In recent years, there has been quite a number of new software developer houses offering a wide range of generic tools for your computer. While they may not be considered as essential tools for most novice users, they are certainly represented within the arsenal of your average techie and computer repair expert. One such type is the data recovery tool. In my personal arsenal, I have a list of about 10 different category of tools, with each folder having a further three or four programmes within them from the various software developer houses. The data recovery tool has always been a go-to for me, all the way back to when I first started in the PC repair business, some 20 years ago. Having recently review the latest generation of data recovery tools in 2019, we take a look at the iBoysoft Data Recovery for Windows.
The iBoysoft tool is a an easy-to-use programme that allows users to recovery a host of file types across various drive formats, including NTFS, exFAT and FAT32. The software also provides additional features such as recovery from formatted, RAW or deleted drive partitions, as well as being able to recover Bitlocker protected files when the encryption has been corrupted, lost or failed for whatever reason. All storage devices are also supported by iBoysoft Data Recovery for Windows, which includes system disks, external hard drives, SD cards, memory cards, USB flash drives, etc. The software is able to scan almost all configurations the average user will have at home or the office, apart from that of a RAID setup, which in itself is a complicated task to begin with. So not a big train smash there.
These different options make the tool very flexible in your data recovery approach, but there’s a single constant regardless of the option – the ease-of-use via a single button. While there may be various options to scan the types of files and settings of the drive being recovered, but once you’ve managed to locate the files you wish to recover, the single-button process remains the same across. To start, users simply need to run the programme, select the drive and possible folders they wish to scan through. The software then starts scanning based on your options selected and provides a list of files and folders recovered for the user to save to a different location.
There are two options when scanning your drives before recovering files – fast scan or deep scan. This is pretty common in most data recovery suites. The fast scan option effectively scans the “surface” of the drive, with recently indexed files, suited to recover files that have been deleted recently. The deep scan option provides a more in-depth partition scan, which allows drive with lost partitions, RAW indices and the likes. It all comes down to a question of time – whether you have the time to run a full scan and whether an extended period of time has passed since you lost the file in question.
As with all data recovery tools, it makes use of some kind of algorithm. This may be unique to the company, or something bought or shared online. For the more advanced algorithms, these are typically designed and developed in-house. The latter is the case for the iBoysoft Data Recovery tool, as it provides additional recovery options that make it a lot more powerful than conventional tools. You won’t simply find a free tool online that is able to provide scanning of unallocated drive storage sector by sector in order to provide a thorough deep scan. This is where the iBoysoft tool excels. In addition to offering this feature, when compared to other tools offering the same option, it’s quite a lot faster over a series of recovery scans during our testing.
The tool also provides a great preview function. This allows users to view images and the likes before hitting the recover button in the event they may have limited space to copy the recovered files to. This feature is available even while the tool is scanning the drive, which will allow you to end the current scan once your file has been found and you’re satisfied with the result.
While I reviewed the iBoysoft Data Recovery for Windows as part of the review, there is also a version available for Mac OS users. The tool is quite different on Mac with different file formats and partitions, but essentially remains the same software and algorithms that powers both.
Data recovery tools are a dime a dozen. It’s easy to simply Google search those two key words and be provided with thousands of options to use whenever you require a tool to do a specific job. While a lot of tools are either simple enough to use by most with a lack of advanced option or are too complicated as a result of the additional features built in. The iBoysoft Data Recovery for Windows is both simple to use, while provided quite a number of features without being bogged down behind a messy UI. The tool is highly recommended for most users.
iBoysoft Data Recovery for Windows
Having tested quite a few data recovery tools in recent months, the extensive drive support of the iBoysoft Data Recovery tool makes it one of the best I’ve used. It’s not overly complicated to use either, providing an ease-of-use most novice users will be comfortable with.
- Ease of use
- Multiple drive formats and states
- Lacks RAID support for advanced users
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