PROS / You can easily view your files before beginning the recovery process, and fully recovered files are automatically sorted post-recovery.
CONS / This is not a strong option for recovering any file type from a reformatted hard drive.
VERDICT / EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is adequate for recovering lost files from a hard disk that has suffered a simple logical data loss.
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard sports fewer features than other data recovery software applications do. While it does allow you to search by file type and even includes raw file recovery features, it lacks tools – such as imaging capabilities – that can be helpful in more complex data recovery scenarios. It offers presorted recovery results and file preview capabilities, which make it easier to validate your recovered files since you can view them without having to open each one individually to learn whether it's broken or functional.
We designed our testing to mimic lost files from accidental deletion and reformatted drives – two of the most common lost file scenarios. We tested the file recovery software in those two instances and checked its ability to successfully recover a variety of photo, document, video and music files.
In our lost file tests, the program recovered 98 percent of photos, 97 percent of documents and 95 percent of media files. These scores are on par with the best data recovery software. Unfortunately, Data Recovery Wizard's successful recovery rates for reformatted drives are simply nowhere near the category averages. It only restored 80 percent of photos, 62 percent of documents and an abysmal 54 percent of video and music files.
The hard disk recovery software is known for having great help and support options for its customers. Its user manual, found on the company's website, is conveniently available as a printable PDF document. It's well-written and concise, with references to other avenues of support. As with any data recovery software, it's important that you read the documentation before attempting your own recovery. You can also talk directly with customer service representatives if you need help using the software or just have a general question about it. The software is compatible with all recent Windows and Mac OS X versions as well as Windows Server 2003, 2008 and 2012.
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard lacks some advanced recovery tools, but it's decently easy to use. Much of the functionality is not challenging, which lets you start your data recovery quickly. While it isn't an ideal choice for those needing to get back files from a drive that's been reformatted, it's still a solid choice for simple logical data loss.