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Giveaway of the day — MultiStage Recovery

MultiStage Recovery is professional data recovery software for Windows.
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User rating: 381 (45%) 465 (55%) 49 comments

MultiStage Recovery was available as a giveaway on September 19, 2011!

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MultiStage Recovery is professional data recovery software for Windows. It can recover files from hard disks, floppy disks, flash drives, digital camera cards, and other digital storage devices. With comprehensive detection, the software finds EVERYTHING that can be restored and it is able to salvage files even in the most difficult cases when you re-formatted a FAT drive with NTFS or vice versa.

The application is extremely easy-to-use, and no special skills are required. It supports ALL Windows file systems including NTFS/NTFS5, FAT12/16/32.

System Requirements:

Windows NT/ 2000/ 2003 Server/ XP/ Vista/ 7

Publisher:

Enplase Research

Homepage:

http://multistagerecovery.com/file-recovery/Home.html

File Size:

3.32 MB

Price:

$39.00

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#49

Regarding comment 48. Most virus scans do heuristic pattern matching without scanning every single bit of every file. Have been doing that for about 20 years.
Back to recovery
It can take 7 hours to search for bits and pieces of every file and every directory structure, try to piece it together and so on. Besides, I know this from first hand experience.

Reply   |   Comment by Ragnar  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#48

Like others, received Access violation at address 00652E1D in module "MultiStage_Recovery.exe" on 2 different computers, both running XP Pro 32bit sp3. A totally wasted exercise in futility.

Reply   |   Comment by Ron Smith  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#47

Ragnar's comment doesn't make sense. It doesn't take 7 hours to do a virus check. So it shouldn't take that long for it to find deleted images.

Reply   |   Comment by Mel  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#46

Would have been nice if it worked on ext3/ext4 file systems.

Reply   |   Comment by Col. Panek  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#45

Regarding comments 12 and 14. It seems you don't understand this type of software.
That it is taking long is actually a good sign, it's doing more than most of this type of software that are just glorified undelete applications. Expect around 7 hours for a scan of 500GB disk of a good quality application of this type.

But keep in mind that the last generations of hard disks get failures that this type of software won't help with (it can handle sector and file system damages).
Failure rates per disk today is much higher than, was for earlier generations. The manufacturers say otherwise but are lying through their teeth. Everyone in this field knows the facts by experience. But then again, disks are cheap today, and so is using additional disks for backups.
The heads and the platter bearings are far more sensitive, than previous generations.
Also, most of them have an Achilles heel, they read their boot code of certain region of the disk. If that small area gets damaged,the whole drive is useless. Not a new technique, but now much more common. Saves cost on ROM.

Reply   |   Comment by Ragnar  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#44

Sucks nothing but adess violations after 2 hours on 360gb disk that is asinine or whatever, its gone would not use that on my old ide 65 gb disks not even if it was always free

Reply   |   Comment by UTHEA  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#43

@Saundra #31


Phils #11 is taking what the developer states, like:
"absolutely suitable even for a newbie"

and is replying with his own opinion which is the opposite of the Developer, such as:
"It is not as straightforward as it should be and newbies may well face some confusion."

#11's post is contradictory for he is contradicting the developer's statements.

Reply   |   Comment by Wail;wulf  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#42

Today's GAOTD DL (build v4.1.1.46, 04-26-11), is almost identical to last year's Feb 23rd DL (build v4.1.1.45, 12-26-09). In a year and a half only a very minor tweak of the app - not a very high priority product.

Installed and activated OK on XP SP2 but one has to remember to input the user ID and license key manually even though the auto activate says it is complete. I think $39 (or $49 as the site quotes), is a bit high for a file recovery app.

This version behaves identical to last year's version = worthless for flash cards! MSR crashes every time I try to access a flash card and will not recognize the binary image file of the card. Perhaps it has a proprietary file format for images it creates itself. If so a bad design choice. It should be able to open a true binary image of a disk as a virtual disk and operate on it identically as the original disk.

Last year I had to recover a bunch of pictures from a flash (SD) card that a friend had inadvertently deleted. Her photo app, Kodak EZ Share had not only deleted every single picture on the media but had also completely zeroed out the directory entries!

In recovering her files, I tested six picture recovery apps [all freeware except for Davory ($45) and MultiStage Recovery($50)]:
(Google the names to get the links. Many links in a post = SPAM to gaotd)

Disk Digger [diskdigger],
Pandora Recovery [pandorarecovery]
Easeus Data Recovery [easeus]
Recuva [piriform]
Davory [x-ways]
MultiStage Recovery [multistagerecovery]

Here are my results:

Disk Digger found all but one of 295 deleted pictures, had the easiest interface, fast surface scan, good preview although slow, clear display of media, file type selection & actions. Recovered file names include media sector number.

Pandora missed two files but otherwise had identical results as Disk Digger. Its interface is somewhat obtuse. Preview hard to find and limited choices. Recovered file names include media cluster number.

Easeus found all possible deleted pics, has a good wizard and can operate on auto drive and has many recovery options. Raw recovered files are named sequentially. It was the only app to find and recover and reconstruct a deleted folder although the files were the same as were found in the surface scan.

Recuva missed six files (four due to a simple bug in its search algorithm), the file lengths were consistently longer (included extra bytes not in original file), good wizard with lots of hand holding. Raw recovered files are named sequentially.

Davory had been recommended by Kodak (who's EZ Share app caused the problem in the first place). Davory found all the files but the trial version only recovers the first 200K bytes of each file which only included the thumbnails and Exif data. However, this is quite useful to ensure that all files possible are recovered.

MultiStage Recovery couldn't even get started. It refused to even acknowledge the flash card and would not recognize its image as a virtual disk.

I have used Testdisk in the past but it is showing its age. It is still a DOS program with a very obtuse DOS interface.

The DonationCoder site has useful threads on safe file recovery.

I used HxD [mh-nexus], a wonderful file and disk Hex editor, to examine and analyze the flash card to make sure I found all the files. It is also freeware, has a very clean and simple GUI, is fast and full functioned.

I used a VERY useful app for post processing the recovered photo files. Without any directory info the file dates are not available. However, the info still exists in the Exif data embedded in the recovered files. The freeware app, Bulk Rename Utility (BRU) [bulkrenameutility] extracted all of this data and automatically reset each file's date stamp to the original values. Very nice! The interface is a bit intimidating but don't be put off - it is just very powerful.

Reply   |   Comment by ArtKns  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)
#41

This is the same version of the program that was offered a year ago January. It failed and crashed in the same manner as the above posts show.

Why would the developer offer the same program with the same problems again? Doesn't GAOTD check these things out before offering it to their members? I see no comment above from either the developer or GAOTD explaining these problems.

This is the first time I can recall being disappointed with GAOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by Dan  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#40

Incredibly timely offer from GAOTD. Earlier today I overwrote a bunch of pix in error, couldn't recover them but dug out the memory card I thought I'd taken the pix on and this software recovered most of the pix even though the card had been used again after deleting the pix. Slow to scan but that's typical for file recovery software and I'll take slow and thorough every time.
Apart from needing 4 attempts to conenct with the registration server - no problems at all installing on XP

Reply   |   Comment by Daibheid  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#39

It looks like it doesn't like mapped network drives.
Because after I unmapped my 2 network-folders the program started without any error, and I could exit without using the Task Manager.

I'm using Windows 7 x64 8GB RAM

Reply   |   Comment by SF71  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#38

This is one terrific program. I lost my hard drive last week and I figured I would never get all of that back...well there have been a few programs that MSR did NOT recover i.e. ColorSchemer Pro, QuickTime PRO, but there are others, like the state of my Paid Aquaball Game & Powerarchiver program that it did...as well as my huge audio collection. I'm still going through it and I have yet to figure out what it didn't but so far I am happy. It does even recursive recover well. ON the downside, it is slow at crawling. Oh well, so for me this was a great Giveaway. Highly recommended.!

Reply   |   Comment by Zusu  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#37

@Saundra #31

Post #11 was a comparison of vendor claims to user experience. The statements in quotes are from the vendor website (e.g.: ‘MultiStage Recovery has user-friendly interface that offers users a truly straightforward and satisfying experience. No special skills are required, and the program is absolutely suitable even for a newbie to computers.’).

The other statements were the user's experience (e.g.: It is not as straightforward as it should be and newbies may well face some confusion.)

Reply   |   Comment by Socks  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#36

Pardon my ignorance, but does this program, or any other program, recover the Windows file structure of the problem hard drive? Searching through a terabyte of data without any structure would drive me crazy. :^)

Reply   |   Comment by RichU  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#35

If the GUI isn't a "Windows 7" lookalike.... forget about it!

Reply   |   Comment by Teddy  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)
#34

Like others, received Access violation at address 00652E1D in module 'MultiStage_Recovery.exe'. Read of address 00000027. Running Windows 7 64 bit. Honestly, with so many receiving access violations, it is inconceivable that this one made it out the door. There must have been very minimal testing performed. I don't mind testing and giving feedback, but if many can't even "install" the product, it's clear that this is a very poorly tested / supported product. I was waiting for the creator to input a corrected version or other workaround instructions, for those having trouble. However, we were left to the mercy of a non working program. As an IT professional, I would never release a system without extensive testing and bug checking. I'll never try this product again, nor will I recommend it to any of my customers.

Reply   |   Comment by Tony  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#33

worked and installed on 7 x64 flawlessly. But I need a system backup not a file backup so this doesn't have much value to me. I found the GUI fine btw. I found the documentation lacking.

Reply   |   Comment by jane  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#32

Like a few others, I'm getting the 'MultiStage Recovery 4 … Access violation at address 0065DCC in module’ MultiStage-Recovery.exe’. Read of address 0000004', with no way to exit out of the program except through the Task Manager. XP, SP3. Happens even after a reboot. Thanks, but no thanks. Uninstalling

Reply   |   Comment by Just Me  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)
#31

#11 stated "No special skills are required, and the program is absolutely suitable even for a newbie to computers.’

It is not as straightforward as it should be and newbies may well face some confusion."

This post was confusing, since it contradicts itself. I, therefore chose not to use this post as an evaluation of this software.

Reply   |   Comment by Saundra  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)
#30

It sounds like a very buggy software. To me, not worth the risk of downloading it. I hope I'm wrong, but 'Access Errors" and such don't speak well of the programming. Thanks, GAOTD. Maybe tomorrow... :-)

Reply   |   Comment by DBP  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#29

Have read the previous comments.
Decided not to download and install.
There are some other freeware that do recovery well.
Have actually done recovery about 3 times, to get files from a memory card in a mobile phone that was accidentally damaged.

As for recovering things that one has consciously deleted from the PC, well no. That need has never arisen.

Reply   |   Comment by ric  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)
#28

#18: "... Seeing that MultiStageRecovery will scan Whole Drives and not specific Folders – should deter me from trying it at all(!) – Sorry Developer, that Option is almost a “Must” in our busy PC and real life..."

If it helps, disk/partition Backup apps like those from Paragon usually have the option of backing up or copying the entire drive/partition contents, not just the portions that have files/data. It does take longer than a regular backup or copy since you're backing up free space as well, but it will let you run file recovery apps on another drive [& optionally using another PC/laptop to run those recovery apps] so you can get back to using the PC/laptop -- as soon as you find something's lost or missing you should stop all writing to that drive immediately. FWIW that's also how they do forensics, since you don't want to tamper with an original drive or PC/laptop that's potential evidence -- Google/Bing & you can find some forensic & related tools that might be useful to you if you can't already boot from a disc/USB device to backup or copy the drive/partition contents.

* * *

#25: "To increase your chances of recovery with any program, defrag your drive regularly – this cannot be stressed enough! Fragmented files are extremely difficult to recover, and recoverability is very dependent on drive format features (e.g. NTFS, FAT). Unfragmented files (if not overwritten) can almost always be recovered on Windows drive formats..."

While I know you mean as a preventative measure, figured it wouldn't hurt to mention that you don't want to defrag once you've found you need to recover lost or missing files -- all the writing that occurs during a defrag will lessen your chances immensely. Again not contradicting anything, but afraid someone might decide to try defragging a drive/partition just before a recovery so it might work better.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+23)
#27

Should be noted that no recovery program can or even could repair corrupted or damaged files.

Best chance of a file recovery if deleted in error is to run this program immediately, preferably installed on another drive, but as Windows file systems work by writing into freed space as well as free space, even then there is no guarantee that the file won't have been partly or completely over-written, as Windows constantly generates log and temporary files. Quite often though if run immediately, there is good chance of recovering a file intact. Left until later, file recovery can be poor with any such program!

Reply   |   Comment by sparkles  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#26

Installed on XP-SP3, ran program one time then closed, computer was locked up nothing worked, had to turn off computer.
On reboot I quickly uninstalled.

Reply   |   Comment by bill  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
#25

Those who have read some of my previous posts know that I keep this around as part of my "too often used" recovery toolkit - MultiStage Recovery is not my first step, but it has found some stuff that other recovery programs have failed on.

No recovery program will recover everything. Some may be able to pull some files that others won't. There are different approaches to scanning for files. Harder core recovery programs recognize identifiable file patterns, and they don't know the same sets of filetypes and don't use the same signatures. Of course, these signatures may occur randomly as well, confusing the recovery program.

To increase your chances of recovery with any program, defrag your drive regularly - this cannot be stressed enough! Fragmented files are extremely difficult to recover, and recoverability is very dependent on drive format features (e.g. NTFS, FAT). Unfragmented files (if not overwritten) can almost always be recovered on Windows drive formats. The less free space and the busier your drive is, the lower the chances of recovery. So, if you have ever tried to recover files on a drive used with a Torrent, your chances of recovery verge on zero. Generally speaking, the higher the drive fragmentation, the higher the chance that a fragment will be overwritten.

You are remembering to backup your files regularly too, aren't you?

For most situations, Piriform Recuva is an excellent starting point - good GUI, easy to understand hierarchy. If Recuva can't recover the lost file, then you need to take great care and the use of a slow, hard core recovery scanner...

Reply   |   Comment by CompNetTeach  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+17)
#24

I guess it's impossible to recover files on an external hard drive that has the "CLICK OF DEATH"?

Reply   |   Comment by Chuck  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)
#23

#13 - .arj files are compressed archives. They were real files on your system and not some imaginary construct of this program.

Reply   |   Comment by paul  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#22

Got access violation ending in 27. I then applied the license and rebooted thinking maybe that was needed. First time after boot program worked, and I could see all my drives. I then checked about and saw it was registered. Closed program, opened again and got access violation. Can not close program with access violation with out end tasking it totally. I then used Revo to uninstall it, I'm done with this. I would be happy to try it again when the developer fixes the problems so many of us are having (at least the 27 error message). Many people have (as usual) given great alternative recommendations. Those recommendations, I find, are as or more valuable than the GAOTD sometimes is! I will certainly try this again if the developer gives us an updated version to try in the future, but for now Revo uninstall and done...

Reply   |   Comment by Errol  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)
#21

After installed and on first run (Even without registering it) the program didn't start (no errors though).
Tried a second Time and the same thing happened.
I'll be waiting for a fix before deleting it, but here's a warning given the great number of users with problems, the software probably wasn't thoroughly tested (or we have crazy configurations ;) ).

Reply   |   Comment by Keoni  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#20

I recevied this message on first run! win 7 64 bit
Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
Application Name: MultiStage_Recovery.exe
Application Version: 4.1.1.46
Application Timestamp: 00000000
Fault Module Name: KERNELBASE.dll
Fault Module Version: 6.1.7601.17651
Fault Module Timestamp: 4e211319
Exception Code: 0eefface
Exception Offset: 0000b9bc
OS Version: 6.1.7601.2.1.0.256.1
Locale ID: 3081
Additional Information 1: 0a9e
Additional Information 2: 0a9e372d3b4ad19135b953a78882e789
Additional Information 3: 0a9e
Additional Information 4: 0a9e372d3b4ad19135b953a78882e789

Reply   |   Comment by Clive  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)
#19

Mini Tool Power Disk Recovery appears much better and has a free version.

Reply   |   Comment by Arnie  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#18

Hi, I'm back:) after blissful several weeks of real life adventures..
Tested today's Giveaway and results go as follows:

Registered from Help file rather than "registry on line" that promptly followed..

Seeing that MultiStageRecovery will scan Whole Drives and not specific Folders - should deter me from trying it at all(!) - Sorry Developer, that Option is almost a "Must" in our busy PC and real life -

- but decided to give it a try (XP Professional,SP2), went straight to Options and Knowing I'm interested in recovering large(r) Images - increased size to 10MB and unticked "skip corrupted Sectors", or so.
Yes, like Others came up with Acc Violations and Messages "Data error" (cyclic redundancy check)?? - and had to end task it. Not a good start!..

Went to Help in a Program and found out that scanning in "Low-level file search" Mode might bring better Results, although is more time consuming (as if scanning whole Drives is not bad enough!)

This time (opting only for PNG, JPEG, GIF, BMP) and going back to Default Options - It basically scanned my Drive (smallest of them all - 5.22GB) and after about 20min came up with several 100s Files displaying a message (on individual clicks in Preview): File might be corrupted, small "piddly" files I was not interested in recovering showing correctly, or damaged images (grayed out, lined, partly showing) - that I could save - would save themselves as they WERE! I mean - Damaged, nothing RECOVERED, or REPAIRED :((

Sorry, it most definitely did NOT help me in my quest. Not a keeper I'm afraid.
Others might find it helpful - if they have plenty of time on Their hands, don't get annoyed with Acc Violations Messages, expect modest Results..

Perhaps Developer will pop in today here to explain (at least) why the Messages?

Reply   |   Comment by fran  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)
#17

Hi Everyone
I installed MultiStage Recovery on my laptop, which is running Win 7 Ultimate. No problems installing, or registering the program. While I have other recovery programs, I thought I'd give it a shot on my D: drive which recently went into hiding. So far, it's plugging away and appears to be okay. There were a few files the program wasn't able to extract, so I'll check those out when the program finishes.
Have a good one,
Tim

Reply   |   Comment by Tim  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#16

No problems obtaining a registered working copy on XP pro S3. However, when using the program its behaviour was unpredictable from one run to the next; on one occasion it would start to scan the drive, on the next it would inform me that it was waiting for instructions. Possibly it was malfunctioning as on trying to close, it would give me an access violation. Whatever the cause, its unpredictability and unintuitive interface caused me to remove it from my hard drive.

Reply   |   Comment by OldScotty  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+20)
#15

PhotoRec and TestDisk do much more than this GAOTD for FREE!!

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


PhotoRec Step By Step guide

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


Enjoy!!

Reply   |   Comment by Giovanni  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+24)
#14

Further to my comment at #12, after an hour and 10 minutes now, I am still waiting for the initial scan process to finish on my 650GB C: drive, of which only 198GB are in use, and even though the scan is still active, it doesn't seem to have progressed any further (although it is difficult to tell as it doesn't show the % of completion.)

I am running Vista Home Premium 32.

Thumbs down I'm afraid.

Reply   |   Comment by Sooks  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+47)
#13

Multistage Recovery 4.1

Here we go again. This is another in a series of bad jokes programs. This is a program to be able to restore all files. Wholly unconditional. Sounds great. Only one problem. The program does not work. First of all, the program can only find certain file types. You can program it to find more.What it finds is random junk of 2048 characters. Most popular is *. arj. Has never been any *. arj on the test partition. The program has a tendency to crash.

Attempts were made also on the C: partition. It went better. The program found useful files. The problem is that the majority are over-written. Completely useless. But the program has no function, to show this. But you have to go through, file by file, and check. This program has too many flaws. Prefer to use Recuva.

Reply   |   Comment by Micke  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+60)
#12

Upon installation completion, the program opens your internet browser and takes you to a message on the developer's site which says that you maybe know that the software you download and install during the Giveaway period comes with the following important limitations:

•No free technical support
•No free upgrades to future versions
•Strictly personal usage

but that with today's deal, you can buy the full (not limited) version of MultiStage Recovery for just $19.50 (50% off).

Am not able to give a review of the program yet as it is still only in the 'processing' stage of my C: drive after nearly 40 minutes!

Reply   |   Comment by Sooks  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-9)
#11

Downloaded, installed and registered without issue.

Ran scans with this and Recuva for comparison.

The vendors state on their website:

'The most important feature of MultiStage Recovery is that it finds everything that can be actually recovered. This is not the case with competitors of MultiStage Recovery, whose software often finds and displays non-recoverable files just to boost their recovery claims.'

This is not the case and many files that it found were corrupt.

'the tool has incredibly fast scan of hard drives'

The scan is very slow indeed.

'MultiStage Recovery has user-friendly interface that offers users a truly straightforward and satisfying experience. No special skills are required, and the program is absolutely suitable even for a newbie to computers.'

It is not as straightforward as it should be and newbies may well face some confusion.

Recuva was faster, salvaged more usable files and was more user friendly, so unfortunately I cannot recommend this software, even for free compared to other solutions.

Reply   |   Comment by PhilS  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+84)
#10

and the file dialog shows all hidden partitions you never knew you have... Again: search only for deleted files is available only after you went to Options / NTFS.

Reply   |   Comment by Loqman  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#9

Creating and Mounting Images

I had no problems in installing this in XP3. In standard configuration it shows (very quick) ALL file available on a HD drive or in a folder; only via Options /NTFS you could choose: Search for deleted files only.

From the help file I got this info:
- Option to create disk images for deferred recovery
(You can create an exact image of a logical drive and save it to a special file on another drive. Later you will be able to open this image and recover files from it.)

- Save recovered files on any disks (including network), visible by operating system

- Built-in file preview. The following file types can be previewed to estimate recovery chances:

Windows or OS/2 Bitmap File (*.BMP)
Dr. Halo (*.CUT)
DirectDraw Surface (*.DDS)
Raw Fax format CCITT G3 (*.G3)
Graphics Interchange Format (*.GIF)
High Dynamic Range (*.HDR)
Windows Icon (*.ICO)
Amiga IFF (*.IFF, *.LBM)
JPEG Network Graphics (*.JNG)
Independent JPEG Group (*.JPG, *.JIF, *.JPEG, *.JPE)
Commodore 64 Koala format (*.KOA)
Multiple Network Graphics (*.MNG)
Portable Bitmap (ASCII) (*.PBM)
Portable Bitmap (BINARY) (*.PBM)
Kodak PhotoCD (*.PCD)
Zsoft Paintbrush PCX bitmap format (*.PCX)
Portable Graymap (ASCII) (*.PGM)
Portable Graymap (BINARY) (*.PGM)
Portable Network Graphics (*.PNG)
Portable Pixelmap (ASCII) (*.PPM)
Portable Pixelmap (BINARY) (*.PPM)
Adobe Photoshop (*.PSD)
Sun Rasterfile (*.RAS)
Silicon Graphics SGI image format (*.SGI)
Truevision Targa files (*.TGA, *.TARGA)
Tagged Image File Format (*.TIF, *.TIFF)
Wireless Bitmap (*.WBMP)
X11 Bitmap Format (*.XBM)
X11 Pixmap Format (*.XPM)
Audio Interchange File Format (*.AIFF)
FLAC lossless compression codec (*.FLAC)
PS2 / PSP sound format (*.VAG)
Windows Media Audio/Video file (*.ASF)
MP2 Format Sound (*.MP2)
MP3 Format Sound (*.MP3)
Ogg Vorbis Sound (*.OGG)
Wave Sound (.WAV)
Windows Media Audio (*.WMA)
ProTracker/FastTracker modules (*.MOD)
ScreamTracker 3 modules (*.S3M)
DirectMusic segment files (*.SGT)
FastTracker 2 modules (*.XM)
MIDI Sequence (*.MID)
MIDI Sequence (*.RMI)
ImpulseTracker modules (*.IT)
Text File (*.TXT)
WordPad Document (*.WRI, *.RTF)

MultiStage Recovery can recover data from most types of file storage media including
Hard Drives
Floppy disks
Zip®, Jazz® and LS-120 Drives
Digital camera cards
Mobile phone removable cards (such as TransFlash®, SD® and others)
USB Drives
Any other storage device where the drive letter is visible

- The program can also recover [if not destroyed in the meantime]
Files emptied from the Recycle Bin
Files deleted using DOS commands (via the command line)
Digital camera storage cards which have been formatted or from which photos have been deleted.

- Temporary backup files created by applications like Word, Excel and Power Point

I hope you forgive this long post, but I thought these info being most important to get detailed idea what this program is capable for. Both two hundred thumbs up from me!

Reply   |   Comment by Loqman  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+25)
#8

The programs GUI needs a massive face lift to bring it up to the Win 7/Vista era. Also the help file is appallingly deficit in that it doesn't explain much about the program ,nor includes explanations of many of the features such as why you may need to change the I/O buffer size (sectors), or multi-threading. This may be okay for a veteran or confident computer user, but there are a lot of novice users out there that need more hand holding.

There's a distinct lack of language options, there being only three languages included (English, Russian and Italian); what's happened to Spanish (more people speak Spanish than any other language) and Chinese, the largest single country with the highest population in the world. As well as a whole host of other European, African, Asian and south American languages.

Creating a version that could be run from a USB stick or a network option would be a good idea as well so that if you get a problem with your hard drive you could still access the recovery program.

It would also be nice to see a free Lite version. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)
#7

Installs & Runs OK on W7x64. (You'll probly need to suspend Outpost).

Simple Windows Explorer-like interface. Scanning a directory can take a long while - not helped by the fact that the prog updates the displayed list as it goes. The directory tree doesn't always show sub-folders.

The biggest failing appears to be the failure to discriminate between deleted and extant files. It's not only MSR that has this 'feature' tho'.

It's possible to cut search times by specifying file type/name for deleted files (Not so useful for lost files). The search/filter mask missed more than 10% of the file type I chose for test purposes.

There's an option to preview files (text and graphics but not multimedia).

Being able to save and recover from drive images is a useful feature.

Program frequently reports memory address access error but proceeds in spite of this (I haven't rebooted since install).

Based on a cursory examination,MSR needs some work. It will let you do +/- what it's intended to do, but there are some failings and better solutions available.

Reply   |   Comment by Simples  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+44)
#6

XP SP3 -- installation fails with access violation ... 004C62E2 ...

Reply   |   Comment by poldem  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+53)
#5

Installed and ran fine on win 7 64 bit, no problems found so far.

Reply   |   Comment by Swiftly  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-9)
#4

Hi,

I installed on Win 7 Pro 64-bit and I got the following error:
Access violation at address 00652E1D in module 'MultiStage_Recovery.exe'. Read of address 00000027.
Entered activation code, received successfully activated message but when I wanted to close the application the first error message appeared again (with addresses numbers changed). I hope this will help the developpers. Thanks GAOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by drWoo  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+55)
#3

I found this info on their homepage: The tool has the ability to keep logs and sort located files by name, size, type, location, date created, and date modified. In addition, MultiStage Recovery has an advanced search system and built-in preview feature that supports over 60 formats of image, music, and text files. Users are able to view pictures or documents before the beginning of a recovery. THIS makes appetite...

Reply   |   Comment by Loqman  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-59)
#2

Oh dear, I must be doing something incorrectly as I downloaded, installed and registered (it said registration was successful) - but the moment I attempted to use it, got the below:

"MultiStage-Recovery.exe ... Abnormal Program Termination"

And the second time I tried opening it, instantly got a little window pop up saying:

"MultiStage Recovery 4 ... Access violation at address 0065DCC in module' MultiStage-Recovery.exe'. Read of address 0000004."

Did notice when wandering around the program's homepage it meantions it was now working for Windows 7 - so perhaps I missed a section saying it no longer works with Windows XP?

Anyway, really appreciate being able to try new programs here - thanks so much!

Reply   |   Comment by Arma  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+66)
#1

Win XP SP3
Installed over the top of "old" giveaway version...
Program will not open before giving "Access violation at address 00652E1D in module 'MultiStage_Recovery.exe'Read Address 00000027 OR Close at all giving "Access violation at address 00639C43 in module 'MultiStage_Recovery.exe'Read address 00000057. Had to force the close through task manager.
Any solutions before I delete ?

Reply   |   Comment by Nigel  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+64)
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