PROS / Data Rescue PC3 has some of the most remarkable features available to the home users.
CONS / The average scan and recovery speeds were among the slowest in our tests.
VERDICT / Data Rescue PC3 performs well, especially in terms of recovering data from a microSD card, and it offers excellent supporting features, including a top-notch recovery lab.
Data Rescue PC3 is the Gold Award winner for best disk recovery software. It performed exceptionally well in our testing, with better than average recovery rates in most areas, and even taking the lead in a few. This software was the best at recovering lost files from our microSD card and was remarkably adept at recovering reformatted files from the same drive.
Prosoft Engineering's Data Rescue PC3 is simply one of the best disk recovery software brands for your logical data recovery needs. This is file recovery software to can help you recover boot records, partition tables and complex RAID configurations. It is backed by years of experience from Prosoft’s Data Rescue Center lab.
File Recovery Success
This disk recovery software is well suited to almost all of your data recovery needs. Despite its simple appearance, the software is incredibly thorough. In fact, Prosoft is so confident in its ability to recover your logical data loss that if the Data Rescue PC3 software does not deliver, or the damage to your drive exceeds the software’s capabilities, they will discount the cost of the software from the its Data Recovery Center’s fee. This kind of end-to-end data recovery support is impressive.
We tested Data Rescue PC3 on three specific kinds of data loss – lost files and reformatted drives – to assess its disk recovery capabilities. Below is an overview of the results of our testing.
Lost File Recovery
Data Rescue PC3 recovered all of the lost files from our hard disk drive and 98% of those same files from our microSD card. Across all the devices we tested, it found all of our lost MS Office and MP4 files. It also recovered all of our MP3s from the SD card and HDD; however, it was unable to recover a large number of those same files from the SSD.
Files Recovered from Reformatted Drive
The biggest surprise from Data rescue PC3 was in recovering files from the reformatted microSD card, where it recovered better than 98% of our data. The software didn’t get all of our picture files and missed a few videos, but it found all of our MP3s and MS Office documents. When scanning for files on reformatted hard drives, Data rescue PC3 found all of the video and MS Office files on the SSD along with a generous portion of our pictures. It also found about three-quarters of the MP3 files on the SSD and HDD, but it found no other files on the HDD.
Raw Recovery Speed
One minor downside to Data Rescue PC3 is the scan and recovery speeds. It recorded an average speed of 8.1GB per hour on the HDD, 5.3GB per hour on the SSD and 3.9GB per hour on the MicroSD. Each speed was well below average, which means that it'll take you longer to rescue your data with this software than with most disk recovery software. However, the high recovery rates make up for the slow speed.
Data Rescue PC3 is one of the few programs we reviewed that allows for network recovery that includes scanning network connected drives. The software is Linux-based, meaning it works independent of the Windows operating system. You simply will not need to remove a failing hard drive from another computer on your home network just to scan it.
The one drawback to recovery software that operates independent of the Windows OS is that it may not recognize your connected drives and devices in the same order as Windows Explorer does. It lists your physical drives by name, then your logical drives and their directories. This means you must be very careful to confirm the drives you are working with. The individual partitions listed as logical drives can be confirmed in the physical drive’s pulldown menu.
Among the many features we appreciate in Data Rescue PC3 is its recovery CD. This powerful boot utility is where you need to go for disk imaging. It also lets you map network drives from a pre-OS state, which is a significant feature for home users that may need to scan a computer upon which Data Rescue has not yet been installed. It will allow you to scan your computer and save the results to a network-connected or USB-attached drive. This is a strategy that will help you keep your hardware intact and reduce the likelihood of having to send your drive to Prosoft’s Data Rescue Center.
Help & Support
Prosoft Engineering has provided a rich support environment from which you can learn more about Data Rescue PC3, as well as gain support for common user issues. The site offers good information to educate you on the types of data loss and best practices to help you make a successful logical data recovery on your own. In our multiple calls and correspondence with the company, we have found their staff to be well informed and capable of finding the answers to some of your more vexing data recovery questions.
If you find the software isn't sufficient or if you are dealing with mechanically failed devices, Prosoft's Data Rescue Center Lab is also available to help. You can submit your device for recovery by using its red bag service that includes the shipping materials you need for sending in your failing devices.
Even though Data Rescue PC3 is made for HDD recovery, it still outperformed much of the competition, providing above-average results when tested on SSD devices. Its searches were among the most comprehensive in our testing and provided some of the best results in recovering from logical data loss. The added benefit of built-in disk imaging capabilities and available lab services only adds value to an already remarkable product. Prosoft Engineering, Data Rescue PC3 and the Data Rescue Center solid names for resolving your personal and professional data recovery issues.