O&O DiskRecovery Pro 10 Review
O&O DiskRecovery Pro 10 Review
Unfortunately, the possibility of loss of valuable and necessary data on your computer existed, exists now and will always exist in the future. There are a lot of reasons why we may lose our files, for instance, system failure, viruses, accidental deletion, and so on. This is a well-known fact that we must back up all our important files on daily basis to avoid their loss but a lot of us remember about existence of backup only at the time of system failure.
Fortunately, there are a lot of programs which allows us to restore the lost files. O&O DiskRecovery 10 belongs to such kind of programs.
Download and Installation
The program can be downloaded from the official website. It is not big and occupies only about 40 MB of hard disk space.
The program is available in three different versions – Professional, Admin and Tech. The professional version is ideal for home users, so we have decided to use it for our review. It includes all necessary features for restoring lost files and provides a user with basic functionality. Admin and Tech editions are specifically designed for system administrators and IT specialist and they can be used for servers.
After downloading the program, you can start the installation, just accept the license agreement and select the destination folder. That is all. After extracting all necessary components, the program will be ready for use.
The Main Features of the Program
Recovery in Three Easy Steps
All actions needed for scan process are very simple and understandable even for novice and inexperienced computer users and require three easy steps.
First of all you have to select a drive or any removable media connected to the computer (for example, USB drive, digital camera, external hard drive, etc.) which you want to scan, secondly, choose one of three (or all of them) offered by the program scanning modes (i.e. O&O UnErase, O&O Format Recovery or O&O Disk Recovery) and configure some additional settings such as scanning options (O&O Deep Scan, O&O Smart Scan or O&O Raw Scan), size of files, length of text files and file types, and, thirdly, click Next button. That is all. The program will start the searching process.
The duration of the scan and the number of restored files mainly depend on settings and selected scanning parameters on the one hand and the capacity of the disk on the other hand.
Supported File Systems and Devices
O&O DiskRecovery 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.
Supported File Types
The program can handle, recognize and restore more than 350 file types and extensions. They are as follows:
Applications – ACM, BIN, HLP, IND, etc. 72 applications in number.
Archives – 7Zip, ACE, ARJ, etc. 14 archive files in number.
Databases – ADP, DSN, CAP, etc. 27 files in number
Digital Camera RAW formats – CIFF, CONT, etc. 8 files in number
Documents – 3DA, PMD, PYC, etc. 24 formats
Email – the program supports all Outlook formats
General – BRK, CAL, CTM, etc. 28 formats
Graphics – all well-known and less popular graphic files are supported, 72 formats in number
Internet – HTM, XML, ELM, EML
Miscellaneous – i.e. ARX, PJR, ZIC, etc. 10 formats
Movies – 3GP, AVI, MPG, etc. 15 formats
Office Documents – all well-known office suites are supported including Microsoft Office, Open Office, and WordPerfect files
Sounds – i.e. audio files such as MP3, WAV, WMA, etc.
Texts – TXT, CPP, etc.
The Scanning Modes
The program offers three different scanning modes for searching and restoring deleted and lost files. You can use one of them or combine all three modes together at the same time for achieving the best results and restoring as many files as possible.
O&O UnErase – this scanning mode is very useful in the case of accidental deletion of files from the Recycle Bin or malicious virus attack. Thanks to advanced searching algorithms the program thoroughly scans every section of the disk and restores each deleted file completely.
O&O Format Recovery – if you accidentally format your disk or partition you can take full advantage of this scanning mode. It is an ideal solution in that case.
O&O Disk Recovery – it is the best and the most advanced scanning mode of the program. Due to the unique and leading scanning methods, the program is able to search and recover lost and deleted files even from formatted, corrupted and damaged disks and partitions.
For achieving the best and maximum results in restoring deleted files the program offers three different scanning options. They allow you to run a more thorough search on the one hand or exclude and ignore some types of files from restoring and scanning on the other hand. These options are as follows:
O&O DeepScan – the program performs a full and thorough scan of the disk. Each section of the disk is thoroughly searched for deleted files, even the smallest files are detected by the program. This option is effective only if the file system is not damaged or corrupted.
O&O SmartScan – the program performs a quick scan of the disk and examines only those disk areas which are not occupied by other files. Thanks to that the scan time is very fast. This method is used for restoring those files which are recently deleted and their place is not overwritten with other files.
O&O RawScan – this option is of use if your partition is formatted with another file system. Regardless of this change, the program will try to search the entire partition and restore all deleted and lost files.
Set size of Files– the program allows you to define the desired size of files during the scanning process. You can manually specify the maximum file size in MB to be restored by the program. All other files which exceed that limit will be ignored by O&O DiskRecovery 10.
Length of Text Files – you can set a limit to characters of text files, for example, 400 characters, etc. The program will ignore all other files which are above this limit.
File Types – the program supports a wide range of different file formats and extensions, for example, audio, video, images, and so on, but you can exclude some type of files from scanning and restoring and select only the desired ones. Shortly saying, if you want to restore only graphic files, you can choose them only and ignore all other formats. Just select the needed group from the drop-down menu and check all those formats which you want to be looked for. Additionally, the program allows you to save your preferences and load and use them later without selecting them again.
After completing the scan process the program displays all found files. You can perform some actions before saving them, namely, view properties of each file (i.e. file size, date of creation, access and modification), preview files with the help of a special inbuilt viewer (it supports only text and image formats), apply some filters, for instance, file size and date.
After performing all desired actions you can proceed to the last step, i.e. save the restored files, all you need is to select the desired target folder. The files can be saved in another partition of your computer or any removable media connected to the computer. Additionally, the program allows you to create a complete data recovery report and save it in Rich Text Format (RTF).
It should be noted that you cannot save the restored files in an unregistered version. Only after buying the license you will be able to restore them.
User Defined Signature
As was stated above O&O DiskRecovery 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).
Windows Vista – Windows 8.1 (both 32 and 64 bit versions)
50 MB of free hard disk space for the program installation
O&O DiskRecovery 10 helps you to recover any data that has been deleted or lost. The program may scan every section of the hard drive, memory card or digital camera, etc. for lost and deleted files. The program can help even in the most hopeless situations such as data recovery after formatting the disk, file system corruption and so on. Due to the unique scanning technology O&O DiskRecovery 10 allows you to find and recover even the smallest file.
O&O DiskRecovery 10 supports all known file systems and a huge number of file formats including text files, audio, video, images, etc.
Working with the program is extremely easy and comfortable. Every step is guided with the help of Wizard, all you need to do is follow the instructions.
After using it for some time I can now say that it is one of the best programs for file recovering currently available on the software market, so I may recommend it as an indispensable tool in the event of need.
1. It can scan formatted and corrupted file systems
2. It includes step by step wizard
3. It supports more than 350 file formats
4. You can preview the recovered files
5. It supports all Windows-compatible disks and devices
It supports only two languages- German and English