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Remo Recover Review: Is It Worth the Price?
Out of 5 Total Score
No. 12 Among all Windows solutions
Remo Recover is available for Windows and macOS and claims that it can recover your data in just four simple steps. But, how much of your lost data can it actually recover? Find out in this in-depth review.
Scanning speed. Scanning speed is very fast and does not make you wait long.
Recover during a scan. You can recover files without interrupting the scanning process.
Working with raw disks. The program knows how to work with disks that have no file system or refuse to mount.
Good signature-based scanner. The program recovers files based on their signatures.
Ability to choose file types to be scanned. Before scanning it is possible to choose file types which should be found by the signature scanner.
Can search for lost partitions. Program can find erased or lost disk partitions.
Can save scan sessions. Program can create and save scanned device sessions.
Not all file types are highlighted by default. The user must go to the settings and highlight all file types before scanning as only some are highlighted by default.
Settings are only active when the program is running. Each time you start the program you must redefine all settings, since they are not saved and are immediately lost when you close the program.
Limited preview capabilities. The formats supported for preview are very limited and even the most popular photo formats are not always viewable.
Slow recovery speed. The speed of recovering found files is very slow and you have to wait for a long time before the program puts everything on the disk.
No backups. No byte-by-byte imaging and no way to create disc copies.
SMART. There is no SMART module.
Cannot resume interrupted scans. Cannot resume the scan if the device is turned off.
No file integrity assessment. The program does not indicate whether a file is in a healthy state or not.
No recovery chance prediction. There is no way to predict the recovery chances of each file.
Long post-processing. Once the scan is a complete, post-processing does not give you an indication of how long it will take. During this time, the user interface is blocked.
Long period of disks. Refreshing the device list when a new device is connected can take a while.
Annoying tooltips. Always shows annoying tips that you cannot turn off.
Overall quality of the recovery is quite low. The overall quality of the recovery in relation to the price of the product is low. It is too expensive to pay for a product that works on a mediocre level.
Doesn't know how to work with bad sectors. If the disk has bad sectors the app won't say anything about it but will keep on doing the tasks set by the user which might cause even more damage to the disk and data.
No Hex Preview. No hex file viewer.
No session utility. The session manager of the scanned device is made very inconvenient and does not give any detailed information about the scans it performed.
English only. No translation into languages other than English.
Choice of scan source. Choosing a disk to start scanning can be difficult since you have to find it in the full list which cannot be sorted or filtered at all.
Marketing types of scans. The program has fake scan types. For instance, it claims the ability to scan Recycle Bin, or Desktop, or a specific folder. This is not possible and the program simply scans the entire disk and filters the results.
Cannot work with RAID. If your system contains several RAIDs, the program will duplicate them several times in the interface.
High CPU load. The program puts a heavy load on the CPU during scanning.
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Remo Recover – Overview#
Before we dive into the technical breakdown of what Remo Recover is capable of, let’s first look at some important facts about the software so we have a full understanding of the program.
|Distributed as||Freemium Some features are provided free of charge, but money is required to unlock the rest.|
|Trial version available|
|Trial version limitations|
The trial version allows to recover up to 1 GB of data for free
|License model||Subscription + Lifetime|
|No credit card to try|
|Money back guarantee|
Remo Recover offers a number of licenses based on the operating system you’ll be using it on, how long you’ll be using it, and in what capacity (personal or professional). A free version of Remo Recover is available which allows you to recover 1 GB of data for free before you need to upgrade, but it’s quite hard to find for a typical user who’s browsing the site. The cheapest paid license (for Windows) starts at $69.97 for only one month of access, which is extremely costly.
Subscription-based and lifetime licenses are available. You don’t need to enter your credit card details to begin using the free version, and the company offers a money-back guarantee if you’re not satisfied with the software.
Remo Software Technician / Corporate License is for technicians who provide client based consultation services and for organizations with multiple users. This can be activated on multiple machines.
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Developer — Remo Software
Remo Software is a software company based in Bengaluru, India.
1% 45.6% 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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The company has a range of software in addition to Remo Recover, such as Remo Video Repair, Remo Repair Outlook, and other various utilities like File Eraser and Duplicate File Remover.
2011 • 12 years on market
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Remo Software has been around since 2011 when it was founded by Omer Faiyaz. The company isn’t very active on social media aside from YouTube, where it mostly produces tutorials based on its products.
Data Recovery with Remo Recover for Windows
Tested on: Windows 11 (22H2)
Now that we’ve covered the basics of Remo Recover and the company behind it, we’re going to take a look at the software itself to identify its strengths and weaknesses when it comes to data recovery.
How We Test
Before we proceed, it's important you understand how we perform our tests. All data recovery tools we review are put through the same standardized testing process, allowing us to control as many aspects of the recovery procedure as possible to get clear, objective results. Here is a brief run-down of what that process involves.
|1||Installation||The software is downloaded and installed to our testing machine.|
|2||Source selection||Once are data sets are deleted to simulate data loss, we launch the program and select which drive we want to scan.|
|3||Scanning process||We begin the scan and analyze how long the scan will take and what scanning methods the software makes use of.|
|4||Managing found data||Once the scan is complete, we review the data that was found and how easy it is to filter through and find what we need.|
|5||Recovery and post-processing||After recovering our lost data, we analyze the results to see how much of the data was recovered and how much of it is usable.|
This process is repeated as many times as necessary based on the different scan types the program has to offer.
Next, we’re going to guide you through a brief demonstration of this testing process with Remo Recover. However, do bear in mind that the below screenshots are from Remo Recover 6.0, which is technically a different version from Remo Recover 6.0 Free Edition. Regardless, aside from the trial limitations, both versions are identical.
Installing Remo Recover is very straightforward. The program gives you an indication of the minimum disk space required and gives a forewarning to not install the program to the same drive you intend to recover data from. The entire process can be performed in under a minute. Once installed, a webpage will automatically open with a guide on how to perform recovery.
The program is quite slow to open. Once launched, the interface will display your disks and partitions. Underneath that, it gives you the option to scan Desktop, Documents, Recycle Bin, or a folder of your choice. These options are fake, and the program merely scans the entire disk. The source selection screen combines disks and partitions without a way to filter them, making it difficult to look through.
Remo Recover has a signature-based scanner. It allows you to choose what file types you'd like to search for. However, the full list of file types is not selected by default, and you must tick them all manually if you want to search for them all.
To begin a scan, select your drive or partition and click Scan.
The scan begins after a brief countdown. First, it starts by performing a Quick Scan, then automatically starts a Deep Scan in the background. You are able to view the recoverable files that have been found already and recover them if you choose to do so. Various scan indicators can be found at the bottom that shows the total scan progress, how many files have been found, how much time has elapsed, and how much time is remaining. You also have the option to pause or stop the scan.
Managing found files
The results screen allows you to see the results of the Quick and Deep scan separately. You can choose between different view modes, including Details, Large Icons, and a Preview Pane. The preview feature is quite useful. After previewing a file, you can switch between other previewable files without needing to open them all manually. Sorting through data can be done using the search box or filter button, where you can choose what file types to view. Furthermore, the advanced filter allows you to see deleted or existing files and sort data based on Modified Date and File Size.
Once you have selected the files you want to recover, click Recover.
Recovery and post-processing
Recovery using Remo Recover is easy. You'll find the number of files you're about to recover at the bottom of the screen, along with the total size of all files. After clicking Recover, you can choose the output location. A processing screen will show you the progress of recovery, then take you to an overview screen where you can jump straight to the recovered files.
Remo Recover for Windows – Tutorials and Other Videos
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Remo Recover for Windows – Full Review
Now that we’ve seen what Remo Recover is capable of, it’s time to get into the nitty-gritty to see where the application stands in regard to our ratings.
Remo Recover scored just above average in terms of Karma. It has support for the latest version of Windows (Windows 11) and it has been on the market long enough to be considered a well-known and trusted product. The software has an extensive knowledge base of helpful content behind it and users can contact support through the helpdesk or over the phone.
The company itself isn’t as well-known. The application is updated on a semi-regular basis (every 6 months), but no changelog is available to see what new changes have been made.
Every 6 months
|4||Latest Windows release supported|
Yes, all good
|5||Genuine or clone?|
|6||Brand name popularity|
|7||Online market share|
|9||Extensive knowledge base|
The price of the software is simply far too high in comparison to what you get. For one month of access to Remo Recover, it’s going to cost you $69.97. There are other data recovery tools out there that offer lifetime licenses that are cheaper than that. In most cases, a high price point can be justified by good recovery capabilities, but that isn’t the case here.
The program does have a free version that allows you to scan your drive and recover up to 1 GB of data for free before upgrading, but it’s a bit of a mission to find.
Free recovery up to 1 GB.
|4||Is it free?|
Subscription and lifetime licenses available.
|6||Unlimited recovery in full version|
|8||Commercial rights in the cheapest license|
All-in-all, Remo Recover is pretty easy to use. Its user interface, which is a commonly overlooked part of data recovery software, is very modern and keeps everything relatively accessible and easy to locate. When you scan a drive, it begins with a quick scan then automatically starts a deep scan afterward. Furthermore, it allows you to review the results in real-time and recover data as the scan progresses.
You can view the scan results in a number of viewing modes and preview data before recovery. Scan results can easily be sorted using the filtering options, and specific files can be found using the provided search box. Unfortunately, it loses some points as it isn’t able to auto-resume scans or backups from drives that have been reconnected and the application is only available in English.
|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|
Unfortunately, Remo Recover left us disappointed in terms of recovery performance. This goes to show that a premium price point doesn’t always equal premium recovery. It’s unable to recover data from macOS or Linux-based file systems and although its signature scanner supports 250 file types, the results of our real-life recovery challenge were below-average.
|1||Clever in-depth scan|
|The program hangs during scan.|
|3||Other types of scan|
|Supports most devices.|
|5||Real-life recovery challenge|
|6||Other notable recovery features|
|Nothing to brag about.|
The program really struggled during the clever scan, so much so that it became unresponsive at least once during each scan. It had very poor results during our FAT32, exFAT, and NTFS scans. It does not support Linux (EXT4) or macOS (HFS+, APFS) file systems.
The results of the quick scan were more promising (but still lacking). Remo Recover was able to recover the majority of lost data from our exFAT and NTFS partitions. This success was fleeting, as the program failed to even find most of the lost data on our FAT32 partition. Again, it does not support Linux or macOS file systems, so it could not find any of our lost data on 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|
Remo Recover supports 250 file signatures in total. Recovery from BitLocker-encrypted drives is possible using the application, but manual intervention from the user is necessary. It can also scan for lost partitions, but only as part of the main scan. Unfortunately, it cannot scan and recover data from Windows shadow copies or disk images.
|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|
You’ll be able to recover data from the main category of storage devices, like internal and external hard drives and solid-state drives, USB flash drives, and memory cards (SD cards, CF cards, etc). You’re out of luck if you’re trying to recover data from mobile devices, like that of iOS and Android. Furthermore, recovery from RAID arrays is not possible as the program merely displays the hard drives as several duplicates in the user interface.
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)|
Of our three real-life recovery challenges, Remo Recover saw the most success with raw photo recovery. But, even these results are fairly underwhelming. ARW, CR3, CRW, KDC, MRW, RAW, SR2, and SRF were the only files that had notable success. Even a really common file type such as JPG was a struggle for the application, as it didn’t support all versions of it.
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)|
If you’re trying to recover video files, we’d suggest using a different recovery tool. You may have some luck with 360, AVI, and MP4 file types as it seems to do well with those (although the 360 files were recovered in an MP4 format, they play fine). The rest, not so much. It only recovered some of our INSV and MOV files, but missed the rest of them.
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)|
Remo Recover did a decent job of recovering our lost PPT and XLS files. But, for the rest, it really struggled. For example, it didn’t even find most of our PDF files. And, for the PDF files it did manage to find and recover, many of them were corrupted. If you’re trying to recover lost document files, we’d recommend using a different recovery tool.
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|
Remo Recover doesn’t have much else going for it in terms of additional recovery features. It has decently fast scan times and even allows you to preview and recover files as the scan progresses. It also allows you save and load scan sessions, but they need to be done manually as there is no scan session manager available within the application.
It’s become commonplace for data recovery tools to include extra features that complement data recovery. For instance. S.M.A.R.T. monitoring can help alert you to problems that could lead to data loss, and built-in file repair can restore corrupted files to a working state.
|1||Disk space mapping|
|2||Disk clean up|
|3||Corrupted video repair tool|
|Available as a separate application.|
|4||Corrupted photo repair tool|
|7||Built-in disk space secure eraser|
|9||Disk surface test|
|10||Secure data shredding|
Remo Recover doesn’t come with any extras that could add more value to the software. A corrupted video repair tool does exist, but it is not part of the Remo Recover software and must be downloaded separately.
Overall, Remo Recover doesn’t perform well enough to justify the incredibly high price. While it does have some strengths, like a good user interface, an intelligent scanning process, and 1 GB of free data recovery with the free version, it doesn’t have much else to offer its users.
During our testing of the clever scan, the program became unresponsive at least once during all of the tests. It showed some promise during the quick scan of our ExFAT and NTFS partitions, but our hopes quickly came tumbling down after the quick scan of our FAT32 partition failed to find the majority of our data. Not even the signature scanner could redeem the software. Despite it supporting 250 file types, much of our data was either not found or corrupted.
Our opinion: look elsewhere. You can get better results from cheaper data recovery applications on the market. Remo Recover still has a long way to go until it can compete with the industry-leading alternatives.
Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve compiled and answered a list of frequently asked questions about Remo Recover. Check them out below.
Yes, Remo Recover does work. However, just because it’s able to recover data doesn’t mean it’s able to do it effectively. The results of our tests show that Remo Recover does a pretty poor job at recovering data.
Follow these steps to recover data using Remo Recover:
- Select the disk or partition you want to scan, then click Scan.
- Once the quick scan is finished, you can click Dynamic Recovery View to view the results as the deep scan proceeds.
- Select the files you want to restore, then click Recover.
- Specify an appropriate output location, then click OK.
During our tests, we were pleasantly surprised at how fast Remo Recover scanned our hard drives. However, the scan times will depend on the size of the disk and how much data needs to be compiled in the results screen.
Files in the scan result screen can be viewed using one of three options: Details, Large Icons, and Preview Pane. You can also filter the results using the filter button.
You can tell which dry is which by checking the associated drive letter. If that’s not enough, you can check the capacity of the drive/partition and cross-reference it with the drive in Disk Management.
No, Remo Recover is a paid data recovery solution. However, you can use it to recover up to 1 GB of free data before upgrading. You can also scan and preview files for free.
Yes, Remo Recover is a trusted data recovery tool. Our tests show that it’s a legitimate recovery application that’s safe to use.
Worth a try ✅
Out of 5 Total score
No. 12 Among all Windows solutions
Remo Recover has some good qualities, but not many. It’s wildly overpriced for what it can actually deliver, but you can always test it for yourself using the 1 GB of free data recovery that it offers.Visit developer website
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