Search and Recover

Search and Recover

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
2.1
out of 24 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.4.12
  • Total Downloads:
    105,863
  • Date Added:
    July 25, 2013
  • File Size:
    448.92KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    41
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/Vista

Editors' Review

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Like a rescue team for your hard drive, Search and Recover restores files accidentally deleted or lost due to reformatting or disk corruption (using the new StrongScan search).

Finding files is Search and Recover's strongest point. You can filter files by name, type, size, or restoration probability, and save searches for later use or perform another search from the results of the previous one. Search and Recover offers the useful ability to search deleted files by text, and it displays found items as raw data, text, HTML, or image files.

Although it can also restore deleted files from CD and DVD and external devices such as digital cameras or Zip drives, its interface doesn't make it convenient to pick several files for recovery. Besides recovering the files you want and using disk imaging to prevent file loss, Search and Recover lets you permanently erase unnecessary or embarrassing files and folders.

The trial version lets you recover only three files, but that's more generous than most similar programs. Considering its price and its bevy of features, Search and Recover is worth a look.

 
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2 stars

"Not the best product for the job."

November 12, 2013  |  By Geoff Sjostrom

 |  Version: Search and Recover 5.4.12

Pros

Relatively easy to use, not that expensive.

Cons

Not as effective as File Scavenger, which costs the same.

Summary

I recently had a severe computer crash, and in trying to recover data I ham-handedly managed to damage the disk that had an excellent backup of all my information. I tried three disk recovery programs in succession: VirtualLab Client, Iolo Search and Recover, and File Scavenger. All have similar marketing schemes: They will scan your damaged disk and identify recoverable files for free, but to actually recover those files, you have to purchase a license. That seems fair enough to me.

The Iolo and File Scavenger products cost about $50 each, and VirtualLab cost about $100. VirtualLab recovered a handful of files, randomly named and including many duplicates and damaged files. Iolo recovered a smaller handful of files, in similar condition.

File Scavenger recovered about 80% of my files, completely intact, correctly named. Another 10-15% were recovered with random names, but were otherwise undamaged and completely useful. I wish I'd found File Scavenger before I wasted my money on those other programs.

It wasn't quick: It took over 24 hours to scan my 2Tb disk, and about ten of those hours were spent as the progress indicator moved from 72% to 75%. So if you try it, don't assume that it's crashed just because things appear to be going slowly. And since File Scavenger doesn't alter the disk that it's scanning (which could cause more damage) you will need a separate disk to receive the files that it recovers.

Needless to say, I highly recommend the program. If you've had a disk disaster or are anticipating one, go to quetek.com and get File Scavenger. It will be the best fifty bucks you ever spent.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.4.12
Version 5.4.12 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher Iolo Technologies
Publisher web site http://www.iolo.com
Release Date July 25, 2013
Date Added July 25, 2013
Version 5.4.12
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory File Management
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 448.92KB
File Name sr_dm.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 105,863
Downloads Last Week 41
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 3-recovery action limit
Price $39.95

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