Easeus data recovery wizard 8 review – renewed look, slightly better results

It looked quite promising but failed to meet our expectations when it came to tricky deletions, from normal format and upward. Last month the developers launched a new version for EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, which includes a complete redesign toward looks, structure and some features, while ensuring improvements concerning the scan speed and identified files, among other aspects.

In terms of trial limitations, price and installation, version 8 remains the same. There is no expiration date attached to the trial edition, but users can only search for files and preview them. To unlock this restriction, they have to purchase the full package $69.95 / €59.05.

The installer is fast and simple, since there are no customization settings involved.

Worth mentioning is that if users plan on recovering files from the primary drive C, they should install Data Recover Wizard in another location, in order to prevent further file damage. New interface and features

EaseUS has polished the interface and gave it a completely new look to match Windows 8 systems, thanks to elegant lines and overall flat appearance, which makes data recovery a simple and enjoyable task, even for users with no previous experience in such tools.

The developer has dropped the three recovery modes from the previous edition (deleted files, complete recovery, and partition recovery), as it now detects the level of severity concerning the deletion method by itself and applies optimized settings by taking its own recommendations into account. The entire data scanning process is easy, since there are two stages available: select file types and locations.

Select the file types and locations to scanA new feature implemented in version 8 is represented by the ability to select the exact files types to look for, prior to the scanning procedure. By default, the app looks for all supported files formats, while giving users the possibility to exclude graphics, documents, audio, video, emails and other types of files (such as archives).

When it comes to picking a scanning location, EaseUS shows two common areas (the desktop and user libraries), along with each hard disk drive, removable and lost drives (if any). This panel can be refreshed if any hardware modifications are made in the meantime. Examine and recover deleted files

During scanning, EaseUS shows the currently found files and estimated time renaming, enabling users to pause the task to allocate CPU and RAM to other apps, and resume it at a later time. Once the scan finishes, it is possible to analyze the name, date, type and size for the files organized in hierarchical form, grouped into directories. This viewing mode can be changed to type or time, in order to find the targeted files easier.

View scan results and change the viewing mode, preview filesA search function is available, and the status bar shows total files and size. Pictures may be previewed in the right pane, and it is also possible to investigate any file (regardless of its type) via hexadecimal display. What’s more, the scan status may be saved to file, so users may pick up from where they left off, and extract the files at a later time without having to go through the scan job again.

We put EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to the test on an Intel Core i5-3470 with CPU @3.20GHz, 12GB RAM and 500GB Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 7200RPM, running on Windows 8.1 Pro. The target was local drive containing one folder with 185 files spread across 10GB. We wanted to see how better the recovery mode has gotten since version 7.

Preparations were made by wiping the drive using CCleaner’s "Drive Wiper" tool (entire drive, complex overwrite of 7 passes), after which we copied the 10GB folder there. Note that these steps were repeated between each recovery mode (Shift+Delete, quick format, and normal format).

To get started, we deleted the folder using the Shift+Delete key combo. EaseUS’ scanner was incredibly fast, finishing file detection almost instantly. Results were excellent: it identified 223 files worth of 10.43GB (some system files in addition to our deleted items) and recovered all of them in 5 minutes and 40 seconds. All files were intact, and EaseUS kept the original folder structure and file names of all content.

After quick format mode, the application scanned the drive in 3 minutes and 25 seconds and found 144 files weighing 12.16GB (including some system objects). A secondary, deep scan did not find anything more. All files were recovered in 6 minutes and 15 seconds. This time, the program did not preserve the original file names and folder structure, assigning them with new names and putting them in a "Raw files" directory, in multiple subfolders based on file type. However, almost half of them were unusable. The curious part about it is that somehow EaseUS managed to find less files (144 10GB).