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Choosing data recovery software


Although most of us backup our data on a regular basis to prevent data loss, it sometimes happens when you least expect it. Losing your data 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 data can easily be recovered and, what is more, you can even do it by yourself.

We have developed a software product line 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:

  • type of storage medium affected by data loss;
  • file system the lost files belonged to;
  • operating system that will be used to retrieve lost data (the host OS);
  • additional functions needed.

General cases of data loss

UFS Explorer Standard Recovery can successfully deal with most data loss cases you can face as a home user. It focuses on data recovery from a variety of storage media, including the hard drive of a personal computer, USB flash drive, external hard drive as well as a memory card of a photo/video camera. The software also allows restoring files from disk images and virtual machines of major virtualization software vendors (such as VMware Player, VMware Workstation, VMware ESX Server, VMware Fusion, Microsoft Virtual PC, Microsoft Hyper-V, Parallels Desktop). It is the most universal data recovery solution.

The program works with various file systems, such as FAT and NTFS (Windows), HFS+ (macOS), Ext2, Ext3, Ext4, Reiser, XFS, JFS/JFS2 (Linux) and UFS/UFS2 (FreeBSD). Even if you don’t know what file system was on your device before data loss, the program detects all the previous file systems and you will be able to choose one of them.

There are several versions of the program making it supported by all major operating systems (i.e. each of the following operating systems can be used as a host OS for data recovery):

  • Microsoft Windows: Windows XP (Service Pack 3) and later;
  • Apple Mac OS X: version 10.7 and later;
  • Linux: Debian Linux 6.0 (or compatible) and later;
  • FreeBSD: FreeBSD version 7.4 and 8.2 (or compatible) and later.

No matter whether you are facing data loss after file system formatting or its failure, be sure that with the help UFS Explorer Standard Recovery you will easily solve this problem. Besides, the software allows you to backup all your data to prevent its loss in the future.

Data recovery from RAID

UFS Explorer RAID Recovery easily handles the task of data recovery from a RAID system with any configuration.

The software virtually reconstructs RAID and reads its files and folders like from a real RAID storage. It is capable of working with both simple (such as stripe set - RAID level 0, Span, Mirror - RAID level 1) and complex RAID configurations such as RAID 5 and RAID 6. The RAID-on-RAID feature allows building RAID configurations of high complexity such as RAID 50, RAID 60 etc.

This tool can help you to recover lost data even if you don’t know which RAID type was on your storage: It detects RAID automatically; all you need is to attach all available disks of the RAID array to a PC for data recovery.

This program is also an apt solution for data recovery from NAS storages, such as ones by Buffalo Technology (TeraStation, LinkStation), Iomega, Synology, LaCie, Intel, etc.

UFS Explorer RAID Recovery can be installed onto the following operating systems:

  • Microsoft Windows: Windows XP (Service Pack 3) and later;
  • Apple Mac OS X: version 10.7 and later;
  • Linux: Debian Linux 6.0 (or compatible) and later;
  • FreeBSD: FreeBSD version 7.4 and 8.2 (or compatible) and later.

Professional data recovery

UFS Explorer Professional Recovery combines all the features of UFS Explorer Standard Recovery and UFS Explorer Raid Recovery with a broad set of useful tools for the users who specialize in computer technologies or deal with data recovery as a part of their work, for instance, system administrators and data recovery professionals.

The software has a complex professional-oriented interface and allows specialists to recover lost data even in the most critical cases, for example, after severe logical damage, providing immediate access to data on all supported file systems without any prior scan.

The program has the functions of sector-by-sector scan and in-depth analysis of raw data. The low-level tools it provides allow the user to make permanent changes to the information initially located on the storage. With their help it is possible to identify the location of the file/folder descriptor, its contents, the map of file/folder fragments and navigate through them. If the contents of the file are damaged, the program allows navigating through file fragments, finding the faulty one and correcting it (fixing directory entries, moving superblocks, fixing inodes and so on), thus bringing the file system back to the working state.

Moreover, the software is able to decrypt disk volumes for data recovery and data access purposes (if the encryption key is known), while the disk-on-disk function provides access even to a blocked virtual machine.

UFS Explorer Professional Recovery works with the following host operating systems:

  • Microsoft Windows: Windows XP (Service Pack 3) and later;
  • Apple Mac OS X: version 10.7 and later;
  • Linux: Debian Linux 6.0 (or compatible) and later;
  • FreeBSD: FreeBSD version 7.4 and 8.2 (or compatible) and later.

Cost-efficient solution for a single file system

Raise Data Recovery is a perfect solution for those who want to get the maximum result with minimum money spent. If you need data recovery from one certain file system, for example, from a memory card of your digital camera, and you want to save your money not at the expense of performance efficiency, Raise Data Recovery is your best choice. It can restore the lost data from the hard drives of your computer or laptop, external storage devices including memory cards, USB-sticks and external drives, as well as complex RAID systems.

This software offers the best compromise between high performance and cost-efficiency since each of its versions was designed for data recovery from a concrete file system, the list of which includes Windows file systems (FAT/FAT32, ExFAT, NTFS), macOS file systems (HFS+, ExFAT, UFS), Linux file systems (Ext2, Ext3, Ext4, ReiserFS, XFS, JFS). Furthermore, the program works with complex RAID systems, such as Windows dynamic disks, Linux Software RAID and with most of the NAS devices.

However, make sure you’ve tested the software for your file system before you buy it: Although Raise Data Recovery detects all these file systems, it recovers data only from the file system it was chosen for.

Data can be recovered with the help of the following host operating systems: Windows XP Service Pack 3 up to Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, Windows 8.1 up to Windows 10, both 32 and 64 bit.

Choosing this program, you don't have to pay extra for the tools you actually don't need, but you should be careful and make sure the software version you install corresponds to your file system. Still, if you want to use data recovery software in the future for other file systems as well, we advise you using more universal software – UFS Explorer Standard Recovery.

More detailed information about each product is available here.

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: 20.10.2016