- Interface: Pretty clean and easy to use. With image toolbar listed on the top, you can easily find functions or links you want to achieve. Moreover, the unique User Manual make the program more like a data recovery knowledge book than a tutorial.
- Commercial Use: unknown
- Download Size: 3.12 MB (version 2.1.1)
- Supported Languages on Interface: currently 4 (English, Spanish, Serbian, and Russian)
- Official site: http://www.pandorarecovery.com
- Tutorial: see here
Pros: Very user friendly as have said. 3 scanning modes make the app more complete. Able to recover deleted files from NTFS and FAT-formatted volumes, regardless of their type - you can recover pictures, songs, movies or documents and emails (MS Outlook). Preview functions are more powerful than Recuva. It can preview image files far beyond JPEG (also support preview PNG, GIF, TIF etc), and text files such as txt and word documents (shown as text only).
Cons: The files Surface(Deep) Scan mode supported are limited, such as media files can only find .mp3 format. Can’t preview video or audio files. Also it left files that had to be manually deleted during un-installation. Overall Rating: I give 8.5/10 for Pandora Recovery. Kind of surprising considering this is just its second version. See below with detailed comparison.
Recovery Capability Part
Recovered all my test files with no problem at all. Scanning process is very quick generally (unless you choose Surface Scan, it may take quite a while). It claims able to recover images & photos, Archived Files, Music & Sounds and documents. Also MS Outlook .pst files. Should meet basic needs for most users.
Preview Effectiveness Part
Capable of previewing photos with almost existing formats, and text files. Should be satisfactory for a data recovery freeware.
Ease of Use Part
I don’t want to repeat its easy-to-use character, give it excellent option directly.
With very detailed start Wizard and User Manual.