Advances in back-up awareness and technology have made career-ending crashes much less of a worry, but rescue from them isn't cheap. For significantly less than what some recovery specialists charge, VirtualLab offers you a chance to drag your data back from the grave.
The app starts up with a helpful intro screen showing you its recovery modules: PC or Mac Partition, Deleted Files, E-mail, Photo and CD/DVD ROM. Clicking on one of those takes you to a screen with tabs for those recovery modules on the left, making it easy to switch between them. The control panel for each module is on the right, and the options change appropriately from Recover to Save as you progress through the recovery process. The lack of toolbar buttons on the top of the app makes it easy to see your files in a clear and uncluttered way.
In our tests, we were unable to test the app against data loss because we hadn't lost any data. However, we did recover files that we had deleted several weeks ago. The number of files presented to us was enormous, and VirtualLab could benefit by some advanced search routines to help identify specific files to resurrect. Still, this is a powerful recovery application and worth trying for anybody who has lost their life's work and doesn't have thousands of dollars to spend on getting it back.
VirtualLab data recovery software is like six data recovery programs in one! While other programs just recover deleted files or camera cards, VirtualLab recovers everything from deleted files, corrupted or formatted drives, CD & DVD-ROM Disks, RAID, flash drives, thumb drives, camera cards, USB/Firewire drives, Outlook & Thunderbird E-mail and even Mac Volumes. VirtualLab will even make a sector-by-sector disk image of a failing hard drive so a recovery can be performed safely. Supports many file systems in one application including FAT 12/16/32, NTFS, NTFS5 (VISTA), NSF, Mac HFS/HFS+, Ext2FS.
What's new in this version:
Version 6 introduces a brand new scanning engine, finds data unbelievably fast, recovers it even faster. Lost or missing data is a momentary inconvenience with VirtualLab. Now recovers RAID 0,1,3,5,6,10.