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Hetman Photo recovery 4.2 Review

by April 9, 2015

Lost or accidentally deleted your favorite photos which are very useful for you from your hard drive, memory stick or USB drive? Do not panic! Just try the program called Hetman Photo Recovery.

The program allows you to recover deleted or lost files from any types of disks, removable media and devices. It has got a very intuitive and easy to use interface and powerful algorithms for finding and recovering any image and RAW formats.

Download and Installation

The latest version of the program can be downloaded from the official website. It is not big, just 7 MB. The program is available in ten languages: English, French, German, etc.

The installation process is easy; just accept the license agreement, choose the destination folder and specify some installer options.

Installation 1

Installation 2

Installation 4

The main Features of the Program 

Image Formats

Hetman Photo Recovery 4.2 is able to recognize and restore not only well-known and popular image formats such as JPEG or PNG but also less known and specific file formats which are widespread among photo professionals. In addition, the program can work with formats of such applications as Photoshop and Corel.

Hetman Photo Recovery 4.2 supports the following images and RAW file formats:

Images– BW, BMP, CEL, CUT, DIB, EMF, FAX, GIF, ICB, ICO, JPE, JPEG, JPG, PAL, PMB, PCC, PCD, PCX, PDD, PDM, PIC, PNG, PPM, PSD, PSP, RGB, RGBA, RLA, RLE, RPF, SCR, SGI, TGA, TIF, TIFF, VDA, VST, WIM, WMF

Raw Files– 032, 3FR, ARW, BAY, BMQ, CR2, CRW, CS1, DC2, DCR, DNG, ERF, FFF, K25, KDC, MEF, MOS, MRW, NEF, ORF, PEF, PXN, QTK, RAF, RAW, RDC, SR2, SRR, X3F

Digital Cameras

Hetman Photo recovery supports a wide range of digital cameras. The program is compatible with the following digital cameras:

Agfaphoto , Airis , Apple , BBK , BenQ , Canon , Casio , Contax ,DigiEGO , Epson , Ergo , Fujifilm , Genius , GreenWood , HP , Hasselblad , Kodak , Kowa , Logitech , Leica , Mamiya , Mercury , Minolta , Minox , Nikon , Olympus , Panasonic ,Pentax , Praktica , Premier , Ranger , Rekam , Ricoh , Rovershot , Samsung , Sanyo , Sea & Sea, Sealife, Sigma, Sony, Toshiba, UFO and many others.

File System

The program supports all well-known file systems such as VFAT, FAT 12, FAT 32, NTFS and NTFS5.

Devices and Storage Media

The program can search and recover image files from all kinds of devices and storage media, for instance, memory cards (i.e. memory stick, micro SD, Compact flash, SDHC, etc.), external or internal HDDs and SSDs and USB pen drives (the number of devices is simply innumerable, A-DATA, Corsair, Kingston, SanDisk, Silicon Power, TDK, Transcend, Verbatim and so on).

Photo Recovery

The process of recovery of lost photos is quite simple and effortless. The program guides you to make this process as easy as possible. With the help of Wizard every step is performed easily and quickly. It makes no matter whether you are a beginner or an experienced computer user, Hetman Photo recovery is suitable for everyone. Only three steps are required to get back your precious and valuable photos- firstly, choose a disk or any other removable media with deleted files; secondly, choose a scan mode (and some additional options); and, thirdly, recover your photos.

Hetman Photo Recovery 4.2 offers two scanning modes for searching and restoring lost files- Fast and Full Analysis. During the fast scan the user can perform quick analysis of disks and removable media. The fast scanning mode has got some advantages, i.e. it is very fast on the one hand and it can safely restore recently deleted photos on the other hand. It is very useful if you just want to recover those photos which are still preserved in the file system and they are not overwritten with other information yet. The program managed to find 32.516 image files on my SSD disk (with capacity of 111 GB) in less than ten minutes and more than 8.000 photos on my HDD drive (with capacity of 465 GB) in 15 minutes.

Fast Scan 1

Fast Scan-C disk

The Full Analysis scanning mode is more lengthy and time-consuming but I think that it is worth waiting for its completion because in this mode you can not only restore recently deleted photos but also the images from formatted, damaged or deleted partitions.

The program allows you to specify some additional options before starting the file search. You have the possibility to narrow the search options or widen them.

You can search photos by size (i.e. specify the size of photo- small, not big, big or manually set up the desired size of the images), by date (i.e. created, modified or accessed last week, month or year). Additionally, you can select those files which you want to be searched, for example, only RAW files or JPEG images, etc.

Choose Disk

Choose Disk 2

Choose Disk 3

Before saving found and restored image files you can view all of them (the program offers the following viewing modes- thumbnails, large icons, medium icons, list, details and tiles), sort images by name, type, size, status, etc.), preview photos with the help of a special inbuilt viewer. Additionally, the program contains special filters which allow you to filter images by dimensions (i.e. width and height), by size (for example, any size, big and small size, etc.), by date (i.e. any date, or specify the desired date), by type (for example, only JPEG or RAW files, etc.). The program also provides you with detailed information about every image; you can find out the image dimensions, width, height, name, item type, created and modified date.

Filters, etc.

Photo Saving

After specifying all necessary options you can proceed to image saving. Hetman Photo Recovery 4.2 offers four saving methods of restored files:

Save to Hard Disk, i.e. you have the possibility to save the restored photos to your internal hard drive or transfer to any removable media connected to the computer, for instance, to USB drive or external hard drive. Just specify the path of the restored images and some additional options and click Recovery. Additionally, you can save analysis information as a DAI file.

Save to Hard drive 1

Save to Hard drive 2

Burn to CD and DVD– the recovered image files can be burnt to the CD or DVD disks. Before starting the burn process, you can configure some disk and burn options, namely, label the disk or select the desired burn speed (for example, 4.0 x, etc.) and file system (i.e. ISO 9660 or ISO 9660 + Joliet).

Burn to CD and DVD 2

Burn to CD and DVD 3

Create ISO Virtual Drive– it is a very important and useful feature of the program which allows you to create an ISO file from the restored images and save to the hard disk, directly burn to the CD and DVD disks, transfer to any removable media or mount as a virtual drive.

ISO 1

Upload to FTP– the program allows you to upload the restored photos directly to FTP server. All you need is to specify server name and write your username and password. Hetman Photo Recovery 4.2 will do the rest for you.

FTP 1

FTP 2

Additional Tools

Find Partitions– it is more than possible that you may delete or format partitions of your hard drive. Do not worry! Hetman Photo Recovery 4.2 will help you to find them and restore all the photos which are on them. Simply choose the disk with the lost partition, specify the file system (i.e. FAT 12, FAT 16, FAT 32 or NTFS) and the size of the partition. That is all; the rest is a job of the program. After searching the disk, it will try to find the lost partition and recover it.

Find Lost Partition

Create Virtual Drive– you have the possibility to create a virtual disk and mount it as a virtual drive.

Virtual Disk

System Requirements

Windows NT- Windows 8

64 MB of RAM

Enough space on the hard drive for saving restored images

Conclusion

Hetman Photo Recovery 4.2 is a simple but powerful program for recovering deleted and lost photos. It can restore photos from memory cards, cameras, USB drives, HDDs, SSDs, etc. It also allows you to recover photos from formatted and lost partitions. The program supports a wide range of image and RAW formats. With the help of two scanning modes you can easily restore all your valuable photos.

No special and extraordinary sills are required from the user. The program contains a special Wizard guide which makes every step of restoration as easy as ABC. All you need is to select the device and specify some options. All restored images can be saved on the hard disk or any removable media, burnt to CD or DVD disks and uploaded to FTP server.

Hetman Photo Recovery 4.2 is definitely one of the best programs on software market and I recommend it as a reliable and safe tool for recovering all your precious photos which may contain the happiest moments of your life.

 

Pros

1. A wide range of supported image and RAW formats
2. Huge support of any type of disks, removable media and devices
3. Two scanning modes
4. Four different methods for saving restored photos

Cons

None

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