MiniTool Power Data Recovery Review – How Powerful Is It?
Out of 5 Total Score
No. 7 Among all Windows solutions
MiniTool Power Data Recovery for Windows speaks highly of its ability to recover any lost files from most forms of modern storage media. How good of a job does it actually do when put to the test? Find out in this full review.
Interface. The interface is appealing and well put together.
Creating a bootable disk. The program can create bootable disks for computers that refuse to boot.
Recover during a scan. You can recover files during a scan.
Scanning speed. Good scanning speed. For example, hard drives will be scanned at the maximum speed.
Support for soft RAID. The program can scan software RAID configurations.
Scan RAW and unmountable drives. The program can work with disks that do not have a file system or refuse to be mounted.
1 GB free. The application allows you to recover up to 1 GB of data for free.
No HDPI support. The program can not work on monitors with high resolutions. As a consequence, the interface is unclear.
Paid option to fix corrupted video files. There is a feature for fixing corrupted video files, but it is a separate paid option.
Settings are not saved. After saving the settings in the program, these settings are lost after scanning.
All file types are not selected by default. All file signatures are not selected in the options. The user has to guess to go to options and enable them all.
No resizing of the main screen. The main disk selection screen has no resizing option. Not all items fit on the screen so you have to scroll down.
The device list is not always automatically updated. Sometimes the program doesn’t recognize newly connected devices and needs to be refreshed manually.
Scan folder and Recycle Bin options. There are scan options for a single folder or Recycle Bin but this is a marketing tactic, it is not possible to scan a part of the drive to find data. The program simply runs a quick scan of all local drives.
Preview works with a very limited set of file types. It is not possible to view all file types. For example, modern raw photos.
Update frequency. The program is updated very rarely, about 2 times a year.
No monitoring of disk disconnections. If a disk is reconnected during scanning, the program gives no response.
No auto-update. There is no auto-update built-in.
Bitlocker. The program can scan BitLocker-encrypted drives only when it is manually unlocked. The program itself does not detect device status.
No manager to handle scan sessions. You have to download files manually.
Damaged data filtering. The program does not show damaged data in any way.
The location of partitions in the disk tree is not convenient. You don't know what disk they belong to, there are no names.
Average signature scanner. The signature scanner is below average. Many modern signatures are simply not supported.
Limited HFS+ support. HFS+ support is limited and only a quick scan works. If you format an HFS+ partition, the program fails to restore its structure.
Can't work with images. The software cannot mount and scan disk images.
Disk copying. Software cannot make byte-by-byte copies of disks.
Can't work with bad disks. The application does not warn if a disk is bad and reading from it is difficult.
No SMART. The software cannot show disk health status.
MiniTool Power Data Recovery – Overview #
This review of MiniTool Power Data Recovery will take a detailed look at what this application has to offer as data recovery solution. To begin, we will take a look at some quick facts about the application and the company behind it.
|Latest version||10.2 • Released 14th Dec, 2021|
|Download size||190 MB|
|Category||Data Recovery Software|
|UI languages||English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean|
|Trial version available|
|Trial version limitations|
|No credit card to try|
|Money back guarantee|
MiniTool offers a trial version that allows you to recover up to 1 GB of data for free before committing to a paid license. Paid licenses range from $69 up to $499, offering a mix of personal and business licenses. Business licenses are lifetime purchases, while personal licenses can also be purchased on a monthly or yearly subscription basis.
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Developer — MiniTool® Software Ltd.
MiniTool Power Data Recovery was developed by MiniTool Software Ltd. MiniTool software has offered business software solutions in the data recovery and backup & restore space for 21 years.
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MiniTool Software is a reputable company that offers other products alongside MiniTool Power Data Recovery, such as MiniTool Partition Wizard and MiniTool ShadowMaker. The company is also recognized as a Microsoft Partner.
2001 • 21 years on the market
North America, Canada, Unit 170 - 422, Richards Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 2Z4
The company has offices situated in Canada and Asia. It offers excellent 24/7 customer support across multiple channels, including phone, email, and live chat. It also has an extensive knowledge base for users to browse.
It is active on all major social media platforms, offering not only solutions for data recovery but also how-to guides for fixing various tech-related problems. There’s no doubt that MiniTool Software puts some considerable effort into its online presence.
Data Recovery with MiniTool Power Data Recovery for Windows
Tested on: Windows 11 (version 21H2)
This review will focus on the Windows version of MiniTool Power Data Recovery, not the Mac solution which is a partnership between MiniTool and Stellar. Below we will touch on how we review each application before diving in to a close-up analysis of the software.
How We Test
In order to take an objective approach when reviewing each data recovery tool's abilities, we have devised a way of breaking our review process into separate parts. This way, we can take an in-depth look at how each tool performs when it comes to recovering our data sets from simulated data-loss situations. Doing so allows us to take an unbiased, fact-based approach.
|1||Installation||The program is downloaded and installed. We review how easy it is to find the installer, how fast the installation process is, and what difficulties users may encounter.|
|2||Source selection||Once installed, we look at how easy the application makes it for users to select what drive they want to scan.|
|3||Scanning process||Each tool has its own method for scanning drives, so we look at how long the scan takes to complete and how thorough it is.|
|4||Managing found data||The time it takes to recover your data is impacted by how easy it is to find in the list of recoverable files. We look at how easy it is to sift through the results to find what you want.|
|5||Recovery and post-processing||Finally, we look closely at how easy it is to perform recovery and what percentage of the recovered data is still usable.|
At each step of the recovery process, we carefully consider what strengths and weaknesses each tool has to offer and its overall ability to recover data with ease.
The installer for MiniTool Power Data Recovery is 2.21 MB. It can be downloaded from the MiniTool Download Center, along with all other MiniTool products. However, the installer does require an internet connection, as it downloads additional installation files during the setup.
Straight away, you can allow the application to be installed to a default location or choose your own. Additionally, clicking Custom Installation will allow you to change the language used.
When installed, the application takes up 500 MB of storage space.
MiniTool Power Data Recovery has an appealing interface that makes source selection easy. You can choose to scan specific partitions or entire drives by switching between the two tabs at the top. Hovering over one will present the Scan button, which will immediately start a scan once clicked.
At the bottom, there is a Recover From Specific Location section. While it may appear useful that you can scan a specific location, like a Recycle Bin or folder, this is simply a marketing tactic that leads users to believe they can scan specific areas for reduced scan times. In reality, the program simply runs a quick scan of the entire drive.
As the scan progresses, you are able to review what files have already been found and preview them (though the preview function is not included with the base install and must be installed after you click the Preview option). At the bottom left, there is a progress bar showing how much of the scan has been done and how long it is estimated to take.
Managing found files
Once the scan is complete, you will be presented with a list of all the data MiniTool Power Data Recovery found. In the left panel, you can navigate through folders, starting from the root. You can change views by right-clicking anywhere in the recovery area and selecting Change to Thumbnail View.
The Find function can be used to search by filename. If you're unsure what the file is called, or you need to recover multiple files, the Advanced Filter can be used to organize the results based on extension, size, and creation/last modified date. You can also customize it to show only deleted, lost, or normal files.
As the program does not have a session manager that automatically saves your scan sessions, you will need to click Export Scan Result in order to come back to the scan at a later date.
Recovery and post-processing
Recovery is easy. After selecting your files, simply clicking the Save button will begin the process. Choose where you want to save the files, then click OK.
Once recovery is complete, you can use the View Recovered button to jump straight to the output location and review the recovered data.
MiniTool Power Data Recovery for Windows – Tutorials and Other Videos
Learn more about MiniTool Power Data Recovery by checking out some of the below videos.
MiniTool Power Data Recovery for Windows – Full Review
Now that you have seen what a typical recovery looks like using MiniTool Power Data Recovery for Windows, you should have a good understanding of what to expect should you need to use it in a real-life recovery situation.
Now, let’s look at how it compares against the criteria we use to determine everything from its usability to its ability to recover data.
MiniTool Power Data Recovery scores a good Karma score, largely thanks to the efforts its company puts in to customer support. Although MiniTool Software isn’t a brand that’s well-known, MiniTool Power Data Recovery has been around long enough for it to garner its own credibility.
The software is updated every 6 months and a changelog is available to view what updates have been made. This frequency, while it could be better, is still good enough to ensure the software is compatible with even the latest operating systems.
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|
MiniTool is competitively priced in comparison to other tools on the market. However, the quality of results we received begs the question of whether the price tag is worth it (which we’ll take a closer look at soon).
Licenses are available on a subscription or lifetime basis. The free version allows up to 1 GB of recovery before you need to get out your wallet. Additional features like loading previous scan results and creating bootable media are only available in paid versions of the application. The subscription-based licenses include free upgrades, but only temporary ones. The lifetime license offers lifetime free upgrades.
|4||Is it free?|
Subscription and lifetime licenses available
|6||Unlimited recovery in full version|
Yes, but some are temporary
|8||Commercial rights in the cheapest license|
The application scores a below-average Usability score. Features are easy for users to locate and it offers some good options for organizing results, but it’s lacking additional features that would otherwise make MiniTool great.
For instance, if your drive disconnects in the middle of a scan, the application will not recognize it. Additionally, quality of life additions, like automatic updating and dark mode, are missing.
The preview function could also use some improvement. Strangely, it is not automatically installed with the base install, and instead needs to be downloaded the first time you preview a file. Perhaps it’s an attempt to keep the file size down? Sometimes it doesn’t even allow you to scroll through multiple file previews without leaving the preview screen.
|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|
|1||Clever in-depth scan|
|Failed to recover data from HFS+, APFS, and EXT4 partitions.|
|Quick scan results were average, with HFS+, APFS, and EXT4 partitions again seeing the worst results.|
|3||Other types of scan|
|The application cannot scan shadow copies and offers limited support for BitLocker-encrypted drives.|
|Offers great support for a wide range of devices.|
|5||Real-life recovery challenge|
|Overall OK results. The application struggled the most with video recovery.|
|6||Other notable recovery features|
|Offers some, but not a lot of other recovery features.|
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
NTFS recovery using MiniTool Power Data Recovery was the most successful, with around only 37 of our files not being found. Our FAT32 and ExFAT partitions faired OK, but root data was missing, along with the folder structure. We were unable to recover any data from our HFS+, APFS, or EXT4 partitions.
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
The quick scan had some better results, actually managing to pull some data from the HFS+ partition. NTFS and ExFAT had the most success, though there were some files that were not discovered.
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|
Deep scanning by file signature isn’t a strong point for MiniTool Power Data Recovery, as it only supports a limited number of file signatures. It does offer support for BitLocker-encrypted drives, but only once the drive has been manually unlocked.
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|
The application supports all major devices, including RAID configurations and unmountable partitions. It does not, however, allow recovery from mobile devices running on iOS or Android.
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||Raw photo recovery|
|2||Video formats recovery|
|3||Document 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
|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)|
MiniTool Power Data Recovery isn’t the best for recovering raw photo files, receiving a below-average score. There are many file formats that it doesn’t support, such as those from Sigma, Panasonic, and Mamiya.
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)|
The application struggles the most with video recovery. It doesn’t support a lot of file formats, which is strange considering it offers video file repair through MiniTool Video Repair. Major video formats, such as AVI, MP4, and WMV have good coverage, but other modern formats are unsupported.
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||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)|
MiniTool Power Data Recovery offers more support for document recovery than any other type of file, with it seeing the most success with popular formats like DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPTX, and XLSX.
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|
While MiniTool Power Data Recovery does include good scan times and some useful features, such as bootable recovery drive creation and the option of previewing and recovering files during the scan, it’s simply not enough to compete with other recovery tools on the market.
The program is missing other notable recovery features that would complement data recovery. For instance, users may have more peace of mind if they had the ability to create and recover data from byte-to-byte backups rather than performing everything on the actual drive. Without this feature, advanced data recovery users may look for a more feature-rich alternative.
|1||Disk space mapping|
|2||Disk clean up|
|3||Corrupted video repair tool|
|Separate paid feature.|
|4||Corrupted photo repair tool|
|7||Built-in disk space secure eraser|
|9||Disk surface test|
|10||Secure data shredding|
It’s common now for data recovery tools to include extras now in addition to their recovery capabilities. Although it’s not necessary, it gives users more reason to invest in your software knowing they are going to get more out of it.
Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve searched for the most commonly asked questions surrounding MiniTool Power Data Recovery for Windows. See below for their answers!
MiniTool Power Data Recovery is a data recovery tool by MiniTool Software. It has the ability to scan your drive and recover data from it.
MiniTool Power Data Recovery uses advanced scanning algorithms to find data on your drive that has been lost or deleted. This can be done either by scanning the underlying file system or searching by the specific file signature. It then gives you the option to recover said data.
It’s very easy to use MiniTool Power Data Recovery. Here’s how:
- Download and install MiniTool Power Data Recovery to a separate physical partition to the one you’re recovering from.
- Hover over the disk or partition you want to scan, then click Scan.
- Select the files you want to recover, then click Save.
- Provide an output location and complete recovery.
Recovery using MiniTool Power Data Recovery can be done in just a few clicks.
- Download and install MiniTool Power Data Recovery to a separate physical partition to the one you’re recovering from.
- Click Scan on the drive or partition you want to recover data from.
- Mark the files you want to recover. Click Save when ready.
- Save the files to a location that’s on a separate physical partition.
MiniTool Power Data Recovery is not free. However, it does offer up to 1 GB of free data recovery before requiring payment.
Pricing starts at $69 and goes all the way up to $499 for business users.
There are multiple MiniTool Data Recovery licenses you can buy. To buy one, simply visit the MiniTool website.
The MiniTool website has a specific page where you can download the free version of MiniTool Data Recovery Software.
If you have MiniTool Data Recovery installed, click on the Register icon at the top of the application (it is a golden key icon). From here, you can upgrade from within the app.
There are many reasons why MiniTool Data Recovery isn’t displaying your drive, including:
- The drive not being connected properly
- A hardware fault with the drive
- The drive has an unsupported file system
- The application hasn’t been refreshed since the drive was connected
Deleting a scan in MiniTool Power Data Recovery is easy, as it doesn’t automatically save scan results. When you want to delete a scan, simply leave the application or back out of the scan results and the scan will disappear.
MiniTool doesn’t have its own Mac version specifically. instead, it has partnered with Stellar to bring you Stellar Data Recovery for Mac. However, you do have the option of scanning Apple-formatted drives on Windows.
Once your scan is complete, simply go to the output location you specified in MiniTool Power Data Recovery and open your files. If some of your files do not open, it’s possible they are damaged or corrupted, meaning they are no longer usable unless repaired.
On the final step of recovery, you can choose where to store recovered files. Always choose a location that’s not on the same physical partition you’re recovering from to avoid overwriting the data you’re recovering.
MiniTool Power Data Recovery is OK, but it’s far from the best tool in its bracket. From our tests, it was unable to recover the majority of our data, with especially poor results for Apple and Linux-based partitions.