PROS / Its built-in hex editor greatly expands the software’s capabilities, provided you know how to use it.
CONS / The interface is challenging to navigate, and you have to search for hidden pop-up menus to initiate the recovery side of the operation.
VERDICT / R-Studio offers tools for long-term strategies that include imaging and data destruction. However, its interface and advanced features make it best suited for expert users who are already quite knowledgeable about the data recovery process.
R-Studio is data recovery software designed for the advanced user. Its scanning engine is one of the best of those we tested. However, we found that it struggled in recovering files from our reformatted drives without direct user intervention with the built-in hex editor. While these are useful features, the advanced nature of the tool makes it one that requires some know-how to use effectively; in fact, improper use could easily make files irretrievable.
If you are already comfortable with sophisticated data recovery tools, R-Studio’s recovery options offer so much more than just scan and recovery. The software maps your device as it scans, allowing you to directly access fragments found on the drive with the hex editor. This means that if you know what you’re doing, you can perform a manual recovery that’ll likely yield better results than the recovery software’s automatic features.
Being able to scan a network-connected drive or device is an advantage that not many other recovery products provide. This data recovery tool also features disk sanitization, which adds to its value by allowing you to wipe clean your old hard drives before you discard them. Additionally, the software has respectable scan and recovery speeds for both HDDs and SSDs alike. In our tests, its scanning speeds were always above the category average, though its recovery speeds weren’t. Though a faster speed doesn’t guarantee increased efficacy, higher speeds mean you can get your files back sooner.
In our testing, R-Studio returned 99 percent of photos in both our lost file and reformatted drive tests. For documents, it recovered 99 percent of documents in our lost file testing and 97 percent in tests on reformatted drives. Impressively, it returned 99 percent of video and music files in our lost file tests and 93 percent on our reformatted drive tests.
The software is compatible with all recent Windows and Mac OS X versions, as well as Linux and Windows Server 2008 and 2012. With such great power and system configuration compatibility, the software is complex and difficult for novice and even intermediate users to navigate and successfully use. The layout is one that’s really only intuitive for expert users, and is packed with hidden menus, meaning you’ll have to do lots of searching and hunting to find what you need.
While some of the brands we tested did perform better on data recovery, the advanced tools available with R-Studio mean the right user can get better results with a manual recovery. However, the advanced tools require some level of expertise to employ. Other useful capabilities include remote scanning and a disk sanitation feature. However, the complex interface is extremely difficult for novice and even intermediate users to wield successfully.