TopTenREVIEWS - Silver Award - Awarded for excellence in design, usability and feature set

R-Tools creates serious recovery software. R-Studio for Windows can help relieve you of many types of stressful disk disasters, including reformatted partitions, damaged disks and hard disks with bad sectors. It has an advanced RAID reconstruction tool and a powerful text/hex editor. This file recovery tool is nearly as complex and effective as professional data recovery software and earns our TopTenREVIEWS Silver Award.

R-Studio can easily recover all known file types that have been deleted as long as the files have not been written over. The software is compatible with all Windows operating systems back to Windows 9x, and it can create disk images. R-Tools provides utilities for all types of recovery needs, from simple file deletion to network editions and technician editions of the software for difficult data-loss disasters.

The version we reviewed is uncomplicated enough for most moderately tech-savvy users to handle, yet it also includes tools for advanced users. R-Tools do not offer professional recovery services, so you cannot send a damaged disk to the company to have them recover the files on it for you, but they do offer professional-grade software to those who provide these services.

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R-Tools recovery software can recover lost files from any memory device, including hard disks, externally connected disks, memory cards, CDs and DVDs, floppy disks, USB-connected drives and more. It can even recover unknown file types if you create the parameters for the software to find them. The R-Studio version we reviewed runs on Windows PCs and can recover data from the same PC or connected devices and restore files to any memory device accessible by the host machine. However, the network version can run on any Windows-based PC and recover files from other types of machines and storage arrays via a network or internet connection.

The file recovery software can attempt to restore data after a variety of disk problems, including viruses, partition changes, reformatting, running of utility tools, or disks with bad sectors. It can even perform damaged RAID recovery by creating a virtual RAID from its components. The virtual RAID can process data like the original array. We tested this software's ability to discover and restore a group of files on three test PCs running Windows 7. This software was able to restore all our test files, and it even kept our deleted music album folder intact rather than splitting it into separate files.

Recovery Features
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This recovery software includes all the recovery tools we looked for, from a variety of scan options to disk imaging capabilities. It is a bit more complex than most consumer-grade recovery software, but there is an easy-to-use tool for simply restoring deleted files if that is all you need to do. However, this Windows product is suitable to handle challenging recovery conundrums, including complex searches and restorations.

R-Studio can recover files from unbootable computers in a variety of ways. You can remove the hard drive and attach it to a functioning computer running the software, run R-Tools recovery software with a startup bootable device such as a USB drive or via a network connection from a PC running the network version. These tasks are challenging but useful if you need them. This software also comes with a disk-imaging tool, which can create disk images of a damaged disk for file restoration. It can also create partial images that can be stored on smaller storage devices such as a USB drive or DVDs, which is useful since full disk images are usually large files.

Some advanced tools include the ability to create a virtual RAID, regions and unique file types, as well as the ability to configure scan options. The software also includes a capable text and hexadecimal editor. The advanced tools R-Studio provides may appear complex to use, but if you are familiar with the terminology and understand advanced restoration methods, you will appreciate its features.

Search & Recovery
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R-Studio includes basic and advanced search tools to help you recover your lost files. The basic sort tools filter files by type, dates and size. One of the reasons that search tools are important is that in most cases, deleted or lost files do not display their original file names. A file once named "family Hawaii vacation 2012" may display in the recovery results as "$jfsldk959673," which makes finding exact files and folders difficult. Sort and filter tools can help you restore specific files or specific types of files that can be grouped as you save them, which should make managing mass volumes of recovered files slightly less tedious.

Advanced search and filter tools are extremely comprehensive. For example, you can view detailed file descriptions and even view drive scan maps. You can search for exactly what you are looking for down to the string options and specific locations. Most people will never use these advanced tools, but if you need them, this software includes them.

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Recovery software can be complex. Since restoring lost files can be stressful and difficult, good technical support is paramount. If you need assistance with this software, you can consult the extensive user manual or contact the company by email or telephone during standard business hours. We contacted them by email and they responded to our queries on the same day.

The company also hosts an active user forum that covers hundreds of topics. To accommodate a wide range of customers, they provide customer support in English and French, and their website is localized in nine languages that include Spanish, Korean, Japanese and Russian among others. To learn more about the product and product updates, you can follow R-Tools on Twitter and Facebook.

R-Studio Summary:
9.7/10

R-Studio for Windows is as close as you can get to professional data recovery services in a do-it-yourself software solution. It can recover data lost due to all types of problems, from simple accidental file deletions to full system crashes and reformatted drives. Restoring mass quantities of data is complicated, but this software is multifaceted enough to handle complex situations. If you have a severely damaged disk, cannot start Windows or have partition issues, R-Studio is one of the best solutions available to help you restore your files and your peace of mind.

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R-Studio Windows

Pros
R-Studio includes all the basic and advanced tools you need to attempt recovery of all file types from all types of disk disasters.

Cons
This software is complex and more difficult to use than some consumer-level, do-it-yourself data recovery software.

The Verdict
: 9.7/10

If you have a challenging restoration project to accomplish, this software is suitable for the job. It can restore files from all types of disk and partition issues, and even remotely if necessary.