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Do-It-Yourself Windows File Recovery Software: A Comparison

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Overview of GetDataBack

Hard drives can be primarily damaged in two ways: logical and physical. The latter can occur when something physically damages the drive. This could be a natural disaster, like water or fire damage, or dropping the drive on the floor. This type of data recovery means that the drive needs to be sent to a specialist company who can handle it.

Logical damage, on the other hand, is possible to fix at home. A logically damaged drive could occur through things such a bad partition or user error. For this, recovery software can be downloaded online and ran on the damaged drive to see what can be recovered.

There a variety of data recovery programs out there on the internet. Some are free, some are paid for. Some are bad, some are good. This article will explore GetDataBack, a recovery tool from Runtime Software. It will explore the features on offer and see whether it’s a suitable recovery tool.

GetDataBack works on all modern Windows systems, including Windows 8 and right back to Windows Server 2003. The program supports the NTFS, FAT12, FAT16 and FAT32 file systems.

One of the great things about GetDataBack is that it has a simple and easy to use interface. This means that it should be a breeze for anyone to run the program and begin to get their data back. You can simply run the program, select the drive you want to recover from and it’ll handle the rest. It will automatically detect which file system you have, meaning those less technically proficient need not worry.

Additionally, GetDataBack is read-only, which means that the program will never try to write data to the drive you’re trying to recover. Some programs don’t stop users doing this and it’s a recipe for further disaster.

GetDataBack is able to recover your data from a variety of different failures. These include damage to the drive’s partition table, boot record, FAT/MFT or root directory. If the data was lost due to a virus attack, user error, software failure, system crash then it can get the data back. Finally, if the drive was formatted or re-partitioned then it can handle that too.

The program doesn’t just work on hard drives. It will also work on SSDs, flash cards, USB sticks and more. If you’re on the go and you suffer failure, you’re not necessarily out of luck.

GetDataBack will try to ensure that all your data is recovered as it was originally. This means recovery of the file name, directory and more.

If you’re interested then you can download a free trial from Runtime’s official website. This trial version will run as normal and you can perform the recovery procedure. You can even preview the data beforehand to check the quality of it. If the results are suitable, you simply need to buy a license and then you can recover your data (without the need to run the program again).

GetDataBack currently costs $79 and this includes all versions of the program, along with lifetime updates. If you’re needing data recovery software then check out the free trial and see if this program is suitable for you.


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