We all know there are plenty of “disasters” that can cause data loss, but fortunately there are tools available, which are quite capable of getting back our precious lost content. MiniTool Power Data Recovery is such a utility that offers several easy to complete recovery tasks including for deleted files, formatted or deleted drives and damaged partitions.
Installation & Requirements
The setup process of MiniTool Power Data Recovery offers only the usual options, with the sole mention that unlike the typical software installation, users have to pay attention when choosing the install folder location. Most of the times, applications are installed on the system drive, but for a recovery tool such as this one, installing it on the drive that you’re trying to recover data from can cause disk overwrite and permanent data loss (as stated in a warning box during the setup).
MiniTool Power Data Recovery runs on Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, 7 and supports all IDE, SATA and SCSI hard drives, but also other media like USB flash drives, memory sticks, memory cards and pretty much any other removable storage device. The program also requires at least 64 MB of RAM, 100 MB of free space and recommends having a second hard drive for recovery.
MiniTool Power Data Recovery has a very simple icon-based UI offering five different recovery tasks: Undelete Recovery – for accidentaly deleted files and folders; Damaged Partition Recovery – this option allows uses to recover data from existing partitions that are damaged, reformatted or present other issues causing errors; Lost Partition Recovery – for this option the title is self-explanatory; Digital Media Recovery – can recover music, videos and photos from all sorts of media storage devices; CD/DVD Recovery – supporting all types of CDs and DVDs, this options can recover data from damaged/scratched/malfunctioning CD and DVD disks.
For formatted and lost partitions, the program will first scan the selected partition or drive. The scan process is pretty fast, but obviously is proportional with the amount of data it’s scanning. The program also offers a preview of detected files, allowing users to select only specific ones for recovery.
The free edition of MiniTool Power Data Recovery offers data recovery of up to 1 GB for home and non-commercial use. Also, there are other feature limitations such as re-opening scan results after you’ve exited them. This is possible only after purchasing a license. Nevertheless, the tool has powerful data recovery capabilities so paying the money will offer real benefits.
– Fast, straightforward installation.
– 5 different types of data recovery are provided to simplify program usage.
– Supports all types of hard drives and portable media storage devices.
– Can recover data from all types of scratched, damaged or malfunctioning CD and DVD disks.
– Includes advanced search filters to find specific files for recovery.
– The free edition allows recovering only 1 GB of data.
MiniTool Power Data Recovery is one of the best data recovery utilities available. The specialized recovery categories and extensive help manual allow users to quickly learn how to make this very capable program suit their needs.