Free Recover is an open source Data Recovery Software found in windows operating system. As seen if files are deleted from the Windows Operating System, they are not permanently deleted but moved to the recycle bin. Even so, if deleted from the recycle bin, they can still be recovered as they are on the hard drive.
Its success is based on the difference in time from deletion and recovery. If a file is deleted, and not recovered soon thereafter, the space it had occupied on the hard drive could be used to store new files. This may result to overwrite of the former file hence may only be partially recovered.
One can start the free recover program right away on installation. It shows the available drives in a selection menu, and you may want to check the ‘Get file Paths’ and ‘Check File Integrity’ check boxes before searching for lost data. This enables the files to be added to the results window right away.
Get File Paths displays the original path of data being recovered on the drive, and if it can be recovered. The Check File Integrity reports if the data is recoverable or not. This process can take a while and it fills out information as it progresses but, only until the process is complete will it show on the screen.
Its demerit is that it lacks advanced sorting options which makes it difficult to use unlike other data recovery applications such as Recuva and many others. It only offers a search form where one can filter for words or phrases that can easily help in identifying the file to be recovered. The first version of Free Recover is promising since it’s still a beta version, but it needs some updates on the sort and filter section.
There are many open source data recovery software’s but most work at very low level to detect and recover deleted or formatted files from a partition or drive which has been severely damaged. This software allows viewing the code and permits making adjustments to it, hence provides the user with a way of improving on its original design.
The open source data recovery software is free thus very popular however, most can only recover deleted files. It also lacks advanced functions which are found in commercial data recovery software. To enable better functioning of the software, let’s say, updating the software, Ease US Data Recovery Wizard is recommended. This is an advanced and professional data recovery software which can format recover, partition recover and recover deleted files from the recycle bin or recover lost data due to software crash, to mention a few.