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Active@ File Recovery 12.0

Recover accidentally deleted files that other tools might miss

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License: Function Limited Demo
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: $34.95 (Windows)
Date Updated: 11 January 2014
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Developer: LSoft Technologies
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Active@ File Recovery 12.0
Recover accidentally deleted files that other tools might miss

Active@ File Recovery is a professional undelete tool that can recover accidentally deleted files, or information on drives where the partitions have been lost or corrupted.

The program is compatible with a huge range of systems. It'll run on all versions of Windows from NT upwards, for instance. It supports hard drives, floppy and USB flash disks, damaged or deleted RAID systems, large-sized drives (greater than 2TB), and can even recover compressed, fragmented and encrypted files on NTFS partitions.

And Active@ File Recovery's SuperScan technology has an in-depth knowledge of file formats which allows it to recognise data that other tools might miss. It's particularly good at detecting RAW digital images (direct support for Nikon, Canon, Olympus, Leica, Pentax, Sony, Sigma, Fuji and Konica RAW files makes the program ideal for recovering lost photos from a camera's memory card), but there's also support for uncovering Office documents, Outlook PST files, images, videos and many other file types.

Despite all this, the mechanics of the undelete process aren't handled quite as well as in some of the competition. The program won't display thumbnails of all the files it finds, for instance, so you can't spot the images you need at a glance. And there's no indication of the condition of a particular deleted file, how likely it is to be recoverable - you just have to try to recover it, and see what happens.

Still, Active@ File Recovery is easy to use and so this isn't a major problem. Just point the program at the drive with your missing files, choose one of the Scan options, and wait to see what it finds. Individual files can be previewed to confirm they're what you need, and when you've located the right document, clicking the Recover button should be enough to bring it back from the dead.

Please note, this demo version of Active@ File Recovery is fully functional except that it's unable to recover files larger than 64KB in size. You'll need to purchase a licence to remove this restriction.

What's new in v12?

- Added 64-bit executable which scans disks much faster and optimizes memory usage on x64 platforms
- Files detected by Signatures can be organized (sorted, viewed and placed in folders) by attributes before recovery
- More pre-defined file signatures added (MTS, FMP, ...)
- Added Virtual Disk option, to scan devices/disk images having different sector size
- Increased memory limits (up to 3GB) for 32-bit executable to process larger data arrays on x86 platforms
- Minor improvements is disk scan and recovery algorithms
- The latest version of Active@ Disk Editor 4
- The latest version of Active@ Partition Recovery 10 (Professional versions)
- The latest Boot Disk Creator and Driver's Pack for Boot Disk (Enterprise version)

Verdict:

Look beyond the rather basic interface and presentation, and Active@ File Recovery proves to be a very capable and effective undelete tool which can recover files that similar tools might miss

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