Pros / It recognized every camera raw format in our testing.
Cons / The recovery rates for the reformatted drive test were extremely low for every file type except JPG.
Verdict / GetData Recover My Photos is very good at recovering images if you accidentally deleted your photos, but it's not very good at recovering images from a reformatted drive.
GetData has extended its expertise in forensic data recovery to the consumer. While the forensic sciences are a level above the needs and capabilities of the average person, GetData has scaled down its digital image recovery software with Recover My Photos. With this photo recovery software, you can expect a high success rate with recovering lost files, but not if you're recovering photos from a reformatted drive. This is the only product in our review that recognized every camera raw image, which makes it good for serious photographers looking to recover photos from DSLR cameras.
To evaluate GetData's Recover My Photos, we simulated two common data loss scenarios – lost files through accidental deletion and a reformatted drive. In both tests, which we performed on an HDD, SSD and SD card, we tried to recover raster, vector, production and camera raw images. While it posted high recovery rates for each file type during the lost file test, it didn't recover files very well from reformatted drives.
In the lost file test, Recover My Photos rescued 100 percent of the JPG images, which is critically important because most photos are JPGs. The recovery rate for the other raster images (TIG, GIF, BMP and PNG) was 84 percent. This is 14 percent above average. It recovered 90 percent of the vector images, which was the highest recovery rate for vector images in our tests. It also retrieved production images and camera raw images at a rate of 83 and 82 percent, respectively. Both of those rates are among the best in the review. Overall, it's one of the best photo recovery apps for recovering all types of photos in a lost file scenario.
Unfortunately, the high recovery rates didn't carry over to the reformatted drive tests, though it succeeded where it counts – recovering 100 percent of the JPGs. It only recovered 13 percent of the other raster images. It completely failed to recover any vector or production images, and it only rescued 3 percent of the camera raw images. If you're trying to recover images from a reformatted drive or memory card, you're better off with different picture recovery software.
GetData Recover My Photos is the only photo recovery software we tested that recognized every camera raw format we threw at it. Each camera raw format is unique to the brand of camera. As such, these are far less common formats, and the uncompressed nature of camera raw images makes them difficult for many products to recognize. The fact that Recover My Photos recognized every format and successfully recovered a high percentage during the lost file test means that it's the best photo recovery software for serious photographers.
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GetData Recover My Photos is one of the best photo recovery software products available for data loss in a lost file scenario, because it posted high recovery rates for every file type. It even recognized every camera raw format in our data set. However, it didn't fare so well in the reformatted drive tests, recovering only JPGs at a high rate.