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Giveaway of the day — Namosofts Data Recovery 2

Namosofts Data Recovery 2 is a data recovery application for Windows.
$49.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 432 (50%) 427 (50%) 77 comments

Namosofts Data Recovery 2 was available as a giveaway on June 25, 2012!

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Zortam Mp3 Media Studio is all-in-one Mp3 application suite.

Namosofts Data Recovery 2 is a Windows based application designed specifically to recover files from damaged, scratched, formatted, virus infected, or defective discs and digital media.

With this tool, you can easily recover files, folders, or deleted files. It also supports digital media recovery, recover lost or deleted files, Office Documents, emails, pictures, music, audios and videos from removable disks, USB disks, digital cameras and phones, memory cards, etc.

The latest Namosofts Data Recovery for Windows version 2 is equipped with many new functionalities which effectively resolve those issues with previous version like incompleted recovery, file not found, folder not found, cannot open restored files, etc.

System Requirements:

Windows NT/ 2000/ 2003/ XP/ Vista 7 (x32/x64); Supported System File Type: NTFS, FAT12, FAT16 ,FAT32, EXT2 and EXT3

Publisher:

Namosofts Co. Ltd.

Homepage:

http://www.namosofts.com/products/data_recovery.html

File Size:

5.13 MB

Price:

$49.99

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#77

Please make it cheap. Its too costly.

Reply   |   Comment by Recover Data  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#76

#16 @banditrider Would you please provide use some details so that we could improve the tool, I would appreciate it if you could help us, thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by Namosofts  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#75

#15 @AUS_Doug Would you please provide use some details so that we could improve the tool, I would appreciate it if you could help us, thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by Namosofts  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#74

#11 @john Would you please provide use some details so that we could improve the tool, I would appreciate it if you could help us, thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by Namosofts  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#73

Yes, Tuneup uses the same logo at box but this icon is a free material, so anyone can use it freely.

Reply   |   Comment by Namosofts  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#72

#35, CJCotter, asked, "... If a disc is damaged, scratched, or defective to the point where it cannot be read by a drive, how does this or any other similar program hope to recover files off of it? ..."

In addition to #47 Geoffrey Alexander's excellent reply, bear this in mind:

Our precious data is NOT the only thing on a drive -- hard drive, memory chip or optical compact disk.

There are also file allocation tables, index markers, CRC cyclic redundancy check information after each section of data -- and optical disks may have as many as 10 root directory copies, 9 of them old but partially useful for recovery of what they listed before they were replaced with updated root directory listings, that is, if #10 is scratched, we may get the data pointed to by #9 back IF a program knows how to backtrack below the operating system's instance on using only the most recent root directory.

There's also left over data from our intentionally erased files, such as older iterative versions of documents and programs we updated over the months and years, plus old copies of file fragments left behind after de-fragmenting because the operating system does not erase the old space with zeros, it just leaves a useless copy of the old stuff behind and stops pointing to is, making it available for the next file to use as if it were blank -- these old fragments are problematic because we don't want these back, but any recovery program has no way of knowing if a found file fragment is the most current version or is an old version and is to be discarded IF a newer fragment can be found.

If the structure of the disk is corrupt or unreadable, the structure itself can often be reconstructed and re-written, or our surviving data that used to be held within that decaying structure can be moved to a location where new appropriate support structure can be built.

The challenge as noted above is how smart is the recovery program?

The BEST program would analyze the entire disk for veracity and then reconstruct a virtual disk based on a hierarchy of found objects -- a combination of your data as found and the operating system's structure as found -- plus knowledge of what makes a file or directory or allocation map work and what makes a file or directory or allocation map broken, so it can "know" if it is reconstructing a non-working file, directory, or allocation map, such as an empty or broken DOC or JPG or EXE file, and so on, and then keep searching the drive for the missing pieces that make the recovered file fragments work together as a file, so it can "know" which file fragments to ignore as old and useless copies.

I know of NO program that is this smart.

Instead, most programs try to find directories with file size listings, and then from there try to find the disk cluster where each listed file starts, then just grab the next group of file fragments until it fills the requested file size as listed in the found directory, and if the original file was fragmented, or if the reference directory is a false one that is an old copy that was updated or moved or intentionally deleted long ago, then we get file parts that make no sense together, and or we get parts that do not belong in this file, and the result is useless -- hence the need to defragment often, hopefully just before crashing!

Also note that NTFS names files #1, #2, and so on for millions of files, and the file names we see are listed elsewhere -- what fun to loose our file names and recover only files named #1, #2, and so on!

But, even defragging does not eliminate the old copies of our data and directory listings that are left behind when a file is moved or a directory is deleted -- a defragger would have to write zeros to the empty space to do that -- so pieces of those ancient copies can still be found and they may still confuse a recovery program because it thinks, "... hey, I just found some MORE data! ..." when actually it may just be unwanted pieces of a file or directory that was moved before the crash and the good copy has already been or has yet to be recovered.

I once got 150% data recovery -- 345 GB from a 230 GB drive, a cup and a half of flavor, so to speak -- an indication that the found file fragments were being referred to more than once in intentionally erased but unintentionally recovered directory listings that were being recovered along with newer directory listings because the recovery program has no way of knowing the difference between good new data copies and bad old data copies.

I'm amazed our computers even work, let alone as well as they do!

Anyway, CJCotter, any recovery program that does not explain what they are doing is liable to be a dumb program ... yet even the smartest and most expensive programs are inappropriate depending on the problem, so I own more than one, and apply them iteratively depending on the results of each one.

Sometimes I need NOT FREE http://HDDReg.com/ or http://www.SpinRite.com/ to make a drive readable at all, and that fixes everything ... or that makes the drive readable, but the deletion still needs to be recovered from ... or they prove the drive is unfixable, and I better get what data I can quick, or perform last rights on a truly dead drive.

Sometimes I need to do a quick free UnstoppableCopy http://www.roadkil.net/program.php?ProgramID=29 and get what I can before the drive totally fails, or or the drive is okay and I just need to copy off what I can before I reformat the drive and use it again.

Sometimes ZAR Zero Assumption Recovery http://www.z-a-recovery.com/download.htm does a good job -- NOT FREE for all data, FREE for images -- sometimes ZAR it's overkill, and instead, FREE Recova http://www.piriform.com/recuva/download is better because it simply tries to get known user file types like DOCs and JPGs, ignoring all the program file types like EXE, DLL, TTF, MSI, and other file debris that I don't need to recover because I can reinstall them from masters.

Long story short, there is no one right way to recover lost data, so collect a good toolbox and be prepared, and backup often so all we have to do is reinstall to a new or repaired drive and then copy our data back, and get on with life.

Thank you #34 Giovanni above for listing so many good free tools, sadly, we all probably need more than one, so your list is a great start, and a great challenge to any GOTD offering that they better be aware of and as good as the freely available alternatives.

Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#71

#32 above wrote, "... This site is a marketing tool, not just a site that is philanthropic ... If you want true freebies then either write them yourselves (most of you obviously have no idea what it takes to write a good App!), or go to the numerous Freeware sites instead of GAOTD ... you can’t put bread on the table writing ‘Free’ software ..."

EXACTLY the opposite of what is really going on -- you can't make money writing crap software that you can't even give away, so if you want to write good software, give it away to beta testers all over the world through "free" marketing sites like Giveaway of the Day, and thereby polish your act getting ready for prime time.

Also, the more you give away, the more you prevent the sales and use of your competition ... and the more you get people addicted to your software, then the more they trust you, then the more they may become paying customers in the future.

This is a marketing game: we don't get anything free, we give our time and feedback, and, as end users, we are the penultimate authority on "... what it takes to write a good App ..."

Also, bear in mind that some companies are hoping to build a large user base so they can prove their worth in a takeover bid, such as http://www.Sysinternals.com/ -- always FREE -- being bought by Microsoft.

We can all subscribe and participate in http://www.techdirt.com/ for an excellent community of people expanding our understanding of marketing and value in the new digital, free copying, world wide Internet age.

But everything in #32's quote above is ancient misconception.

Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#70

@Namosofts
Help visually impaired users: The position of the window should work better with magnifyer.exe.

Reply   |   Comment by Wurkupumpel  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#69

Also second the call for GIOVANNI to put his fantastic lists in one easily accessible location - - thanks!

Reply   |   Comment by Sean  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#68

@Giovanni #34

Can't thank you enough for the information provided!

Reply   |   Comment by Rich  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#67

??? Enable the user to choose the installation path. This program gives you that option when installing. Select custom installation and then change to the drive you want. Works well on Win 8x64 RP.

Reply   |   Comment by Tex Jay  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#66

Will this help to recover data from a SSD (Solid State Drive)?

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#65

Norton 360 killed and removed the setup.exe because 'it was behaving suspiciously'. No, thank you. If this is legitimate then they would be working with Symantec to explain their actions so they won't be flagged. Won't be back here again.

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Reply   |   Comment by Rob Cohen  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#64

Dear GOTD,

Would you like to add note for us to know can the giveaway software version use for commercial usage or not in the home page?

Thanks very much.

Reply   |   Comment by Do Le Vu  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#63

Does not do any recovery on my Patriot 16gb USB flash drive, The 'next' button always greyed out. -- not a keeper for me.

Reply   |   Comment by Boots  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#62

Win XP SP 3 installed registered no problems .

How can this suggestion get 83 votes in feedback ?
"83
Enable the user to choose the installation path. This program automatically installs to the C drive. (I use a small SSD for my OS so like to install programsapplications to a separate drive)
1"

All you do is (as usual ) choose advance install button and click on the drive and folder you want to install it on.

On using the prog it Only appears to recognise the harddrive ,
not the USB or DVD CD drives .

Which pretty much means the description is a lie and the description is why I downloaded this to able to rescue duff CDS.

"Namosofts Data Recovery 2 is a Windows based application designed specifically to recover files from damaged, scratched, formatted, virus infected, or defective discs and digital media."


So we try the help file , which states



"Just press "Data Recovery",or "File Repair", or "Email Repair"."

There is no button for file repair or email repair. So the help file is a lie as well.

You appear to have to go to their website and buy a separate prog for each of these.

I would be really annoyed if i just paid for this prog and it does not do what the description says it does.

Did a scan of the C drive and it did find thousands of something or other ( not worth listing , but basically instal left overs , etc.)


My suggestion would be apart from getting the description right and the help file right , is to include a erase and wipe function.

Reply   |   Comment by Peter B  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#61

Ah yes, nearly forgot... My scratched disks were not even recognised! The programme description is a tissue of lies in this USD50 fraud. This should be a winner in the ten worst GOTDs of the year.

Reply   |   Comment by Mr. Snoozles  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#60

@No.34, Giovani, I do value your ideas and suggestions, but how can you say "This GAOTD is not a bad app..."? I have given this the standard test and it's a 100% flop. In fact, not one comment so far today has claimed this programme has recovered anything of value.

It seems that USD50 for a do nothing programme from a Chinese firm using a logo stolen from a German firm should be sending red flags up the masts FOR EVERYONE.

Certainly, within seconds of the start of this GOTD this morning, the 90% positive vote signaled yet another case of a foreign firm instructing their slaves to click thumbs up using a plethora of IP addresses. Yet another case of the programme votes not matching the combination of actual programme performance plus user feedback.

USD50 for this rubbish is a fraud.

Reply   |   Comment by Mr. Snoozles  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#59

Entered the registration key by hand, as it would not cut and paste. Received message of "invalid registration code."

Reply   |   Comment by Carl  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#58

@ #5 Wax FWIW, I found your comments balanced and useful and don't think you even resemble a jerk. The points you make are (imo) good ones even if some might disagree with one or more of them.

At the time of writing, the overall rating of the software is exactly 50/50, and I'm struggling to reconcile that with the general trend of the 53 comments previously made. A quick count suggests to me 20/80 would be optimistic if only those who had made comments were counted.

I follow GAOTD most days, and many offerings have not reached 50% in cases where there have been far fewer negative comments than there are above (and some are VERY negative). I am left wondering about the integrity of the voting system.

Reply   |   Comment by Bruce  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#57

@22 Skinni

If you really need to recover the info on that drive, contact " driversavers " a data recovery firm.

They've recovered data from hard drives that suffered thru "disk-asters" that included 1700 degree fires, 2 day submergence in an Amazon river and being run over by a bus. Their clients have included Industrial Light & Magic and NASA.

BTW, I do not now nor have ever worked for them. They were just the ones that we sent hard drives to when we couldn't recover clients' data ourselves. They even have a clean room where they dissassemble drives and obtain data straight off the platters.

You can even get an estimate on the cost of your recovery before you send them the drive. Just get yourself ready 'cause it ain't gonna be cheap.

Reply   |   Comment by AristotleChristie  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#56

Found that this install was able to kill off a hung install(suspended), those temp/hotcore files that can cause serious crash when left running loose??? from days ago for Paragon B & R gone bad.even after running cleaners ETC . closed with task manager. all failed, still testing this fishy APP. will see after reboot !!

Reply   |   Comment by Bob  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#55

Crashes imeediately after showing splash screen. How did you manage to get this to work? Running Win7 Home Premium 32bit. Even set compatible to Win XP SP3 didn´t do any good, still crashing.
Does this thing need any special runtimes dlls or something?

Reply   |   Comment by Ulf  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#54

I already have recover software so I will not comment on this one.
For those that are interested if you go to super software discount you can find some good deals on that sight, some companies went together and offer bundles.

Reply   |   Comment by mike; wash  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#53

@49: The key is a retail key. Chances are it will still work within this major version.

Reply   |   Comment by GMMan, A+, Game Modder  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#52

As with #17 it failed to see drives other than my HD.
It did not even recognise that my DVD drive existed (the one that I needed to recover from, of course).
And then it stalled.
It took ages to recover itself.

Reply   |   Comment by terryb  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#51

Re #45: Or the data can just be read over and over again until all the bits can be read. I was recently copying games on to my Xbox (got a new 320GB hard drive), and one particularly scratched up disc had one file that was really unreadable. I hooked the Xbox up to my network and FTP'd the file over, and it took around 25 minutes to transfer the 5MB file. Looking at the file with a hex editor there doesn't seem to be any holes in the data. I think a lot of the time unreadable data from a disc can be slowly recovered if it's just read over and over again by the drive, until the laser hits at a certain angle that allows the data to be retrieved.

That said, that wouldn't really be a feature of this program. If it can't be relied on to recover file chunks properly, I don't think it has the capability of fixing files.

Reply   |   Comment by GMMan, A+, Game Modder  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#50

@27-- DenisX AOMEI Partition Assistant at the link you posted is no longer being given away from what I can gather.

Reply   |   Comment by gen  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#49

HOW can you access this program if the HD were to be damaged? ... without first paying the $50;
this program cannot be transferred to another HD according to the rules of GOTD, right?

Reply   |   Comment by anne-ology  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)
#48

Hmmm, where have I seen the symbol on the box before... Oh, yeah now I remember. It is the Tune Up logo!!! http://www.tune-up.com/

Reply   |   Comment by Dragon Donut  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#47

#35 CJCotter
"If a disc is damaged, scratched, or defective to the point where it cannot be read by a drive, how does this or any other similiar program hope to recover files off of it?"

I think what happens is if a CD has a scratch, ordinary programs cease to load the file the moment they hit missing data; a recovery program on the other hand examines the file and can often guess what data is missing. For example, if a header is missing which says 'this is a JPG' the program analyses the rest of the file and reconstructs a header.

Unrecoverable data can replaced with blanks which means the file can at least be opened, even though it may not be perfect. In the case of a text file this could mean scrambled or missing words (or formatting) while a video might have specks and glitches yet still play.
I hope this helps.

Reply   |   Comment by Geoffrey Alexander  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+22)
#46

@7 Do grown people still use the prhase, "On the double"?

Reply   |   Comment by Fred Sanders  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-17)
#45

Glad I read the comment section. I was ready to download this on it's face value. Well, it seems I would have gotten a slap on the face if I had done so.
Thank you to all that showed how bad it would be to put this on my computer.
Saved from another bad offering.
I have been around GOTD since the beginning, when there were great offerings everyday. Long time since then. Too bad.

Reply   |   Comment by jack  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
#44

If I was to look at the files installed for the program, I would guess that this program uses pattern matching to find files. I tried the program on a 73 MB piece of disk space that was never used (when installing Windows it seems that place was left out for whatever reason), and it found quite a lot of 4 GB files.

BTW, you could give Namosofts File Recovery a try. It seems to use a different search method, and is activated simultaneously with Data Recovery 2 (maybe it's what came before this version of the giveaway?).

Reply   |   Comment by GMMan, A+, Game Modder  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#43

It's hard to research this offering. Most sites that list it just have the company blurb for the description and no user or "expert" review. (I usually don't put much weight on the vendor's "review" of their own software.) The only rating I could find was a 2.7 out of 5 (3 users - 0 comments) at geardownload.

Also, no surprise, it didn't make the cut at Toptenreviews (a good site to find out what a good data recovery software should be able to do).

So, the only info I have to go on is from this GAOTD forum. And it's not exactly getting huge accolades here.

So, this giveaway won't be a takeaway for me today.

Reply   |   Comment by Johnnie Walker  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)
#42

@32 (ebax) - Some will work hard to "put bread on the table", some will use other methods.. Our World is full of honest, hard Workers and Opportunists! Some of them shameless, or ruthless.

I cannot see any entry from Developer of Namosoft Data Recovery2 to defend what many Users spotted regarding blatant copy-cat tactics? On top of it - this Software fails to deliver claims worth of.. nearly $50 for this piece, when not on free Offer.

All in all - NANO(soft) reaction, so perhaps not such a clever "technology" of the future after all?:)
Passing, sorry.

Reply   |   Comment by fran  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#41

I tried clicking on the above home page (namosofts.com) and my Web of Trust (WOT) application rates this as an unsatisfactory site to do business with. Also, I checked out the logo from Tune-Up Utilities and the namosoft one and they are one and the same. Highly suspect or suspicious. I won't be downloading this as a result.

Reply   |   Comment by Rino  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#40

I tend to stay away from companies who steal from others. I love Tuneup Utilities, so I won't be using this since they seem to have stolen their logo.

Reply   |   Comment by asilaydyingdl  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)
#39

#5 Wax
Instead of just complaining, back up your rants with a list of examples.
Most users that post list the freeware that thy are saying is an alternate to the GOTD.

Bubba

Reply   |   Comment by Bubba  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)
#38

GIOVANNI, I really like your lists of free alternatives with links. I often save them for each Giveaway of the Day. I already had your freeware list for today's giveaway saved from a prior similar one.

Since you obviously have a large list of freeware for various tasks that you pull from to post these lists each day, is there any chance you have a web site where you could post your entire list there? It would be so much easier for me (and others) to grab "Giovanni's full freeware list" than to piece it together from many Giveaways over time.

Keep up the good work. Thanks!

Reply   |   Comment by Jake  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+36)
#37

One thing though-several comments seem to complain about this product not being able to recover items from their hard drives, comparing it unfavorably to other recovery programs. Again, "casual" user here--but the description clearly states this product is designed to recover date from discs that have been scratched or corrupted usb drives. Has anyone who's been able to install it actually tried it for its intended purpose?

Reply   |   Comment by Matt Sweeney  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#36

Norton wouldn't let me install this, it automatically quarantined one of the files. Now, I KNOW some of you will tell me to just reconfigure Norton. I'm just leaving this comment for the many "casual" computer users like me who are not going to mess with their computer security in order to download a free program. Yes, I'm Norton's bitch, not the other way around. Although from the other comments, it appears there are plenty of other reasons not to download it.

Reply   |   Comment by Matt Sweeney  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#35

Excuse me for my ignorance, but would someone please enlighten me, here?

If a disc is damaged, scratched, or defective to the point where it cannot be read by a drive, how does this or any other similiar program hope to recover files off of it?

Reply   |   Comment by CJCotter  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#34

This GAOTD is not a bad app, but the following freeware apps do the same things and even more for FREE....

1. to recover deleted files from HDD:

- (Portable) Undelete 360 (==> My First Choice)
http://www.undelete360.com/

- Restoration (==> Softpedia Editor Pick)
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Back-Up-and-Recovery/Restoration.shtml

- (Portable) Pandora Recovery
http://www.pandorarecovery.com/

- DiskGetor Data Recovery FREE 2.1
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Back-Up-and-Recovery/DiskGetor-Data-Recovery-Free.shtml

- WinUtilities Free Undelete
http://www.ylcomputing.com/content/view/350/153

- EaseUS® Data Recovery Wizard® Free Edition
http://www.easeus.com/datarecoverywizard/free-data-recovery-software.htm

- Recuva (from Piriform)
http://www.piriform.com/recuva

- (Portable) PC Inspector File Recovery
http://www.pcinspector.de/default.htm?language=1


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

- Roadkil’s Unstoppable Copier (tool for recovering files from scratched CDs/DVDs)
http://www.roadkil.net/program.php/P29

- Abyssal Recovery
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Back-Up-and-Recovery/Abyssal-Recovery.shtml

- PhotoRec (tool for recovering pictures from memory cards and USB flash disks)
http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec

PhotoRec Step By Step guide
http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec_Step_By_Step

Full Ashraf’s review:
http://dottech.org/freeware-reviews/10756/

- IsoBuster (tool for recovering data/files/movies/music from CD, DVD, BD and HD DVD)
http://www.isobuster.com/isobuster.php

- CD Recovery Toolbox
http://www.oemailrecovery.com/cd_recovery.html


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

- UBCD (Ultimate Boot CD),
http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/

- Paragon Rescue Kit Free Edition
http://www.paragon-software.com/home/rk-express/

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

- MiniTool Power Data Recovery

This is a terrific all in one data recovery tool designed to recover data even from formatted, deleted or corrupted partitions.
The only downside is that the free version limits restoration only to a size of 1GB.

http://www.powerdatarecovery.com/

- EASEUS Partition Recovery with Bootable Disk based on WinPE
http://www.easeus.com/partition-recovery/

See also:
http://www.hungry-hackers.com/2010/05/how-to-recover-important-data-after-your-system-is-crashed.html

So why pay money when something equally as effective or even better is available for free ???

Judge for yourself!!

My 2 cents....

Reply   |   Comment by Giovanni  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+104)
#33

Installfail. Got this message- "The Windows Installer Service could not be accessed. This can occur if the Windows Installer is not correctly installed. Contact your support porsonnel for assistance"
Say what??? Interesting as I'd installed a couple of programs within the last hour with no problem.
Looks like another buggy program not worth the bother of trying to sort out,especially with freeware alternatives like Recuva available.
I'd be interested in any help in solving this problem though, if for nothing else but for future reference.

Reply   |   Comment by DonS  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)
#32

#5 Wax. You should tell that to Microsoft & Apple. Linux is FREE!, Libreoffice is FREE!

If you all keep complaining there will be no developers who will want to provide GAOTDs! This site is a marketing tool, not just a site that is philanthropic!

If you want true freebies then either write them youselves (most of you obviously have no idea what it takes to write a good App!), or go to the numerous Freeware sites instead of GAOTD!

BTW you can't put bread on the table writing 'Free' software!!! And options are a good thing.

Reply   |   Comment by ebax  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#31

Re #24 and other similar comments:

In its compiled help file the company refers to this product as "eSPIRIT DATA Recovery".
All in all, apparently poor performance and very questionable origin.

A waste of time and effort. Uninstalled.

William W. Geertsema
w.w.geertsema@planet.nl

Reply   |   Comment by William W. Geertsema  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)
#30

Re today's software, some here comment that it didn't find files that other software did. But, quantity is not quality. The last time i tried to recover files, I also got thousands of recovered files, but nearly every last one of them were empty shells. All that were recovered were the file names which comes from a different directory in Windows. What I want is the actual fles recovered.
Fortunately, at the moment, I have no lost files to recover to try this one out.

Reply   |   Comment by DenisX  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-11)
#29

doesnt work properly in windows 7 64 bit

Reply   |   Comment by jiku  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-9)
#28

i downloading it knowing my luck it didnt work and after that that it didnt work and then i was mad cause it broke my favorite game!!!

Reply   |   Comment by rickh  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-10)
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