Rescue Kit Free Edition

Rescue Kit Free Edition

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.2
out of 28 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    14 SP1
  • Total Downloads:
    331,231
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 21, 2014
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    301.32MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,855
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Rescue Kit Free Edition gives you all the tools you need to recover in the event of a system crash. The software works well and is straightforward enough for beginners.

Pros

Great wizard: After you download the program, a wizard launches that walks you through the step-by-step process of setting up a USB key that you can boot from to repair your machine. The wizard is very straightforward, and works perfectly.

Range of recovery tools: Rescue Kit has a variety of features to help you recover from different problems. You can correct the Master Boot Record if it has become corrupted; you can transfer files off the system if it is non-recoverable; or you can recover a partition if you've erased it in error.

Password reset: If you've forgotten an essential password and gotten locked out of your system, you can boot from your Rescue Kit USB key and reset your password.

Cons

Slow operation: Use of the recovery tool was very effective, but operations performed from the boot key were quite slow.

Bottom Line

Rescue Kit Free Edition is an excellent recovery tool. Download it when you have a healthy computer and create a boot key in order to have the resources you need to restore your computer after a system failure.

 
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User Reviews
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1 stars

"Such a Disappointment"

October 15, 2014  |  By tfryman

 |  Version: Rescue Kit Free Edition 14.0

Pros

It's free?

Cons

Where do I start? Not ready for prime time.

Summary

1 - The documentation for the rescue kit refers to other documentation on how to build the rescue media. All the download is; is the program to build the media.
2 - Every time you try to build the media yo have to enter the registration code and serial number - even on the same PC.
3 - Trying to build the media to ISO image on a fresh installed Win 7 Pro 64 bit W/all updates gets you an "Error 11 - cannot launch external process". A Google search on this error gets you one result from 2 months ago with no solution.
I had high hope to use this as a replacement for the aging Hiren's Boot CD but alas, twas for not.

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5 stars

"STUNNING PRODUCT!"

September 17, 2012  |  By wlucas3

 |  Version: Rescue Kit Free Edition 11.0

Pros

Easy to understand, easy to use, a wide variety of tools. It works!

Cons

Don't really have any.

Summary

I wish I could say this was the first time I corrupted my boot record, I wish I could. But this one truly wasn't my fault. I was updating the BIOS on a GigaByte MB, because I got an email from them suggesting I do it - so much for registering your products. I used their utility and did everything I was asked, and couldn't reboot the machine when I was done. I know, why update the BIOS on an operating machine. Answer: They promised more fan control and temp sensing. Anyway, I tried all the standard Windows recovery tools using the install disk that never seem to work for me, and all I got was the usual switch from a BootMng error to a Invalid Partition Table error. This time I got the idea to come to CNET and look for a recovery download, found RescueKit. Followed their instructions, went to my spam folder and C&P my Product Key and SN, burned my CD, popped it in my dead machine, used a bunch of the utilities, rebooted to the wonderful sounds of Windows 7 Ultimate filling my monitor. It took me longer to write this quick review than it did to solve my problem using RescueKit.

In reading some of the other reviews, I'm guessing many of these people may not have been using the right tool for the job at hand; AND a lot of folks out there don't know to check their spam file for a return email in a situation like this - or they just don't feel compelled to read the instructions.

In short, SUPER product if your machine won't boot, or you can't get to Windows to run Restore or something of that nature.

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1 stars

"Was unable to find the product code and serial number"

July 25, 2012  |  By livstanken

 |  Version: Rescue Kit Free Edition 11.0

Pros

See above ......

Cons

See above ......

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1 stars

"Where on earth you can find the prod code & sr no.?"

April 17, 2012  |  By Araha

 |  Version: Rescue Kit Free Edition 11.0

Pros

Unable to install

Cons

Product Code and Serial No. are not available. So, no installation!

Summary

When the downloaded application file is double-clicked, the user is directed to their website for accessing product code and serial number. But, you are registered for receiving their regular emails instead, to let you know of their product updates, discounted offers, news, etc. After registering you receive an email which is useless when one does not find what the registration was done for. Are they reliable ?

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1 stars

"Wrong Program"

July 03, 2011  |  By auddii

 |  Version: Rescue Kit Free Edition 11.0

Pros

I do not have the correct program to know.

Cons

Wrong program downloaded.

Summary

I attempted to download Rescue Kit 11, instead Power2Go downloaded to my computer. I need to recover corrupt files from an external hard drive. I do not need a program to burn CDs. This is useless.

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3 stars

"ok but not stunning"

June 25, 2011  |  By tim_faro

 |  Version: Rescue Kit Free Edition 11.0

Pros

ok for restoring start up/boot problems

Cons

Need better "help" info & what each function does

Summary

not useful for new or intermediate users

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5 stars

"Fresh and free!"

June 07, 2011  |  By Kosdor

 |  Version: Rescue Kit Free Edition 11.0

Pros

Something fresh...I have used Paragon in the past, and I would highly recommend it. Again many thanks!

Cons

don't think i will find them

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1 stars

"Was unable to find the product code and serial number"

June 03, 2011  |  By JMaples

 |  Version: Rescue Kit Free Edition 11.0

Pros

See above ......

Cons

See above ......

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5 stars

"From Paragon Software"

June 01, 2011  |  By paragonsoftware

 |  Version: Rescue Kit Free Edition 11.0

Pros

Useful software for free.

Cons

The problem with missing link is solved.

Summary

Thank you for your feedback. Now the file is updated and contains built-in link for getting free serial number. Download and enjoy the product!

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3 stars

"Have to find the link to register.."

May 29, 2011  |  By bmax200

 |  Version: Rescue Kit Free Edition 11.0

Pros

Does everything as advertised
Easy way to fix the mbr - Better than booting from Windows CD and going to the repair command console
Recovery of deleted partitions
Free version usefull

Cons

Have to find the link to register for the Product Key and SN.

Summary

Works great if you don't need to do a full - image recovery (or don't have it) or you need to undelete a partition. The full version allows you to migrate your hard drive to another hardware platform. (The free version does not enable this feature so I can't comment on how well it works)
Only complaint is that they forgot to put a link to the registration site in their setup program.
Just go to:
http://www.paragon-software.com/registration/rk-free11.html
to get the producy key and SN emailed to you.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 14 SP1
  • Complete collection of powerful rescue wizards
  • New user-friendly interface
  • Backup and restore to/from virtual disks (VHD, pVHD, VMDK, VHDX)
  • Newest Recovery Media Builder 3.0 included
  • Windows 8.1 support
General
Publisher Paragon Software Group
Publisher web site http://www.paragon-software.com
Release Date November 10, 2014
Date Added November 21, 2014
Version 14 SP1
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows Me, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 8, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 301.32MB
File Name rk14_free.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 331,231
Downloads Last Week 1,855
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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