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Giveaway of the day — Smart Flash Recovery

Recover data from any type of storage media using FAT 16/32 file system.
$39.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 178 (28%) 460 (72%) 57 comments

Smart Flash Recovery was available as a giveaway on February 13, 2008!

Today Giveaway of the Day
$25.00
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Clone HDD, SSD, USB flash drive, memory card or other storage device.

Smart Flash Recovery is a Flash recovery tool for Windows operating system that supports the FAT 16/32 file system.

The software easily recovers data from any type of storage media: flash drives, USB drives, digital cameras, memory sticks, PC cards, multimedia cards, secure digital cards and more.

Smart Flash Recovery can recover any deleted files, including MS Office files, photos, mp3, and zip files.

System Requirements:

Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista

Publisher:

Smart PC Solutions, Inc

Homepage:

http://smartpctools.com/flash_recovery/index1.html

File Size:

1.97 MB

Price:

$39.95

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#57

Hi there, Tried it today with my puny 128 flash drive on Windows XP.
It never worked. Yes it found the file but it did not restore the file.
I then tried it as a wild card and it found all the deleted files, and it did not restore any of them either. Obviously this is not ready for prime time. Uninstalled.

Nick

Reply   |   Comment by nicholas  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#56

Did not work! It is a load of rubbish! Just use "OnTrack" data recovery. That works 100%%!

Reply   |   Comment by CJK88  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#55

Re: 41 & 54 by radiospotz

No one is questioning that you were able to recover
pictures. I am glad the GOTD proved useful to you.

What I was commenting in post 35 was in response when you stated:

"Please, if you are not bothering to try it, then keep you comments to yourself, it is counter productive for this site and all others here who sincerely are interested in the software posted here. I beginning to feel there are people with hidden agendas that comment here."

No hidden agendas just well intentioned people trying to steer
you clear of Smart PC Solutions.

My experience with the prior a Smart PC Solutions product was it crippled (not crashed) my system such that I choose to reinstall Windows to get some functionality back. Judging from the feedback to post 5 must appreciate the advice given.

Based on my past experiences I was just trying to steer you clear of Smart PC Solutions. Judging from the feedback to post 5 must appreciate this advice. Yes I am not happy with Smart PC solutions but have no hidden agenda.

In general I agree that no one should critique before posting.

However, the exception to my way of thinking is for vendors like Smart PC Solutions products with a very long and poor track record at GOTD.

Regards
Paul

Reply   |   Comment by Paul Wo  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#54

Had trouble installing it myself also. Wouldn't accept the GAOTD registration info. For me, this was the problem: I installed to app not to the default location, but to a different location. Wouldn't accept the reginfo. Then, uninstalled, deleted the now-empty installation folder, then re-installed to app's suggested default folder. Now, the registration worked. Weird.

HTH

Reply   |   Comment by Kittie Spit  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#53

#41, it works, how can you diagree with results????
The pictures I had were of course fat files since they were on a flash stick, and I one day last week deleted them to make room for another file, but forgot what was on that stick. Anyway, I am looking at those pic that were gone and now they are not!...how can you diagree with that. If you want to argue with the pics they are not really here, then I guess I could email them LOL...seriously, how can you diagree when I am looking at them again??? duh...

Reply   |   Comment by radiospotz  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#52

IO won't go into it much but: had a hard drive recovery problem up until a week ago. I had taken my slave hard drive out of my pc to work on another HD. When I went to reconnect it my pc wouldn't read it.
I looked all over the place and found a program that you could check out before buying. The prog is. http://www.data-recovery-software.net/

R-Studio.
It costs but if you work with fixing people's PC's when they loose data or mess up their master HD. It is well worth the money. I have it on my flash drive. I take it and a small external hard drive and have repaired many pc's and recovered lost data.

Reply   |   Comment by bluecarnation200  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#51

Well, I will leave a comment. Did anyone notice the glaring omission?
Says it will support FAT 16/32, Um, what about NTIS????
It gets a thumbs down just for that !!!!

Reply   |   Comment by Dri-Anna  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#50

If your not going to try the program DONT leave a COMMENT

Reply   |   Comment by jamesheir  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#49

Thanks but Ill pass on this one.

Reply   |   Comment by Ray  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#48

#11:

I think about 80% of all programs here are produced like that.
I bet, some of them are produced exclusively for GAOTD because they
couldn't be sold anywhere. But I enjoy the other 20% of useful programs. It can't be christmas everyday and if it would, it wouldn't be special anymore.

Reply   |   Comment by Master Yoda  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#47

I'm to tired of programs that won't install, with ones that say they are registered and then you go to use them days later and they are not,,,,,,,,,,,,, and programs like this one, we have 5 computers top of the line, when something won't even install right
well this just sucks.
5 computers, all for personal use,
and the program can't even find a DRIVE, DRIVE C, ANY DRIVE it says they don't exist. Goodbye program!

Reply   |   Comment by bd  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#46

I use Multistage Recovery, works great and fast but may not find all files.

Reply   |   Comment by B.M.Smith  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#45

A neighbor had this or something similar, and when our computer was stolen, we still managed to extract some pictures from a wiped camera chip, so it is an occasionally useful thing to have.

But the registration code was REJECTED by the site when I tried to register it.

Reply   |   Comment by Mac  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#44

Re: 40 "It Works"

I could not disagree with you more. It is not like PC Smart Solutions are some unknown quantity. They have posted software at GOTD at least three times that I am aware of - all in my opinion proved in due course to be duds.

Don’t be fooled by the ‘pretty face’ of some of PC Smart Solutions (and there is not even consensus on this point) as the internals are junk.

There is no conspiracy here against GOTD or anyone else here. We love the GOTD site we just don’t like way sub-standard software being offered today!

…how many kicks at the can does PC Smart Solutions really need?

Like any new car their product may look pretty in the driveway first day home, but over the long haul you discover PC Smart Solutions software is no solution at all.

Rust out occurs real fast and worse when you need it most it behaves like a brand new first year of production Mercury Bobcat (AKA Ford Pinto).

Man the new paint looks good but when you need it most it blows up on you. My point is that PC Smart Solutions are like a combined Ford – Mercury dealership but unlike any Ford or Mercury dealership I know of they only sell Bobcats and Pintos and will continue to do so until the consumer says enough.

http://www.motherjones.com/news/feature/1977/09/dowie.html

To repeat from yesterday:

I enjoy GOTD their offerings and the banter as much as anyone. Who can complain about free software which is normally only available by way of real currency.

Each day we get to muse over, discard or install as we each see fit - the current GOTD.

Lastly, we even get to grumble by way of the GOTD forums about something we get for free and as a bonus get to take ourselves seriously in doing so!

Cheers Paul

Reply   |   Comment by Paul Wo  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#43

Hello guys!! Better you purchase "Recover my files".I tried it and became amazed.Really 100% perfect for recovering almost any kindof files.
Further, u can try lotsa freewares...just google

Reply   |   Comment by pradeep  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#42

@41 radiospotz

The best way to judge a program is to install it. ;-)
Then delete files of *different* types (bmp,doc,txt,zip,rar,exe ...)on the device (flashdisk,memorycard..)
Try to recover them...

If the program works for you ,be grateful.
If it don't ...

Not sure what you mean with "I beginning to feel there are people with hidden agendas that comment here."

Reply   |   Comment by ~ Robert ~  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#41

For those who find that you need an email address to register your "free" software (I don't know if this oen does, but some do), and if you're concerned that they will share your address with "business partners (anyone who will pay for their email list), then you can use one of those disposable addresses at 10minutemail.com or one of those similar ones that give you a temporary email address for a short period of time to do your registering.

Reply   |   Comment by Miki Erikson  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#40

See someone thought my comment was negative or not helpful, how can it be if I reported actually trying it and it works!...This site has some very bad people with hidden agendas.

Oh..on a 2nd note, I tried Recuva (as suggested above) on my hard drive and could not recover ANY pics...so which one do I like?...The one that works silly!...

Reply   |   Comment by radiospotz  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#39

It Works!....I downloaded this program after nearly being deterred by several commentors on here, but I glad I ignored them and actually decided to try it.

Not to long ago, I accidentally deleted some pics from a flash stick, and decided to see if I could recover any, and by golly, it did. This is the first time I have ever used a program like this and surprised it worked so well. I thought I never would see those pics again...yea!

Please, if you are not bothering to try it, then keep you comments to yourself, it is counter productive for this site and all others here who sincerely are interested in the software posted here. I beginning to feel there are people with hidden agendas that comment here.

Thanks GOTD and Smart PC Solutions for a chance to try this out.

Reply   |   Comment by radiospotz  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#38

Recuva, from Piriform (who make CCleaner) is also available online for free.

Reply   |   Comment by jimboh1  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#37

This software sounds very useful, but its also true that there are many equally usefull free alternatives too.

But since its free , I'll give it a try and not just pass on. :)

Reply   |   Comment by 007  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#36

Reply to Hanna #32 - yes
Windows Explorer right click on flash drive. Scroll down to properties and click...General tab will show the File system :)

Reply   |   Comment by CharPaula  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#35

thanks 4 deleting my earler comments. anyway I still cant get data off my old hard drive, I wish I could find it so I could check if the jumpers were set 4 slave.

Reply   |   Comment by weezer  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#34

If you use Windows XP, you can easily (very easily) know the file system. Its written in the windows explorer's "sidebar" (on the left) in the "details" section. (duh!) ;)

And if there is no sidebar (and u're using XP) then go to the folder options and check on the "show common tasks in folder" option. Or you can just simply right click on the drive, go to properties and the file system will be there.

And oh, your flash drive must be plugged in.

Reply   |   Comment by Reply to 32  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#33

think i will give this a miss. due to negative comments...besides, theres plenty of freeware of this type anyway if u want it.

Reply   |   Comment by Iggy  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#32

Scotty
Please beam BuBBy up..

Reply   |   Comment by ~ Robert ~  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#31

MANY thanks to those who try & review the GAOTD programs. I ignore the thumbs & read your comments. Maybe you can help us beginners. Is there a way to determine whether my devices use FAT or NTFS without reading the manuals (if I can even locate them)?

Reply   |   Comment by Hanna  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#30

Simple undelete program, nothing more. $39.95 to consumers??? What a ripoff.

Reply   |   Comment by Rasta  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#29

OK- here is a question.
I'm running winXP sp2
My old digital camera is an olympus(FAT16, win98se)

Can this kind of software see and read the camera???

Reply   |   Comment by Ken Martin  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#28

PC Inspector File Recovery: $0
Works on FAT12/16/32 and NTFS

Reply   |   Comment by rojo  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#27

This program is not good for the price. Who the hell still uses FAT system? I have a 2 GB USB thumb drive which is formatted in NTFS, as well as my external and internal 320 GB hard drives. The program Recuva is extremely fast, can recover files from any filesystem, and generally does a better job than this program . . . FOR FREE. In case anyone is wondering, it's made by the same people that made CCleaner.

http://www.recuva.com/

Reply   |   Comment by Sgt. Jerky  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#26

#17 - flash memory is usually formatted as either FAT or FAT32. You can format it as NTFS, but there's not much point in doing so. Few (if any) of the advantages of NTFS apply to flash memory. All you're really accomplishing by formatting it as NTFS is making sure it can't be used on a Windows 98 machine.

Reply   |   Comment by Joe Momma  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#25

Hell's bells, this developer / publisher just doesn't give up.

No I'm not gonna review it because I'm not gonna load it and no, that's not an unfair comment -- rather, it's a warning to whoever else who comes on here that before even considering whether to DL today's offering, first go have a look at everything that was said about Smart Pc Solutions Inc, its products, and its practices, on earlier GAOTDs.

The only thing that'd be "smart" today would be a decision not to have anything at all to do with this outfit.

Reply   |   Comment by Mike  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#24

Flash drive recovery is not as critical as hard drive recoveries, because you have your computer available, and can try out different freeware alternatives before you find out you need to spend money on recovering your lost data.

Reply   |   Comment by Paali  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#23

Hello all!

Today's software appears to be essentially a clone of the previously given away title Smart Data Recovery. I would recommend anyone who wasn't around for Smart Data Recovery to read the comments on that giveaway, and check out my review on Smart Data Recovery as well.

It appears the only real difference is that this one is programmed to only allow access to flash-based media (Or products that pose as such). After doing a bit of testing on that product this morning, I've decided not to review today's title for the simple fact that it'd be the same story and there is no point on reviewing it.

Reply   |   Comment by BladedThoth  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#22

big up 4 that prog. downloaded it. made me nervous 2 load some unknown stuff on my brand nu no-name pc. but it's quite kool. really kool. thank y'all gotd

Reply   |   Comment by Alabasterwoman  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#21

@JJ: The description reads:
The software easily recovers data from any type of storage media: flash drives, USB drives, digital cameras, memory sticks, PC cards, multimedia cards, secure digital cards and more.
Most of these storage cards are FAT32 type. So...
It has nothing to do with your hard drive(s), which most probably will use NTFS file system.
But like allready noted, there is plenty of freeware that does the job better.

Reply   |   Comment by Merlin  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#20

@All

This is version 3.9 of Smart Flash Recovery.
Seems to be working very well with my usb flash drive(FAT16)!
Marks all recent deleted items also as 'poor'.But manages to restore them.

@BuBBy:
I wonder if SFR can handle NTFS formatted flash drives as well? ;-)

Reply   |   Comment by ~ Robert ~  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#19

To #17 - it is a recovery tool for Flash Drives which use the FAT system , and not for the Windows OS

Reply   |   Comment by Stewart  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#18

easy to install easy to use - i deleted a file on purpose and recovered it in seconds - i deleted an email from (reach a mail) pro on my usb and recovered that as well - very handy tool - thanks gaotd.

Reply   |   Comment by Alwyn  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#17

I recognized Smart PC Solutions, and run the download under returnil virtual system.
I used Smart Flash Recovery on my 2 gig pqi thumb drive which I use to move info and apps between computers. Smart Flash Recovery found the name of 7 files, but only recovered a shortcut gif.
I must rate this With it`s own words, " poor "

The Grouser

Reply   |   Comment by George Bishop  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#16

"Flash recovery tool for Windows operating system that supports the FAT 16/32 file system."

Pardon me for asking, but I thought today's modern computers used the NTFS File System? Meaning, this will only work with older computers that probably should be put to pasture anyway.

Both of my computers use the NTFS file system, and I cannot see anywhere on their website any indication that this application supports it. So sorry, but this will be another giveaway I will have to miss out on.

Reply   |   Comment by JJ  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#15

@9 harryQ

Thank you Harry!

Although I liked Reach-a-Mail Pro ..

..something must be wrong I suppose with the recovery software of Smart PC Solutions..
The other day a shift-deleted zipfile couldn't be restored with SmartDataRecovery.

Softperfect File Recovery (268kb) being a standalone exe-file recovers it within seconds.
http://www.softperfect.com/products/filerecovery/

Smart Flash recovery could be different..it would be nice to see some positive comments first.

Reply   |   Comment by ~ Robert ~  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#14

Downloaded and gave it a try on a miniSD that has recoverable files on it. This application couldn't find all of the files, and is very slow, so I'll give it a mediocre rating of 3/5.

Reply   |   Comment by Soloact  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#13

Tiny, light, handy, and portable freeware alternative: Restoration.

Just download it from PCWorld.

Reply   |   Comment by Louie  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#12

Why is it that the past few days, at only 30 *seconds* into the giveaway, there has consistantly been 30+ negative votes (66+% negative)? It takes at least that long to simply install and register an offering! Assuming those voters had not based their vote upon versions obtained elsewhere, those voters could not have tried the offerings first. Could you please at least *try* the program before voting?

Reply   |   Comment by Jim  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#11

Ok, so this software is very slow, there is better freeware that you can get know that you won't have to worry about getting later. Most of the ones other uses have recommended are free, faster, smaller and better than the software offered here at GAOTD today.

Reply   |   Comment by Me  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#10

I'll bet they slapped this program together in 5 minutes or less using free source code. I can not believe the greed in these people. $39.95 grrrr, S%*t prog. I'll continue using all the free programs before, I support greedy people just to have them see me on the street later and spit on me.

And for those who would buy it, you can get more for your money if you continue searching the web.

Reply   |   Comment by coop  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#9

I just see that the GAOTD today has a few ratings but not comments yet. Well im gonna give my opinion...This software is from the same publisher of the GAOTD we had days ago and people didn't like too much (Smart Data Recovery) and it does (for what i can read) almost the same things, but w/less options and funtionality than the other one...im not going to try it until i have seen positive comments if any...Have anybody tried it yet?

Reply   |   Comment by nobody  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#8

I've used Softperfect File Recovery in the past with success to recover files deleted from a sd card - free and only 268kb download
http://www.softperfect.com/products/filerecovery/

Reply   |   Comment by harryQ  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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