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Restoration

CNET Editors' review

In our tests, this simple but effective file-recovery application worked well. Restoration doesn't have a traditional installation process; you simply click the EXE file, and the program pops up. The main window's austere design isn't likely to drive anyone wild, but since the application really only does one thing, it's a snap to understand and use. You simply specify the source drive for recovery and click the Search Deleted Files button. Restoration did a good job of resurrecting files, folders, and clusters in all of our tests, and we were impressed with both its scan and recovery speeds. On the downside, Restoration offers few extra features, though you can choose to permanently delete any items the program recovers. Still, since it delivers on its promise and is totally free, we think most home users could benefit from downloading this utility.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.7 stars

    out of 50 votes

    • 5 star: 23
    • 4 star: 11
    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 9
  • Current version:

    3.1 stars

    out of 11 votes

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

    "Great program; lousy installer"

    January 13, 2014  |   By denweidner

    Version: Restoration 3.2.13

    Pros

    The program itself works very well, but...

    Cons

    DO NOT USE CNET'S INSTALLER!!!!

    It will fill your PC with Malware.

    Use Direct Download Link instead.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Contains Malware"

    September 13, 2013  |   By AwesomeMan3000

    Version: Restoration 3.2.13

    Pros

    None. It did nothing.

    Cons

    Contains Malware, doesn't seem to work even when logged in as administrator.

    Summary

    Don't download

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  • 4.0 stars

    "user account"

    December 18, 2010  |   By trenzy1

    Version: Restoration 3.2.13

    Pros

    right click restorations and click Run as administrator.

    Cons

    just searching now.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Also does FAT"

    August 11, 2010  |   By ptcncom

    Version: Restoration 3.2.13

    Pros

    Not only restores. Also wipes.
    Wipes ererything on a certain drive in 1 sigh.
    Works on FAT as well as on NTFS (another program, DataRecovery, does well as well on NTFS but not so good on FAT)

    Cons

    Little bit of strange interface (with the 'Others'-button for 'Delete Completely' and the completely different button for 'Restore by Copying').
    As if delition/wipening was not wished for.
    No HELP at all (details outfindable by TR&E)

    Summary

    Mind you, in case of this program and others alike that Windows will probably run a CHKDSK after restart.
    Don't worry about that. Let it run. If it says 'the computer will restart now' at the end, it probably won't. Just shut down the hard way then and after that everything should be fine With (hopefully and apparantly) Thoroughly Cleaned Drives.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Can't use it"

    July 28, 2010  |  

    Version: Restoration 3.2.13

    Pros

    None, can't use it

    Cons

    Says I have to login as administrator even though I'm already. This is something the manufacturer needs to fix.

    Summary

    Can't get it to work due to programming flaw.

    Updated on Jul 28, 2010

    Still doesn't work when I choose run as administrator. Shuts down every time with unknown error.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Logging In As Administrator"

    July 6, 2010  |   By A_C_E_

    Version: Restoration 3.2.13

    Pros

    Easy to use
    No installation

    Cons

    There's no help menu (not that it's needed)
    Can't be used unless by an administrator (going to elaborate a bit)

    Summary

    For those that cannot use the product because it says you need to be an administrator, even when logged in as the administrator, just RIGHT CLICK THE PROGRAM AND CHOOSE "RUN AS ADMINISTRATOR". I had trouble with that myself and thought others might have the same problem, so typying that up was pretty much the only reason why i made this account.
    The program works great and it recovered the mp3s I lost when I deleted my music folder :D (Just an FYI, Shift+Delete = instant deletion without going to the Recycling Bin >.>)
    The one downside is that the filename of some items might be a little messed up

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  • 1.0 stars

    "admistrator"

    January 26, 2010  |   By abbeysmommy

    Version: Restoration 3.2.13

    Pros

    no pros doesnt work

    Cons

    i cant use this it says i need administrator log in... how do i use it?

    Summary

    how do i get around administrator log in?

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  • 3.0 stars

    "good product"

    November 9, 2009  |   By raavichaitanya

    Version: Restoration 3.2.13

    Pros

    Restore process is simple

    Cons

    Did not restore all the files.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A Life Saver. Amazing Program!!!"

    September 6, 2009  |   By jericksen09

    Version: Restoration 3.2.13

    Pros

    Works 100%%%%
    Restores files months old
    Has search utility.
    Works for all files.
    Saved my life

    Cons

    I actually used the 2.5 version and there was nothing wrong with it, so version 3 must be even better.

    Summary

    When i deleted my 25 page paper from recycle bin i felt my heart drop. Seriously it was one of the scariest moments in my life. When i saw this on google i really didnt believe it, i thought it would be a virus or something but at the time i was willing to take the risk. When i downloaded it it showed the thousands of items i've deleted in the past months. And i used the search function to find mine. This saved my life.

    Updated on Sep 6, 2009

    Also very easy to use

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Perfectly restored some irreplaceable pictures."

    September 2, 2009  |   By naturemom

    Version: Restoration 3.2.13

    Pros

    It is easy to use and I am not extremely tech-savvy. For me, it was a miracle. I had accidentally deleted a large folder of pictures, including from my daughter's wedding. It quickly found them and restored them.

    Cons

    I didn't see a help file. It is pretty intuitive, but I wasn't sure what I was doing and a help file would have been, well, helpful.

    Summary

    I would highly recommend it. I used it immediately after realizing the pictures were gone and they were not in the recycle bin, so that probably helped. I have not tried it for files that were deleted earlier. Not a lot of bells and whistles which I wouldn't know how to use anyway. It will also restore files on a portable drive; I tried that just for kicks. Great little program

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