With that $30 price tag in my mind’s eye, I went into my PC
Tools File Recover hands-on thinking that it would be just another
over-priced undelete utility. Ten minutes in, I was thinking “By
Grabthar’s hammer… what a savings!” Most recovery programs that
will scan on the sector level, such as Active @ File
Recovery and R-studio Data
Recovery, will set you back more money.
PC Tools File Recover is easy to use, and it works. It recovered
all of the deleted files I threw at it by bulk search, or by
specific file name/file type. The program did crash once while
attempting to recover a large MPG file, but I was unable to
replicate the incident.
File Recover also easily recognized a USB-attached hard drive
from a RAID 0/1 array that had been overwritten with two Mac OS
partitions–and it found a number of files there. Unfortunately,
the vast majority of the files were false positives that restored
as zero length entries. To be fair, no program that I’m aware of
would do any better, though some will bypass false positives.
My only real problem with PC Tools File Recover came during the
recovery stage. There’s a button to select all and a button to
deselect all, as well as selection by folder and type, however
beyond that you’re stuck selecting or deselecting files one at a
time. You can’t hold down the shift or control key and
select/deselect groups or batches. Selecting files one at a time
could get annoying when you have a lot of them in single directory.
Also, although you may pause a scan, there’s no way to save it so
that you can continue or take action on a scan after closing the
PC Tools File Recover looks to be a bargain in my book. As is
typical for this sort of program, the demo will find files but not