here isn’t much worse than that sinking feeling when you format your SD card, only to realize you’ve left something important on there. Whether it is your holiday album or the most recent chapter of your thesis, it’s a painful and frustrating experience. Luckily, those files aren’t lost for good. It would be difficult to recover them on your own but there are some tools out there to help novice users. One of the best pieces of file recovery software we found to recover your data for free was the EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.
The EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is simple to use and somebody with no knowledge of data recovery can easily understand how it works. The Free version can recover up to 2 Gig of data; so will be most useful for users who need to recover specific critical files, like presentations, word docs or pictures. There’s a windows version and Mac version; so it will almost certainly work on your computer. If you need to recover a lot of data then you’ll need to look at the Pro and WinPE editions. That said, if you want to recover your data for free, read on.
The installation process is simple
I tested this software by formatting my SD card, full of valuable photos and videos of me standing on mountains, next to mountains and around mountains. I didn’t do anything fancy, just a standard format using windows.
Getting hold of the Wizard was a simple process. I just navigated to the download page and clicked on free download and waited while the light 17 MB file downloaded. The installer was simple and familiar, there are an impressive array of languages to chose from and the instructions were clear and pretty easy to follow. The whole process to a few minutes
You can recover your lost files with a few clicks
Like the name suggest, the EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is pretty easy to use. Once you start it up you will presented with a screen asking you which drive you’d like to recover from. In my case I selected my now blank SD Card and then hit scan.
The quick scan didn’t find anything but the deep scan quickly got to work, sifting through the SD card. The Deep Scan had managed to search my 32 GIG card in around 20 minutes, which isn’t bad going. Although the timer was a little misleading, it would regularly just keep telling me that there was only one minute left and once it hit zero, reset the countdown to one minute. There is also the option to save a scan, so if you want to recover more data you don’t need to run the scan twice.
Once the scan is finished the Data Recovery Wizard displays a tutorial, explaining how to use it. It’s not necessary for an experienced user but it is a nice touch that a novice user might find really useful.
The scan recovered all of the files deleted when I formatted the SD card as well as some from the camera memory, recovering around 53 gig of data from a 32 gig card. Which is a lot more than expected.
The interface is simple, clean and logical
That is a lot of data to sift through. Thankfully the EaseUS data recovery wizard offers a number of ways to filter the results. If you know the name of the file you need you can search for it directly, or you can filter your results by file type. If you click on a picture or document you can see a preview of it, so you know what you are recovering.
It’s relatively simple to find things if you know what you’re looking for, but it does seem to label files somewhat arbitrarily. The vast majority of my recovered files were photos and they were thrown into categories ranging from Camera, to JPEG file to simply other lost files. It is possible to sort by date, but the dates don’t seem to relate to when the file was created.
The data recovery tool also picked up a lot of my photos twice, presumably because it searched for them both in the files I’d stored them and where the SD card remembered my camera storing them. That said, It’s better that it duplicated results rather than missing something
After some searching I was able to track down the photos and videos I wanted to recover, I selected about 1.9 gig worth of data and hit recover. I chose a folder to save my files in and waited while the tool did its work. The tool will let you recover 500 MB by default and if you want to recover the full 2 GIG you have to share the product on social media.
Now for the big question, are the files okay? The pictures were all recovered successfully and without any noticeable quality loss. The same with my videos and word documents. The whole process only took around 45 minutes and I was able to recover my precious mountain pictures.
The EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is a brilliant tool to recover your data for free. The free version isn’t going to protect you in the case of a ransomware attack or a complete hard drive failure, for that you’d need to consider the pro license. It is however perfect if you need to save your most important files after an accidental deletion. Especially because it gives you the option to easily recover your data for free.
EaseUS have created an excellent product that has a lot going for it. It’s simple to set up and easy to use, the built in tutorial is a really nice touch. On top of that it has a slick ad-free interface that’s laid out logically. It found all my lost files and then some. That being said, There are a couple of drawbacks. The recovery limit is a little low but it’s a free product, so that can be forgiven. The features on offer will be more than sufficient for the vast majority of users but very advanced users might miss some more sophisticated customization options.
Overall, I would happily recommend The EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard tool and I think that it might be one of the best pieces of recovery software available that can recover your data for free, so long as you don’t need to recover too much.