Power Downloader resurrects your dead (files)

This week, Power Downloader calls down the power of Lazarus and dusts off files you once thought long deleted. Pandora Recovery makes the impossible just a bit more realistic with an unusually effective resurrection engine.

The name Pandora originates in Greek mythology, and it means "all-giving." It's an appropriate name for the program that Power Downloader recommends for you this week, too. Pandora Recovery is a well-designed freeware program that can restore files you've deleted or thought lost because of a hard-disk failure.

Pandora's file recovery wizard makes resurrecting dead files much easier. (Credit: Pandora Recovery)

Accidentally permanently deleting a file is a fact of computing life, but as long as the hard drive is NTFS-formated, Power D happily recommends Pandora to all of his friends. Whether Kitty Kilobyte needs to recover an old spreadsheet long since gone, or Francois Foto didn't realize he was hitting Shift+Delete, Pandora can help.

Pandora works by scanning the hard drive and building an index of existing files and deleted file markers. This, in turn, allows the dead files to be brought back to life--as long as the file format is currently supported by the computer. Users can browse for deleted files, search for specific ones, preview certain file types like images, and get an estimate on the chance of recovery and the amount of time the procedure will take.

Power Downloader reminds users that if they found that last paragraph confusing, not to worry. The program offers a guidance wizard to make sure that you're able to find deleted files. Pandora cautions you to recover deleted files to a separate drive from the one which they're being recovered from--sound advice, and the program makes it easy to recover to an external hard disk or portable drive. There's also a portable version of the program, but it's not free. Currently available for 50 percent off, it usually retails for $40.