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IsoBuster

Key Details of IsoBuster

  • Recover lost files or data from your storage media
  • Last updated on 06/28/20
  • There has been 1 update within the past 6 months
  • The current version has 0 flags on VirusTotal badge_icon

Editors' Review

by   / February 13, 2015

IsoBuster is designed to help you recover data from just about anywhere, including hard drives, Flash drives, and discs. While it isn't pretty, it did prove effective in recovering usable data.

Pros

Effective: IsoBuster is fairly easy to use. It searches for available drives and displays the options as soon as the software is opened. Once you find data you want to recover, you'll have several options to choose from to help you get the best results. This includes just saving the files or folders to a location of your choosing, or choosing to extract the raw data. In our tests, the app was quick, and we were able to extract all the data we found on an old CD that we hadn't been able to access in the past.

Install warnings: IsoBuster tries to help you achieve success by guiding you through the install process. It warns you not to install the program on the drive/partition that you are going to try and recover data from and, on the flip side, to not save data in the same place as you are recovering it from to avoid overwriting data. If you tend to just hit Next during the install process without reading the fine print, you could run into some trouble later on. But during the installation process, you can easily hit Back to reread each message if you think you missed something important.

Cons

Two steps to access: You'll install IsoBuster as you would any other app, but depending on your user account settings, you also may have to click through the box asking if you want to permit the publisher to make changes to your computer each time you open the app.

Outdated look: It doesn't seem like the design area and even the options for icons have been updated in a while.

Bottom Line

It may not have the most appealing interface, but IsoBuster gets the job done when you need to recover data.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of IsoBuster 3.5.

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Editors' Review

by   / February 13, 2015

IsoBuster is designed to help you recover data from just about anywhere, including hard drives, Flash drives, and discs. While it isn't pretty, it did prove effective in recovering usable data.

Pros

Effective: IsoBuster is fairly easy to use. It searches for available drives and displays the options as soon as the software is opened. Once you find data you want to recover, you'll have several options to choose from to help you get the best results. This includes just saving the files or folders to a location of your choosing, or choosing to extract the raw data. In our tests, the app was quick, and we were able to extract all the data we found on an old CD that we hadn't been able to access in the past.

Install warnings: IsoBuster tries to help you achieve success by guiding you through the install process. It warns you not to install the program on the drive/partition that you are going to try and recover data from and, on the flip side, to not save data in the same place as you are recovering it from to avoid overwriting data. If you tend to just hit Next during the install process without reading the fine print, you could run into some trouble later on. But during the installation process, you can easily hit Back to reread each message if you think you missed something important.

Cons

Two steps to access: You'll install IsoBuster as you would any other app, but depending on your user account settings, you also may have to click through the box asking if you want to permit the publisher to make changes to your computer each time you open the app.

Outdated look: It doesn't seem like the design area and even the options for icons have been updated in a while.

Bottom Line

It may not have the most appealing interface, but IsoBuster gets the job done when you need to recover data.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of IsoBuster 3.5.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.6

Version 4.6:
  • Support for NTFS cluster sizes of 128 KB and higher. Since Windows 10 v1709 and Windows Server 2019 the older maximum 64 KB boundary has been increased to 2 MB, so changes needed to be made
  • Support for multiple NTFS MFT records in a single sector
  • Faster extraction and cloning, depending on write and read speeds but obviously still limited by the read speed on failing media or devices
  • Work-around for a certain type of data corruption that appears to happen frequently using certain USB card readers (internal and external). Symptoms are the sudden loss of files and or partitions etc. Usually in combination with FAT. Remaining files and/or folders may get names such as "USBC..". Possibly related to ADATA NH92 adaptors though that is not certain! After researching the issue online it seems a lot of people think this is a virus. I see mention of the "USBC virus" and "USBC malware", yet it's not. It's a hardware / firmware failure that happened while data was being written to the SD card. IsoBuster is now able to detect and compensate for such issues on the fly so that files and folders can still be found and extracted
  • IsoBuster now displays the average speed when extracting
  • Support for ISO9660 and its derivatives, Joliet, Rock Ridge etc. mistakenly copied/cloned to a USB stick with 512 bytes per block

General

Publisher Smart Projects
Publisher web site http://www.smart-projects.net/
Release Date June 22, 2020
Date Added June 28, 2020
Version 4.6

Category

Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory File Management

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8/Server 2016/10
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

File Size 5.09MB
File Name isobuster_install.exe

Popularity

Total Downloads 1,521,505
Downloads Last Week 2

Pricing

License Model Free to try
Limitations Some features disabled
Price $39.95
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