- Without advanced filtering, it can be difficult to sift through results.
- Hides some valuable features.
I tested Data Rescue alongside four other recovery utilities using two Macs: an early-2015 MacBook Pro and a late-2014 Mac Mini. Both systems run the same version of macOS Sierra. The MacBook Pro features a 120GB solid-state drive (SSD), whereas the Mac Mini uses a 500GB hard disk drive (HDD). To ensure uniform testing, I deleted the same files on both machines two weeks prior to testing. In the interest of testing real world usage, I selected six common file types (DOC, XLS, PDF, JPG, MP3, and MP4).
I opted to test both a SSD and HDD because of the challenges solid-state drives present for data recovery software. The issue is a command called TRIM, which zeroes out the parts of the drive where deleted files are stored. By clearing sectors that are no longer in use, TRIM extends the lifespan of an SSD, but it also greatly reduces the efficacy of data recovery utilities. There is, however, a possibility that utilities can retrieve recently deleted files.
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The home screen of Prosoft Data Rescue v6.0.7 Crack contains three inviting buttons: one to begin the recovery process (Start Recovering Files), another to resume a previous scan (Resume Recovering Files), and a third to create a bootable drive (Create a BootWell Drive). When you launch a recovery, you’ll see both the disk and its volumes. I selected my disk to expand recovery results.
On the next screen, I discovered four scanning options: Quick Scan, which identifies minor issues with a hard disk; Deleted Files Scan, which searches a drive’s free space for lost files; Deep Scan, which crawls the entire disk; and Clone, which copies the file system for further recovery. Given my interest in recovering specific files, I selected the Deep Scan to increase my odds.
Running a Deep Scan of my SSD was fast: in fact, at 35 minutes, it beat its own estimate. Unlike Stellar Phoenix (Visit Site at Seagate) , Disk Drive tallies recovered files in storage size. The utility identified approximately 315MB of unreadable files, including empty folders, a pair of preference files, and a document called NowContact. Suffice it to say, I was unable to recover the files I had intentionally deleted.
I had more success scanning my HDD. The process took the better part of a day, but I would add that I ran the utility alongside three others on a heavily-fragmented drive. A technician at Prosoft said that a Deep Scan typically requires about eight hours to crawl a 1TB HDD.
The deep scan recovered more than 73GB of files. Files are automatically sorted into found and reconstructed folders, with subfolders for various file types (e.g. archives, documents, images, movies, and text). The utility also includes a search pane. But there’s a hitch: there’s no easy way to search for a file that may not have retained its original file name in a corpus of tens of thousands.
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Overwhelmed by the documents folder, I tried searching for word “doc,” which returned no fewer than 4,580 results. While the utility lets you preview items prior to recovery (using Mac OS X Quick Look), it’s a victim to its own efficacy: there was just too much. I was able to find and recover my audio, video, and Excel spreadsheet, and I don’t doubt that the other files are in there, somewhere. To that end, I would welcome CleverFiles Disk Drill Pro 3’s (Visit Site at Seagate) advanced filters.
Data Rescue tucks some valuable features into something called Expert mode, which, for some reason, Prosoft hides in preferences. With Expert features enabled, the utility gains RAID support, the ability to work with more than one scan, and reveals the total number of files in selected folders. For example, when I enabled expert features on my SSD installation, I learned that Data Rescue had recovered 310 files, more than Disk Drill.
While Data Rescue is second only to Disk Drill when it comes to its file signature support, the utility also includes FileIQ, through which you can add new file types. Again, Prosoft doesn’t make this feature readily apparent—it’s tucked away in the View menu. I understand Prosoft’s commitment to usability, but I suspect that they could push Expert features to the front with a toggle or simply integrate other features (e.g. file counts) into existing menus.
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Prosoft has, however, wisely integrated its new BootWell feature into the main screen. BootWell lets you create a bare-bones environment from which to boot a system or perform recoveries on storage cards and traditional drives. It’s sort of like Apple’s Recovery partition, but designed to run Data Rescue. In this way, the feature is similar to Disk Drill’s Recovery Drive, but unlike CleverFiles, Prosoft lets you create a bootable drive using an USB key (8GB or larger) or purchase one preloaded with the recovery software.
I created a BootWell drive using a spare USB key in about two hours. If, however, I were purchasing data recovery software for my parents, I would bundle the BootWell drive; even if they don’t use it—and hopefully they won’t—they would have it in case of emergency. Prosoft doesn’t charge much of a premium; bundled with the drive ($114), Data Rescue costs about the same as the Editors’ Choice award-winning Alsoft DiskWarrior 5 (Visit Site at Seagate) .
Pretty Darn Good
Data Rescue is one of the top data recovery utilities that I tested. The addition of BootWell brings this effective, easy to use utility closer to alignment with Disk Drill, and I suspect that you will appreciate that, similar to Seagate, Prosoft hosts its own in-house data recovery lab. DiskWarrior remains a natural choice for people who need to conduct intensive directory repair. However, when it comes to recovering lost or deleted files, Prosoft continues to offer one of the most effective data recovery utilities on the market.
After fifteen years in the business, Prosoft Data Rescue v6.0.7 Crack continues to offer one of the most powerful and accessible tools for data recovery.