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

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Overview of iSkysoft

In a perfect world there would be no need for data recovery. Everyone would back their data up securely and regularly. Should a disaster strike, restoration would be easy: it’d be done from the backups.

Sadly, though, we don’t quite live in that perfect world just yet. There is still need for recovery software. One firm with an offering is iSkysoft. Their program is available for $39.95 on all Windows systems from XP onwards.

But is it worth your money? This article will explore the feature set and see whether or not this is a tool that really can, as their website claims, be a “life saver” and “solve your data loss problems”.

iSkysoft is easy to use and friendly on those who aren’t the most computer proficient. There is a wizard mode recovery that allows users to answer two questions, then allowing the recovery to be finished by the program. Of course, you can perform a more thorough recovery search should you wish.

The software will scan deeply for any lost data, allowing you to recover everything from files cleared from the recycled bin and formatted data. It will also allow you to scan for raw files, but this comes with the downside that it won’t display file names and paths. The program will also detect and resize lost, deleted, resized and damaged partitions in order to help recover data.

Data can be recovered from FAT32, FAT16, NTFS and exFAT file systems. This means that Windows computers, USBs, hard drives and memory cards are all suitable to help recover your data. And that data can be anything: images, videos, audio, documents or emails, to name a few.

Users can pause or stop scanning at any point, as well as save the scan for future use. The results can be searched as the data will be displayed with the original names and file structures, if possible. Data like images, Word files, emails and text files can be previewed before recovery providing that they’re not overwritten or damaged. iSkysoft will also allow you to check the file quality before recovering anything.

A free trial of the software is available on the iSkysoft website. Should you like what you try then a single license can be purchased for $39.95. This includes free technical support and also lifetime updates.

Of course, this isn’t the only data recovery software available on the market. Another good choice would be R-Studio, a powerful piece of software that can run on Mac, Windows and Linux. It can recover data from almost anything and has some great advanced features: raw file searching, smart processing of bad sectors and the ability to back up and recover a disk image. Further information on R-Studio can be found on the official website, along with a trial before you consider purchasing.

Should you be in the market for data recovery software, iSkysoft might be the choice for you. Give the trial a spin and see if you like what you see. Remember, the most important aspect is that it recovers the data you need it to. If it doesn’t, you might perhaps want to try some of the other tools available on the market.


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