Back in the old DOS days, file recovery was sorely needed but the applications that allowed for it were more than a bit primitive. We’re talking about the late 1980s and early 1990s when a 40-megabyte hard drive was considered massive. It was common to get rid of files regularly in order to make room for more space on limited drives.
I had purchased a file recovery package because I’m the type who tends to delete a bunch of files and discover later that I had gotten rid of some that I needed. I can’t remember the name of the package, but I do remember it was of limited usability. It was easy to recover files that had been deleted recently, but going back farther than that was next to impossible.
So when the folks at EaseUS Software got in touch and asked me to write a review of the EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, I was only too happy to do so. After all, I was curious as to how far data recovery software technology had come over the past couple of decades and figured that if the software was awful or as limited as the package I had once used, I’d write about that.
Folks, I’m glad to report that the EaseUS package is nothing short of great. Oh, sure. It is great for those “oops, I shouldn’t have deleted that” moments, but it goes a lot farther than that. If you want to recover files that were deleted long ago, files that were in a partition that’s gone away, files from a corrupted hard drive or get back some files that were disposed of in some catastrophe, this may be just the package you need.
I’m glad I have this package because I do tend to delete a lot of things from time to time and discover later than I needed them. I tested how effective EaseUS is by popping in a 16-gigabyte USB drive that I use primarily for temporary storage — things get written to it and then deleted to make room for more files that are also deleted. It’s kind of a continual cycle.
I selected the “complete recovery” option from the software’s easy to use interface because that instructs the program to do a very deep, sector-by-sector scan. After about 30 minutes, EaseUS found all sorts of files on my USB drive, including some that I thought had been deleted months ago when I “quick formatted” the drive and used it to install Mint Linux on a netbook. I recovered those “destroyed” files and was amazed that they were intact and worked.
Here’s what was really incredible — those files weren’t even identified by names as I suppose the quick format had destroyed those. They were old episodes of J.A.G. that I pulled off my network back around October to watch on my laptop at work. And the episodes were complete. That’s impressive stuff.
Another great thing is that you can try this software for yourself before you buy it by taking advantage of the company’s data recovery software free download. The free version allows you to try the software out, find honest-to-goodness files that can be recovered and restore up to 1-gigabyte of data. There are no strings attached, but the chances are good you will buy the full package when you see how useful it is.
Consider this for a moment. A lot of files we use these days are huge and backing them up is often not possible. A program like the one offered by EaseUS can provide some peace of mind — if the file can be recovered, this package will do it. Give it a try and see for yourself how good it is.
Benton resident. Rogue journalist. Recovering attorney. Email = Ethan@FirstArkansasNews.net.