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RecoverXData Pro 1.01 Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — RecoverXData Pro 1.01

Easy, powerful and 100% secure data recovery software.
$59.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 58 (73%) 22 (27%) 65 comments

RecoverXData Pro 1.01 was available as a giveaway on May 2, 2021!

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RecoverXData is the professional data recovery software that helps recover lost data from computer hard drives, Recycle Bin, external drives, pen drives, camera SD cards, etc. No matter the data is lost due to accidental deletion, file system errors, formatting, or failure of unplug, you can easily scan - discover - recover. It supports recover not only Office document files, but also photos, videos, log files, and more. Lost data unexpectedly? RecoverXData is your best choice to retrieve the valuable data.

Key features:

  • Diversified data types and loss cases support Supports recover data lost due to deletion, formatting, partition loss, system problems, application crash, virus/malware attack, power issue, slight hardware destruction, etc. on Windows 10, 8(.1), 7, Vista and XP computer.
  • Multiple data recovery scene options to find exactly the right location to recover. Embedded with six data recovery modes, RecoverXData helps recover lost files from the PC desktop, Recycle Bin, hard drive and external HDD/SD memory card/USB flash drive/camera as well as deleted or lost partition efficiently.
  • Advanced scanning & file preview as a pro A normal scan helps find lost files in a shorter time, while the deep scan helps scan more thoroughly and exactly for more files. The preview-before-recovery feature helps check what can be found before the recovery.
  • Only reads data from the specified location, 100% secure for data protection. Safe and green with no malware or adware bundled, nor any data monitoring, collecting, or steaming operation. The whole data scanning and recovery process is in reading mode and won't change things from the source hardware.
  • System Requirements:

    Widows 10/ 8.1/ 8/ 7/ Vista/ XP


    Suzhou Aunbox Software



    File Size:

    33.7 MB

    Licence details:

    1 year



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    to your hosts file to block the sending of unapproved, unencrypted analytics to this server.

    Google windows hosts file to find out more and probably how to edit the hosts file.

    Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  14 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

    TK, oops I got the domain IP number order wrong for the hosts entry!

    It's supposed to be: sa.aunload.com

    Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  14 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

    Found a bug… It only reports a subset of available drives I have volumes B:, C:, D: and Y: on this laptop and program only offers C:, D: and Y: no B: 720G drive! Does the developer think A: and B: are somehow reserved for use by Floppy drives? Do they think Windows is STILL MSDOS based and FLOPPY disc controllers are still installed on 21st century motherboards?

    Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  14 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

    TK, And another bug... Recover for Recycle Bin which is supposed to check the recycle bin database for specific volumes and offer to recover files deleted from the recycle bin on that volume but when started it scans the filesystem for ALL the files on that filesystem not showing what's been moved to recycle bin on that volume but just providing an explorer-like tree panel and files panel with all the files and folders currently on the drive listed! What is the point in that?

    same thing happens when trying to recover deleted data it scans the filesystem and displays the files and folders in the entire selected filesystem NOT any deleted ones! What is the point in that? The ONLY utility I can see in it is to expose ALL the files belonging to other users and the system that you'd normally not have access to so you can copy them to a different location you can access without adding your user name to the access control lists and revealing you've been snooping where you probably shouldn't be. Should be version 0.4alpha and not pretend to be a stable release version as it is not even a conventional deleted file recovery program yet, let alone a good, usable one yet!
    Like others have found this build is incpable of retaining its licensed state after the process has been ended and restarted again. I wish GAOTD would sanity check giveaways that they do the basics of what is needed to be a giveaway like retain licensed state, seek and display deleted files of the classes claimed in the user interface and do not enable telemetary unless the end user is confident enough to choose advanced installation settings when user experience telemetary option should be defaulting to OFF if it is hidden away in the advanced installation settings and the installation path should always be offered in the standard installation configuration and again not be hidden away in custom or advanced settings all of which lead end user to default to having spyware telemetary enabled by default and writing to the system volume by default which is normally where people are trying to recover deleted data from! I'd personally prefer GAOTD to admit defeat and not have a giveaway than to subject all giveaway visitors regardless of experience and expectation to sneaky telemetary enabled pre-release software that operates with adminstrator rights so if the rogue developer wants to they can wreck a system and extract any data they like and transmit it home since their software by default gives itself unrestricted access to any files that are owned by any identity on the target computer!
    This is potential ransomware where secrets can be harvested and exposed... rather than the type of ransomware that locks your data files. I don't expect GAOTD admins or censor will permit this to go public as what they have done here in this giveaway is attrocious in my professional opinion as a an IT and security engineer.

    Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  14 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

    Does recover data but it seems to revert to its trial version every time I restart it which would mean that it isn't a giveaway at all since I cannot register it with the given key after today.

    Reply   |   Comment by Bukunolami  –  14 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

    Hi Bukunolami,
    The registration and verification need the internet connection. Would you please check if it's a problem with the internet, please?
    If you still have problems, please contact us via email or visit https://www.recoverxdata.com.
    Thank you. :-)
    RecoverXData Team

    Reply   |   Comment by Betty  –  14 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

    Betty, your program is not ready for release as it does not retain its activation from one runtime to the next, requiring it to be re-activated every time it is run.... it also does not find volumes on drive letter B: and does not restrict the files and folders lists to the scope preselected inthe GUI i.e. just recycle binned deleted files on given partition drive letters or just deleted but recoverable files on partitions... it's only apparent utility is to permit access to files and folders that are normally inaccessable due to ACL prohibitions. It is currently a script kiddies data stealing utility and NOT a deleted data recovery utility as it does not show just deleted data!
    Your program is not a legitimate version 1 release but sould be a sub version 0.9 alpha release.
    You should also default to NO analytics telemetrics and make the spyware feature opt-in not concealed opt-out!

    Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  14 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

    With only an hour left before the giveaway ends, I'm still not able to register this software. Bearing in mind others comments and the fact all of the drives on my main computer are either SSD's or M.2 SSD's I may as well delete the software. (Not sure if TRIM or SCSI Deallocate are enabled; I'm being a bit lazy TK, how do I check if TRIM is enabled? Thanks in advance.

    Reply   |   Comment by Stephen Brown  –  14 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

    Stephen Brown, read some of the pages returned from:


    I'm being a bit lazy too... no point retyping instructions and information that others have already explained ad-infinitum.

    Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  14 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

    after registration program shows registered
    after program restart it shows unregistered
    and be wise man in this moment

    Reply   |   Comment by Bil  –  14 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

    Bil , Bil, Save And Keep The Code Key In The readme.txt File. Keep Using It, It Will Then Be Registered Again. I Have The Same Issue. I Will Contact Support As I Suggest You Do As Well. You Can Reach Them At:
    Keep The App Though And Expect A Reply Within 24 Hours. Keep Using That Code Key!

    Reply   |   Comment by David Wellman  –  14 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

    David Wellman, each time you re-register you use one of the allocated 5000 registered PC's allowed... it won't take long for those to be consumed and further re-registrations being refused.

    Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  14 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

    David Wellman, Not for me: I re-registered several times and same problem happens!

    Reply   |   Comment by PaulF  –  14 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

    The major problem with this tool is that it does not recover any filename or directory structure. It just scans and recovers files it finds, but stores them with an arbitrary filename and only roughly groups them by filetype. I have scanned a perfectly ok drive and only got many files - 7 TB of files on a 2 TB drive... aha... good job!. For this simple purpose there are many free tools. (For example, R-Studio - which, to be honest, is not free - recovered an entire directory structure.)

    Uninstalled it again.

    Reply   |   Comment by Thomas  –  14 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

    Thomas, Not the case for me! It works well. Only problem: goes back to trial version as soon as you lose it and reopen it :-(((((((((((((

    Reply   |   Comment by PaulF  –  14 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

    URGENT !!
    After registering and activation on WIN7 x64 (Ok window) will loose registration and switch back to trial as soon as I restart it ????

    Did it a few times ...
    HELP !!

    Reply   |   Comment by tashrak  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

    More ...
    Same instant de-registration desactivation in Win10 on same desktop PC and also on my Win 8.1 Portable PC !
    Thanks for help !

    Reply   |   Comment by tashrak  –  14 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

    Membership detail when just entering code:
    Status: Activated
    License code: FB ......BB3
    Authorized PCs: 3289/5000
    Expiration Date: 2022-04-16

    All lost after software restart !

    Reply   |   Comment by tashrak  –  14 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

    What a waste of my time. I download it, install it, register it and proceed to use it on a Smart card that I had been trying to retrieve some deleted files from. I received an error message at first but it was still scanning so I let it go and it did find the files on the card but when I clicked Recover, I get a message that I have to purchase the Pro version for that - even though I had already "registrated" it (is that even a word?). I restarted it thinking that might resolve the problem. Nope, I had to put the activation code in every time I started it up and now when it finishes scanning, the program shuts down, so - useless for me. Don't know if this is specific to me and my setup or what but it sure didn't happen for me.

    Reply   |   Comment by Kimberly Johns  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

    Installed, but was unable to register the program. Kept getting Failed to connect to registration server:


    Reply   |   Comment by Stephen Brown  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

    I had a lot of issues when C drive is full for example. no system restore . I had to re install Win 10 .

    Reply   |   Comment by thomas  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

    It works when you register it but once you close the program and run it again, it's not a registered program.

    Reply   |   Comment by Chris Tipton  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

    going to give this a try.. But i still think that Recuva is Just as good and is always Free

    Reply   |   Comment by DW  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

    The blurb on their site has the paragraph:


    "And then connect the hard disk to another computer for recovery (if there is no second computer, you can use a U disk to make a boot disk and then restore it in WinPE)."

    But there is no mention of how to create a bootable "U disk" and restore it in WinPE! Suggesting a solution that the program it's advertsiing in all these little articles is apparently unable to do!

    These articles are splattered with the subheading around the text:

    "The best computer hard drive data recovery 2021"

    It isn't talking about the software it is currently pushing as the software it is pushing does not apparently support bootable recovery media production or the ability to create an image file of the damaged or failing drive and recover from the image file stored on known good media to prevent further damaging the failing or damaged media. Can't be the BEST when there are BETTER out there!

    Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

    Well, after skimming through all the comments I guss I'll pass on this one. Thanks GOTD

    Reply   |   Comment by Robert Bedo  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

    Robert Bedo, You shouldn't... but it is too late now! You can choose where to install, you can copy the folder where it is installed to another disk or USB key and it still works etc.

    Reply   |   Comment by PaulF  –  14 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

    I found the recovered data I was looking for, but when I tried to save it to a folder I got the message, ‘No folder found to save the data. Please use an external device.’ I initially tried saving to original folder but couldn’t because it said it would overwrite it, so I created a new folder, but when I tried to save it to it, gave the above message, so then I tried to save it to other folders I already had, but still got the same message. Please can someone tell me how to resolve this problem? Also an additional potential problem, I closed the program but when I re-opened it later, it was showing again as a trial version so I had to re-register. I hope this doesn’t happen again tomorrow as the GAOTD key won’t work.

    Reply   |   Comment by I’mPrettyUseless  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

    I’mPrettyUseless, we are tomorrow... and this happened again (trial instead of registered); I entered the key and it registered again... What will be the situation tomorrow: no idea! Any answer from the Company editing the program would be nice...

    As for your first question: this is normal; creating a folder and then writing in it your recovered file, on the disk where you try to recover or just recovered a file means you risk to erase part of the recovered file! That is why this program (and all the others performing the same job) refuse to write on that disk; you need to save the recovered file on another disk (or a USB key) or - I believe - another partition at least (that partition being on the same disk, or not). Is this clear enough?

    Reply   |   Comment by PaulF  –  14 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

    Would not register for me in a Win7 32-bit VM, in Win10’s Sandbox, or in a regular copy of Win10 – showed registered, and title bar of app showed Pro rather than Trial, but restarting the app reverted to Trial.

    Installing RecoverXData Pro also installs an older copy of the Microsoft C/C++ runtimes in a rude fashion – instead of one of Windows’ 2 temp folders, it uses Root [C:\] for the temp install files, which are left in place afterwards. It also triggers a rewrite of the Schema data in the registry -- *shouldn’t* really be a problem, but with a few hundred thousand new registry entries, there’s always the potential for something to go wrong… *Stuff* happens. That said, the app *looks* like it’s portable, though I can’t swear to it since I’ve no idea where it would store the activation key [IF it worked]. Unfortunately, it will not run in WinPE, pretty much dashing any hopes of having RecoverXData Pro on a bootable USB stick/drive -- this is another app you’d have to use a Windows To Go drive to accomplish that.

    Another option, that works with most any file recovery app, is to use the bootable USB stick/drive you create with a backup app like Macrium Reflect, using the option to back up the entire partition including free space – you can then run whatever recovery software on the backup you restored to another drive. That can also be a good option when the drive you want to recover from is an SSD, because Trim… since an SSD requires that data be cleared before new data can be written in the same place, deleted [lost] file data is proactively cleared. You can turn off Trim in Windows, but many [most?] SSDs can & will run Trim from their firmware regardless.

    Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

    Installation to a specific directory without problems.
    tried to look for files deleted in a given directory, the program could not find anything. Could not find anything in the recycle bin that had been deleted. Deepscan not tried. Used on ssd harddisk.

    Reply   |   Comment by guus  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

    This software states that in
    Key features:
    Diversified data types and loss cases support Supports recover data lost due to deletion, formatting, partition loss, system problems, application crash, "virus/malware attack", power issue, slight hardware destruction, etc. on Windows 10, 8(.1), 7, Vista and XP computer.

    Am I missing something but there appears no way to recover from "virus/malware attack"??

    Decided to uninstall since this was a feature that I was particularly interested in because a lot of recovery software falls fall short in this area.

    Reply   |   Comment by Willie  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

    Pardon my ignorance, but could someone explain to me the difference between plain data recovery and the recovery of the file structure itself?
    While I understand the need for recovering critical or non-replaceable files, I can't imagine crawling through a TB of files which have no context or file structure.
    Please feel free to show me the error of my ways... lol Tnx

    Reply   |   Comment by Rich  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)

    Rich, imagine you have a filing cabinet full of coloured and labelled folders, neatly organising thousands of paper documents.

    The paper documents themselves are your files, the drawers full of coloured, labelled hanging folders is your file system, and the filing cabinet is your drive.

    You will appreciate that a document, being a collection of sheets of paper with text and pictures on them, are inherantly (indeed physically) different from the folders they are stored in.

    Restoring documents is possible because deletion does not actually delete the documents themselves - what it does is destroy the folders, leaving the pages of the documents lying in the bottom of the drawers.

    Recovering the document Sara is then a matter of sorting through the unsorted pages trying to make them fit together, like a puzzle. Reconstructing the folders can be harder, as in many cases they are the main thing that has been damaged and in some instances could be considered a pile of ash :(

    Reply   |   Comment by CliveBowerman  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

    "Recovering the document Sara" should be "Recovering the document data", but autocorrupt likes to make these little changes for me :(

    Reply   |   Comment by CliveBowerman  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

    Rich, Some data recovery programs understand directory structures and when found can tie up deleted files to partial folder structures and make recovery more useful. Then there are others that only do deep scans and just rebuild files but have no concept of original file names or folder locations and just give you long lists of numberd file names of different recognised types. Ideally one should have backed up critical or non-replacable files in multiple locations, including offline backup locations that the Operating system cannot access without user interaction to prevent advanced ransomware from finding the backups and encrypting/stealing them. SOMETIMES windows itself corrupts a filesystem so chkdsk /F wrecks and removes hundreds of GB of files trying to make the filesystem consistent or so badly written MSI installers that they can become practically malicious files... can wrongly enumerate the entire windows system drives filesystem and use trusted installer worker process to litterally go through every folder and delete all the files it finds and keep going until either you shut down the MSI installers tree of processes or shut down windows or it destroys windows. On an SSD based system with TRIM support enabled nothing will be recoverable and a clean re-install or an install from a the most recent system backup image will be required.

    It is a last act of desperation where no functional backup solution is available and a non TRIM'ed drive is in in use would anyone be desperate enough to try and crawl through TBs of out of context recovered anonymous files in the hopes of recovery of years of lost data to a new drive...
    And you certainly would not want to be relying upon an expiring licenced product that is non-portable or not WinPE media bootable in such desperate circumstances.

    BTW I am struggling so see any errors of your ways to show you... except not mentioning a solid dependable critical file backup strategy of course ;-)

    SD and MicroSD card and USB thumb drive corruption is in my experience the most common cause for the need to recover lost data... but in most cases those failures are due to Chinese FAKE storage devices that have hacked firmware to report far more FLASH or electromechanical storage than really exists and people dive for these recovery tools when they have lost pictures taken due to the media lying about writing the data to FLASH memory that does not exist. Of course in those circumstances the data is gone as no copy was made by the camera to reall memory storage.

    Failed FLASH memory where LBA sector 0 becomes corrupt and unwritable can usually make use of these recovery tools to get data back essential but as usual lack of context can make it a chore but often the results can be worthwhile if they are some valuable photos or videos of a non-repeatable event. Usually that won't be a TB of files though. I've done this type of recovery for family members several times in the past with adequate results.

    Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

    I think a recovery program, not able to save to network drive is close to useless.
    It shows many items but i could not yet recover anything as C: has no space and D: is original path.

    Note if installing without checking "advanced" options it is probably like the data loss a user fault. But of course it is also VERY STUPID of the developers because it should not be an option to select destination for installation. Anyway portable software to be preferred...

    Reply   |   Comment by Spike  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

    Spike, worked fine here. I recovered files to a mapped network drive without problems.

    Reply   |   Comment by Thomas  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

    Spike, There Is A Way For One To Install On A Flash Drive Or SD Chip... I Did It Spike. In The Process Of Initial Installation Of This App, The Default Installation Path Is:
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Auntec
    Navigate To:
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Auntec
    Copy The Folder:
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Auntec
    And Paste The Folder Into A Flash Drive Or SD Chip, Through Windows Explorer, BEFORE Completing The Installation
    Once Done, "Browse" The The Auntec Folder On Your Flash Drive Or SD Chip, And Select It As The Installation Directory. Once Installed There, And After Installation, Register With The Code Key In Your "readme.txt" File.
    NOTE! SAVE THAT CODE KEY! You May Need It!
    Good Luck.
    P.S. I've Been Installing Apps From Giveaway For Over A Dozen Years.

    Reply   |   Comment by David Wellman  –  14 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

    Sometimes it is very necessary program. I hope it will be needed rarely ;-)

    Reply   |   Comment by Darko  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

    Installed, registered and runs on Win 10. Haven't had time yet to check if it works (I plan to use it on an SD card accidentally formatted in a device whose producer claims recovery is impossible after a format, so I don't expect any success, but it may work well for others).
    One important note - when the installation window pops up, there is a link to a custom setup near the bottom right corner. If you click it, the window expands and you can uncheck the box next to "Agree to user experience improvement" or something along these lines. It seems that unless you do it, some data about your use of the program may be collected and transferred to its producer.

    Reply   |   Comment by JoeJ  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

    JoeJ, what device claims SD card data recovery is impossible after a format? Unless the SD card is completely overwritten by a format, file remenants will always remain. No SD card format utility wastes FLASH memory erase/write cycles in a simple filesystem format and as far as I have read/experienced SD cards do not support Secure Erase command or TRIM/SCSI de-allocate commands...

    Give it a go with any and all recovery software you have, don't limit it to just this offering. All a quick format does is reset the allocation structures and root directory entry on any medium... A full format does the same but also reads the entire data area to ensure there are no unreadable sectors and if any are found their clusters are marked as BAD in the filesystems allocation structures so they are not used for newly created/coppied files. No modern format of windows based filesystems overwrites the data areas, just the root folder and allocation structures.

    Nice catch about the defaulting to usage reporting unless choosing custom installation, people do need to know when these underhand tactics are employed by developers. I do not plan on installing an expiring data recovery giveaway as the need to use them is so rare the chances are it will have expired and be useless when eventually needed. Much better to stick to either freeware data recovery or non-expiring commeercial programs.

    Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

    TK, thanks for your reply. It's a Panasonic HC-V 160. The card is a micro SD in an SD adapter to be precise (not that it should matter, afaik). I know that no format should erase everything - in case of this cam it takes around 5 sec maybe, definitely not enough to overwrite a complete 16GB card.

    I tried everything offered or mentioned here since late summer 2018 (when the accidental format happened - of course the card has not been used since then), except maybe for 1 or 2 options due to lack of time. But I hope to catch up now, which why is installed this expiring giveaway as well.

    Reply   |   Comment by JoeJ  –  14 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

    JoeJ, what I would do if I were you is to load the physical microSD cards drive in HxD hex editor run as an Administrator using the "Tools" menu "Open disk" and browse through the sectors... I'd also suggest saving a copy of the drives sectors as a raw image file on your computers hard drive as a backup of the entire card. It's only 16GBytes so should be FAT-32 filesystem so should not be overly complicated in layout.

    The purpose in browsing through the sectors in HxD.exe is to locate any traces of previous file headers or folder entries. There are so many options for recovery programs it is difficult to recommend any one in particular until you can determine that there is actually any user data on the card. Which ever one you choose a deep scan or recover data from a formatted drive would be the options to try.

    Most SD/MicroSD cards in digital cameras have a root folder entry called DCIM that will be overwritten with the formatted new root folder. The actual DCIM folder itself should still exist and should be locatable using a search for any of the folder names normally found in the DCIM folder.

    Not sure of the video formats the HC-V160 produces, I presume stills taken will be JPG files in which case searching for .JPG file extension should find previously saved stills file names if there were any and if there were searching for ASCII text string "JFIF" should locate the start point of any remaining JPG file data that if the card was not heavily used should be in a single contiguous block of sectors that can be selected in the interface and coppied into a NEW file in HxD.exe which could then be saved off as a new JPG file to local storage presumably you'd have an idea of how large a standard JPG still phot would be. As to the videos that could be on there you could use a different SD card to experiment on to determine the video container file format used by the camcorder and spot it's unique header signature and search for them in the image or microSD card and select between one header and the next header and copy it to the clipboard and paste it into a new file in HxD.exe like done with the JPG and save as a name compatible with that video file type...

    Using this method on previously unfragmented data it is possible to find and recover pre-existing data that some recovery programs don't seem to find even though they should... I apologise in advance if I have made any logical errors in the procedures or syntax errors in my writing, I'm not proof reading this but the basic principles should be relatively clear. Give it a go, you've very little to lose if you create a raw disk image file and work on that instead of the slower microSD card.
    You can find tech details for FAT-32 file structures to aid in your real inteligent data recovery as opposed to purely algorithmic recovery programs.

    I am assuming you do believe you had video and or photos of value on the card prior to the accidental formating?
    Good hunting!

    Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  14 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

    The data recovery is difficult on SSD drives, because the data is stored in a 3D pattern and I still have to find software that can handle such recovery.
    Furthermore, the recovery software must be portable or installed on an external drive and should not expire within 6-12 months. When those conditions are met, I will install it. I have hundreds of hundreds time expired software that need to be uninstalled, it is time consuming and tedious job.

    Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+20)

    mike, Try Recuva.....works well for me on SATA, SSD, and M2 drives.

    Reply   |   Comment by Bernd  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

    mike, what are you talking about? data recovery on SSD drives in modern windows and modern linux is dificult only when TRIM or SCSI Dellocate is enabled because that practically wipes from logical block access previously written data because when a file or folder or partition is deleted the FLASH memory cells are deallocated from LBA address to enable erase and re-use/garbage collection of the no longer needed LBA addresses contents. 3D NAND is a branded NAND FLASH memory cell construction technology and not something that has ANY relevence to deleted data recovery.

    It is quite simple to recover data from a software corrupted SSD based filesystem as usually the lost filesystem has not been TRIMed or cleanly deallocated so the lost data mostly still remains!

    IF you want to be able to recover data from SSD drives as easily as electro-magnetic or USB FLASH, SD, MMC etc then simply disable TRIM support in windows 7 and above and linux. Only re-enable it if the drive starts to slow significantly and then do a TRIM of all free space (which will de-allocate previously used but deleted LBA addresses and give them back to the wear leveling algorithims to use) which should restore some of the original writing speed of the SSD. But of course once the free space is TRIMed data recovery utilities will no longer find any of the old deleted file left overs.

    Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

    I'd love to try it but I get an error - The code execution cannot proceed because LogServer.dll was not found. Reinstalling the program may fix this problem.

    Any ideas?

    Reply   |   Comment by Ezra Shapiro  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

    When installing the software a warning pops up advising not to install on the partition you want to recover files from. The software then defaults to install on C Drive with no apparent option to change the destination.

    The publisher's website then opens giving the choice of updating to the Pro version with unlimited recovery.....??!! This is supposed to be the Pro version according to the name of the program. There seems to be no information on their site comparing the Free version to the Pro version, except it says the Free version will allow you to find what files you can recover. Does this mean one needs to upgrade to be able to recover anything??


    Reply   |   Comment by Dizzak  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+32)

    Dizzak, according to what I have read in the documentation this is a one year Pro version. So it's Pro, it's free, but only for one year.

    As far as changing the install directory: If you want to reasonably recover files using **any** such tool, you must as a general principle do that on another PC or, to be precise, the drive to be recovered on must be attached as a secondary drive. Hence, not being able to change the install drive and directory is usually no big issue.

    Reply   |   Comment by Thomas  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

    Dizzak, when you have the window "Install now", you cann see at the bottom right "ustom installation" which allows you to choose here you want to install the program; choose a USB key and so, you will be able to recover data from C:, D: or any USB drive etc. except the one where you installed the program. You may copy from the USB key to C: and recover data from D: or vice-versa etc. You may recover from an SSD or HDD disk (at least without using deep recovery. I did not try deep recovery which takes usually more time...).

    Reply   |   Comment by PaulF  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

    Dizzak, Thanks for the info. Any program, especially a data recovery program, that does not allow user controlled installation destination is a no-brainer DON'T BOTHER! It is a sign of laziness, sloppiness and stupidity on the part of the programmers.Not a application that you should trust.

    Reply   |   Comment by Art  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

    Art, ??? I just wrote it is possible to choose!

    Reply   |   Comment by PaulF  –  14 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

    RecoveryXData works perfectly, but you must use 'Deep Recovery' for any results. Items found, 134 photos, 50 items damaged and unusable and 9 that are still on the micro SD card from the camera.

    Reply   |   Comment by Harold Silvera  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+19)

    Harold Silvera, After all those messages about that program, I can say that I have RecoverXData from the programmaker itself. Nowhere was something to see that you had to buy the program or request a key! And, I helped me to partially recover the disappeared pictures.

    Reply   |   Comment by Harold Silvera  –  14 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

    About a month ago i delete folders with too many photos (from ssd drive).
    i wanted to recover, if possible, many of them.
    Using deep scan, end up with zero results.
    Maybe it is the SSD thing, which can't recover as easy as in a HDD.

    Reply   |   Comment by vass  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)

    vass, See Harold Silvera, 'micro SD card from the camera'.

    Reply   |   Comment by Dolores Keaton  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

    vass, for what its worth i have never had much luck with accidental deleted files with any programs. IF someone has a good program recommendation for that i would like to know.

    Reply   |   Comment by Christian  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

    Christian, thanks for your answer.
    Wasn't an accident. i deleted them on purpose.
    it worth a try to see if i could recover one specific folder.
    oh well, c'est la vie :)

    Reply   |   Comment by vass  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

    Dolores Keaton, read my comment, you will see that i use DEEP SCAN with no results, maybe because of my SSD disk. if it was HDD i would have better luck.

    Reply   |   Comment by vass  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)


    If you have used the SSD at all since you deleted the photos, especially since it was a month ago, you will have no luck with any type of software to recover them.

    This type of recovery software is meant for immediate recovery. The only way you can do any type of delayed recovery is if you immediately take the storage out of service until you are able to perform recovery on it.

    Reply   |   Comment by FeMaster  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

    FeMaster, thanks for answer. Now i know :)

    Reply   |   Comment by vass  –  14 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

    Is this reliable? Because I think company name Chinese.

    Reply   |   Comment by Mehmet  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)

    Everything you have today is Chinese.
    If the Chinese didn't do our manufacturing for us we would be paying 5 times as much for items.

    Reply   |   Comment by bob  –  15 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

    bob, +

    Reply   |   Comment by Esther IT co  –  14 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

    Mehmet, It's not reliable, not specifically due to the geo-location it was developed in but due to the developers making some really bad choices during the development process and then releasing an alpha build with spyware built in and an inability to even retain the giveaway license across restarts...

    Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  14 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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