use. Worked awesome and found my lost photos fast

    Cons

    only used it twice so can't really say

    Summary

    Tried copying all the new born photo's of my daughter when she was born and due to part of my error and windows 8 sucking I lost all of them. I couldn't find them in any folder or recycle bin. This program saved me from smashing my laptop..... and for all the tool bars and other garbage some reviews talk about..... kind of easy fix, do custom install and just un-check them from the box when you do the install. Thanks Pandora recovery I have all the precious photos of my first child

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