|4.5.616 Released 4th Aug, 2022||Current version|
|Recover up to 500 MB for free||Trial version limit|
|$75 $89 / Perpetual||Starting Price|
|176,000 Found files|
|Found files and Recovery quality|
|5.57 Released 9th Nov, 2021||Current version||15.2 Released 23rd May, 2022|
|Windows 7-10, 11 (unofficial support)||Requirements||Windows 7-11|
|Preview only||Trial version limit||Recover up to 2 GB for free|
|$79.00 / LifetimeLifetime||Starting Price||$69.95 / 1 monthSubscription + Lifetime|
|174,220 Found files|
|Found files and Recovery quality||174,220 Found files|
There are loads of data recovery software on the market today, but they all have one thing in common… You need them when you lose your data! But choosing the right software can be tough, especially for users who aren’t familiar with them.
Well, that’s what this site is for. Today, GetDataBack Pro and EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard are under the magnifying glass. Like all our articles, we compare their performance, usability, and more, and we break them down in an easy-to-understand way. Read on.
GetDataBack Pro is multi-tool developer Runtime Software’s flagship data recovery product. It’s ultra lightweight, fast, and offers an affordable perpetual license that supports Windows, macOS, and Linux file systems in one app. But are you really paying less for more? Are there any hidden “costs” that end up making GetDataBack Pro more trouble than it’s worth? Keep reading to find out.
If you’ve read articles on data recovery, you’ve probably come across EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. EaseUS has been around since 2004, religiously updating their suite of apps at least every 6 months. It boasts powerful data recovery capabilities, excellent usability, and some pretty cool extras wrapped up in a sleek GUI. But does its real life performance live up to its reputation? Find out below.
Top GetDataBack Pros
Small size. The program takes up very little space.
Very efficient. You don't need a powerful computer to run the program.
Scanning speed. Scan times are very fast, even for more intricate scanning methods.
Top EaseUS Pros
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.
Top GetDataBack Cons
The scanning process is not user intuitive. After the disk is scanned and you try to open the results of the found data, a new scanning process begins, which can take a very long time.
The interface is horrible. The interface is not well thought out and leaves much to be desired. Usability is out of the question. As a consequence, the interface is confusing and not clear.
Random interface changing. The program switches the interface colors randomly for some reason. The interface colors are randomly selected.
Top EaseUS Cons
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.
Pricing • Business model
|2||Trial version available|
|3||Trial version limitations||Preview only||Recover up to 2 GB for free|
|4||Number of devices per license|
|5||Starting price||$79.00/ Lifetime||$69.95/ 1 month|
|6||License model||Lifetime||Subscription + Lifetime|
|7||No credit card to try|
|8||Money back guarantee|
|9||See Plans & Pricing||Pricing details||Pricing details|
As in most cases, both apps featured on this article follow the freemium model. In other words, you get to try their features in a limited capacity before paying. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard offers up to 2 GB of free data recovery before having to pay – this is pretty standard.
GetDataBack Pro does not offer any free recovery, but you can preview your files for free. This is useful for checking if your files are recoverable.
On the other hand, EaseUS offers a license for $69.95 – but that price is for a monthly subscription. EaseUS’ perpetual license costs $149.95 with free lifetime upgrades. That’s almost twice the amount of GetDataBack Pro’s license.
But as you’ll come to see as you continue reading this article, price takes a backseat in the final consideration.
Data Recovery Performance
So we’ve talked about the difference in pricing. Now, let’s see what they can do. At first glance, GetDataBack Pro and EaseUS perform similarly, but EaseUS pulls away slightly thanks to its BitLocker support. More on this below.
Scan of File Systems
|8||Windows shadow copies scanning|
Both GetDataBack Pro and EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard couldn’t restore the original file structure while recovering FAT32 and exFAT partitions. They did get most of our data back, so overall “okay.”
Both software performed well when recovering Windows-based NTFS partitions and Apple-based HFS+ partitions – which is pretty impressive for the Windows version of these apps. Unfortunately, Linux users are out of luck as neither could restore our data from EXT4 partitions.
They also both failed at recovering our APFS partition. In fact, GetDataBack Pro froze when we attempted to scan our APFS drive.
As we briefly mentioned, EaseUS gets a slight edge over GetDataBack Pro because it offers really convenient BitLocker support – you just need to know your password. With GetDataBack Pro, you’ll have to decrypt your drive manually before it’ll work.
For this particular article, the Feature Comparison section is the main event – and boy, is it bloody. Here, the chasm widens greatly between GetDataBack Pro and EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Read on.
|47% Average score||84% Average score|
|4||Latest Windows release supported|
|5||Genuine or clone?|
|6||Brand name popularity|
|7||Online market share|
|9||Extensive knowledge base|
|30% Average score||74% Average score|
|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|
|69% Average score||77% Average score|
|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|
|14% Average score||62% Average score|
|1||Clever in-depth scan|
|3||Other notable recovery features|
|4||Other types of scan|
|6||Real-life recovery challenge|
Real-life recovery challenge
|0% Average score||69% Average score|
|1||Document formats recovery|
|2||Raw photo recovery|
|3||Video formats recovery|
Other notable recovery features
|27% Average score||29% Average score|
|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|
|0% Average score||7% Average score|
|1||Disk space mapping|
|2||Disk clean up|
|3||Corrupted video repair tool|
|4||Corrupted photo repair tool|
|7||Built-in disk space secure eraser|
|9||Disk surface test|
|10||Secure data shredding|
Already, we find a game-changer between these 2 apps. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard gets updated at least every 6 months, and it’s usually compatible with the latest Windows releases – including Windows 11. No such luck with GetDataBack Pro, so Windows 11 users will have to stick with EaseUS as of this writing.
GetDataBack Pro also isn’t as popular as EaseUS, and the latter offers slightly better customer support. Both developers provide users with support over the phone, but GetDataBack Pro lacks a live chat option.
The usability section is where EaseUS pulls miles ahead of GetDataBack Pro.
GetDataBack Pro just makes getting data back such a frustrating experience. First, the GUI is an eye sore. Second, the user experience is dragged by the seemingly thoughtless design.
For example, most apps simply prompt the user to select the files they want, followed by clicking a big “Recover” button. In GetDataBack Pro, you have to right-click a file and click “Copy”, then choose an “Output” location in a separate dialogue box.
Really, the only advantage GetDataBack Pro has over EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is hex view. Its flaws are all the more glaring because EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is such a well-designed app, and it makes data recovery super easy for users at any level.
However, both software are lacking critical features that other similarly priced apps already have, such as auto-resume scan.
Both tools are mostly equally competent when it comes to device support. We successfully tested them on internal and external hard drives and solid-state drives, as well as memory cards and USBs. Neither support iOS and Android devices (EaseUS has separate apps for those), but EaseUS does provide limited RAID support.
The gap only gets wider when we take a closer look at recovery performance.
Both apps have moderate support for restoring original folder structure, file names, and other metadata, and both had mixed results when using Quick Scan. GetDataBack Pro did slightly better with exFAT partitions and surprisingly found some data on our EXT4 drive.
However, that does not make up for the fact that GetDataBack Pro cannot scan by file signature. It’s a 0 across the board for RAW photo recovery, video formats recovery, and even document formats recovery. It can’t even recover popular Microsoft Office formats.
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard successfully recovered most of our RAW images from a variety of camera brands, as well video files with almost all common formats.
The only area where EaseUS loses is in its lack of a byte-to-byte backup feature. This is a major factor for users who need to restore problematic drives and want to avoid using it even for recovery. Just as well, as neither of these apps provides bad sector management.
Again, both apps lack a few cool features that would make the user experience better – such as recovery chance prediction, S.M.A.R.T. reports, and resume interrupted scans. But EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the clear winner here.
The competition wasn’t even close. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard wins by a mile and deserves the recognition it gets. It offers great usability with its elegant and sensibly designed GUI while providing a lot of power under the hood. We were most impressed with the variety of formats it was able to recognize. GetDataBack Pro has a lot of work to do if it wants to catch up.
Why choose EaseUSRead full EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Windows review
Why choose GetDataBack ProRead full GetDataBack Pro for Windows review
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