R-Studio Review: Great Option for Professionals
Out of 5 Total Score
No. 2 Among all Windows solutions
Some data recovery applications are made for a specific subset of users, and R-Studio is one of them. Aimed at data recovery professionals, this application boasts an assortment of advanced features, but does it also have a lot to offer to regular home users. Read this review to find out.
Supports all major operating systems. R-Studio runs on Windows, Linux, and macOS. Even older versions of the three major operating systems, such as Windows 2000, are supported.
Compatible with many file systems. All commonly used Windows, Linux, and macOS file systems are supported.
RAID reconstruction module. The program is able to automatically reconstruct broken RAID arrays, and many different configurations are supported.
Good performance of file system scanners. The software generally delivers great results and is able to recover not just files but also the original folder structure.
Network recovery. The program can connect remotely to a client computer and restore data on it.
Byte-to-byte disk copies. The program can create regular full-size byte-by-byte copies and compressed copies of storage devices.
Emergency Version. There is a separate version of the program that is able to run both from a flash drive and from a CD disk. It is useful when recovering data from computers that refuse to start from the main HDD.
Recovery Chances Prediction. The program can show you how likely individual files can be successfully recovered.
S.M.A.R.T. You can easily see S.M.A.R.T. information to evaluate the health of your storage devices.
Support for a large number of older storage devices. Supports data recovery from old storage devices, such as CDs, DVDs, floppy disks, and ZIP drives.
Delivers the same results across all supported operating systems. R-Studio is a true multi-platform data recovery application, and each version of the software delivers the same data recovery results.
Supports professional data recovery hardware. Professional data recovery hardware devices, such as DeepSpar Disk Imager and USB Stabilizer, are supported by R-Studio, making it easier to obtain great results.
Custom file types. You can add your own custom file types to recover even obscure file formats that are not supported by any data recovery software.
Forensic mode. R-Studio comes with a special mode that, when enabled, generates audit logs that can be presented at court hearings. The logs include hashes of recovered files and the hardware configuration of the recovered computer, among other things.
Scan speed. R-Studio is the fastest software on the market in terms of scanning speed.
Limited preview feature. Only a handful of file types can be previewed. Even many commonly used file types, such as RAW photos, are impossible to preview.
Complicated. The software is aimed at professionals, and it shows. The user interface is too complicated for the average user to learn.
Unintuitive scanning process. After the disk is scanned and you try to open the results, a new scanning process opens instead, and it can take a long time to finish.
Very complex scan results. When the scan is complete, the program interface shows a bunch of found partitions, and it can be confusing to know which one to open.
S.M.A.R.T. The S.M.A.R.T. feature doesn’t support many modern NVM express (NVMe) disks.
High RAM consumption on startup. R-Studio can be hungry for system memory, especially immediately after being started.
Signature scanner. The signature scanner does not support many modern audio/video/photo formats.
Source selection. The startup interface is so crowded that choosing the right drive to scan is a real hassle.
No auto-resume. R-Studio doesn’t handle storage device reconnections well, and it doesn’t automatically resume scanning when a disconnected device is connected again.
No built-in preview window. To view preview files, you have to press the view button every time, which is very inconvenient, especially when you want to preview a large number of files.
Real-time scan results. While scanning, the program does not allow you to see the results and navigate and preview them.
Browsing results. R-Studio displays found files in a rather intricate way, and it can take some time to make sense of what can be recovered.
Bad sectors. The program can recognize that it takes too long to read from the disk, but it does not remember the sectors where it happened and does not allow you to build a map of bad sectors.
Session management. Essential scan session management features are lacking.
Slow preview functionality. The preview functionality is too slow to be truly useful when previewing a large number of files one by one.
Photo and video corruption. R-Studio can’t fix partially corrupted photos and videos that can’t be opened anymore.
Recovery during scanning. It’s not possible to recover files until the scan process is 100% over.
|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:
|License model||Subscription + Lifetime|
|No credit card to try|
|Money back guarantee|
R-Studio licenses start at $49.99, and they go all the way up to $899.00. The regular Windows license, which is called simply R-Studio, costs $79.99 per machine, and it can’t be transferred to another PC even if a licensed PC is utilized. Before you purchase any R-Studio license, you can trial the software for free and use it to recover files that are smaller than 256 KB. More importantly, however, the trial version can tell you if your missing files (regardless of how large they are) can be recovered with a licensed version of the software.
Developer — R-Tools Technology Inc.
R-Studio is developed by a Canadian software company, called R-Tools Technology Inc. The company has been around since 2000, so it’s safe to say that it doesn’t lack the experience necessary to develop leading data recovery software.
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R-Tools Technology is one of the most reputable companies in the data recovery industry, and it is rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau.
2000 • 23 years on market
10520 Yonge Street, Unit 35B, Suite 232 Richmond Hill, ON, L4C 3C7, CANADA
It has become a common practice for data recovery companies to spend a lot of time, effort, and money on the creation of helpful recovery guides and various how-to articles. R-Tools Technology doesn’t focus on this form of content marketing. That’s probably because its target customers are data recovery professionals who have little to no use for step-by-step data recovery guides that explain different use cases individually.
How We Test
What sets our data recovery software reviews apart from the competition is our unique testing process. Knowing that data recovery results are influenced by many different variables, we test data recovery software in a controlled software environment, using carefully selected data sets that let us accurately simulate common data loss scenarios.
|1||Installation||Our data recovery software testing process starts with the installation of the tested software. Here, we're interested in answering the following questions: Can the software be installed on the target system? Is the installation process straightforward?|
|2||Source selection||Next, we launch the tested software application and use it to initiate a scan of our storage device. Some applications make this easier than others, and we reward those that are intuitive with a higher rating.|
|3||Scanning process||All data recovery software applications handle the scanning process differently. Some run all recovery methods in the optimal order, while others expect users to make all important scanning decisions on their own. Regardless, scanning should be fast, and it should be obvious how much time is remaining.|
|4||Managing found data||Usually, the goal of data recovery isn't to recover all files that can possibly be recovered. The goal is to recover only a handful of important files. That's why the best data recovery software lets you narrow down scan results using filters and preview individual files with a simple click.|
|5||Recovery and post-processing||With missing files selected, the last step is to recover them to a safe location. Leading data recovery software applications alert users when they attempt to recover data to the source drive, and they also provide a useful recovery summary, typically with a convenient option to view the recovered data in a file browser.|
As you can see, we leave no stone unturned when testing data recovery software, and our repeatable testing process ensures objectivity.
R-Studio relies on a standard installation process that all experienced Windows users are guaranteed to find instantly familiar.
The screenshots above show the individual steps you have to go through, so we won't bore you with them here. Just keep in mind that you need to have administrator privileges to install R-Studio, but that goes for all data recovery software that's installed in the Program Files directory.
The moment you launch R-Studio for the first time, it instantly becomes clear that you're dealing with professional data recovery software.
The application lays down all options right on the main screen, and it displays an almost overwhelming amount of information about available storage devices. Needless to say, selecting the storage device you want to recover can be somewhat difficult.
Things don't become any easier when you initiate scanning by clicking the Scan button. That's because R-Studio always gives the user the opportunity to configure the area they want to scan and specify which file system is present on the scanned storage device.
If you want to look only for specific file types, then you can tell R-Studio to look only for them and nothing else. The good news is that the default settings work fine in most situations, so you can usually just click the Scan button to proceed.
Managing found files
You would be hard-pressed to find a faster data recovery software application than R-Studio. Even large storage devices can be scanned quickly. Unfortunataly, it takes some time for the software to load data recovery results and let you browse them.
The scan results browser is definitely capable and packed with advanced features, such as a hex editor, but it lacks polish. For example, files can only be previewed in a separate window, which isn't convenient when previewing a large number of files one by one.
Recovery and post-processing
Recovering files with R-Studio isn't a matter of a simple click. Well, it can be, but you would have to ignore the plethora of available recovery options.
Besides specifying the output folder, you can tell R-Studio to restore or not restore the original folder structure, metafiles, alternative data stream, extended attributes, and more. The software is ready to handle multiple partial data recovery attempts to the same output folder, allowing you to do when you stumble upon a file that already exists.
Once you begin moving files to their new destination, R-Studio keeps you informed by telling you which file is being recovered.
R-Studio – Tutorials and Other Videos
Would you like to see how R-Studio works in practice? Then watch the tutorials and other videos below.
R-Studio is a highly reputable product from a software company with a long history. Paying users receive customer support via phone and helpdesk, and they can also visit the company’s extensive knowledge base, which explains many commonly encountered problems in great detail. While R-Studio is updated on a regular basis, it usually takes around 6 months for a new update to be released. Not many regular home users have heard about R-Studio, but data recovery professionals often recognize the software.
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|
R-Studio delivers above-average value for two main reasons. First, the free trial version lets you recover an unlimited number of files as long as the files are up to 256 KB large. Second, you can choose from multiple different licenses depending on your needs and budget. If you want to perform a single recovery job and would like access to everything R-Studio has to offer, than you can pay $80 a day for R-Studio T80+, which is much better than spending $899 on the most expensive version of R-Studio just to use it once.
Yes (files that are up to 256 KB large)
|4||Is it free?|
Subscription and lifetime licenses available
|6||Unlimited recovery in full version|
Yes (for some time)
|8||Commercial rights in the cheapest license|
When it comes to usability, R-Studio succeeds in some ways and fails in others. On the one hand, the software comes with all the quality-of-life features you would expect a data recovery application to come with, including the ability to sort scan results in several different ways, the option to search recoverable files by their names, and so on. The problem is that most of these features haven’t been designed with the average user in mind, so they can be rather unintuitive.
|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|
The overall recover performance of R-Studio for Windows is decisively above average, but there are several important areas where it leaves a lot to be desired, such as raw file recovery and document file recovery. If these areas matter to you a lot, then this data recovery software will likely not be able to meet your needs.
|You can expect R-STudio to restore the original folder structure and file names regardless of which file system you decide to scan.|
|Quickly recovering recently deleted files isn't a problem for R-Studio, and the default scan options are usually the way to go.|
|3||Other types of scan|
|The scan customization options offered by R-Studio can be almost overwhelming, which is good if you know how to take advantage of them.|
|R-Studio can't recover data from mobile devices, but all other internal and external storage devices are no problem for the software.|
|5||Real-life recovery challenge|
|Real-life scan results can be a hit or miss, especially when attempting to recover raw file formats. Fortunately, R-Studio supports custom file formats.|
|6||Other notable recovery features|
|We recommend R-Studio as an excellent RAID data recovery software application. It also handles bad sectors well and lets you create a byte-to-byte backup of any storage device, among other things.|
R-Studio deserves praise for its ability to recover virtually all commonly used Windows, Linux, and macOS file systems. In most cases, the software can restore the original folder structure and file names.
Recently deleted files can be reliably recovered from NTFS, EXT4, HFS+, and APFS partitions. FAT32 and exFAT recovery performance is a bit weaker, but it’s still not bad.
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|
When you use R-Studio to recover lost data, you can choose exactly how you want to proceed, making it easier to solve complicated data loss situations, even those that involve encrypted 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|
|9||Remote SSH (secure shell protocol) Linux based devices recovery|
|10||NAS (Network-attached storage) RAID devices|
Except for mobile devices, R-Studio can handle just about any internal or external storage device you can possibly throw at it. The software really shines when it comes to the recovery of lost data from RAID arrays because it can work even with damaged arrays that other comparable applications are unable to read.
Real-life recovery challenges
|1||Document formats recovery|
|2||Raw photo recovery|
|3||Video formats recovery|
Raw photo recovery
Unfortunately, R-Studio was unable to recover many raw image file formats, including those used by popular digital cameras manufactured by Canon, Sony, and Sigma.
Video formats recovery
Again, it’s clear that the recovery of modern raw file formats in general isn’t R-Studio’s strong suit because attempts to recover raw video file formats yield similarly poor results as attemps to recover raw photo file formats. Fortunately, the situation is much better when it comes to more commonly used video file formats like AVI, MP4, or WMV.
Document formats recovery
Document file formats like .DOCX, .KEY, or .ODT are among the most commonly recovered file types, so we were surprised to see R-Studio struggle with them. Still, the software is capable of delivering decent results, you just need a bit of luck as well to get all lost document files back.
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|
R-Studio supports many additional features, such as the ability to recover data over network, reconstruct damaged RAID arrays, or create byte-to-byte device backups. However, there are also several notable omissions that prevent us from giving it a higher score, such as the inability to being browsing recoverable files while scanning is still in progress.
Data recovery software applications that are geared toward regular home users frequently include various extra features to increase their overall value.
|1||Disk space mapping|
|2||Disk clean up|
|3||Corrupted video repair tool|
|4||Corrupted photo repair tool|
|You can use R-Studio to display S.M.A.R.T. data of most storage devices that support the technology.|
|7||Built-in disk space secure eraser|
|9||Disk surface test|
|10||Secure data shredding|
R-Studio focuses exclusively on data recovery, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it can’t find duplicate files or help you clean your storage devices. Still, it would be nice if the software could at least repair corrupted video and photo files.
Frequently Asked Questions
Let’s answer some questions users frequently ask about the Windows version of R-Studio.
R-Studio Data Recovery is a data recovery tool that offers an impressive range of features to meet the needs of demeaning professionals. The same features, however, make it somewhat intimidating in the eyes of regular home users.
Using R-Studio Data Recovery to perform a basic data recovery job isn’t difficult:
- Launch R-Studio Data Recovery.
- Select the device you want to scan.
- Click the Scan button.
- Select the recognized partition on which your files were stored and double click it.
- Select the files you want to recover.
- Click the Recover button.
You can recover data using R-Studio is a few simple steps:
- Download and install the application on your Windows computer.
- Launch R-Studio and scan your storage device.
- Go through scan results and recover all missing files to a safe destination.
Resuming the recovery process in R-Studio is fairly straightforward. Simply select the storage device you want to resume scanning and click the Scan button. R-Studio will present you with a Scan dialog and give you the option to scan only unscanned areas.
R-Studio Data Recovery is free to try, but you’re required to purchase a license in order to actually recover your data—the free version can only show you what’s recoverable.
You can download R-Studio Data Recovery directly from its official website. In fact, you should avoid downloading the software from other websites to avoid downloading a malicious copy that has been tampered with.
You can purchase a full version of R-Studio Data Recovery online, on the official website.
Yes, R-Studio can recover RAID data, and it even comes with an advanced RAID reconstruction module that can recover data from arrays that can’t be recognized by the operating system.
Yes, R-Studio Data Recovery is a multi-platform data recovery software application that runs on Windows, macOS, and Linux.
It’s possible to create a portable version of R-Studio and place it, for example, on a USB flash drive, simply by copying the R-Studio installation directory. There’s also the so-called Emergency Version of R-Studio, which is designed specifically to run from USB flash drives and CDs to make the recovery of unbootable computers easier.
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