O&O Disk Recovery 14 Pro Review
O&O Disk Recovery 14 Pro Review
It goes without saying that nobody wants to lose important files on the computer but, unfortunately, very often a lot of computer users lose those files without any possibility of their recovery.
After the hard disk failure or accidental partition deletion, etc. the first question that comes into your mind is: how can I recover my files? Of course, it is very difficult to do that, but I think there is no need to lose your head and try to get your files back. Fortunately, now you can recover any file types from any storage media thanks to O&O Disk Recovery 14 Pro. This new version has been greatly improved with new features by the developer. Currently it includes advanced and reliable options to recover files from formatted partitions, damage partitions, and so on, and offers different searching and restoring algorithms with the help of which you have the possibility to do impossible, or, in other words, you can restore permanently lost files.
O&O Disk Recovery 14 Pro is a program which works wonders and as a kind wizard returns those valuable things that you have lost before.
The recovery process is very easy and it does not require any advanced computer skills because every step is performed with the help of a step by step magic wizard that helps you to complete every action effortlessly.
In the first step you should select a drive to be scanned for lost files. O&O Disk Recovery 14 Pro displays a full list of all drives in the program window; all you need is to choose the desired one. A lot of different storage media volumes are supported by the program, for example, external or interval drives, USB sticks, digital cameras, and so on. O&O Disk Recovery 14 Pro supports all storage devices (i.e. HDDs, SSDs, USBs, etc.) which are formatted with the following file systems- NTFS, FAT 32, FAT and exFAT. In addition, you can restore lost and deleted data from a huge number of removable devices such as memory cards, digital cameras, etc.
After selecting the desired drive to be searched for lost files, you can proceed to the second step. This step is very important because it allows you to choose one of three search techniques offered by the program on the one hand and apply some additional settings on the other hand.
For achieving the best results it is recommended to select an appropriate search technique. The program offers three different search techniques- O&O UnErase, O&O Format Recovery and O&O Disk Recovery.
O&O UnErase is the fastest and it allows you to scan folders and restore deleted files even on very large disks. This technique is of use only in this case when you have deleted files or folders accidentally and want to recover them before they are overwritten with other items.
O&O Format Recovery is a search technique which allows you to search for data on formatted and structurally damaged partitions.
O&O Disk Recovery is the most advanced technique and it is very useful when the first two techniques do not lead to positive results. During this search, the program searches each sector of the disk and allows you to recover data even from formatted and completely destroyed file systems.
Each search technique is independent, so you have the possibility to select one of them or use all of them at the same time.
In the second step you can apply some additional settings and parameters, just click on the button “Adapt settings”, and in the new opened window select one of three search methods to be used and file types to be looked for.
O&O Disk Recovery 14 Pro offers three different options for file searching- O&O Deep Scan, O&O Smart Scan and O&O Raw Scan which can be used separately or combined together.
O&O Deep Scan performs a complete and deep scan and analyzes each sector of the disk for detecting deleted files; the program is able to find all files without exception including files with a very small size. As a rule, this method is very effective if the file system is not damaged or corrupted.
O&O Smart Scan- during this method the program performs a very quick scan; only those areas of the disk are scanned that are not occupied by any existing files.
O&O Raw Scan- two above mentioned scans are enabled by default in the program. If these two methods are not effective, you can take full advantage of O&O Raw Scan method and re-scan the disk. During this scan method, O&O Disk Recovery 14 Pro scans the disk regardless the file system. It is very useful when you format the disk using another file system (for example, NTFS to FAT 32, and so on). This method requires more time than other ones, but it provides you with better results.
By default O&O Disk Recovery 14 Pro allows you to search for any type of files regardless their size, but you can limit this size and manually specify the desired size; all files that exceed the specified size will be ignored by the program. This is very useful if you know the exact size because it will significantly reduce the scanning time.
In addition, you can also define the minimum length for text files to be scanned by specifying the number of characters manually.
O&O Disk Recovery 14 Pro supports more than 350 file types to recover. By default the program scans for all file types but you can narrow the search parameters and select only those file types you want to be searched for.
O&O Disk Recovery 14 Pro allows you to search for the following file types:
Applications- EXE, HLP, TTF, etc., more than 70 file types are supported.
Archives- all well-known and popular archive files are supported, for example, ARJ, RAR, ZIP, 7Z, ACE, etc.
Databases- for example, Access 2007, BTR, CAP, etc.
Digital Camera RAW format- CIFF, CR2, PXN, etc.
Document- RTF, PDF, 3DA, and so on.
Email- DBX, OEB, PST, WAB.
General- CUE, RTM, XPT, etc.
Graphics- BMP, GIF, ICO, JPG, PSD, TIF, and so on.
Internet / Web- ELM, EML, HTM, XML.
Miscellaneous- ACP, PRJ, ZIC, etc.
Movies- AVI, MOV, SWF, VOB, etc.
Office documents- Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and so on.
Sounds- MP3, WAV, WMA, etc.
Texts- CPP, TXT, etc.
In addition, it should be stated O&O Disk Recovery 14 Pro supports more than 350 file formats by default but it also allows you to create user defined signatures and use them during the scan if they are not listed in the program. (more info about this feature can be found on the official O&O website).
After defining all settings and parameters, O&O Disk Recovery 14 Pro will start the search process. Its duration depends on the selected search technique, the capacity of the disk, and so on. During the search process the program displays info about elapsed and remaining time, the number of found files and folders, etc. All you need is to wait for the completion of the search process and after that you may proceed to the third step.
After finishing the scan, O&O Disk Recovery 14 Pro will display all found folders. You have the possibility to restore any files. The program allows you to view some file types (for example, graphic or text files) in the preview window on the one hand and get some basic info about each file, for example, its size, the date of creation, and so on.
With the help of special filters you can specify and sort out files by size and date.
In the final step, after selecting all desired files for recovery, O&O Disk Recovery 14 Pro allows you to save rescued data on the internal drive or any removable media, for example, USB stick.
In addition, you can create data recovery report and save it as a RTF file.
It should be noted that in the trial version there is no possibility to save rescued files; you have to buy a full version for restoring all found files.
Windows Vista- Windows 10 (both 32 and 64-bit versions)
20 MB of free hard disk space
O&O Disk Recovery 14 Pro is a very efficient and reliable solution for recovering accidentally deleted, lost or damage data. The program is specially designed for those users who want to get back their important files and folders back.
The program supports all known Windows file systems (i.e. FAT 32, NTFS, etc.) and allows you to restore data from hard drives, memory cards, USB sticks and other removable media.
Thanks to a very intuitive and easy to use interface and comprehensive step by step wizard, file recovery is extremely easy; in three easy steps you can recover your lost data.
O&O Disk Recovery 14 Pro offers a wide range of different recovery methods, so you can effectively restore practically everything from graphic to text files.
1. Different advanced methods for file recovery.
2. A lot of supported file types for recovery.