Data loss is a menace we all have had the misfortune of experiencing one way or the other. Hard drives malfunction, important files get corrupt, partitions are accidentally formatted, unintentional deletion, malware infection – there are literally dozens of ways you may lose your valuable data.
On the shinier side, data recovery technologies have come a long way too.
Barring a few rare exceptions such as total physical destruction of the storage device, modern file recovery software can successfully retrieve almost all types of data formats.
Case in point: EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.
- Approximately 140,000 hard drives fail in the United States alone each week
- Nearly 30% of all hard disk failures happen because of some sort of mishandling or accident
- As much as 58% of all small and medium businesses in the US aren’t prepared for data loss
- 3 out of 5 small and medium businesses that lost data go out of business in less than 6 months.
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro
The first thing you need to know about EaseUS is that the company has been around for a while. Over the years, it has produced a sizeable portfolio of data utilities for both business and home users. The company has a proven track record and is used by various small business and Fortune 500 organizations.
Availability and pricing
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is available for both Windows and Mac users.
If you are a Windows user, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro for Windows + WinPE is the most feature-rich version of the company’s data recovery software.
WinPE allows you to retrieve lost data from computers that won’t start properly due to faulty boot partitions.
As of this writing, the price is just under $100, but do check the official website for discounts and prices.
The MAC variant of the same tool is called Data Recovery Wizard Pro for Mac with Bootable Media.
There is a cheaper version dubbed Data Recovery Wizard Pro, it costs $30 less but doesn’t include the feature that allows recovery of data when your system fails to start or crashes.
All versions are free to try, and offer a limited-period money back guarantee.
You can use the trial versions to recover up to 2GB of data. The intended purpose is to help you confirm whether your lost data can be retrieved before purchasing the full version.
Features and Performance
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizards supports Windows PCs, Mac, external hard drives, flash drives, digital cameras, camcorders, memory sticks, and other types of removable drives. Supported file types include:
|Documents||DOC/DOCX, PDF, CWK, PPT/PPTX, XLS/XLSX, HTML/HTM, INDD, EPS, etc.|
|Image||JPG, TIFF/TIF, PNG, BMP, MRW, DCR, GIF, PSD, CRW, WMF, DNG, ERF, RAW etc.|
|Video||MPEG-4, QuickTime, AVI, WMV etc.|
|Audio||MP3, WAV, AIFF, AAC, Ogg, and more|
|PST, DBX, EMLX, etc.|
|Archive||ZIP, RAR, SIT, etc.|
Supported file systems include:
- Windows: NTFS, FAT
- MAC: HFS, HFS+
- Removable storage: ExFAT
Once you install and run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, you will be taken to the list of drives available for a scan. This includes all internal disk partitions, Windows Libraries, external hard drives or flash drives etc. The procedure is simple – just select the drive or device that contains your lost/corrupt data and click on “SCAN”. (The procedure is pretty much the same for both Windows and Mac versions.)
There are two modes of scans: Quick Scan and Deep Scan. The software automatically initiates the Quick Scan which is then followed by Deep Scan. Depending on your system configuration and the volume of the scanned directory, a quick scan can take anywhere between a couple of seconds up to a minute. Deep Scan takes significantly longer and helps find those files and folders that Quick Scan couldn’t detect.
One inconvenience here is that EaseUS doesn’t give you the option to scan the whole hard drive at one go. Neither can you scan specific folders within a partition.The best you can do is scan one partition at a time.
|Save Scan Results||YES|
|Sort by File Type||YES|
|Scan by File Type||NO|
|Add New File Types||NO|
Also, unlike some rival software such as Stellar Phoenix data recovery tool, it doesn’t allow scans based on file types. You can, however, save the scan results and filter them by file types.
If you have a lost partition, the software will likely find it right away.
|Full Hard Drive Scan||NO|
|Deleted/Lost File Recovery||YES|
|Corrupt Partition Recovery||YES|
|Deleted Partition Recovery||YES|
|Recovery CD||YES, Sold Separately|
|Bootable USB Device Recovery||YES, Sold Separately|
|Cloning||YES, Sold Separately|
|Optical Drive Recovery||NO|
|External Drive Recovery||YES|
|Flash Drive Recovery||YES|
|SD Card Recovery||YES|
The ability to browse and preview files helps, especially considering that the recovered files are given generic names (a common folly with almost all data recovery tools). Once the scan is over, you can browse the recovered files by their categories (audio, documents, email, graphics, other). One big advantage you get with EaseUS is that the software allows you to search for specific files by searching for a particular extension (for example, .mp3, .jpg, .docx etc.).
As for the speed, EaseUS is definitely one of the fastest file recovery software I have reviewed. It is as quick as the likes of Stellar Phoenix, WonderShare Data Recovery, or Prosoft Engineering, if not faster.
|Quick Scan (400GB Partition)||2 seconds|
|Deep Scan (400 GB Partition)||~ 69 minutes|
|Full HD Scan (1TB)||N/A|
Another positive result from the tests was that EaseUS managed to recover a large volume of data even from a partially damaged external hard drive that I was unable to retrieve data from for awhile. (Yes, I tried a couple of other data recovery tools on the same HDD, both got stuck midway during the recovery process.)
The recovered data included documents, photos, audio files, and even a couple of pretty large video files (with some irrecoverable data here and there that manifest in a blank screen).
- Speed: One of the fastest data recovery tools around.
- Reasonably priced: It’s not the cheapest, but you get a healthy price-to-performance ratio.
- Capable of retrieving data from badly damaged and/or corrupt devices and partitions.
- Trial version allows recovery of up to 2GB of data, which is good for quality assessment prior to purchasing.
- Simple UI, anyone can handle with ease.
- Ability to preview recovered files
- Ability to sort recovered files by file types
- Ability to search recovered files by its extension
- Limited recovery options
- Cannot scan the entire HD at one go
- Cannot scan individual folders
- Cannot scan by file types
While EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro is not perfect, it does offer a rather impressive performance without making a dent in your wallet. You are guaranteed to receive more than your money’s worth considering that the software can retrieve data from even those devices where most of its rivals often fail. The Deep Scan feature can sometimes take longer than anticipated given that the software doesn’t support scans based on specific directory or file types, but it is likely to return all the lost files you need to retrieve.