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Giveaway of the day — BYclouder Data Recovery Pro

BYclouder Data Recovery Pro will help you to recover lost data and files from any storage device.
$199.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 453 (53%) 396 (47%) 64 comments

BYclouder Data Recovery Pro was available as a giveaway on February 19, 2013!

Today Giveaway of the Day
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Recover lost data and files from any storage device. The main function of this program is to recover lost files, including audio/video, documents and archives, from any storage device: hard drive, CD-ROM, digital camera memory card, etc. BYclouder Data Recovery Pro ignores the file system layer and recover from the media layer directly. Thus even if the file system has been severely damaged or formatted, it can still work.

Features:

  • Works with FAT, NTFS, exFAT, ext2/ ext3/ ext4 file system, HFS +.
  • Supports most popular file formats. More than 400 kinds of file extensions (about 225 files family).
  • Multimedia: video / audio / picture formats - over 150 file extentions!
  • Office software: Microsoft/ Adobe/ OpenOffice, etc. - more than 40 file extensions!
  • Supports ordinary files - more than 200 file extensions!

System Requirements:

Windows 8/ 7/ Vista/ 2000/ XP

Publisher:

BYclouder Corporation

Homepage:

http://www.byclouder.com/products/recovery/data-recovery.html

File Size:

13.9 MB

Price:

$199.95

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So now I had time to actually test this software in a safe environment.

Unfortunately I have to say the whole thing is quite quirky. It starts with the installer, that asks for the language, but seems to decide for itself which language you will get. German translation is really crude. So the interface don't give you much useful information at all. Very soon the programmed stalled and had to be terminated. I gave up at that point. Seems to need intensive care!

Reply   |   Comment by Lothar  –  2 years ago
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hehe Well, I have not tried this program yet. I just wanted to comment that it is nice to see the producer trying something out for free. Often times companies give softwares away for free because it is in a testing phase. Once it gets enough feedback, it will start charging after it has fixed all the problems. Thank you to all those who have given softwares away for free. I have downloaded quite a number full and found a few gems. So my suggestion to all you fellow potential users is to try it out. It might just be what you hold onto for life. There is this one software that I got that really does cool stuffs for me.

Reply   |   Comment by Tien Khoa Nguyen  –  2 years ago
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I found that you must own Administrator privileges to run the software.
It does works.As follows:
tried 3 times and register says incorrect!
scan the whole disk or the partition.(select the whole disk is slowly)
don't recognize disk or other device,etc.

It works my PC:).

Reply   |   Comment by Rootkit  –  2 years ago
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I just finished a test, this software has access to your computer via back door using UDP internet networking. Uninstalled at once.

Reply   |   Comment by Hank1  –  2 years ago
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Giovanni, do you download and test these GOTD items before you comment? Your praise for today's seems to be based on their web site, not on use. After removing a couple obvious content-free positives, the comments are nearly universal in saying it didn't work, or at least not right. Yet the thumbs up lead. Huh.

Also, Giovanni, I've repeatedly tried programs you recommend as free only to find that they are limited time or function demos and not free at all.

Reply   |   Comment by Bay Area John  –  2 years ago
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No problem with registration. Used the mouse right-click function to copy and paste the info from the little SUCCESSFULLY ACTIVATED pop-up and not the README file. Hope it helps.

Reply   |   Comment by Rob Corkill  –  2 years ago
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Mine ran fine, albeit slow, for about half an hour (about 4% complete) then stopped, quit, notice saying stopped running for no reason. NO FOR ME.

Reply   |   Comment by Ron Settle  –  2 years ago
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#23
Lothar probably found it in the same place I did:

on the website in the tab "About" and then "about us"
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located in Kaifeng city of Henan province
unquote

Reply   |   Comment by nobody  –  2 years ago
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Ran it 3 times, each time it found loads of files then the program just closed.

Reply   |   Comment by painterman7  –  2 years ago
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PhotoRec is file data recovery software designed to recover lost files including video, documents and archives from hard disks, CD-ROMs, and lost pictures (thus the Photo Recovery name) from digital camera memory.

PhotoRec ignores the file system and goes after the underlying data, so it will still work even if your media's file system has been severely damaged or reformatted.

This is from the PhotoRec website homepage, which Giovanni recommended (Thanks G). It looks like this developer took it and reworded some of it.

My Spidey sense is Tingling! Beware!

Olen

Reply   |   Comment by Olen  –  2 years ago
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Sorry but I am confused. I have a crashed laptop I wanted to see what, if any, files can be restored. What I don't get is if I install this on one working laptop how do I then get this program to look at the drive on the crashed laptop? Thanks in advance for anyone who cam clarify.

Reply   |   Comment by J  –  2 years ago
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#23/25 FrancisBorne (again)

In deed, I have paid my recovery suite from runtime.org some years ago. When you have to recover a RAID 5 where someone with little knowledge made a big disaster out of a small one, you may be out of luck with most of the free tools available.

DriveImage XML is a tool for backup purposes. It creates image files from partitions or drives, but has no ability to recover anything from a damaged file system.

When you ask me, would I trust a developer from China, my answer is simply: not less than someone from any other country. We had many offers from companies here on GOTD that did NOT state anything about who and where they are. And we had many who mislead everyone with awards, they never got for their products. This Company today says, we are chinese and we have no awards (yet), but they obviously try to go to the market with the basics done - they even have translations in different languages, as you mentioned. Well, the translations seem to be machine made, but maybe they get better in the future.

Reply   |   Comment by Lothar  –  2 years ago
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UPDATE: After installing and checking out the program, I restarted my computer and low and behold this program showed that it was unregistered. Again I tried to register the program using the provided user name and code. The program will not except them now, the "Register" button stays greyed out.

This a bug that I do not need....UNINSTALLED!!!!

Take care and keep FREEWARE Flowing!!!!

Reply   |   Comment by Mongoplus  –  2 years ago
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REDO BACKUP AND RECOVERY!!!! WOW WOW WOW! THANKS BE TO GIOVANNI
(Once again) this appears to be an even greater value for free then today's offering .. which is another tool I want in my chest! Thanks to Byclouder Corp!

BUT!! Does anybody ever even glance at the licensing agreements? Byclouder Data Pro says it is shareware and we are not to charge money if we pass it on. mmm maybe in China? I thought I was installing the wrong program!

Reply   |   Comment by Harold  –  2 years ago
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#23 FrancisBorne

GOTD always has a link to the publishers homepage. If you go there, you will find "About us" in the menu bar linking to
http://www.byclouder.com/about.html
The corresponding IP (173.201.159.203) is located in the US (GoDaddy) and the subdomains for the different languages belong there too. But the company itself is chinese.

Reply   |   Comment by Lothar  –  2 years ago
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Didn't see any Vista support at the vendor's homepage; was that just an oversight? If so, should I trust my data to a company that makes obvious oversights?

Reply   |   Comment by dan  –  2 years ago
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Will this application access, find and restore data on network attached storage drives?

Reply   |   Comment by Jmaertens  –  2 years ago
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I dl'd and (thought I) installed after unzipping. The app displayed a 2 second disclaimer and then a document with the user/license info. There is no installed menu shortcut, no application folder anywhere and no icon on the desktop.
Looks like a non-starter for me!

Reply   |   Comment by John M  –  2 years ago
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I recommend Easeus Data Recovery, it's free and works well. My backup XP Pro system had both HDs (400gig and 320gig) hit by malware. Reformatting the smaller drive and reinstalling XP, the 400gig drive was shown as "unallocated space". Easeus scanned the drive (about five hours) and presented a list of what it found; it took me a couple of hours to select what I wanted recovered from that list and, in about a half hour, those files were transferred to the smaller drive. A local shop wanted $600 to do this.

Reply   |   Comment by JGF  –  2 years ago
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#16: "You also need to select an output directory at this stage. The program defaults to storing recovered files in a subdirectory of its own folder structure.It doesn’t seem possible to set your own preferences permanently." ... "Lack of WinPE or at least a Linux boot option is pretty much beside the point here but should also be considered in any upgrade."

FWIW BYclouder Data Recovery Pro seems to be fully portable, so it should run just as well after booting from a generic WinPE CD/DVD/USB device. But the developer also chose not to include any way to store preferences, in the registry or anywhere else, so as you say it won't remember your choice of recovery folder. It does store info in byclouder.log & byclouder.ses -- might be worth a try deleting both files if you're stuck with disappearing drives/partitions like many are reporting.

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#39: "I am going to try this on drive from a “WD MY BOOK” . It’s little board did a meltdown and WD won’t touch it and so far nothing works. The drive does spin up etc.I can’t even figure what file system they use."

You'll have to research what you've got, but according to Wikipedia it runs Linux, & drives can be mounted/accessed from Linux running on a PC -- booting to a Linux LiveCD/DVD should work to transfer your files &/or data, then probably reformat for Windows? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Digital_My_Book

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#41: "Tried numerous times copy/paste and typing username and key in but couldn’t register the software. using WIN 7 Home Premium."

If it helps, the trial on the app's web site will not register -- the GOTD version registered fine for me, but I had to copy/paste the name 1st, then the # -- 1st time I pasted the #, then the name, & the register button remained grayed out until I pasted the # again over the existing, identical entry.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  2 years ago
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DAM! Started recovering from a CD some pics. When it started it was doing a fine job for a minute, then for no reason it stops. Just closed down for no reason. Anyone else ad that problem! I have tried all the freebies to recover my CD none have worked. This was doing the job for less than a minute then just stopped.

Reply   |   Comment by Tony Bennett  –  2 years ago
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I installed this program with ease. It has a very simple GUI. I tested it on a USB drive and on a SD card. It was found and recovered all the files from both. The program was fast in its search.

The cost of this program is very steep at $199.95 when there so many freeware programs that do the same thing.

My personal favorite is Piriform's Recuva:

http://www.piriform.com/recuva

Take care and keep FREEWARE Flowing!!!!

Reply   |   Comment by Mongoplus  –  2 years ago
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I have the same problem as #29 has, before i registered the program using the trial it recognized my main hard drive on my laptop and my external hard drive, after registration it no longer recognizes my main drive just my external, so i unhooked my external drive just to see what would happen and it didn't recognize anything after that...seems a little strange that the trial works a bit better than the registered version

Reply   |   Comment by Jay  –  2 years ago
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Tried numerous times copy/paste and typing username and key in but couldn't register the software. using WIN 7 Home Premium.

Reply   |   Comment by Dave  –  2 years ago
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This thing is buggy. I have 3 partitions on my 500 GB laptop HDD. One is for recovery and the C: and D: drive. In addition, I have a 2 TB recovery HDD and a 1 GB USB Stick connected. Plus I have a 500 GB drive that is corrupted that I was trying to get this program to recover files from.

The first time I ran it, it listed everything (some of them twice) except for the 500 GB drive that I need files recovered from.

I then exited the program and restarted it, and the 2nd time it only showed the 2 TB drive and the 1 GB USB stick. It didn't even list the C: and D: HDD.

If it can't even list the HDD that has it's partition corrupted, then how can I scan it with this thing. At least EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and iCare Data Recovery Pro do list this drive. But I still can't find anything to recover the data from this drive which came from an old Toshiba DVR.

Reply   |   Comment by Todd  –  2 years ago
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I am going to try this on drive from a "WD MY BOOK" . It's little board
did a meltdown and WD won't touch it and so far nothing works. The drive does spin up etc.I can't even figure what file system they use.
Worth a try.

Reply   |   Comment by Leeroy  –  2 years ago
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All I have to say is that I love this program. As a novice, this was refreshing to use for the first time. I accidently formatted my sd card from my camera yesterday! Good timing, and thanks very much.

Reply   |   Comment by kcc  –  2 years ago
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I try to use it several times. , It doesn't work at beginning, but later I made succeed, I gradually find it is amazing product. it involves much certainty.

Reply   |   Comment by Jessie  –  2 years ago
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@#21 - Recuva will work on various system file types (presumably those Windows will cope with), provided your drive is recognisable as a partition, e.g. X:.

Various alternative packages additionally work with drives/partitions that Windows doesn't recognise. ByClouder DRP does this but doesn't offer the standard, simpler options. [It's not possible to re-order the list of recovered files in the ByClouder window (e.g. by name/size).]


Comparing ByClouder with the RAW recovery of last week's Easy Disk Recovery Pro, the former identifies fewer files than EDRP (or rather, goes ahead with their recovery, whether you want it or not), seemingly in keeping with what is actually previewable by EDRP.
The one limited advantage which ByClouder exhibited, was that for a very few *.doc files, it appended the original file name (perhaps the extracted title) to the 'ffff00345etc' name given by the program to the recovered file. However, with an intact file system, the standard recovery of EDRP, EaseUS and others would restore the complete set of recoverable files with their original names and folder structure.

For me, the quality of a file recovery program is how easily it gets you back to where you were. The majority of programs I've tried (free and paid) rank much higher than today's GOTD in this respect.

For more difficult situations, where a drive is functional but corrupt you need something that reaches further. ByClouder doesn't work more quickly or produce better results than programs with RAW recovery as part of their feature set.

As for where your operating system has died, ByClouder isn't going to let you start it up again, so it loses out to those applications that come with a boot up option. Given that it can't recover files as they were, it's not going to help you to get your PC working again.

As for being able to restore fragments of important files where ByClouder fails, e.g. all those 'files' recognised by EDRP, you need something else again.

ByClouder DRP is a strange fruit, one that has yet to ripen. For some purposes a nice ripe pyriform, product will be all that's needed. For those of more demanding tastes, there's a whole cocktail of flavoursome, more satisfying fruits to sample.

For developers looking to improve their useability, Recover My Files (which even previews movies) is well worth a look.

Reply   |   Comment by Steve  –  2 years ago
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BYclouder Data Recovery Pro ignores the file system layer and recover from the media layer directly. Thus even if the file system has been severely damaged or formatted, it can still work.

If it really recovers like that, then file extension does NOT matter.
200 bucks?
LOLLOLOLLLOLLLLOL

Reply   |   Comment by JohnnyRotten  –  2 years ago
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Tried it on both an iPad 2nd gen and iPhone 4S (iOS 6.1 Jailbroken), but neither show up in the device list even though they are plugged in via USB and recognized by the system. I clicked refresh drivers in the program and only the local C drive shows up.

Reply   |   Comment by Garry  –  2 years ago
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about the trouble with registration
I think it takes the name and key if pasted with Ctrl+V instead of just right click+paste or manual, have experienced that with a few programs over the years, this worked for me today also .
The program itself is not very clear about partitions/ whole drives, the file filter did NOT work for me (XP SP3) either, searched for *.exe only, got >xml 0Bytes, also not quite sure when one can enter filename or extension, crashed twice, the program is a little delicate and easily disturbed, have used Easeus and iCare before and some others, this is not the easiest or most intuitive, maybe comes in handy for cards/disks or other, will try and make some more tests, am NOT at all convinced, Chinese German or whatsoever is second IMHO!

Reply   |   Comment by mathymarge  –  2 years ago
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Is this compatible for Windows 8 64-bit? I tried installing it and it installed ok but when I click on the registration part and put in Giveawayoftheday and the registration code, the register button is greyed out and won't let me register the product.

Reply   |   Comment by Marsha Curtiss  –  2 years ago
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Comment by Giovanni: redobackup
Thanks for the suggestion. I tried that this morning. Very simplistic software. Took 72 minutes to backup my Windows 7 .....133gb free of 149gb drive. 9.2gb backup file. I don't think I will try restoring Assuming it will take another hour to restore it. I use Paragon which takes about 10 minutes for both tasks.I use shareware R-Studio Data Recovery which was originally developed for use by computer forensic experts.

Reply   |   Comment by Maureen  –  2 years ago
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Installed & regged properly, first try.
Ran it and it found less that "Get Data Back" does.

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  2 years ago
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Very Fishy. Run the program in trial mode and it will see even your hard drive and partitioned recovery system, but if you run the program with the giveaway registration key given here then you can only see or recover from cd, usbs or other externals. WHY IS THE REGISTERED VERSION HOBBLED ?

Reply   |   Comment by Brian Villa  –  2 years ago
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I don't what this program is doing, when u select recover nothing seem to happen, this must be one of the worse recovery programs I ever download, really this is no way worth 199.95, I wouldn't give $1 for this, waste of time, uninstalling, waste of time!! Thanks anyway

Reply   |   Comment by Jay  –  2 years ago
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Giovanni: Once again - many thanks for your review

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  2 years ago
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It wont let me copy and paste the registration information, so I have typed it in 15 times now and it keeps saying it is incorrect. I have checked and double checked etc. and it is correct. What's the deal here?
Why can I not copy and paste and why will it not register?

Reply   |   Comment by classapcs  –  2 years ago
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#3 Lothar; slight correction

The well-known DriveImage XML from runtime.org is free for private use but as an imager it needs an existing image for recovery of a whole partition.

If needed I'm using freeware like PCInspector File Recovery for normal files or PCInspectorSmartRecovery for cards. I'm trying different softwares because for a certain file you can't predict which program shows best result.

Reply   |   Comment by FrancisBorne  –  2 years ago
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I dont unterstand so many thumbs up. - First I installed in german language ... and we have had many lol lol lol to what this company think is german. Funny joke for about 200$.

Reinstalled in english and try to use this tool, I am VERY disappointed! Its a rudiment tool which has only a fix pre-definiert filter-set and nothing to built a restore-CD. And it finds NOTHING on my HD to restore!

With this application my yesterday crash would has (had) a dolorous end in tears. So I'm still glad that I could work with my Lazesoft Recovery Suite via USB-Stick.... (excuse my rosty english)

Reply   |   Comment by Karla  –  2 years ago
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to #3 Lothar
You told:
"Seems to be the first time, a chinese company clearly states where the headquarter is."

Searched their homepage in vain and then tried google:
china site:BYclouder.com
Google found no address. Instead fake results like their startpage in other languages "es.byclouder.com" in Spanish, etc., without any address, too. Folks, please try this simple search yourself! It's amazing in how many languages this homepage has been translated by native speaking people in perfect quality without offering a high quality product.

Could you please tell us where you found their address and so are trusting them more than other sources from same or other undemocratic countries.

Do you think this is a new trick to make this offer more trustworthy. Lothar's favorite "runtime.org" offers only free download but no freeware.

Reply   |   Comment by FrancisBorne  –  2 years ago
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#15 (G) & Clair. My apologies. Must have been having a Seniors moment and didn't read it clearly enough. Sorry.

Reply   |   Comment by Springy  –  2 years ago
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# 17 John

Please do not compare apples with pears!!

Recuva is an excellent FREE tool but as far as I know, unlike this GAOTD, it's able to recover files from FORMATTED Partitions only if you have reformatted or partitioned your HD using the same file system.

Reply   |   Comment by Giovanni  –  2 years ago
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Today's giveaway (only 5 MB on their official website??) looks like an excellent tool designed to recover lost files even when your PC is totally broken!!

Supports HDDs, USB storage devices, optical disks, memory cards, ZIP disks and many more.

In particular I love its feature to recover files directly from the media rather than from the file system layer, meaning you can retrieve your lost data even from a machine with a damaged file system. In such way you don't need a BOOTABLE DISK to recover lost files, like other similar products out there, should your OS stop working.

For this reason I believe that this GAOTD is better than the other one called "Easy Drive Data Recovery" given away here for FREE just 5 days ago.

Do you agree with me dudes?

3 THUMBS UP from me!!

But 200 BUCKS?? Come on....LOL!!


BEST FREE ALTERNATIVES

1. to recover deleted files from HDD and USB Drive:

- PhotoRec (==> Softpedia Editor Pick and my Personal First Choice)
Great FREE tool for recovering pictures from memory cards and USB flash drives. It also supports bootable media, thus it can be run outside Windows enabling you to recover deleted files even when your PC is no longer able to boot into Windows.

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec

- DiskGetor Data Recovery FREE Edition
http://www.diskgetor.com

2. to recover files from removable media only (scratched CD/DVD, USB Flash Drive etc…):

- Abyssal Recovery (==> Superb FREE app for recovering data/files/movies/music from scratched CD, DVD, BD and HD DVD)
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Back-Up-and-Recovery/Abyssal-Recovery.shtml

- Get My Videos Back (==> It recovers videos from scratched CD/DVD)
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Video/Other-VIDEO-Tools/Get-My-Videos-Back.shtml

3. to recover entire partitions and restore damaged boot sectors/MBR/BCD:

- REDO BACKUP AND RECOVERY (==> My Personal First Choice to recover data from a destroyed system)
Freaking awesome Live CD Open Source backup and data disaster recovery software supporting BARE-METAL restore, meaning you can completely restore a system back even on a machine without OS or with its Hard Drives completely erased by a virus.
Yes, you heard me right dudes: this FREE GEM doesn't need Windows or Linux or Mac, since it relies on a complete mini OS with a point-and-click user interface into your PC's memory.
It's even able to automatically search your LAN for drives to backup to or restore from, as well as gain access to the Internet in order to download your drivers or read documentation, even if your PC is totally broken: cool, isn't it?
And besides editing, managing, and resizing partitions, it can also be used to permanently erase all of your personal or business data, before selling or giving your old PC away.
And of course, since it's an Open Source tool released under the GPL, it's s completely FREE both for personal and commercial use.
Just burn the ISO on a CD rom, place it in your CD-ROM drive and reboot your machine and booooom....you are ready to go dudes!!!!
How cool is that, dudes?

Key features:

• Easy graphical user interface boots from CD in less than a minute
• No installation needed; runs from a CD-ROM or a USB stick
• Saves and restores Windows and Linux machines
• Automatically finds local network shares
• Access your files even if you can't log in
• Recover deleted partitions, pictures, documents, and other files
• Internet access with a full-featured browser to download drivers

http://redobackup.org

- TestDisk (==> Softpedia Editor Pick)
Very powerful multiplatform Open Source data recovery software, which helps you recover lost partitions as well as make non-booting disks bootable again with no hassle.
In short what it does is querying the BIOS or the OS to find out the characteristics of the HDs of your machine, so as to perform a quick check of their structure and then compare it with your Partition Table for any possible entry errors.
If entry errors are found, this magic FREE tool can automatically repair them with ease, enabling you to search for partitions and create a new Partition Table or even a new MBR if necessary, should your system have missing partitions or a completely empty Partition Table. It can also be run even if your machine no longer boots into Windows, since bootable/Live CD are both supported.

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk

Test Disk Bootable CD & Live CD version:
http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/DOS_BootDisk
http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/Create_a_TestDisk_FreeDos_LiveCD

Enjoy!!

Reply   |   Comment by Giovanni (Wallet?? Credit card? What is it??)  –  2 years ago
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Additional,

No *.avi as a file type. Nor .docx

Selecting *.mp3 for a disk in which a partially completed search with BYclouder for all files had yielded numerous mp3s, found only 2 *.mp3s. (The .xml which is reported as recovered is actually the program's report file).

Based on mp3s, pdfs and jpgs, most but not all of what was recovered was intact.

It's worth pointing out the program didn't recover any folder or file names (as with LOST files in alternatives applications, where these are the last rather than the only resort). Makes you wish that all files came with ID3 tags.

Reply   |   Comment by Steve  –  2 years ago
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I installed it,
I was able to run it portable from a stick
and find the same findings as Steve #16, so it's no keep 4 me.

Reply   |   Comment by Adif  –  2 years ago
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Installed on win7 64 bit. Ran it on an 8Gb TDK flash drive. Took ages and found 180 files. The interface has poor English and is very sparse on information about the recovered files. It also created several folders, some zipped, for the recovered files!
I then ran Recuva (freeware) on the same drive. In a few seconds it found 812 files! The information provided is comprehensive and clear with correct English grammar.
Recuva is by far the better product and its free. You would be mad to pay $199.95 for this offering.

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  2 years ago
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[oops, accidental submit] Meanwhile back at the 'Device List' page...

The 'Filter Options' button opens a Window which lets you select particular files types. It offers no other filtering (size, date, name etc) and only lets you select/deselect all types or 'one per click'. Strangely. there is no use of, e.g image, audio, video, multimedia or document categories. Definite room for improvement here. No hope of being able to store groups of file types/filters for re-use.

File types selected, you're now asked whether you want to scan the whole disk or the partition which you selected earlier. There's definitely a need for better explanation here. I manage to crash the program at least once with 'whole disk'.

You also need to select an output directory at this stage. The program defaults to storing recovered files in a subdirectory of its own folder structure.It doesn't seem possible to set your own preferences permanently. [Operations here seemed rather slow, the browse window left blank for several seconds].

However, in use the program creates a multitude of folders, e.g. MyName.1, MyName.2 etc. Another little quirk.

So, ready to begin restoring?.

It's only when you press the recover button that you discover that the program is now busy recovering files. No building up a list of files and then selecting which ones you actually want to recover for Byclouder. It seems an exceedingly backward approach and you can imagine running out of recovery space very quickly if you didn't set adequate filters [No idea whether you can specify an alternative locatio at that point]. The only advantage of this over some others would seem to be being able to set the program running overnight/weekend without needing to then give the go ahead for the recovery of identified files.

To test the effectiveness of the filters, I deleted some *.mkv files and re-ran the program. It reported the recovery of one *.xml file. Ho, Hum!

Once you've completed a recovery, you can then select files by name, or open the directory which they are in [Didn't always work].

I can't comment on how good the program is at recovering files. From past experience, I know that a lot of old deletions simply aren't worth recovering. There is no indication here as to what choices the program makes in its file recovery. Certainly, the user has almost no useful input into the process.

Regardless of such important considerations, the program falls down badly on its ease of use and customer experience. Several hangs and crashes later, it's apparent that it doesn't always complete the task either.

There is clearly a lot that could be done (or should already have been) to make the application worth buying. The basic 'recover it all now, sort it out later' approach, mitigated only by the even more basic filtering almost certainly needs to be changed before such tinkering will serve any real purpose, however.

Lack of WinPE or at least a Linux boot option is pretty much beside the point here but should also be considered in any upgrade.

Reply   |   Comment by Steve  –  2 years ago
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#6 (Springy)
It is free (unless you want the portable version).

What you quoted is for a different product advertised on the page called PC Pandora, below is the full context of the quote you gave

"Data retention and recovery with PC Pandora

PC Pandora software monitors and documents keystrokes, instant and email messages, snapshots and much more. Retain and recall deleted emails, forgotten passwords and important chat transcripts. Use "RECOVERY07" coupon code and receive $10 off the retail price.

Learn more about PC Pandora"

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