So one morning your computer is working perfectly fine and the next minute, bam! everything crashes. After trying several solutions you are only left with one option, formatting your computer. And that is how you end up losing your important data. But what is really infuriating is that you had been putting off the task of backing up the files.
That is just one of the ways you can lose your data. Then there is an even more absurd way which is accidentally deleting the files yourself. This is how it usually goes. You are deleting a bunch of files and in the process, you highlight the wrong folder. It’s not until you have pressed “Shift-Delete” that it occurs to you what you have done. And no matter how many times you try to undo the process there is no going back. Ctrl Z cannot bring back the lost files. But don’t worry because in this post I will be telling you a software that can. It’s called Wondershare Recoverit.
It is not the first software I have used to recover lost files but so far, it has been the most efficient. So I thought I should talk a little about this wonder software. So then you don’t have to go apes the next time you delete your school/work project just a few hours before the presentation is due.
I think what really stood out for me using the software is how easy it is to use. The recovery process is ideally a 3-step process. You don’t need to have used a recovery software before or even have any technical knowledge. All it takes is your intuition. But let me not get carried away. Let’s start from the beginning then you can better understand what I mean.
Before we can get to how Wondershare Recoverit performs practically we first need to know what it can do on paper. How else will we be able to judge it?
This recovery software can recover more than 550 data formats. So whether its images, multimedia files, documents, emails, archives or any other file type Recoverit will find and retrieve it. It supports full data recovery for all devices with NTFS, FAT16, FAT32, and other format types.
Wondershare Recoverit comes with a Built-in Data-Analyzer Engine equipped with advanced algorithms that enable it to perform scans faster than most of the other tools. It also facilitates deeper scans that recover about 96% of the lost data. I did not do the actual math to confirm this but what I can say is that I was able to recover all the test files that I had deleted.
This tool can be used to recover data lost from formatted hard drives, raw hard drives or the various partitions in your PC. This is in addition to external storage devices including mobile phones. This means you can recover lost data from your iPhone and Android devices using Wondershare Recoverit.
Once all the files have been found, Wondershare allows you to either recover all of them at once or selectively by choosing the ones that you need. And finally, this tool provides you with an easy way to recover from computer crashes and virus attacks by restoring data from a bootable media solution.
Like many software nowadays, Wondershare is really easy to install. Just download the program file, run it and follow the installation wizard. It uses an online installer so once you execute it, first it will download the necessary components before it can begin the installation. It took me about 10 minutes to complete the process but this could be longer or shorter depending on your Internet speed. I did not find any programs bundled within the installation package that some vendors try to have you install unknowingly.
Once the installation is complete then it’s time to activate the product. You can skip this step if you are using the free version of the software that allows recovery of up to 100MB. At the top right part of the UI, you will see two icons that let you either activate the product or buy the license by redirecting you to the Wondershare official page.
How to Recover Lost Files Using Wondershare Recoverit
This recovery tool has four approaches you can take in recovering and restoring data. And that is exactly how the user interface is sectioned. Here is a break down of all the sections.
Hard Disk Drives
This is the section where all your disk partitions are listed. So you just select the partition from which you want to recover data, say Local Disk(C:) and click start at the bottom. Wondershare Recoverit will scan the entire partition and display all files that have been deleted over time. You can then select the files you need and click on Recover.
Wondershare allows you to preview the discovered files before you can begin recovery to affirm that they are indeed the files you want.
This is where you recover files from your external drives and mobile devices. Once you insert a device then it should automatically appear on the External devices section. If it does not then there is a refresh button beside the section name. Use it.
I like this option the best because it is faster than the first method. It allows you to recover files from the recycle bin, the desktop or select the specific folder in which your files were stored. The targeted recovery means that you can go to the specific folder where your deleted files were stored and, therefore, avoid recovering multiple files that you don’t need in the first place.
Computer Crash Recovery
The final option will be perfect for those moments when you want to restore your system after a hard disk crash or failure. But first, you need to have saved your files in a different media like a USB disk drive or a CD. The Computer Crash recovery allows you to restore lost data from a bootable media.
Now to the most important part of this review. Does Wondershare Recoverit really do what it claims? Well, to do this I deleted a number of files that I would then try to restore. The biggest gamble I took was deleting my ‘FIFA 19’ game file before I had even installed it. It’s almost 40GB in size and had taken me about 5 days to download. I also deleted a number of images, videos, and documents for diversity.
Then I used the select folder option to recover the files. Amazingly, this recovery tool was able to find the deleted files in about 15 minutes. It took me another 20 minutes to restore the files back to my computer. I then tried installing the game since some recovery tools are known to corrupt files during recovery. Well, it all worked out okay. And all the other files opened successfully too including a full-length movie. That was test one.
The second test I did was scanning all my computer partitions. My biggest partition is about 195GB in size and it took the longest to scan. That’s about 20 minutes. Local Disk(C:) is 146GB in size and took slightly over 15 minutes. What surprised me is just how deep this software was able to go. In the course of recovery, I found some music videos that I cannot even place a timeline on. It’s very possible that I deleted them about a year ago. So I tried restoring them too. Unfortunately, none of the videos played. But I guess I would have been more surprised if they had actually played. One year is a long time so they probably got overwritten.
Nevertheless, I raised the question with the Wondershare Customer support for clarification and also to test how responsive they are. Here is what I found out.
Customer Care Support
Wondershare has live chat support although the agents are available only from 9am to 6pm every Monday to Friday. During their offline hours, you will be prompted to leave an email and the solution to your query will be emailed there.
They were offline at the time I contacted them but promised to hit back in 3 hours. True to their word I received an email at the said time and here is what they had to say. “If the files can be scanned out and previewed then they are recoverable” But the problem is that file types such as mp4 and mp3 cannot be previewed so it’s not a concrete determining factor. But in the case of images, it will be really helpful.
The takeaway here is that they have quite a responsive support team although it’s not available 24/7. Also before you are connected to an actual person, Wondershare first takes you through a list of common problems and solutions. You may find the answer to your problem here. You can also try searching for the problem on the web. Wondershare Recoverit has a huge user base and chances are someone else has had your problem and already came up with the solution.
Wondershare Recoverit is a pretty straightforward tool that you will find really easy to use. But more importantly, it is a software that actually delivers what it claims on paper. And in the event that it’s not satisfactory, the vendor offers a 7-day money back guarantee. Although I am unsure what really qualifies you for the refund since I have had a few users who complained about not receiving it.
The free version of the software allows you to recover up to 100MB which will be perfect for the recovery of documents. It also allows you to scan your PC to determine whether the deleted files can be found. This way you only upgrade after you are sure you will be able to get back your data. I also think that the premium version is very reasonably priced.
Of course, there is always the chance that some files may not be successfully recovered but there is no single recovery tool that can promise 100% recovery success. Especially if the files have been deleted for a while. This is why I recommend recovering the files as soon as you lose them. Better yet. Always keep an updated backup of your system.