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Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery Software

Data recovery software, this is not a software you need everyday but for all those times when you corrupt/format your drive/memory card, this software is very useful.

 

I will not cross the border and say that every household with a computer should have data recovery software, but we all need to salvage lost data every now and then.

 

All you need to know about the Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery Software can be found here.

 

This article is all about my personal experience about this software.

 

To install this software, you will be required user privileges. I was able to install it in my Macbook running VMWare Fusion. I had my settings running with only 1gig of RAM and a single processor. Stellar Phoenix ran pretty well in Windows Vista Home Premium.

 

The user interface was simple to use. I used it for the first time without using the help menu.

 

 

As you place your mouse pointer on top of each button, you will find a text on what that button is for. Here’s some screen shots from my experience.

 

For my review, I tried to recover files from my 4gig SDHC card. The card was formatted using my dSLR, I had 44 pictures in it before I had it formatted.

 

When the program starts, it will give you a “tip for the day”.

 

 

Then it will give you tips for a successful data recovery.

 

 

The Software did not automatically detect my memory card when I had it plugged in my USB. I had to refresh the available drives. Surprisingly, there is no “refresh button” available. You will have to enter the program’s Drives menu.

 

 

You will be able to see the drive after refresh.

 

 

After seeing the drive you want to recover a double click will allow you to choose the available options.

 

 

I tried the advanced scan and this program did not disappoint!

 

 

It took almost 2 hours for the program to completely scan my 4 gig drive, I’m not sure if this will be shorter if I had a more powerful machine but for my Macbook’s VMWare setup, I was pretty happy with the performance.

 

After an hour, you will be able to see subfolders and the files inside it.

 

 

From here, you will be able to view each file and choose which one you want to recover.

 

I was only hoping to recover my 44 files before formatting my memory card, I was happy to see a number of files which was long deleted.

 

If you would notice, I first tried to recover a corrupted SD Card. Stellar Phoenix Partition Recovery Software also can recover Hard Disks even if they were partitioned or formatted to another file system.

 

I have limited my review on a regular PC user’s point of view. Honestly, I think that the regular person will only need to recover files from a removable drive or a hard disk.

 

We all know that replacing a spoilt drive is easy, but the files saved inside that drive is priceless. As memory card/drive’s capacity become bigger, the more reason we need to have software like this to at least salvage our data when we fail to back up our drives manually.

 

I’m sure everyone would want to use a user-friendly program during those stressful times when your data is lost. Stellar Phoenix very easy to use and its very gratifying to know that you don’t have to be a geek to recover lost pictures from a vacation, lost data for a report and lost files you use for your personal finances.

 

There are some files which are too private. It always helps if you can recover your lost data with the privacy of your own home.

 

For more information, please check this link:

 

http://www.partitionrecovery-software.com/

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Stellar Phoenix Macintosh Data Recovery Software

This is a Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery Software!

 

Data Recovery Software, these are for all of us who sometimes accidentally remove the Memory Card while our gadgets/notebooks are reading them. When we accidentally format a Memory card only to realize that we have not saved the files we need. When everything else fails… This is our last option.

 

I have received this program on a Friday, I planned a very busy weekend and honestly had no time to play with it. Then something unusual happened, I accidentally deleted the pictures I have taken over the weekend. I was trying everything to recover it (I even used Time Machine) but nothing worked.

 

Then I suddenly remembered that I have this new program that I can try. Had it installed (which is always easy on a Mac) and had it running in less than a minute.

 

I planned NOT to read its documentation, if it was easy to use, I will find my way easily… I didn’t!

 

Stellar Phoenix will look like this in your Applications Folder.

 

 

Before it runs, Finder will ask for your Password which I found to be ok since I do not have a password but might be annoying to some people.

 

 

Your drives will be shown on the Left window, IT WILL NOT AUTOMATICALLY REFRESH! So do not forget to hit the refresh button. It would have also helped if they had named the Icons on the tool bar as people like me (who uses a program like this for the first time) was actually waiting for the “icon name” to pop out.

 

 

 

When you double click your drive, you will have three options, I first tried to click the first one… it was not what I needed. I know, all I had to do was read but you must understand that I lost all my pictures and was excited to have things recovered.

 

 

The option that recovered my photos was actually the button in the middle. It will show the folders on the left window and the contents of the folder on the right.

 

While searching/recovering the files you cannot use any icon on the tool bar except for stop. You will also not be able to see the contents of the files while the program is retrieving it.

 

Once the operation is completed, you will be able to preview the file and extract them to your hard drive.

 

On the right window, not all files can be used. Not all files recovered/extracted (to your hard disk) will function properly but hey… it’s always better than nothing.

 

 

 

 

 

At this time and age when a small SD card can contain up to 16 gigs of files, it is very useful to have a Data Recovery Mac Utility. I cannot understand why deleted files in a portable drives does not get a back up in the recycle bin.

 

This program may not be cheap, it may even not be sufficient for the needs of other professionals, but for the average person like me. I wouldn’t mind spending US 80.00 on this software. It may not be friendly at all times but it gets the job done. Some files are too precious and there are times when we are just too excited that we forget to make sure that everything was properly transferred before deleting files.

 

For the times when things cannot be undone, Stellar Phoenix was the only thing I had to save my weekend.

 

Here are some tips for a successful data recovery:

 

 

This program is not for everyone who owns a PC. But for those of us with very important data, it is very handy to have this program installed in your PC (or Mac in my case).

 

You can have more information on this program here http://www.macintosh-data-recovery.com

 

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