Review for MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition
Nowadays we can find a lot of data recovery software on the internet so that many users feel a little bit difficult to choose an excellent one. In order to help users make a better choice, we are planning to make reviews for some data recovery programs, and in this post we mainly introduce MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition.
This data recovery software is developed by the professional software provider MiniTool Solution Ltd. whose products also include MiniTool Partition Wizard and MiniTool Mac Data Recovery. This program provides users with 1GB free data recovery service. Well then, what files can be recovered by using this software? Next, let’s see its main functions.
All data recovery functions can be found from its main interface shown below:
Here, 5 data recovery modules are listed, including Undelete Recovery, Damaged Partition Recovery, Lost Partition Recovery, Digital Media Recovery, and CD/DVD Recovery. For detailed function of each module, users just need to move mouse cursor to the corresponding module. For example, when we put mouse pointer on Damaged Partition Recovery, we can see the very prompt “recover files from existing partition for any condition, For example: damaged partition, reformatted partition, drive displayed as RAW and Windows asks – “Do you want to format this drive” at the bottom; put it on Lost Partition Recovery, we can see the message “recover files from lost/deleted partition”. Among all these modules, we think Damaged Partition Recovery is most powerful since it recovers data as long as the partition or device exists, and CD/DVD Recovery module is not that useful for CD and DVD are not popular.
Then, let’s see some outstanding designs in this data recovery software:
1. Advanced Setting: appoint specified file types to scan. For example, if we choose “Audio/Video”, the program just scans audio files and video files.
2. Advanced Filter: it is much more similar with Advanced Setting, for it also appoints specified files to scan.
3. File Preview: it supports viewing data before we recover it, which can save much time. Nevertheless, in our test, this function just lets us preview text files and images which are small than 20MB.
After seeing functions of this data recovery software, let’s see compatibility with Windows OS. Though it is a freeware, almost all Windows operating systems are available, including 32 and 64 bit Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8/ 8.1, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012, and so on. We have used it on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2012, and it worked well.
Nevertheless, though this program has lots of advantages, it is still not perfect. Firstly, users can only get 1GB data recovery service for free. Secondly, the data recovery software does not provide a function to clone the device in advance, for recovering data from the copy can avoid data loss or data damage to the largest extent.
Summary: this free data recovery software is useful in most situations though it has defects. To choose it or not depends on actual situations.
PS. We hope this post would be useful for users who are planning to download a piece of data recovery software.