|4.5.616 Released 4th Aug, 2022||Current version|
|Recover up to 500 MB for free||Trial version limit|
|$75 $89 / Perpetual||Starting Price|
|176,000 Found files|
|Found files and Recovery quality|
|10.2.0.0 Released 3rd Jan, 2022||Current version||15.2 Released 23rd May, 2022|
|Windows 7-11||Requirements||Windows 7-11|
|Recover up to 1 GB for free||Trial version limit||Recover up to 2 GB for free|
|$49.99 / 1 yearSubscription + Lifetime||Starting Price||$69.95 / 1 monthSubscription + Lifetime|
|0 Found files|
|Found files and Recovery quality||174,220 Found files|
When data loss happens, data recovery software is usually the best way to get it back. However, there are lots of different tools being marketed on the internet… And choosing the right one is more important than you think. Some software might not even recognize the files you need to restore. What then?
This site is dedicated to helping confused users choose the right tool for their specific needs. We break down the features and performance of data recovery software and score them against what users typically need in a data loss scenario.
In this article, we’re comparing 2 familiar names – Stellar Data Recovery Software and EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Both are popular, but different in a lot of ways. Read on to find out which one’s better for you.
Develop Stellar Information Technology has been in the industry since 1993 – making Stellar Data Recovery one of the oldest and most well-known tools on the market. Real reviews and tech websites have both praised and criticized it, but it’s definitely well-publicized. But does that make it good? Should you buy into the hype or look elsewhere?
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is known for its modern interface, powerful features, and slightly expensive price tag. Just like Stellar Data Recovery, EaseUS is very popular in today’s market. But does it perform better than its well-known competitor? And more importantly… Is it the right tool for you?
Top Stellar Pros
Support. Customer support is responsive and willing to solve issues over TeamViewer.
Repair of photos and videos. The software can repair photos and videos that otherwise wouldn't be possible to open even after being recovered.
S.M.A.R.T. Stellar Data Recovery can read S.M.A.R.T. data of internal storage devices.
Top EaseUS Pros
Scan results. Scan results are easy to navigate and grouped in a user-friendly file tree.
Scan speed. Scanning is very fast and doesn't make you wait a long time for results.
Free recovery. The software lets you recover up to 2 GB of data for free if you agree to mention the product on a social media network.
Top Stellar Cons
Updates in the free version. The free version of Stellar Data Recovery doesn't check for updates.
Lost license information. The entered license information becomes lost with every update and must be entered again.
Slow previews. The preview feature is slow, with individual previews of recoverable files taking a long time to generate.
Top EaseUS Cons
Pop-up ads. Pop-up ads for other products appear frequently, and they can't be turned off.
Inaccurate time estimations. When the software estimates how much time an operation will likely take, the displayed time is almost always wrong.
Limited preview capabilities. The formats supported for previews are very limited, and even popular photo formats are not always viewable.
Pricing • Business model
|2||Trial version available|
|3||Trial version limitations||Recover up to 1 GB for free||Recover up to 2 GB for free|
|4||Number of devices per license|
|5||Starting price||$49.99/ 1 year||$69.95/ 1 month|
|6||License model||Subscription + Lifetime||Subscription + Lifetime|
|7||No credit card to try|
|8||Money back guarantee|
|9||See Plans & Pricing||Pricing details||Pricing details|
Stellar Data Recovery comes out a lot cheaper than EaseUS Data Recovery, especially when comparing lifetime licenses – which are $99 versus $149.95 respectively. However, there are a few things to consider.
Certain features like lost partition recovery, unbootable system data recovery, and repair tools are only available for Stellar’s more expensive subscriptions.
And EaseUS offers 2 GB of free data recovery versus Stellar Data Recovery’s 1 GB, so that’s worth considering if you only need to recover a limited amount of data. Just note that you’ll need to promote EaseUS on social media to get 1.5 GB of that free 2 GB.
But pricing is far from the deal breaker, as you’ll come to see if you continue reading this article (you really should).
Data Recovery Performance
Data Recovery Performance is ultimately what matters. In this section, you’ll find out if the software you choose will do it’s job – it seems straightforward, but there are a couple of things to consider. We’ll break it down for you.
Scan of File Systems
|8||Windows shadow copies scanning|
Early on in our testing, it wasn’t looking too good for Stellar Data Recovery. For all Windows-based formats (FAT32, exFAT, NTFS) and even Linux-based EXT4, Stellar crashed multiple times during the scan. It does recover some files when it works, but real-life usage is unreliable.
On the other hand, EaseUS Data Recovery did not crash at all and was able to pull data from FAT32 and exFAT partitions, but it struggled to recover the original file structure and file names. EaseUS worked great with our NTFS partition, recovering our data along with the original file structure and file names.
Since we are reviewing the Windows versions of each software, Apple-based formats aren’t a huge consideration. But we were definitely impressed that EaseUS was able to recover data from our HFS+ drive anyway.
Both apps offer good BitLocker support – you’ll just need to know your password.
The Feature Comparison section is where we dissect each software’s strengths and weaknesses – from their data recovery performance, usability, and more. In this way, we can compare apps based on factors that consider specific users’ needs.
|58% Average score||84% Average score|
|4||Latest Windows release supported|
|5||Genuine or clone?|
|6||Brand name popularity|
|7||Online market share|
|9||Extensive knowledge base|
|56% Average score||74% Average score|
|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|
|77% Average score||77% Average score|
|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|
|41% Average score||62% Average score|
|1||Clever in-depth scan|
|3||Other notable recovery features|
|4||Other types of scan|
|6||Real-life recovery challenge|
Real-life recovery challenge
|46% Average score||69% Average score|
|1||Document formats recovery|
|2||Raw photo recovery|
|3||Video formats recovery|
Other notable recovery features
|34% Average score||29% Average score|
|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|
|47% Average score||7% Average score|
|1||Disk space mapping|
|2||Disk clean up|
|3||Corrupted video repair tool|
|4||Corrupted photo repair tool|
|7||Built-in disk space secure eraser|
|9||Disk surface test|
|10||Secure data shredding|
Right away, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard earns a higher karma score than Stellar Data Recovery. It’s updated every 6 months and publishes changelogs, whereas Stellar updates its app less often and does not make its changelogs available.
Both companies provide live chat and phone support (we have seen positive reviews about Stellar’s customer service). They’re also both quite popular.
In terms of usability, both apps are well-known for their modern and beginner-friendly user interface. However, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard provides a slightly better user experience thanks to a few quality of life features. For example, EaseUS automatically selects the best scan method for your device. On the other hand, Stellar requires you to enable its Deep Scan function by ticking a small box before beginning the scan.
They also have equally good device support. They tested successfully with our flash drives, solid-state drives, and hard drives, although Stellar provides better RAID support. On the other hand, EaseUS handles unmountable partitions better, which may yield more results for users with corrupted or infected drives.
Recovery performance is where things fall apart for Stellar Data Recovery – at least when compared to EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard’s results.
As we mentioned earlier in this article, Stellar crashed multiple times during testing. It happened regardless of whether we were recovering Windows-based formats or other formats. Stellar is actually capable of restoring the original file structure when it doesn’t… But due to the frequency of crashes, we can’t really recommend it as a reliable option.
It also only recognizes a little over 118 file signatures, compared to other software that supports hundreds of them. Fortunately, you can add custom file signatures to work around this – but it’s an unnecessary extra step.
EaseUS Data Recovery wizard performed a lot better across the board. It didn’t crash, for one, and it gave positive-leaning mixed results, depending on the partition you’re trying to recover. EaseUS performed particularly well when recovering RAW photos, supporting most formats from popular manufacturers like Nikon, Sony, Canon, and even Sigma.
We observed similar results when trying to recover video files with a variety of formats – namely, .MOV, .MP4, .WM, and more.
Stellar Data Recovery does support some of the more common RAW files and was also able to recover some of our videos, but the results weren’t nearly as consistent as EaseUS’.
There are a few areas where Stellar performs better than EaseUS, such as the ability to create Byte-to-byte backups and its RAID reconstructor feature. This may appeal to a certain subset of users. Stellar also offers a lot more extras, such as Disk cloning, Disk surface test, and most notably, photo and video repair tools. They work well – but do note that they’re only available to Premium tier subscribers.
While sorely lacking extra features, EaseUS emerges as the unquestionable victor in this bout. While Stellar offers a lot of bells and whistles for its price, it fails to be an excellent data recovery software due to its frequent crashes and mediocre performance.
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is definitely more expensive, but you’ll have a much better chance of recovering your data. But do consider using both software’s free trial first, to check if Stellar works for your specific needs.
Why choose EaseUSRead full EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Windows review
Why choose StellarRead full Stellar Data Recovery for Windows review
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