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Recover Files

CNET Editors' review

Proving you can sometimes have it all, this freeware tool is not only flexible and powerful, it's also easy to use. Recover File's interface is informative and intuitive. A concise manual explains those details casual users might need brushing up on.

Operating Recover Files takes a bare minimum of steps. On program start, the app displays all drives where files that might be recovered reside. Simply select the drives you want to check and press a single Analyze button. The process isn't lightning fast, but the results are full of helpful information. Recoverable files are listed on a simple spreadsheet with Path, Status, Size, Date Created, and Date Modified information for each. It's incredibly easy to set filters to list only the files you want to see. The app lists categories of file types to further help filtering the file list. Recovery is the easiest step. Simply check each file to attempt to recover and press a single button.

Recover File rates recovery from Overwritten to Very Good, but status is only a best guess. Still, this effective freeware works so well it should be in every user's toolbox.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.1 stars

    out of 133 votes

    • 5 star: 49
    • 4 star: 19
    • 3 star: 9
    • 2 star: 11
    • 1 star: 45
  • Current version:

    2.3 stars

    out of 7 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 4
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Outstanding Program"

    March 10, 2014  |   By OldSarge5575

    Version: Recover Files 3.31

    Pros

    Recovered ALL deleted files (Bad, overwritten, good and very good)

    Cons

    Sloooww, but SURE

    Summary

    Had a brain burp and permanently deleted $247 worth of downloaded videos. Immediately went to another computer (so as not to overwrite deleted files) and bought this program. Copied it to a USB stick and ran it form there on my computer. I started at 3 pm and went to bed at 11pm and was 50% done (I let it run all night). In the morning there were all my files (patience is a virtue), I undeleted all the videos and they all worked! If you are careful during installation you get the opportunity to decline downloading all the bloat programs. This was the best $40 I ever spent.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "I have Free Any Data Recovery already."

    February 27, 2014  |   By Coco_cooler

    Version: Recover Files 3.31

    Pros

    Free Any Data Recovery is better than that! It is the popular freeware which can retrieve deleted/formatted/lost photos, music, videos, documents, emails, etc. from both computer and removable drives and it provides Normal scan and deep scan modes. I really like it.
    Where I found it:
    http://free-any-data-recovery.en.softonic.com/
    http://download.cnet.com/Free-Any-Data-Recovery/3000-2094_4-76036800.html

    Cons

    The files it found were random and folders limited to the search criteria. No flexibility. It did not find any of the files I was looking for. It just found tmp files and random crap nobody would care about.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Does not work at all"

    December 2, 2013  |   By isaacarte

    Version: Recover Files 3.31

    Pros

    None whatsoever

    Cons

    It won't even see any files in the formatted card. Any other recovery software I've used, sees the files, but doesn't do a good job at recovering video. I thought this one would, because cnet gives it such a high rating. But it's bogus. I hope I can uninstall it. CNET, change your rating!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Simple and Easy"

    October 23, 2013  |   By ChengSSA

    Version: Recover Files 3.31

    Pros

    Was able to recover most files from sd card
    easy to use

    Cons

    it cann't scan my iphone 5

    Summary

    I gave a try to this tool but no success. I'm using iPhone 5 (running on iOS7) and it simply did not detect my phone. Now finally, I am settled with another similar tool named Data Recovery for Mac :
    http://software.bigbigsoft.com/data-recovery-mac

    and it lived up to my expectations. The only thing missing is that it (data recovery for mac) does not recover SMS to computer in ANTS file format. But still would recommend it!

    PS I'm not advertising this program. I just found it useful and thought of sharing with others. I would also advise you to try before you buy.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Couldn't find squat."

    October 22, 2013  |   By jennytalia

    Version: Recover Files 3.31

    Pros

    None that I can see.

    Cons

    Doesn't work

    Summary

    I ran this piece of crap on a formatted drive and it found 8 gibberish files. I ran 2 alternative programs and each found much more than this. "Recover My Files" is pricey, but it found the whole directory layout and is easy to use.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Spam and toolbars sneak in on install."

    October 19, 2013  |   By MastErSimStim

    Version: Recover Files 3.31

    Pros

    sure it looks thorough,

    Cons

    sorry, but spam, toolbars, extra gaming software, and other random crap installing without asking me first is unacceptable and is then to me considered spam-ware.

    Summary

    Spam, don't download

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Terrible Program. Don't bother."

    October 2, 2013  |   By Ossenke

    Version: Recover Files 3.31

    Pros

    Simple functionality.

    Cons

    This program (trial) does not function well at all. The files it found were random and folders limited to the search criteria. No flexibility. It did not find any of the files I was looking for. It just found tmp files and random crap nobody would care about.

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