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Editors' Review

by   / May 12, 2015

Active File Recovery enables you to recover files that you've accidentally deleted or that were lost for any number of other reasons. With clear options and quick scanning functionality, this app will have your files back in your hands in no time.


Superscan: Files that can't be recovered with the Quick Scan feature can often be unearthed by breaking out the Superscan. This is especially useful for items lost due to deleted or damaged partitions, and while it does take a little longer to run, it is adept at finding files you never thought you'd see again.

Good for beginners: This app is a good choice for those with limited computer knowledge, thanks to its clear interface and helpful descriptions of the types of files recovered. But that doesn't mean it's lacking in the power features that more advanced users are looking for.


Hidden features: These power features are not always easy to find, however. While the initial scanning options are presented in a straightforward enough way, the recovery process is less clear, and taking advantage of advanced features can be a little confusing.

Bottom Line

Active File Recovery is a good option for most users, whether you consider yourself a computer pro or are just starting to learn your way around. You can try out the scanning capabilities of the software for free to see if it can find the files you're looking for, and you can even recover one small one without purchasing the full version.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Active File Recovery 14.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 18.0.8

New Easy Recovery Mode - simplifies lost files search and data recovery on live volumes Added more pre-defined file signatures recognition: Microsoft Office Documents (ONE, PUB) MySQL Database Files (IBD, FRM, MYI) Oracle VirtualBox Image (VDI) Betacase Client Info (BCB) Ultimate package: The latest Active@ Boot Disk & Active@ LiveCD with Boot Disk Creator improvements


Publisher Active Data Recovery Software
Publisher web site
Release Date January 07, 2019
Date Added April 25, 2019
Version 18.0.8


Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory File Management

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8/10
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

File Size 32.17MB
File Name filerecovery-demo.exe


Total Downloads 190,703
Downloads Last Week 25


License Model Free to try
Limitations Only allows recovery of up to a 64KB file
Price $29.95
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