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

EDITOR’S NOTE: We've been notified that the updated version of this product has been made available. We'll post an updated review once fully evaluated.

Despite our best efforts to back up our data, sometimes disk disasters happen and we have to face the prospect of losing critical work emails, family photos or our music and video collections. Our TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award winner, Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery, can help. You do not have to be an IT expert or experienced recovery specialist to use this data recovery software. It is able to locate and restore lost files, and it is easy to use.

This restoration software can recover deleted files and restore files from altered partitions and reformatted disks. It can also recover deleted files from mobile phone memory cards, camera cards, CDs and DVDs, and external drives. In total, it can recover nearly 200 file types and is compatible with all current Windows operating systems, including a few server versions.

Conducting data recovery searches can be stressful, tedious and frustrating. However, Stellar Phoenix makes it as simple as possible and presents search results in a familiar Windows layout. To help you find your lost files, it provides file details and an exceptional file preview. If you need to recover data from a damaged or bad sector, the company offers a Pro version of this software that can perform disk imaging to help you restore lost files.

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Stellar Phoenix can recover data from most common storage devices, including internal and external disks, USB attached drives, CDs and DVDs, and memory cards. It can easily restore deleted files if they have not been written over and perform tasks that are more complex, such as recovering data from reformatted and altered partitions.

The software can also recover data from mobile phone memory cards. However, this is not the same as recovering information from a SIM card; in this case, it refers to recovering data from a memory card such as a microSD card. Stellar Phoenix can also restore data from popular camera memory cards. To recover data from damaged sectors, you will have more success with the Pro version, which can create a disk image of damaged disks to restore data. Restoring files from a disk image is safer than attempting to restore them directly from a damaged disk. The company also offers RAID recovery for RAID 0, 5 and 6 levels. For forensics or extreme disk damage, they provide professional recovery services.

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If you are not an experienced using data recovery tools, you will appreciate that this software does not inundate you with a long list of scan choices. After installing this software, it offers just three choices: drive recovery, CD DVD Recovery and Photo Recovery (other versions also offer email and RAID recovery). Each choice is explained clearly to help you decide which option is best suited to your particular lost file problem. The advanced scan options include a deep scan and a find option.

This software can recover nearly 200 files types including audio, image, archive, database, backup, internet and documents. It supports all common audio files such as wav, wmv, mp3 and avi as well as jpg, gif, png and bmp image files. It can recover all Office type documents including docx, ppt and xlsx. Stellar Phoenix can also restore common file types like pdf, text, csv and xhtml. We tested this software on three test PCs to see if it could restore a variety of file types. It was able to recover all of our test files uncorrupted.

To recover data from an unbootable PC or from a damaged or bad sector, you can perform these actions using the Pro version. Even though you have to upgrade to the Pro version to perform some tasks, it is comparably priced.

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Stellar Phoenix has an exceptional preview tool and supports a variety of search options to help you find and sort the files you want to restore. Although this software presents restorable files in a familiar Windows type layout, files are not as simple to find as you might imagine so search, sort and filter tools are important. When a file is deleted or lost is may not retain the original file name. For example, a file that was once named March 2012 Expense Report may appear on the scan results list as $1275dLf4.xlsx. This makes finding files quite tedious and difficult. Search tools can assist you search for files by file type, date, file size, file extension and more. These tools can help you can narrow your search results and organize your restoration project.

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This data recovery company provides 24-hour support Monday through Friday. Direct telephone support is provided in the U.S., Europe, Australia, Asia Pacific and the Netherlands. The company also provides a worldwide telephone number as well as chat and call support via Skype. You can also submit a technical or customer support question online or search the knowledgebase for assistance. We submitted a question online and they answered our query on the same day, which is an excellent response time. Stellar Phoenix also offers professional data recovery services.

Stellar Phoenix Summary:
9.8/10

In many cases, there is no need to spend thousands of dollars to recover your hard drive. The best data recovery software can help you find lost files for much less and with the least amount of frustration possible. If you have deleted critical files on a hard disk or memory card or lost files to a partition problem, Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery can help you turn back the clock and restore your data.

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Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery

Pros
Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery can recover nearly 200 file types from a variety of devices, including hard disks, USB drives, SD cards and DVDs.

Cons
The home-use, entry-level product does not include all advanced features. Only the Pro version can recover RAID arrays or create a disk image.

The Verdict
: 9.83/10

Worrying about losing your files is stressful. Stellar Phoenix makes the complex task of recovering lost files as simple as possible and achievable by anyone.