iBoysoft Data Recovery Review: Not Much to Offer
Out of 5 Total Score
No. 15 Among all Windows solutions
iBoysoft Data Recovery promises a high recovery rate from a range of devices, with support for over 1000 file formats. But, how much of what it claims is true? Find out in this extensive review of iBoysoft Data Recovery.
Small application size. The application does not take up much space on your hard drive.
Selectable file types for scanning. Before scanning, you can select the file types you want to be scanned by the signature scanner.
Doesn't use many PC resources. The program doesn't need a powerful computer to scan and doesn't consume much RAM.
It works even on Windows XP. Compatible with most Windows versions: from XP to 11.
Can save scan sessions. Can create and save scanned device sessions.
Separate lost partition scanner. The program can scan your drive for lost partitions.
Good results with FAT32/exFAT/NTFS scanners. The program supports the scanning of Windows file systems for deleted or formatted data.
Very outdated interface. The interface is very outdated and not easy to use.
Can't make copies of disks. No function to create byte-by-byte copies of disks.
No support for high DPI. Can't work on monitors with high resolution. As a consequence, the interface is blurry and not clear.
Does not update the list of disks. If you connect a new device when the program is running, you have to restart it to see the device.
Not all file types are selected by default. The user must go to the options and select all file types before scanning since by default only a small part is selected.
Limited Preview. The preview options are very limited. In most cases, it supports up to 5 formats that can be previewed.
No alert to issues. The application does not alert you to any problems it encounters, such as bad sectors or crashes.
No additional features. The program does not include any additional features that come with modern tools for searching for deleted data.
Pay extra for BitLocker recovery. The program can recover BitLocker partitions, but to do so you need to pay for a separate license.
No SMART module. The program cannot monitor the SMART attributes of devices.
No easy way to view files during scanning. While scanning, you cannot see the found files, either in the file tree or in previews. Also, there is no way to restore files during scanning.
Inconvenient search for lost partitions. Searching for lost partitions is not part of the general drive scan. You need to use this method separately and scan the disk, then if the lost partitions are found you need to manually continue scanning by navigating through the lost partitions and selecting the scan method.
Poor usability. It is not possible to expand the application to full screen by double-clicking on the window title, nor can you change the window size.
Tree view only. It’s not possible to view the scan results in a tree view.
Settings are not saved. Scan results can only be viewed in tree view.
No filtering of the found files. It’s not possible to group them according to the type of the found files or filter the files with bad recovery chances.
No multi-language capability. The application is only available in English.
Bad support for file signatures. The program claims support for 1000. This is nothing more than a marketing ploy. In practice, the program often struggles to find even the most common file types.
No session manager. There is no session manager for previous scan sessions.
No auto-update. There is no built-in auto-update.
Can't work with drive images. The program can't mount and scan drive images.
Too much user interaction. The program requires constant participation in the scanning process by asking questions. Modern utilities, on the other hand, are capable of solving everything on their own.
|Distributed as||Freemium Some features are provided free of charge, but money is required to unlock the rest|
|Trial version available|
|Trial version limitations|
With trial version you can:
|No credit card to try|
|Money back guarantee|
The installer for the software is really small at 4.62 MB. The application is also conveniently small too, only taking up 19 MB of space on your hard drive after installation.
In the trial version of the program, you can scan for lost data and preview the files that are found. Unlike other data recovery software trials, it does not allow you to recover a limited amount of data to test its abilities. Instead, to begin recovering files you must purchase a license. Licenses start at $69.95 and go up to $299.
Everything in personal license plus:
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Developer — Chengdu Aibo Tech Co., Ltd.
iBoysoft Data Recovery was developed by Chengdu Aibo Tech Co., Ltd. The company is situated in Chengdu, China and was founded in 2017.
1% 20.3% 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).
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iBoysoft’s mission is the devoted development of software and utilities to make life easier. In addition to iBoysoft Data Recovery, iBoysoft has also developed iBoysoft DiskGeeker and iBoysoft MagicMenu, both of which are utilities for macOS.
2017 • 6 years on market
No. 308, 3/F, Unit 1, Building 6, No. 1700, Tianfu Avenue North, High-tech Zone
The company is fairly new on the scene in comparison to some older technology companies, having only been founded in 2017. The company is active on Twitter and Facebook, but its YouTube channel is where it gets the most engagement through the production of how-to guides and problem-solving videos.
How We Test
We use the same testing process for all data recovery tools we review. In doing so, it allows us to create a standardized way of measuring the performance of each application and objectively comparing them against one another. The results provide insights that are backed by data to give you a full understanding of what you're getting when you download or buy the software.
|1||Installation||During installation, we take note of what information is provided to the user and what options are available, like the ability to choose the installation location.|
|2||Source selection||Once the application is installed, we look at how easy it is to choose the storage device you want to scan and whether or not it's possible to scan individual partitions and images.|
|3||Scanning process||We review the scanning process based on convenience, time, and scanning methods used.|
|4||Managing found data||Finding and selecting the data you want to recover should be easy. We look at what filtering options are available and if it's possible to search for specific files.|
|5||Recovery and post-processing||We measure how long recovery takes and how much of our data is still usable after data recovery has finished.|
This process is repeated for all scanning methods that are available in the software. Below you’ll find a breakdown of how iBoysoft Data Recovery performed with our testing.
The installation process is fairly standard. The installer takes you through the license agreement and allows you to choose an installation location for the program. It also mentions how much disk space is required.
The application does not warn you against installing it to the same drive you're recovering data from, which could cause some users to unintentionally overwrite the data they're intending to recover. Once the installation is finished, it will open to a browser page that includes options for buying the full version and links to common resources.
Before you begin the scan, you must manually go and select all of the file types you'd like the scan to find. Only a handful are selected by default. This must be done each time you perform a scan, as the program automatically resets back to the default selections before every scan.
At the bottom, you can choose to use a deep scan to find more data. If your partition isn't available, you must go through the process of recovering the lost partition using the Find More Partitions option.
Clicking Next will begin the scan.
Managing found files
Once the scan is complete, you'll see your folders on the left side and data on the right. Clicking on each individual folder will show what recoverable contents it contains. Clicking on the drive letter will show all recoverable data.
At the bottom of the screen, you can choose to show only deleted or existing files to narrow down your search. However, outside of this, there's no other convenient way to customize the search results to make data easier to find. The best chance you have is using the search box to search for file types.
Recovery and post-processing
Once you've selected the files you want to recover, you'll be able to see how many files you're recovering at the bottom, along with the total size. Clicking Recover will prompt you to select a recovery location.
After recovery, a notice will appear recommending you review the recovered files to ensure they're intact.
iBoysoft Data Recovery for Windows – Tutorials and Other Videos
We've compiled some useful videos around iBoysoft Data Recovery to help give you a fuller understanding of the software and how to use it. Check them out below.
iBoysoft Data Recovery for Windows receives a just-below-average Karma score. It doesn’t appear that the software has a regular update frequency. At the time of this review, the software hasn’t been updated in over 6 months. Even so, a changelog is kept updated whenever new versions are released.
Because the software and company haven’t been around for long, they lose some points in regard to brand name popularity and maturity. While they do have helpdesk support and an extensive knowledge base of helpful articles, the company doesn’t offer support over live chat or phone.
More than 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|
Bang for the buck measures how well the data recovery tool’s performance aligns with the pricing. We found that iBoysoft Data Recovery for Windows is overpriced for what it’s able to deliver. For the price point, you’re able to get better quality results from one of its competitors. Furthermore, it’s only available on a subscription basis – there are no lifetime licenses available.
A little bit overpriced.
Not as good as you would expect.
You can only preview files in the trial.
|4||Is it free?|
|6||Unlimited recovery in full version|
|8||Commercial rights in the cheapest license|
iBoysoft Data Recovery for Windows has a bad user interface that is lacking many features that would help users quickly and easily navigate the program and recover their data.
Its user interface is static, meaning that you cannot make it fullscreen by double-clicking the title bar and you cannot resize the window by clicking and dragging. None of its features are easily accessible unless you go all the way back to the home screen. And, you’re only stuck with the one view to review your found files.
|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|
iBoysoft Data Recovery for Windows received an OK score during our testing of its recovery performance. Its ability to recover lost data is decent, having recovered the majority of our data in each test. Unfortunately, it doesn’t include any other notable recovery features, so data recovery is its sole purpose.
|Recovered most of our data, but some of it was not found.|
|Again, recovered most of our data, but there were some files it missed.|
|3||Other types of scan|
|Includes a signature scanner, but cannot recover data from disk images.|
|Good support for devices, including unmountable partitions.|
|5||Real-life recovery challenge|
|Average to below-average results, there were many file types it didn't support or failed to recover.|
|6||Other notable recovery features|
|The program doesn't include any other notable recovery features.|
iBoysoft Data Recovery was able to recover most of our lost data with its clever scan, but it did have some shortcomings. The folder structure of our exFAT partition was missing after recovery. For our FAT32 partition, it failed to find 542 of our files. Furthermore, none of the files in our root folder were found and the folder structure missing here too. The NTFS results were promising, although it didn’t find 41 of our lost files.
The program does not support recovery from Linux (EXT4) or Apple (HFS+, APFS) file systems, so it didn’t receive a score for them. Mac users will instead need to purchase a license for iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac.
The program had similar results when recovering our recently deleted files with its quick scan. The majority of our data was found, with some files remaining missing. We also noticed that many of the small files located on our FAT32 and exFAT partitions were not located in the same folders they were lost in.
Again, since Linux and Apple file systems are not supported, we could not provide a score for them.
Other 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 iBoysoft Data Recovery for Windows does include a signature scanner, it claims to support over 1000 file formats. Our test results do not reflect this. In fact, this number seems to be incredibly inflated. In actuality, it only supports between 100 to 200 file formats.
The program supports the recovery of data from BitLocker-encrypted drives. However, this feature is locked behind another paid license. One redeeming quality is its ability to search for and recover lost partitions, which can be done while selecting what you’d like to scan.
|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|
iBoysoft Data Recovery supports all major devices, including internal and external hard drives and solid-state drives, USB flash drives, and memory cards (like SD and CF cards). It also supports unmountable partitions and some RAID arrays that have a built-in controller. It cannot recover data from iOS or Android devices like mobile phones or tablets.
Real-life recovery challenges
|1||Raw photo recovery|
|2||Video formats recovery|
|3||Document formats recovery|
Raw photo recovery
|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)|
The signature scanner had the most success recovering raw photos out of the other file types, but it still struggled with getting most of our data. Formats like DCR, PEF, RWL, CR3, and ARW had the best support, with most of them being recovered with only minor issues. Most other file types, though, either weren’t found, came back corrupted, or were recovered in a different format from what they actually were. Not even all versions of JPG, a really common file type, are supported.
Video formats recovery
|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)|
When it comes to recovering video formats, iBoysoft Data Recovery doesn’t do too well. 360, MOV, and BRAW formats were basically fine. It really struggled to recover our MP4 files, which is an extremely common video file format. WMV, perhaps less common than MP4 but still fairly common, wasn’t supported at all.
Document formats recovery
|1||accdb (Microsoft Access 2007+ database file)|
|2||djvu (compressed image format)|
|3||doc (Microsoft Word 97 – 2003 document file)|
|4||docx (Microsoft Word 2007+ document file)|
|5||fb2 (FictionBook 2.0 File)|
|6||key (Apple Keynote)|
|7||mdb (Microsoft Access 97 - 2003 database file)|
|8||numbers (Apple Numbers)|
|9||odp (OpenOffice presentation file format)|
|10||ods (OpenDocument spreadsheet file format)|
|11||odt (OpenDocument text document file format)|
|12||pages (Apple Pages)|
|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)|
The recovery results for documents were so-so. Older Microsoft formats performed well, like DOC, PPT, and XLS. Newer versions (except XLSX) had some trouble though. It was only able to recover 151 out of 861 of our DOCX files and 115 out of our 259 PPTX files. It did find all of our PDF files, but all of them were corrupted after recovery.
Other notable recovery features
|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|
Don’t expect much else outside of data recovery when you get iBoysoft Data Recovery for Windows. The best it can offer you is decent scan speeds and the ability to save and load scan sessions (but no way to manage them within the application).
It’s not uncommon for data recovery tools to include useful extras that complement data recovery. Things like corrupted file repair, SMART monitoring, and disk cloning help with post-recovery and helps protect your data in the future.
|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|
Unfortunately, iBoysoft Data Recovery for Windows does not include any extras for its users.
Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve searched for the most commonly asked questions relating to iBoysoft Data Recovery for Windows and answered them below.
Follow these steps to perform data recovery using iBoysoft Data Recovery:
- Click Data Recovery, then select the drive you want to scan. Click Next.
- Once the scan has finished, select the files that you want to recover. Click Recover when you’re ready.
- Choose a recovery location for your files.
No, iBoysoft Data Recovery is a paid data recovery tool. However, you can download the program for free and begin scanning your drive for recoverable data. In order to recover the files, you must upgrade to a paid license.
There are three iBoysoft Data Recovery licenses to choose from:
- Classic – $69.95/year
- Professional – $199/year
- Technician – $299/year
Yes, iBoysoft Data Recovery is a legitimate data recovery application that can scan your drive for lost data and recover it.
This largely depends on the size of the drive and the type of scan you’re performing. For example, performing a deep scan on a large drive can take hours at a time, whereas performing a quick scan on a small drive can complete in mere seconds.
During our testing, iBoysoft Data Recovery had decently fast scan speeds.
Yes, you can get iBoysoft Data Recovery on Windows 10. Support for Windows 11 was also introduced with the Version 3.6 update that was released on Jul 8, 2021.
👍 Worth a try
Out of 5 Total score
No. 15 Among all Windows solutions
iBoysoft Data Recovery can recover your deleted files, but its poor user interface and lack of features makes it hard to justify the high price point.Visit developer website
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