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Hetman Partition Recovery can help you get back deleted files and even complete partitions. The program excels because of its support of multiple kinds of storage media. As it is intended to work on Windows, it successfully works with FAT and NTFS file systems. Just like most similar tools, it can recover files regardless of their extensions.
Despite the evident complexity of the algorithms working from under the hood, the software can be used without difficulty even if you only have basic computer usage background. In this respect, it is convenient that there is a wizard that tells you what to do. The program supports two scan types. A quick scan analyzes the device’s file system to find deleted data. However, in more severe scenarios, such as reformatting and corrupted media, it is necessary to resort to full-scan mode, which uses content-aware analysis to identify file types. Fortunately, some types of recovered files can be previewed before actually being saved to disc. There is also a HEX editor to explore file contents, but this only useful for the most advanced users. Not only can separate files be recovered but also a whole drive as the program can reconstruct the original folder structure. When you have decided what to save, you have the options of saving the files, burning them to discs or uploading them to an FTP site.
It is excellent that the program can also help you work proactively by creating a backup of a given disk, which you can then mount to retrieve the files you have lost from your standard storage device. Backing up a disk is also useful when a given device is starting to fail, this way you can prevent further damage to your data.
In general, Hetman Partition Recovery is without a doubt one of the best tools of its type. I appreciate the product is now less expensive than it used to be; still, it may be unaffordable for most home users, whom I advise checking other programs by the same developer.
- Supports multiple types of storage devices
- Compatible with many file types
- Two recovery modes
- Two preview modes
- Supports FAT and NTFS partitions
- Safe recovery
- Various ways to save the recovered data
- Backs up complete drives
- Mounts disk images
- Too pricey for most home users