iCare Data Recovery Review – Worth a Try but Probably Not Your Money

1.51

Out of 5 Total Score

No. 11 Among all Windows solutions

Price range $0...$399.99 • iCare Recovery • Windows

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iCare Data Recovery isn’t as well known as other software, but its promise of unlimited free recovery gained it some traction. However, that’s not enough to convince us – so we put it through the wringer. Is it worth your download? Read on to find out.

Karma 37% - Karma

37%

Karma
Bang for the buck 59% - Bang for the buck

59%

Bang for the buck
Recovery performance 30% - Recovery performance

30%

Recovery performance
Usability 44% - Usability

44%

Usability
Extras 0% - Extras

0%

Extras

Top Pros

  • Free unlimited recovery. The free version of iCare Data Recovery offers unlimited recovery of deleted files. This version doesn’t work with Deep Scan and RAW/Deleted Partition recovery. However, iCare Pro offers a free trial where you can recover up to 1 GB of data, which does work with Deep Scan and RAW/Deleted Partition recovery.

  • Supports non-mountable disks. iCare Data Recovery can scan disks with no file system.

  • Works with most Windows versions. The program supports Windows versions all the way from Windows 2000 to Windows 11.

  • Convenient file type scan selection. You can specify the file types you want the signature scan to search for.

  • Lightweight app. The app doesn’t require a lot of resources to run, so it’s a good choice for users with limited RAM.

Top Cons

  • Outdated interface. iCare Data Recovery’s GUI (graphical user interface) looks really dated and clunky, and it lacks quality-of-life features other modern data recovery software offer.

  • Inconvenient scanning process. It takes about 3-4 steps to scan disks, as compared to other software that only require 1-2 steps.

  • Too much user interaction. Users will have to pay attention to the screen during the process because the app may display prompts that require further action before continuing. Other apps only require 1-2 clicks to start and can handle the rest of the process without any more input.

  • Infrequent updates. iCare Data Recovery doesn’t get updated often so this app will continue losing relevance over time. Modern data recovery software usually get updated at least every 6 months.

  • English only. Its GUI only comes in English. No other languages are supported.

  • One scan type at a time. Users must specify only one scan type per run unlike other data recovery software that can apply all 3 scan types (Quick Scan, Deep Scan, Signature Scan) at once.

  • Inefficient lost partition scanning. If the program finds any lost partitions, it prompts the user to select which partitions to scan. However, it only permits the user to scan a few partitions at a time – not all. The user will have to go back and reselect partitions to eventually scan them all.

  • Inconvenient file preview. To preview files, users have to select a found file and then click the preview button on the toolbar to open a new window that displays that file. While open, users will not be able to interact with the main window.

  • Unresponsive while scanning. During a scan, users will not be able to interact with the program until completion.

  • No S.M.A.R.T. The program cannot monitor nor analyze the health of a disk.

  • Limited preview support. There are only a few file types this program can preview. In fact, it sometimes fails to preview popular photo formats.

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iCare Data Recovery – Overview

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In 2009, software company iCareAll released iCare Data Recovery v1.0. It’s best known for supporting a wide range of Windows versions (including Windows 2000) and offering unlimited free recovery.* While these offers make a strong case for iCare, the software has some limitations we strongly suggest you consider as you go through this article. But first, an overview.

*Unlimited free Quick Scan only. Does not apply to Deep Scan and RAW/Deleted partition recovery.

Factsheet

RequirementsWindows 2000-11
Latest version 8.3.0 • Released 19th Dec, 2020
Download size3.8 MB
CategoryData Recovery Software
UI languagesEnglish

Pricing

Distributed as
  • Freemium Some features are provided free of charge, but money is required to unlock the rest.
Free version available
Free version limitations
  • Trial Version does not support:

    • Deep Scan Recovery;
    • RAW/Deleted Partition Recovery;
    • Windows Server.
Paid plans
  • Home
  • Workstation
  • Technician
Price range
  • $0...$399.99
License model
  • Subscription + Lifetime
No credit card to try
Money back guarantee

As we’ve already mentioned a few times, iCare Data Recovery offers free unlimited data recovery, which is rare among its competitors. But it only works for recently deleted files, so don’t apply this type of scan on a corrupted or infected drive. Users can also activate a trial for iCare Data Recovery Pro, which provides a complete solution for up to 1 GB of data.

As of this writing, iCareAll is offering great discounts for paid versions – yet it’s still on the pricier side considering the app’s limitations (which we’ll explore later in this article). They offer annual subscriptions at $69 for 1 PC and $99 for 2 PCs, as well as a lifetime license for $399.99 that can be used on an unlimited number of machines.

iCare Data Recovery does not have a money-back guarantee, which is something most data recovery software offer. We consider this a red flag, so we strongly advise you to read the rest of this article before deciding to buy.

Pricing details

1Price $69.99
2Details
  • Deep Scan Recovery;
  • RAW/Deleted Partition Recovery;
  • 1 Year Free Upgrade;
  • Free Tech Support.
1Price $99.99
2Details

Everything in Home license plus:

  • Windows Server 2022/2019/2016/2012/2008/2003 (R2) support.
1Price $399.99
2Details

Everything in Workstation license plus:

  • Commercial Use.

Developer — iCareAll Inc.

iCareAll was established in 2009 and released version 1 of iCare Data Recovery that same year. The company added more tools to its arsenal, including document editors and converters. This is a common business model for many developers (not all).

1% 65.6% than avg

Online market share

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).

1300 81.5% than avg

Brand name popularity

Based on the number of brand-related search queries on Google US according to ahrefs.com.

Despite offering a suite of tools, iCareAll isn’t as popular as most of its competitors. Their site is rarely in the top search results for the niche’s commonly used keywords, and we don’t see iCare Data Recovery featured on many websites.

Developer website icare-recovery.com
Support email support@icare-recovery.com
Founded

2009 • 13 years on the market

HQ location

10380 Bren Rd W, Minnetonka, Minnesota, 55343, United States

Social media

iCareAll has a presence on most social sites, but their most recent activity was in 2020, followed by 2018. Their own website looks outdated, but they do have some useful how-to articles.

iCare Data Recovery for Windows

Tested on: Windows 11 (21H2)

By now, we know a couple of things: (1) iCare Data Recovery has been around for a long time, (2) the free version offers unlimited recovery, and (3) it supports most Windows versions. Looking pretty good so far… But how does the app perform when tested in real life?

How We Test

Pandora Recovery reviews follow a strict testing methodology that our technicians designed to measure the value any app offers its users – especially when compared to its competitors.

#StepDescription
1InstallationWe expect a fast and easy installation process. Time is of the essence – every minute lost fumbling over installation decreases the likelihood of recovering all or most of your data.
2Source selectionFollowing the same logic as above, it should be quick and easy for users to select the drive or partition they want to scan.
3Scanning processThe best data recovery tools can track, predict, and even pause and resume the scanning process. This is especially important for failing or corrupted drives.
4Managing found dataAfter scanning, we expect to easily locate and organize the found files through filters and sorting tools.
5Recovery and post-processingFinally, saving the files we want to restore should only take a few clicks. It should also be easy to choose a location to save the files. Ideally, the app should encourage the user to avoid saving files to the same disk that is being recovered.

Our top-to-bottom approach will paint a clear picture for potential users and buyers of what they can expect to get out of this software. We consider performance, usability, value, extra features, and more – all the intel you need is in the following sections.

Step 1

Installation

Installing iCare Data Recovery is as easy as installing any other Windows program. Users can download installers for the free and pro versions from their website. The installer itself is a standard wizard that users can complete with just a few clicks.

Step 2

Source selection

Unfortunately, source selection was our first clue of iCare Data Recovery’s below-average user experience. The first source selection screen prompts the user to select a disk (not partition – not yet, at least). Then, a dialogue box pops up where the user can select the file types they want the program to restore.

The program will start scanning at this point. Once the scan is complete, only then can users select the partition they want to browse… But only once at a time. This means that users will have to go through each partition separately and return to the partition window to browse a new one (even if they’re on the same disk).

In comparison, other data recovery software prompts the user to select a source just once in the entire process. And right off the bat, users can usually select whether to scan a whole disk or just one of its partitions.

Step 3

Scanning process

Once iCare Data Recovery begins the scan, a pop-up appears displaying real-time data such as elapsed and remaining time, found files, and more. As we explained in the last section, the app by default scans the whole disk and users can only browse specific partitions once the scan is complete.

Scan time depends on the size of your drive but we did notice a slower speed compared to other data recovery software we tested under the same conditions.

Step 4

Managing found files

The app provides a few tools for users to manage and organize the found data. They can: (1) locate files by name, (2) search for data by file type, size, date, and other metadata, and (3) preview files one by one.

Step 5

Recovery and post-processing

Fortunately, recovery is the easiest step. Users can select the files they want to restore by ticking the boxes to the left or by clicking the Select All button.

Upon clicking the Recover button, a pop-up appears where the user can browse and select a folder to store the recovered files. Once the retrieval process is complete, iCare Data Recovery will notify the user and simultaneously open the folder that contains the recovered data.

Tutorials

iCare Data Recovery for Windows – Tutorials and Other Videos

If you want to watch iCare Data Recovery in action, here are some useful videos from the developers:

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iCare Data Recovery for Windows – Full Review

The information so far has given us a general idea of what to expect when using iCare Data Recovery but the nitty-gritty is much more interesting. In the sections below, we dissect the program and rate each individual part according to how well it helps users retrieve their data.

Karma 37% by 12 rating criteria

37%

Karma

12 rating criteria

iCareAll and iCare Data Recovery have been around since 2009, so the developers are already established in the niche. However, that doesn’t mean they’re popular. In fact, their brand comes up 81.5% less than their competitors.

The app doesn’t get updated much, especially when compared to similar data recovery software that get updated as often as every 3 months. There are also no changelogs on their site.

That said, iCare does support the latest Windows version (and even supports versions as old as Windows 2000) and they provide helpdesk support on-site in case users run into any trouble. We wish they provided live chat support, as we’ve come to expect that from most of the apps we review on this site.

#FeatureResult
1Update frequency
More than 6 months
2Updated recently
No
3Changelog available
Not available
4Latest Windows release supported
Yes, all good
5Genuine or clone?
Genuine
6Brand name popularity
Unpopular
7Online market share
Poor
8Maturity
Mature
9Extensive knowledge base
Not available
10Helpdesk support
Available
11Live chat
Not available
12Phone support
No
Bang for the buck 59% by 8 rating criteria

59%

Bang for the buck

8 rating criteria

iCare Data Recovery’s biggest selling point is its free version – users can recover unlimited recently deleted data without having to pay for a license. iCareAll also offers a free trial for the licensed version that provides a complete toolset but only provides 1 GB of free data recovery.

Without the unlimited free trial, the app becomes a hard sell. Licenses are only available for annual subscriptions at $69 and $99 or a lifetime subscription at $399. Those prices are pretty expensive compared to other options – and that’s not even considering whether its performance is worth the cost. More on this in the following sections.

#FeatureResult
1Competitive pricing
No
2Price-quality ratio
Bad
3Free trial
Unlimited Quick Scan + 1 GB free for all scan types
4Is it free?
Unlimited Quick Scan for free version, 1 GB free for Pro version
5Pricing policy
Two annual subscription plans, one lifetime option
6Unlimited recovery in full version
Yes
7Free upgrades
Major/lifetime
8Commercial rights in the cheapest license
No
Usability 44% by 18 rating criteria

44%

Usability

18 rating criteria

Most modern data recovery software put great emphasis on user experience. Based on what we’ve seen on the market, we expect a decent GUI (graphical user interface) and quality-of-life features that make it easy for users at any level to restore data.

Unfortunately, iCare Data Recovery lacks both. The GUI is outdated and critical usability features – like convenient session management – are missing. The app currently can’t auto-resume scans and backups, which is bad news for users with failing drives.

While basic features are easy to find and straightforward to use, the app isn’t beginner-friendly. Users can’t rely on it to choose an appropriate scan type and source selection is super clunky. As we mentioned in the testing section, users can only browse specific partitions one-by-one after scanning a disk. Finally, there is no built-in updater within the app and it only comes in one language: English.

There are a few good points worth mentioning, such as hex view and decent sorting and filtering tools for recovered files. The app was also easy to install.

#FeatureResult
1Modern user-friendly interface
No
2Dark mode
No
3Easy-to-locate features
Yes
4Automatic implementation of multiple appropriate scanning methods without user interaction
No
5Auto-resuming scans of failing drives
No
6Auto-resuming backups of failing drives
No
7Convenient source selection on start
So-so
8Convenient file-by-file preview of recoverable items
So-so
9Convenient thumbnail preview of recoverable items
Yes
10Mount recoverable items as disk
No
11Built-in updater
No
12Multiple view modes in scan results
A few
13Hex view for recoverable items
Yes
14Filter recoverable items by type
No
15Search recoverable items by file names
Yes
16Sort results
Yes
17Multilingual UI
No
18Simple deployment
Yes
Recovery performance 30% by 120 rating criteria

30%

Recovery performance

120 rating criteria

So, how good is iCare Data Recovery at actually recovering data? Well, we were underwhelmed. Core scan types produced below-average results and many recovery features we’ve found in other apps are missing from this one. Details below.

#FeatureResultDescription
1Clever in-depth scan
Fine
Clever scan works well with FAT32 and NTFS formats but failed to restore data from exFAT and non-Windows formats.
2Quick scan
Fine
NTFS, exFAT, and FAT32 formats are supported with mixed results.
3Other types of scan
Fine
Below average signature recognition and lacks BitLocker support.
4Device support
Good
Great support for common internal and external storage devices.
5Real-life recovery challenge
Bad
Below average to average results when tested with document, video, and RAW photo recovery.
6Other notable recovery features
Bad
Sorely lacking in features compared to competing software.

Clever scan

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

32%

Average Score

#FeatureScore
1HFS+ partitions
2APFS partitions
3FAT32 partitions
4exFAT partitions
5NTFS partitions
6EXT4 partitions

When tested on our FAT32 partition, iCare Data Recovery restored most of our data but parts of the original folder structure and some file names were missing. It did a little better with our NTFS partition. Most files were stored in a “lost” folder – recoverable, but orphaned from the folder tree.

We were disappointed that it didn’t work with our exFAT partition, which uses a Windows-based format. It also failed to restore anything from our HFS+, APFS, and EXT4 partitions. However, since those aren’t Windows-based formats, we won’t consider this as a major point against iCare Data Recovery for this article.

Quick scan

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

50%

Average Score

#FeatureScore
1HFS+ partitions
2APFS partitions
3FAT32 partitions
4exFAT partitions
5NTFS partitions
6EXT4 partitions

iCare Data Recovery’s Quick scan did a little bit better. We were happy to discover that it worked with our exFAT partition this time, even if it missed more files than our FAT32 and NTFS partitions.

We encountered minor checksum and corruption issues when restoring our FAT32 partition, but we were satisfied with the results overall.

Similar to the Clever scan results, iCare failed to restore data from our HFS+, APFS, and EXT4 partitions (non-Windows).

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

30%

Average Score

#FeatureScore
1The number of formats supported by deep scan
2BitLocker support
3Windows shadow copies scanning
4Scan for lost partitions
5Recovered files' labeling
6Partial file recovery
7Disk images: scan and recovery

Clever scan and Quick scan aren’t the only scan tools offered by most data recovery software, especially since data loss situations vary among users.

Unfortunately, iCare Data Recovery lags behind the majority of its competition. Its signature scan is rudimentary and produced below-average results (which we’ll explore in the real-life recovery challenge section). iCare also does not support BitLocker-encrypted drives at all.

Its lost partition scanning and partial file recovery are effective, but that doesn’t mean much when it struggles to restore common file types.

Device Support

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

69%

Average Score

#FeatureScore
1Internal and external HDD
2Internal and external SSD
3USB thumb drives / Classic iPods (non-iOS) / FireWire devices
4Memory cards
5iOS devices
6Android devices
7Recovery from RAID1, 0, JBOD
8Unmountable partitions

iCare Data Recovery provides standard device support. It works with internal and external hard drives and solid-state drives, as well as other commonly-used flash media like USB sticks and memory cards. It also supports unmountable partitions.

As of this writing, iCare does not provide recovery tools for iOS and Android mobile devices. Users with RAID drives should also look elsewhere.

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

29%

Average Score

#FeatureScore
1Document formats recovery
2Raw photo recovery
3Video formats recovery
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

17%

Average Score

#FeatureScore
13fr (Hasselblad 3F raw image)
2arw (Sony alpha raw)
3bmp (bitmap image file)
4cr2 (Canon raw version 2)
5cr3 (Canon raw version 3)
6crw (Canon raw CIFF image file)
7dcr (Kodak digital camera raw)
8dng (digital negative lossless raw image)
9CinemaDNG (Blackmagic, Penelope, Pocket)
10erf (Epson raw file)
11exr (high dynamic-range file format)
12fff (Hasselblad raw image)
13gpr (GoPro raw format)
14heic (high efficiency image file format)
15iiq (intelligent image quality raw Leaf, Phase One)
16insp (panoramic image Insta360)
17jp2 (bitmap image format JPEG 2000)
18jpg (joint photographic experts group compressed image)
19kdc (Kodak digital camera raw image)
20mef (Mamiya raw image file)
21mos (Leaf and Mamiya raw image file)
22mpo (multi picture stereoscopic object file)
23mrw (Konica Minolta raw image format)
24nef (Nikon raw image file)
25nrw (Nikon raw image file)
26orf (Olympus raw format)
27pef (Pentax raw image file)
28raf (Fujifilm raw image file)
29raw (native digital camera file)
30rw2 (Panasonic LUMIX raw image file)
31rwl (Leica raw image format)
32sr2 (Sony raw 2 image file)
33srf (Sony raw file)
34srw (Samsung raw image file)
35tiff (tag image file format)
36x3f (Sigma camera raw picture file)
37x3i (Sigma super fine detail picture file)

RAW photo recovery results were abysmal. iCare Data Recovery is decent for certain Nikon and Canon RAW file types (not all) and it’s reliable enough for JPG and BMP files. That’s it. Photographers, look elsewhere.

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

27%

Average Score

#FeatureScore
1360 (GoPRO 360 degree videos)
2ari (ARRI professional digital video camera)
3arx (ARRI professional digital video camera)
4avi (GoPRO CineForm intermediate codec)
5avi (MJPG, H.264, MSMPEG4 v2 codecs)
6braw (Blackmagic raw video file)
7insv (Insta360 panoramic AVC H.264 video file)
8insv (Insta360 panoramic HEVC HVC1 video file)
9mov (Apple ProRes 422 Proxy/LT/HQ)
10mov (Apple ProRes 4444 Raw/HQ)
11mov (advanced video coding H.264)
12mov (CineForm HD codec)
13mov (HEVC, HVC1 codecs)
14mp4 (advanced video coding H.264)
15mp4 (HEVC, HVC1, Apple ProRes codecs)
16mxf (advanced video coding H.264)
17mxf (DVCPRO HD codec)
18mxf (ARRI raw, Apple ProRes codecs)
19mxf (XDCAM HD422, HD35 MPEG2 codecs)
20r3d (Red digital camera company raw video file)
21wmv (pro raw 9 codec)

iCare Data Recovery did a little bit better when we tested it for video recovery, but we were still disappointed with the results. MOV and AVI files have decent support, but the app struggled with other common files like MP4 and WMV.

We were surprised to find that it restored some of our BRAW data, but we advise users with professional equipment to try another software.

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

51%

Average Score

#FeatureScore
1accdb (Microsoft Access 2007+ database file)
2djvu (compressed image format)
3doc (Microsoft Word 97 – 2003 document file)
4docx (Microsoft Word 2007+ document file)
5fb2 (FictionBook 2.0 File)
6key (Apple Keynote)
7mdb (Microsoft Access 97 - 2003 database file)
8numbers (Apple Numbers)
9odp (OpenOffice presentation file format)
10ods (OpenDocument spreadsheet file format)
11odt (OpenDocument text document file format)
12pages (Apple Pages)
13pdf (portable document format)
14ppt (Microsoft Powerpoint 97 - 2003 presentation file)
15pptx (Microsoft Powerpoint 2007+ presentation file)
16rtf (rich text format)
17xls (Microsoft Excel 97 - 2003 spreadsheet file)
18xlsx (Microsoft Excel 2007+ spreadsheet file)

iCare Data Recovery performed a lot better with document files, but the best we could hope for was average results. Expect to restore Microsoft Documents, Excel, and Powerpoint files, but struggle with everything else or at least face mixed results.

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

8%

Average Score

#FeatureScore
1Overall non-intrusive read-only algorithms
2Network recovery
3Effectively filters out corrupted scan results
4Byte-to-byte device backups
5Bootable recovery drive creation
6Convenient scan session management
7Bad sector management
8Recovery chance prediction
9RAID reconstructor
10Disk vitals monitoring and tracking during scan
11Data protection
12Links to in-lab recovery service for physically damaged devices
13Scan speed
14Scan free space only
15Start file recovery without interrupting the scan
16Preview recoverable items without interrupting the scan
17Forensic features

Aside from iCare Data Recovery’s below-average session management and decent scan speed, there’s nothing much to write about here.

Extras 0% by 10 rating criteria

0%

Extras

10 rating criteria

Extra features are a great way for data recovery software to provide more value to users. Like most, however, iCare Data Recovery doesn’t offer much.

#FeatureResultDescription
1Disk space mapping
No
Not supported
2Disk clean up
No
Not supported
3Corrupted video repair tool
No
Not supported
4Corrupted photo repair tool
No
Not supported
5S.M.A.R.T.
No
Not supported
6Duplicate finder
No
Not supported
7Built-in disk space secure eraser
No
Not supported
8Disk cloning
No
Not supported
9Disk surface test
No
Not supported
10Secure data shredding
No
Not supported

We were disappointed to find that it lacked even common and useful features like S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology).

What Users Say about iCare Data Recovery for Windows

FINALLY! After 84 years, my external hard drive (My Passport) is formatted! My important data is rescued in a safe folder in C: disk. All thanks to iCare Data Recovery and WD Drive Utilities. I will come back to my content.

iCare Data Recovery has a lot to offer, but there are better choices for most users. Its free version allows you to recover unlimited data but will not perform deep scans. The professional version is likely to recover most of your files, but similarly-priced alternatives are likely to do better.

Icare data recovery ripped me off for 70.00. I had a WD external hard drive fail. I paid Icare for their program. The program produced 300 gig of useless gibberish. Icare refused to refund my money. Do not pay this company any money. You will be disappointed and they will refuse to refund your money.

Does not work. They don't honor their moneyback guarantee..
They recovered files from my SD card, but none of the Canon .CR2 files would open. The competing software from Data Rescue recovered *and repaired* the files.

Pros: They gave me false hope that they could recover the files.

Cons: Bad customer service does not offer refunds for non-working software.

Bottom line

We hate to say it, but there’s no reason to choose or recommend iCare Data Recovery over other software on the market.

It sorely lacks in both usability and recovery performance, yet demands a relatively hefty price tag. This may sound harsh, but there are well-designed and reliable data recovery software tools that offer lifetime licenses that are 3x cheaper than iCare’s.

The one exception where we encourage users to try is the unlimited free version. If you just need to restore a lot of recently deleted data, it’s worth a shot. Otherwise, consider alternatives.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do you want to know about iCare Data Recovery?

iCare Data Recovery is a data recovery software available for Windows and Mac computers. Its job is to help users recover data that was lost due to accidental deletion, formatting, and corruption.

To restore your data with iCare Data Recovery software:

  1. Download and install the free or Pro version of iCare Data Recovery software from their website.
  2. Launch the application and scan your disk.
  3. Select the partition you want to browse.
  4. Select the files you want to restore and choose a destination folder.

Yes, we were able to recover decent amounts of data using iCare Data Recovery Pro. However, there are other tools that performed better under the same conditions.

To use iCare Data Recovery Pro to restore your data:

  1. Download and install the Pro installer from their website.
  2. Choose a scan type and select the drive you want to restore.
  3. Select a partition you want to browse.
  4. Select your files and choose a destination folder.

iCare Data Recovery provides an unlimited free version where users can restore as many recently deleted files as they want. However, it does not provide Deep Scan and lacks support for RAW/deleted partitions. The Pro version offers 1 GB of free data recovery with access to all of the app’s features.

Yes, iCare Data Recovery is safe. It has been around since 2009 and its developers have created other legitimate software products along the way.

The speed of recovery mostly depends on how much data you need to restore. However, iCare Data Recovery is a bit on the slower side. For reference, it took us around 30 minutes to recover deleted files from a 64GB flash drive.

You can purchase iCare Data Recovery directly from their website.

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iCare Data Recovery for Windows
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iCare Data Recovery Review – Worth a Try but Probably Not Your Money
1.51

Out of 5 Total score

No. 11 Among all Windows solutions

We can’t recommend iCare Data Recovery when there are many similar tools that perform a lot better for a fraction of the price.

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Alejandro Santos
Alejandro Santos
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Alejandro is a veteran writer with a rich background in technology. He worked part-time in his uncle’s repair and recovery shop as a young boy, and now uses his experience and writing skills to produce content for multiple tech websites – specifically on the topic of data recovery. As an author for Pandora Recovery, he is constantly testing and experimenting with new tools and technology to help his readers find the best software for their needs.

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Yevgeniy Tolkunov is Hardware Engineer at ACE Data Recovery. Yevgeniy has a Master's Degree in Physics, Information Technology; 15+ years of experience.