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Choosing Data Recovery Software

If you need some data recovery software then you’re going to have to ensure that you get a quality product. Data recovery is a tricky business and choosing the wrong program could potentially make things worse. Not only do you want to consider the program from a performance standpoint, with all the best features, but you should also take into account just how easy it is to use and how intuitive the interface is. You might also want to find out what sort of support the software offers and if you can trial the product.
Firstly, simply do a search online for the software you’re looking at and see if there are any reviews. This is a very quick way to gauge the quality of the product. Read some of the reviews to see what people view positively and negatively. A small amount of people saying that it didn’t recover all their data is fine (that isn’t going to be possible all the time), but if the vast majority are saying that it’s broken or doesn’t work well then it’s probably best to steer clear.
You should also check out professional reviews from technology experts. Hopefully these would have benchmarked the software or at least put its performance up to test. This will help you know how proficient the software is from a specialised source.
Secondly, you’ll want to check out the features of the products. Data recovery isn’t a set procedure and you may not need all the advanced functions that some software will offer. Ensure that it can recover all the file types that you need it to. Also, if required, check out things like localisation support.
The most important thing is, of course, that the software is going to recover your files. Some companies will offer a demo version of their software for you to try. It might, for example, show all the files that it could recover and will then do so once you pay. Some may also offer a preview of the file to show you how much of it can be recovered. This is very useful and will save you laying down money for something that could potentially not do the job you want.
Performance is a big issue, but so is the design and usability of the product. Find out whether the software makes use of a graphical interface or just the command line. If it’s the latter then those less technology proficient may struggle. Also see if there is a wizard included to guide you through the recovery process and save you following tutorials or figuring it out blindly.
Hopefully this guide has proved useful in determining what to look for when it comes to choosing data recovery software. If a demo is offered for a product you’re looking at then be sure to try it out. Don’t part with your money until you’re satisfied that you’re paying for a quality product which will, bottom line, recover all the data that you need it to.


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