Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Free File Recovery Program

In this week's issue of the WinPlanet newsletter I mentioned earlier, I found a free, downloadable data recovery program that might be of use in recovering client data that is lost on your computer through accidental deletion or code error. I have not tried this program, but it certainly seems like a better alternative than taking your machine to a data recovery service to have the files retrieved for $600 or so. The newsletter describes the program as follows:

"Do an online search for data recovery software these days, and you'll find lots of options. Most come with strings attached, however -- limiting the number and/or size of files you can recover (64KB is a common limitation) unless and until you pay the registration fee, which is typically anywhere from $50 to $100, and often more. Depending on how valuable your lost data is to you, coughing up this money may not seem like a big deal, but for some it can be a lot to pay, especially without any assurance of success. After all, data recovery applications seldom offer a money-back guarantee.

Enter PC Inspector File Recovery, published by Germany-based CONVAR Deutschland. The program is offered as freeware, though the company happily accepts donations via PayPal at its Website. CONVAR stresses that PCI File Recovery is designed only for recovering files lost to user or software error -- the software doesn't purport itself to work on drives with physical problems, like the ones that sound as though a Gatling gun is going off inside your PC, or on drives that fail to be recognized by the BIOS. For these sorts of issues the user is referred to an organization that provides data recovery...

Joseph Moran
(Read the complete review at”)

The download site and a more detailed description may be found at:

Peace, Doc


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