Active@ File Recovery

Active@ File Recovery 17.0

Recover and preview various types of files accidentally lost
4.1  (67 votes)
17.0.2 (See all)

Active@ File Recovery may be the solution if you have lost data due to accidental deletion, drive formatting and computer crashes. The tool supports various types of data storage hardware, including hard disks, memory cards, USB drives and floppy disks. Likewise, it is compatible with various file systems (NTFS, ReFS, FAT, exFAT, HFS+, XFS, JFS, UFS, Ext2/3/4, BtrFS.). It is also good that the program can recover practically any type of file, such as documents, videos, audio recordings, archives, and pictures.

This recovery tool allows scanning disks in two modes: Quick and Super, which are different in terms of thoroughness and speed. Thus, it is always a good idea to perform a Quick scan first, and, if you do not find what you are looking for, you can always resort to Super scan instead. However, it is great that you do not have to wait until the operation is completed as you can browse the results available up to a given moment.

The results are arranged by file type, and you can get additional information about them, like path, size and modification date. Moreover, they can be searched using various of these criteria. Luckily, it even lets you search for a specific text string or byte sequence. By clicking certain kinds of files, like text and pictures, you can preview their contents. For other file types, such as binaries, it is possible to access their hexadecimal code.

Fortunately, the software can be used proactively. This means that you can create a disk image before any damage occurs. This works as a backup copy from which you can retrieve any lost file. Some editions even give the possibility to create a bootable Windows Recovery disc to be used when the computer fails to boot. Last but not least, the program has a modern interface, appropriate for beginners and experts alike.

To sum up, Active@ File Recovery combines a straightforward interface with powerful file recovery features. It is a pity that its trial version cannot rescue files bigger than 65 kb, which limits the possibilities to evaluate its capacity to deal with large files. However, some users report it as not being as effective as other tools. Finally, you should know that the product is available in various editions: Standard, Professional and Ultimate.

Pedro Castro
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Review summary

Pros

  • Compatible with multiple file systems
  • Recovers practically any file type
  • Two types of scans: quick and super
  • Results available while the scan is still in progress
  • File preview and hexadecimal editor
  • Creates backups

Cons

  • Trial version cannot recover files bigger than 65 kb
  • May be not as effective as other similar tools
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