"Smoothly worked for me, all my data recovered"
Version: R-Studio Data Recovery Software 7.0 build 15411
i recovered all my data. My Lenovo laptop with a WD HDD stopped booting Windows 7, neither in safe mode. Rebooting from last good Windows did not worked, I took the disk and connected via USB to other laptop and the partitions where not recognized. I tried with Power Data Recovery 6.8 and Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery and both failed to recover my data. Demo version of RStudio read all the filesystem folders structure in the first attempt. You can open each folder and even preview your photos and documents. I bought the license (worth the money). Then marked what I wanted to recover and clicked Recovery Marked, choose a destination folder in other disk and that is it. You get your folder structure saved. Y recovered all my data. I did not used their support, neither more advanced thigs (except scan I explain in cons)
I am not a saavy IT guy, only know the basics. Once I bought the license I did an scan (even I saw my files in the demo without scanning). It took almost 4 hours for a 500 gb disk (USB connected). After that, RStudio showed many possible partitions and suggested with green color good candidates to be your partitions, none of them were the right ones. I clicked the one that I initially used (before scanning)and saw all my files. So, try first without scanning, just do Open Files in a good partition candidate you saw (in my case I had 2 partitions 100 and 400 GB, the second one was more probably my data so I took it). If you have to scan do not give up if the greens do not work, then try to see important files in each partition, if you can preview them then you can recover them. The SW seems to have many advanced features for more knowledge people. I think if you start to navigate in the options you can get lost. You can keep in the first screen and still recover your data.
This did the magic recover for me, after failing with other well rated products. If you are looking for free software this is not for you. It does not have features to fix your file systems, at least for dummies, but you can recover your valuable data to other disk and then do a fresh install of Windows, as I did. The good thing is that you do not have to pay the license upfront. You can download a demo, and check if RStudio can allow you to preview your files, only buy if it works for you.
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