EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Windows Review
Out of 5 Total Score
No. 3 Among all Windows solutions
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Windows is often recommended as one of the best applications of its kind, but is it really as good as they say, or are reviewers blinded by its modern user interface? Read this review to find out.
Scan results. Scan results are easy to navigate and grouped in a user-friendly file tree.
Scan speed. Scanning is very fast and doesn't make you wait a long time for results.
Free recovery. The software lets you recover up to 2 GB of data for free if you agree to mention the product on a social media network.
Support. Customer support staff is responsive and friendly.
Labeled results. Scan results are grouped and labeled for extra convenience.
Recovery during scanning. You can recover files without interrupting the scanning process.
Knowledge base. The knowledge base contains a very large library of articles on various data loss topics.
Discounts & coupons. Promotional discounts and coupons that let you save money when buying the software are always available.
Trim. The ability to disable Trim for SSD drives right from the program.
Bootable USB. For extra money, you can buy a bootable flash drive image that allows you to restore a computer that doesn't boot properly.
Pop-up ads. Pop-up ads for other products appear frequently, and they can't be turned off.
Inaccurate time estimations. When the software estimates how much time an operation will likely take, the displayed time is almost always wrong.
Limited preview capabilities. The formats supported for previews are very limited, and even popular photo formats are not always viewable.
Limited preview size. You can only preview up to 100 MB of files.
Recovery speed. The speed of recording found files to a disk is very slow.
EXT3, EXT4 limitations. It's impossible to recover the original file names and folder structure when recovering EXT3 and EXT4 drives.
Byte-by-byte images. There is no possibility to create copies of disks.
S.M.A.R.T. The data recovery software can't read S.M.A.R.T. data.
Promotes an expensive monthly subscription. The program is always pushing an expensive monthly subscription and doesn't offer the lifetime option, which is available on the official website.
Resuming interrupted scan. There is no automatic resumption of scanning if the device has been disconnected. You have to manually press the continue button when the device reconnects.
Changelog availability. The published changelog is incomplete.
FAT32 scanning. There are several known issues with the software's FAT32 scanning capabilities. For example, files are recovered without their original folders, and small files (1 - 2 kB) present in large quantities in the root folder or any subdirectory are never recovered.
exFAT scanning. There are several known issues with the software's exFAT scanning capabilities. Small (1 - 2 kB) files are overlooked, the original folder structure becomes corrupted, files saved in the root folder are overlooked, and files so are files that reside in directories with unusually long names.
Post-processing. After the initial scanning, the software begins the post-processing of collected data. This process can take a lot of time, and it prevents the user from interacting with the software.
Search for lost partitions. The program doesn't allow you to look specifically for lost partitions. Instead, all recoverable data is placed on one pile without any indication of where it came from.
Settings. No settings options.
Cloud recovery. Unlike the Mac version of the product, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Windows doesn't support cloud recovery.
Installer. The installer downloads application data from the internet, and there's no offline installation option.
Recovery chances. The software doesn’t indicate how likely a file can be recovered without any issues.
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Windows– Overview #
Let’s start this comprehensive review of EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Windows with an overview of some of the most important facts you should know about this data recovery application.
|Latest version||15.2 • Released 23rd May, 2022|
|Download size||51.70 MB|
|Category||Data Recovery Software|
|UI languages||English, German, Japanese, French, Brazilian, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Swedish, Danish, Korean, Russian, Norwegian, Polish, Hungarian, Arabic, Turkish, Indonesian|
|Trial version available|
|Trial version limitations|
|No credit card to try|
|Money back guarantee|
While looking at the prices above, you might think that EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Windows is a fairly affordable data recovery application, but that’s not really the case.
The cheapest license is actually a monthly subscription that costs $69.95. Lifetime upgrades start at $149.95, and that’s a lot for an application that leaves a lot to be desired in several important areas, as we explain later in this review.
The good news is that the free version of EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Windows can recover up to 2 GB of data, which is actually a great deal.
|1||Monthly (1 month subscription)||$69.95|
|2||Annual (1 year subscription)||$99.95|
|1||Monthly (1 month subscription)||$99.90|
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Developer — CHENGDU Yiwo® Tech Development Co., Ltd
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Windows is developed by a Chinese company, CHENGDU Yiwo® Tech Development Co., Ltd.
12% 209.7% than avg
Reflects the share of online traffic within the niche occupied by data recovery software, based on data taken from ahrefs.com (from Google US search engine).
16000 69.5% than avg
Based on the number of brand-related search queries on Google US according to ahrefs.com.
CHENGDU Yiwo Tech Development Co., Ltd. maintains a solid international presence and provides one of the best customer support services in the industry. The company also operates a remote data recovery support center, offering premium support via remote desktop software.
2004 • 18 years on the market
12 F, Building 1, Idealism Center, No. 38 Tian Yi Street, Hi-tech Zone, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China
EaseUS understands the importance of social media, and it also spends a lot of time, money, and effort on content marketing. As a result, you’re very likely to stumble upon a guide created by the company when researching a data recovery problem.
Data Recovery with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Windows
Tested on: Windows 11 (version 21H2)
In this section, we take EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Windows for a test drive to see how it can handle a simulated data loss scenario designed to reveal its strengths and weaknesses.
How We Test
All data loss situations are unique, so it wouldn't be fair to compare the performance of data recovery software without controlling as many variables as possible. Here's how we do it:
|1||Installation||We download data recovery software and install it on our test machine.|
|2||Source selection||Next, we use curated data sets to create virtual hard drives.|
|3||Scanning process||Then we simulate data loss scenarios and scan the virtual hard drives.|
|4||Managing found data||After scanning the virtual hard drives using the tested software, we go through the found data.|
|5||Recovery and post-processing||Finally, we perform the actual recovery and analyze the results.|
We repeat our testing process to test all supported scan modes to learn how well the tested data recovery software can reconstruct files by looking for known signatures, and how well it does when analyzing the file system instead of raw data.
You can download a free version of EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Windows from its official website. Just make sure you have the right version because EaseUS also provides a trial version of the same software.
Both versions can preview recoverable files, but only the free version can recover up to 2 GB of data. To be more precise, you get 500 MB of free data, and you can add 1.5 GB more by promoting the software on social media.
Once you have the right version, installing it is as easy as installing any other third-party application for Windows. The step-by-step installation wizard does a great job of walking you through the entire process, which takes just a short while to complete.
For the purposes of this review, we used the Technician version of EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, but the versions most regular home users would pick have the mostly same user interface and rely on the same data recovery algorithms.
When we first launched EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Windows, we were presented with a beautiful visual representation of connected storage devices, complete with basic information about each device.
The source selection screen made it really easy for us to locate and scan our test drive with a single click on the Scan button, which becomes visible when you hover the cursor over a storage device.
Unlike most other data recovery software applications, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Windows doesn't have a dedicated scanning screen. Instead, information about the scanning process is displayed on the same screen as the scan results, which is actually a nice way to streamline the user experience.
If you're lucky, you may even find the file you're looking for way before scanning is over. In that case you can select the found file and recover it right away. That said, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Windows boasts an impressive scanning speed, so it might be worth waiting the relatively short it takes a scan to finish.
Managing found files
You won't find any data recovery software application that knows which specific files you want to recover—their selection will always be your job. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Windows makes this step easy by allowing users to filter found files by type, original directory, size, date modified, and other criteria.
You can also search files and folders by name, but don't rely on this feature too much because it's very common for file names to become lost when files are accidentally deleted.
The preview feature can help you make sense of files that have lost their original names, and it can simultaneously confirm that a found file can be recovered, so it's a good idea to use it before adding files to your recovery queue, especially when using the free version of the software.
Recovery and post-processing
During our testing, we were able to find some lost files, so we added them to the recovery queue by clicking the checkboxes next to them. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Windows displayed the information about the total number and size of the selected files.
To recover them, we clicked the Recover button and were asked to select a suitable recovery destination. If you choose the same storage device as the one you're recovering from, the application will give you a strong warning that your data might be overwritten and lost permanently, but it will eventually let you override it and use the storage device anyway.
Regardless of where you recover your files, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Windows will always display a summary of the recovery process and take you directly to your files in File Explorer.
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Windows– Tutorials and Other Videos
Here are some useful tutorials and other video resources to help you better understand how EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Windows works.
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Windows– Full Review
It’s now time to peak behind the curtain and analyze EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Windows using our comprehensive set of testing criteria.
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Windows is among the most trustworthy applications of its kind, and it receives updates on a regular basis.
Should you encounter any issues while using it, you can visit the extensive knowledge base where most commonly encountered data loss issues are explained in great detail. Alternatively, you can reach one of EaseUS customer support employees via email, live chat, or phone.
Every 6 months
Available (View full update history)
|4||Latest Windows release supported|
Yes, all good
|5||Genuine or clone?|
|6||Brand name popularity|
|7||Online market share|
|9||Extensive knowledge base|
The overall value provided by the free version of EaseUS Recovery Wizard for Windows is great because you can recover up to 2 GB of data without paying a single dollar. Unfortunately, the same can’t really be said about the full version of the application.
Why? Because the most affordable Pro license (a monthly subscription) is almost insultingly expensive, costing $69.95 per month, which is what many other developers of data recovery software charge for an unlimited license. To buy an unlimited EaseUS Recovery Wizard for Windows license, you need to pay $149.95.
Yes (unlimited time but limited amount of data)
|4||Is it free?|
Paid license is required to recover an unlimited number of files
Two subscription plans + Lifetime license option
|6||Unlimited recovery in full version|
Only with Lifetime license
|8||Commercial rights in the cheapest license|
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Windows shares largely the same user interface with its Mac counterpart, so there aren’t many glaring usability issues to talk about. Perhaps the biggest one that even casual users are likely to notice is the absence of dark mode, but this omission doesn’t affect the application’s data recovery performance in any way.
What does affect the data recovery performance of EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Windows is the fact that the software doesn’t automatically resume interrupted scans, doesn’t make it possible for the user to mount recoverable items as a disk, and doesn’t let you view files in their hexadecimal form.
|1||Modern user-friendly interface|
|4||Automatic implementation of multiple appropriate scanning methods without user interaction|
|5||Auto-resuming scans of failing drives|
|6||Auto-resuming backups of failing drives|
|7||Convenient source selection on start|
|8||Convenient file-by-file preview of recoverable items|
|9||Convenient thumbnail preview of recoverable items|
|10||Mount recoverable items as disk|
|12||Multiple view modes in scan results|
|13||Hex view for recoverable items|
|14||Filter recoverable items by type|
|15||Search recoverable items by file names|
Overall, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Windows offers above-average performance, reliably recovering commonly used file formats from Windows-supported file systems.
The biggest problem that you’re likely to encounter is the loss of the original folder structure, which results in found files being put on one large pile. The software also regularly omits directories that contain large quantities of small files, but such files are, fortunately, not something most users would want to recover anyway.
|1||Clever in-depth scan|
|The program can't recover the original folder structure and file names from APFS and EXT4 partitions.|
|It's not possible to quickly recover recently deleted files from HFS+, APFS, and EXT4 partitions.|
|3||Other types of scan|
|EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Windows can't directly scan Windows shadow copies and lost partitions.|
|Except for iOS and Android mobile devices, the software can recover all storage devices.|
|5||Real-life recovery challenge|
|Our real-life recovery challenges were passed with only a few hiccups by EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Windows.|
|6||Other notable recovery features|
|There are not many extra recovery features to talk about.|
The ability to restore original folder structure and file names. Most consumer-oriented data recovery software applications can attempt to not only restore deleted files but also recover their original file names and folder structure. We call this type of functionality Clever scan
EaseUS Data Recovery for Windows can restore the original folder structure and file names when scanning HFS+ and NTFS partitions. Attempts to do the same when dealing with FAT32 and exFAT partitions end with mixed results, and APFS and EXT4 partitions are not supported at all.
Recovery of recently deleted files Every lost minute can significantly worsen the outcome of a data recovery attempt, and Quick scan certainly doesn’t waste your time because it’s designed to find as many recently deleted files as quickly as possible
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Windows can quickly recover recently deleted files only from Windows-supported file systems, including FAT32, exFAT, and NTFS. The file systems most commonly used by Linux and macOS users (EXT4, HFS+, and APFS are not supported).
Other scan types
Advanced scan types for solving complicated data loss situations Basic data recovery algorithms aimed at recovering recently deleted data cover only a small subset of the data loss issues users experience every day. That’s why developers also implement all kinds of advanced scan types
|1||The number of formats supported by deep scan|
|3||Windows shadow copies scanning|
|4||Scan for lost partitions|
|5||Recovered files' labeling|
|6||Partial file recovery|
|7||Disk images: scan and recovery|
While EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Windows can recover lost data from BitLocker-encrypted drives (as long as you provide the right password), it doesn’t support Windows shadow copies scanning and doesn’t provide a dedicated scan for lost partitions.
Supported internal and external storage devices Ideally, data recovery software applications should be able to recover from internal and external hard drives, external USB flash drives, memory cards, smartphones, and other commonly used storage devices
|1||Internal and external HDD|
|2||Internal and external SSD|
|3||USB thumb drives / Classic iPods (non-iOS) / FireWire devices|
|7||Recovery from RAID1, 0, JBOD|
EaseUS sells a dedicated Android and iOS data recovery tool, called EaseUS MobiSaver, so it’s understandable that the company’s Windows data recovery software doesn’t support Android and iOS devices.
Real-life recovery challenges
Results of real-life data recovery tests performed under controlled conditions It’s one thing to advertise support for hundreds of file formats, and it’s something else entirely to recover them in practice. Our tests reveal whether the data recovery software lives up to its promises
|1||Document formats recovery|
|2||Raw photo recovery|
|3||Video formats recovery|
Our real-life recovery challenges were relatively easy to pass for EaseUS Data Recovery for Windows, but a few fairly commonly used file formats were not supported as well as we would like them to be.
Raw photo recovery
The ability to recover raw photo file formats used by digital cameras and mobile devices Most modern digital cameras and increasingly many mobile devices let their users capture raw image data in a variety of raw file formats, so having the ability to recover them can be extremely helpful
|1||3fr (Hasselblad 3F raw image)|
|2||arw (Sony alpha raw)|
|3||bmp (bitmap image file)|
|4||cr2 (Canon raw version 2)|
|5||cr3 (Canon raw version 3)|
|6||crw (Canon raw CIFF image file)|
|7||dcr (Kodak digital camera raw)|
|8||dng (digital negative lossless raw image)|
|9||CinemaDNG (Blackmagic, Penelope, Pocket)|
|10||erf (Epson raw file)|
|11||exr (high dynamic-range file format)|
|12||fff (Hasselblad raw image)|
|13||gpr (GoPro raw format)|
|14||heic (high efficiency image file format)|
|15||iiq (intelligent image quality raw Leaf, Phase One)|
|16||insp (panoramic image Insta360)|
|17||jp2 (bitmap image format JPEG 2000)|
|18||jpg (joint photographic experts group compressed image)|
|19||kdc (Kodak digital camera raw image)|
|20||mef (Mamiya raw image file)|
|21||mos (Leaf and Mamiya raw image file)|
|22||mpo (multi picture stereoscopic object file)|
|23||mrw (Konica Minolta raw image format)|
|24||nef (Nikon raw image file)|
|25||nrw (Nikon raw image file)|
|26||orf (Olympus raw format)|
|27||pef (Pentax raw image file)|
|28||raf (Fujifilm raw image file)|
|29||raw (native digital camera file)|
|30||rw2 (Panasonic LUMIX raw image file)|
|31||rwl (Leica raw image format)|
|32||sr2 (Sony raw 2 image file)|
|33||srf (Sony raw file)|
|34||srw (Samsung raw image file)|
|35||tiff (tag image file format)|
|36||x3f (Sigma camera raw picture file)|
|37||x3i (Sigma super fine detail picture file)|
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Windows supports the recovery of a number of raw photo file formats, but there are also many omissions that might ruin your day depending on which camera you own. For example, the formats used by Sigma cameras are supported much less than Nikon RAW image file formats.
Video formats recovery
Video recovery performance measured against commonly used video formats Video file formats have evolved a lot during the last decade, and not all recovery software tools support modern formats used by the latest digital cameras, camcorders, and mobile devices
|1||360 (GoPRO 360 degree videos)|
|2||ari (ARRI professional digital video camera)|
|3||arx (ARRI professional digital video camera)|
|4||avi (GoPRO CineForm intermediate codec)|
|5||avi (MJPG, H.264, MSMPEG4 v2 codecs)|
|6||braw (Blackmagic raw video file)|
|7||insv (Insta360 panoramic AVC H.264 video file)|
|8||insv (Insta360 panoramic HEVC HVC1 video file)|
|9||mov (Apple ProRes 422 Proxy/LT/HQ)|
|10||mov (Apple ProRes 4444 Raw/HQ)|
|11||mov (advanced video coding H.264)|
|12||mov (CineForm HD codec)|
|13||mov (HEVC, HVC1 codecs)|
|14||mp4 (advanced video coding H.264)|
|15||mp4 (HEVC, HVC1, Apple ProRes codecs)|
|16||mxf (advanced video coding H.264)|
|17||mxf (DVCPRO HD codec)|
|18||mxf (ARRI raw, Apple ProRes codecs)|
|19||mxf (XDCAM HD422, HD35 MPEG2 codecs)|
|20||r3d (Red digital camera company raw video file)|
|21||wmv (pro raw 9 codec)|
Clearly, the recovery of raw video files isn’t one of the strong points of this data recovery software. The good news is that commonly used video file formats, such as AVI, MOV, and MP4, can usually be recovered just fine.
Document formats recovery
Determining how well the software recovers document file formats Documents are among the most commonly recovered file formats because their importance can be tremendous, especially when they're related to work or school. Because of how many document file formats exist these days, older and less developed data recovery software often struggle recovering and recognizing all of them
|1||accdb (Microsoft Access 2007+ database file)|
|2||key (Apple Keynote)|
|3||pages (Apple Pages)|
|4||numbers (Apple Numbers)|
|5||djvu (compressed image format)|
|6||doc (Microsoft Word 97 – 2003 document file)|
|7||docx (Microsoft Word 2007+ document file)|
|8||fb2 (FictionBook 2.0 File)|
|9||mdb (Microsoft Access 97 - 2003 database file)|
|10||odp (OpenOffice presentation file format)|
|11||ods (OpenDocument spreadsheet file format)|
|12||odt (OpenDocument text document file format)|
|13||pdf (portable document format)|
|14||ppt (Microsoft Powerpoint 97 - 2003 presentation file)|
|15||pptx (Microsoft Powerpoint 2007+ presentation file)|
|16||rtf (rich text format)|
|17||xls (Microsoft Excel 97 - 2003 spreadsheet file)|
|18||xlsx (Microsoft Excel 2007+ spreadsheet file)|
You should avoid EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Windows if your goal is to recover Apple or OpenOffice (LibreOffice) documents. It doesn’t matter which storage device such documents are stored, the results are never good.
Other notable recovery features
Additional recovery features and their performance These additional recovery features are what often separates average data recovery software solutions from those that can satisfy the needs of professionals and power users
|1||Overall non-intrusive read-only algorithms|
|3||Effectively filters out corrupted scan results|
|4||Byte-to-byte device backups|
|5||Bootable recovery drive creation|
|6||Convenient scan session management|
|7||Bad sector management|
|8||Recovery chance prediction|
|10||Disk vitals monitoring and tracking during scan|
|12||Links to in-lab recovery service for physically damaged devices|
|14||Scan free space only|
|15||Start file recovery without interrupting the scan|
|16||Preview recoverable items without interrupting the scan|
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Windows doesn’t offer many extra recovery features, but at least it lets users preview and recover files without interrupting the scan. The software can also create bootable recovery drives to restore data from computers refusing to boot up properly.
|1||Disk space mapping|
|2||Disk clean up|
|3||Corrupted video repair tool|
|As separate option.|
|4||Corrupted photo repair tool|
|7||Built-in disk space secure eraser|
|9||Disk surface test|
|10||Secure data shredding|
The lack of extra features is the biggest downside of EaseUS data Recovery Wizard for Windows. Some extra features, such as disk cloning and S.M.A.R.T. support, can greatly improve data recovery results and prevent data loss from occurring in the first place.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are answers to several frequently asked questions about EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Windows.
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is a popular data recovery application whose modern interface enables users to perform speedy recovery of lost files, including images, documents, audio & video files, and more.
Like other data recovery software applications, EaseUS Data Recovery uses various data recovery algorithms to recover files that the Windows operating system can’t no longer see.
Yes, you can use EaseUS Data Recovery to recover up to 2 GB of data for free, but you need to purchase a license to recover more data.
To launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, simply double-click the application icon, which should be placed automatically on your desktop when you install the software.
To recover lost data using EaseUS Data Recovery, launch the application and select the storage device you want to scan. Then wait for the application to go through the selected storage device and select the files you want to get back.
That depends mostly on the size and speed of the scanned hard drive. Modern SSDs can be analyzed quickly, while older HDDs can take some time to go through.
Unfortunately, EaseUS Data Recovery can’t clone a hard drive, but the company sells a dedicated disk cloning software application that you can use instead.
Yes, EaseUS is a reputable data recovery software application that has helped recover countless users their lost data.
As far as data recovery software goes, EaseUS Data Recovery is better than many other solutions, but it’s not the best.
To cancel an EaseUS subscription, you need to open the order confirmation email you received when you first subscribe and click the “Cancel subscription for your xxx” link at the end.
To uninstall EaseUS Data Recovery from Windows, open Settings and navigate to Apps. There, locate the data recovery application, click the three vertical dots next to it, and select Uninstall.