MiniTool Power Data Recovery 6 Personal Review: Efficient, but lacking advanced features


Free and effective data recovery is nothing to sneeze at, and that's what you get with MiniTools Power Data Recovery 6. At least, it's free if there’s no physical damage to your hard drive and you don’t need to recover more than 1GB of data. If your loss amounts to more than that, you’ll have the plop down $69 for the pay version. Alas, at that point, Power Data Recovery is competing with more mature, more versatile—and in some cases, cheaper—alternatives.

Power Data Recovery's interface is clean and intuitive. If you know what a partition is, you'll be good to go. The program offers a simple file undeleter, lost and damaged partition recovery, as well as recovery of files from digital media (SD Cards, etc.) and CD/DVD. It can recover a large variety of file types (word processing documents, images, video, etc.), but has no sector editor for recovering snippets or pulling off raw data.

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