Pros / It has an advanced feature that wipes sensitive data from a drive so it cannot be recovered.
Cons / There's no way to preview found files before recovering them.
Verdict / Ontrack Easy Recovery is a good choice for both new and experienced users, and only fumbles with less-than-perfect recovery results.
Ontrack EasyRecovery is data recovery software that walks you through its process of recovering your data with just a few clicks. Its ease of use and likelihood to recover your data from accidental deletion is why we’ve awarded it with our Top Ten Reviews Bronze Award. Its simple interface is welcoming to novice users, but there are still enough options that advanced users will appreciate. According to our tests, its recovery rates for data are mostly positive with a few hiccups.
- Photo Lost File Recovery
- Photo Reformatted Drive Recovery
- Document Lost File Recovery
- Document Reformatted Drive Recovery
- Video & Music Lost File Recovery
- Video & Music Reformatted Drive Recovery
To evaluate the effectiveness of each hard drive data recovery solution on our list, we conducted two tests. In one test, we attempted to restore files that had been deleted. Here, Ontrack EasyRecovery easily retrieved all of the lost image, document, and video and audio files with a 100% success rate. For our other test in which we attempted to salvage reformatted files, it had a 100% recovery rate for documents and a 97% success rate for video and audio files. The one area where it fell short was in salvaging image files; it success rate here was 75%.
Ease of Use
Ontrack EasyRecovery's scanning capabilities received 100% in Ease of Use. It has an intuitive interface that's simple for newcomers to understand. The program walks users through the process by having you select what type of device you're working on and what the issue is. You can then select whether you need to perform a deleted file recovery on a thumb drive or a reformat recover on a hard drive. It will adjust the settings to correspond with the type of scan you need. The program has a settings menu where you can further adjust the parameters for your scan. The scan can be easily paused and resumed.
The recovery screen is just as intuitive, with the capability to recover found files by clicking on a couple of buttons. Ontrack EasyRecovery doesn't have a feature that lets you preview reclaimed files besides thumbnail images.
There are four different versions of the software. This hard drive recovery solution's Enterprise edition has several network features important for offices, including remote network access. This feature allows you to access hard drives on the same network to perform recovery on them.
The Commercial edition is compatible with RAID systems. All versions come with a disk diagnostics feature and the ability to wipe a drive completely of data that cannot be recovered. This latter feature can be valuable for businesses by ensuring that sensitive data is permanently removed and can't be retrieved using data recovery software.
Help & Support
Kroll Ontrack, the software developer, has an extensive knowledgebase on its website with articles on the latest developments on data recovery. It also has online courses – Data Academy – you pay extra for to further your understanding of data recovery.
Ontrack EasyRecovery lives up to its name. It features a helpful interface that guides users through the process of recovering data from various devices. It earns its number three spot for its user-friendly interface with its only faults being mixed recovery test results and a few missing recovery features, such as the inability to preview salvaged files, that are commonplace with other software solutions.