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Choosing data access and recovery software

Although most of us back up our files on a regular basis to prevent data loss, it sometimes happens when you least expect it. Losing important information is a painful experience, but it is not a life-or-death situation at all. No matter what caused it, whether you accidentally deleted your files and emptied the recycle bin, mistakenly formatted the hard drive, a software malfunction made your data disappear from the memory card of your digital camera or any other external storage medium, your hardware failed, or you faced any other issue, your files can easily be recovered and, what is more, you can even do it by yourself.

We have developed software which can cope with most data loss cases. The following article will help you to choose the right piece of software that will perfectly fit your particular instance of data loss.


Choosing the right software solution is a key factor for successful data recovery. All of our data recovery products have a common algorithm of file system reconstruction and searching for lost data, but at the same time, each of them has its own distinctive features that can be crucial for dealing with your data loss case. The choice between them is mainly determined by the following points:

  • a type of storage medium affected by data loss;
  • a file system the lost files belonged to;
  • an operating system that will be used to retrieve lost data (the host OS);
  • necessary additional functions;
  • user's level of skill in data recovery.

General cases of data loss

Accidental file deletion, storage formatting, system malfunction, etc.

Type of storage:

PCs/laptops, USB flash drives, memory cards, internal and external hard drives

Accidental deletion of an important project file or formatted a file system with valuable databases is not a reason to panic as long as one has got an effective data recovery tool. With loads of important files, data recovery utilities are becoming a must-have for every PC user. A wide variety of software of this kind allows choosing an application depending on the operating system of user’s PC, necessary additional functions and user’s skills.

SysDev Laboratories offers standard editions of the UFS Explorer and Recovery Explorer software product lines to cover the needs of home users. Both utilities are cross-platform and can be installed on most common operating systems, including Windows, macOS and Linux.

Click here to learn about the difference between UFS Explorer Standard Recovery and Recovery Explorer Standard.

Windows users can also choose even a simpler tool for getting lost files back. Raise Data Recovery is a helpful must-have utility for users who care about the safety of the files they work with.

Complicated data loss cases

Severe logical damage, file system corruption, data loss from an encrypted storage, etc.

Type of storage:

PCs/laptops, USB flash drives, memory cards, internal and external hard drives, RAID, NAS, virtual machines, disk images.

Professional data recovery software is an essential tool for specialists in the field of data recovery and technical experts. Their daily routine requires having a comprehensive instrument for dealing with complicated cases of data loss. Often, the choice of an advanced data recovery utility depends on the necessary additional features of the software including special tools for data consistency analysis, file system analysis, building RAID, hexadecimal preview and data content editing.

SysDev Laboratories offers professional editions of the UFS Explorer and Recovery Explorer software product lines to cover the needs of data recovery experts. Both utilities are cross-platform and can be installed on most common operating systems, including Windows, macOS and Linux.

Click here to learn about the difference between UFS Explorer Professional Recovery and Recovery Explorer Professional.

Storage-specific data loss cases

Data loss from RAID

File deletion, formatting, software malfunction on RAID

Type of storage:

RAID, RAID-based NAS

As the popularity of RAID-based devices, like NAS, grows, so does the demand for effective tools for working with files on such storages. General data recovery software can hardly manage any case of data loss from RAID, therefore, a special software application is needed for this purpose. The key feature of such software is the availability of instruments for building RAID in the virtual mode, creating and modifying RAID configurations and detecting RAID metadata on NAS.

SysDev Laboratories offers RAID editions of the UFS Explorer and Recovery Explorer software product lines for RAID data recovery tasks. The applications easily deal with general data recovery tasks and are enhanced with a toolkit for work with RAID. Both utilities are cross-platform and can be installed on most common operating systems, including Windows, macOS and Linux.

Click here to learn about the difference between UFS Explorer RAID Recovery and Recovery Explorer RAID.

Data loss from NAS

Accidental file deletion, drive failure, issues with updating firmware, inappropriate storage configuration, etc.

Type of storage:

RAID-based network attached storages, NAS without RAID

With server devices, like NAS, being utilized both in big corporations and in small home offices, there is an increasing need for tools for work with data on these storages. When it comes to data recovery from NAS, a couple of points should be taken into account. In case of hardware issues, the only recommended solution is turning to local data recovery services. However, when the drives themselves work properly, do-it-yourself data recovery can be considered.

For cases when network-attached storage is bootable while removing the disks from NAS is impossible or undesired, SysDev Laboratories offers Network Storage Recovery – a vendor-specific utility for recovering data from most popular NAS, including devices by Buffalo Technology, QNAP Systems, Synology and Western Digital Corporation. Installable on Windows, the software recovers data over local area network without the need to disassemble the NAS device and connect the drives to a PC.

Data loss from CCTV

File deletion, storage formatting, software and system malfunction, etc.

Type of storage:

Closed-circuit television appliances

Surveillance camera systems serve for the safety of many home users and office workers. Losing recorded videos or having issues playing them is a common problem which often happens when those videos are most needed. To get missing video files back, purpose-specific data recovery software is needed.

SysDev Laboratories offers myCCTV Recovery as a special utility for recovering video files lost or deleted from closed-circuit television appliances. Installable on Windows, this helpful utility quickly restores files lost from CCTV video and digital still cameras.

Data loss from Digital Video Recorders

File deletion, storage formatting, software and system malfunction, etc.

Type of storage:

Digital video recorders used in vehicles

Automotive “black boxes” or DVRs provide crucial information for reconstructing accidents on the roads. Losing this information may be critical in resolving controversial situations. To retrieve files lost from camcorders, purpose-specific data recovery software is needed.

SysDev Laboratories offers myDriveRecorder Recovery – a special application for recovery of data from Event Data Recorders used in vehicles. Installable on Windows, this helpful utility quickly restores files lost from the black box of a car.

Other data loss cases

Loss of photos

File deletion, formatting, virus attack, system malfunction, incompatibility issues, storage corruption, etc.

Type of storage:

Photo and video cameras, memory cards, USB flash drives, internal and external hard drives, PCs/laptops, etc.

While taking photographs of important moments of life or creating masterpieces with help of a digital camera, one should be careful with saving these photos. Accidental deletion of valuable images or incorrect operations with an SD card where the photos are stored often lead to losing the files. General data recovery software often successfully copes with getting lost photos back. However, file-specific data recovery software provides users with better results of recovery and even an option of reconstructing fragmented photos.

myPhoto Recovery is a software application developed by SysDev Laboratories for recovering photos. Enhanced with a special function of reconstructing a photo by matching its fragments, the software efficiently retrieves JPG files lost or deleted from SD cards of photo and video cameras.

Data access issues

Lack of access to files, incompatibility issues, undetected devices, problems related to using supplementary operating systems, etc.

Type of storage:

PCs/laptops, USB flash drives, memory cards, internal and external hard drives, RAID, NAS, virtual machines, disk images.

The issues of incompatibility of file systems or operating systems, especially in cases of dual-booting, often lead to inability to find or open a file. However, the fact that data cannot be found or accessed doesn’t mean that this data is lost or deleted. Thus, there is no need for a data recovery tool, as this problem can be solved by data access software.

SysDev Laboratories offers UFS Explorer Standard Access for opening storages undetected by the local operating system and getting access to data located on supplementary operating systems. Installable on Windows, the software also provides access to multi-level virtual storages without the need to run a virtual machine.

Before you purchase the software, please, make sure that it corresponds to your data loss task. If you have any questions concerning the choice of the right software, please, feel free to contact our support team.

Last update: 20.06.2018