Undelete 360 Review – Can Unlimited Recovery Outweigh Its Problems?
Out of 5 Total Score
No. 12 Among all Windows solutions
The saying you should never judge a book by its cover applies even when it comes to software applications, which should be judged mainly based on how well they do their job. Undelete 360 certainly doesn’t have an attractive cover. In fact, its user interface seems to come straight from the Windows Vista era. But the real question is how well it recovers lost data. Let’s find out.
Free recovery. The software can recover an unlimited amount of data for free.
Recovery chances. Undelete 360 can estimate how likely a file can be recovered.
Filtering by file type. Filtering by file type is available in the free version.
Multiple languages. The program is translated into many languages.
Good file deletion functionality. The paid version has the ability to overwrite files, folders, and the file system.
Can deliver decent results when recovering NTFS files. The quick scanning feature NTFS is good at finding recently deleted files.
The program is not completely free. The program is not completely free as it is stated on the site. All kinds of useful features, from the ability to preview recoverable files to the secure erase feature, are available only with a paid license.
Only Quick Scan. Only Quick Scan mode is supported, which means that the program is not able to recover data from formatted or unmountable partitions.
No signature scanner. The program is not able to find files by signatures.
The project can be considered abandoned. Although the program receives updates, they don’t improve data recovery performance.
Scan only partitions. Undelete 360 can only scan individual partitions—not the entire disk. This makes it impossible to scan disks that don’t have any partitions on them.
Limited file system support. The program can scan only FAT32 and NTFS partitions.
Legacy FAT32 scanner. The application’s Quick Scan mode is outdated and, as a result, delivers poor scan results.
Incomprehensible descriptions of license types. The differences between available license types are not explained.
Outdated interface. Undelete 360 has a very outdated user interface that resembles Office 2007.
High DPI support. The program is not optimized for high-resolution monitors. As a result, the interface is blurry and not clear.
Doesn’t detect disk status changes. If the disk is reconnected during scanning, the program will not react to this in any way.
No real-time previews. While the scan is in progress, the program does not allow you to see the results and navigate and preview them.
No auto-update. The program does not have a built-in auto-update feature.
Slows down with a large number of files. If the program has found a large number of files, then the interface slows down considerably.
Frequent crashes. The program often crashes while it is running.
Ease of working with sessions. No session manager for scanned devices.
Can't work with images You can’t use Undelete 360 to scan disk images.
No S.M.A.R.T. support. The program is not able to show the health status of disks.
Only List View is available. Undelete 360 can only present scan results as a list.
Lack of features. The data recovery software application is barebones and lacks virtually any extra features.
Slow recovery speed. The program takes a long time to recover deleted files.
No imaging. Can't make copies of discs.
Very complex filters. Filters are very difficult to use.
Multiple versions available. The official website offers several versions of Undelete 360, and the differences between them are not explained.
Lack of hints Undelete 360 lacks interactive hints that would make it easier to use.
Undelete 360 – Overview #
Undelete 360 is a little-known data recovery software application developed by a Russia-based software company. The application promises something many people who have recently lost an important file crave: the ability to recover deleted files for free. Unlike many other similar applications, it really does deliver on its promise—but only to a certain degree.
|Latest version||184.108.40.206 • Released 20th Apr, 2022|
|Download size||2.8 MB|
|Category||Data Recovery Software|
|UI languages||English, Russian, Japanese, Spanish, Hungarian, French, Romanian, Swedish, Korean, Portuguese, Dutch, Turkish, Italian, Simplified Chinese, Czech, German, Bulgarian, Traditional Chinese, Arabic, Polish|
|Free version available|
|Free version details|
|No credit card to try|
The developers of Undelete 360 advertise their data recovery software application as freeware, software that can be used without any limitations for free. The only problem is that the free version of Undelete 360 can only perform basic file recovery, so the software is actually a freemium product because it locks some features behind a paywall.
To unlock additional features—such as the ability to securely wipe files to prevent their recovery (even with Undelete 360), file preview capabilities, the option to preserve the original folder structure, and Smart Recovery (improves recovery speed)—you need to purchase a license. You can choose between Undelete 360 PROFESSIONAL ($39) and Undelete 360 ULTIMATE ($69).
The official website states that the PROFESSIONAL version has a limitation to recover deleted files larger than 10 MB, which is strange because the free version can recover files larger than 10 MB just fine. The ULTIMATE version removes this limitation without adding any extra features on top.
Professional version has a limitation to recover deleted files larger than 10 MB. With professional license you can unlock:
Everything in “Professional” license plus unlimited file recovery.
Developer — File Recovery Ltd.
Not much is known about the company behind Undelete 360, except for the fact that it’s based in Russia and has been around for 12 years.
1% 74.2% 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).
290 96.9% than avg
Based on the number of brand-related search queries on Google US according to ahrefs.com.
The market share of Undelete 360 and its brand name popularity in general are both so small that you’re unlikely to have the application be recommended to you by a friend or colleague. Comprehensive listicles featuring the best data recovery software for Windows sometimes do include it, but only because there are not many other completely unlimited alternatives.
2010 • 12 years on the market
Plotnichenko 42/6, Krasnodar city, Krasnodar Region, 350087, Russia
File Recovery Ltd. doesn’t have any noteworthy social media presence. The company does have a YouTube channel, but it contains only one short video and nothing else. We find this interesting because most other data recovery software companies take social media marketing seriously and invest a lot of money in it.
Data Recovery with Undelete 360
Tested on: Windows 11 (21H2)
Undelete 360 is aimed at regular home users, so it makes the data recovery process simple and intuitive. Here’s how data recovery with the application works.
How We Test
The goal of Pandora Recovery is to produce data-based software reviews that our readers can trust. To achieve this goal, we really on the following strict testing process.
|1||Installation||We first install the tested software application on a dedicated review machine—a Windows PC in the case of Undelete 360.|
|2||Source selection||We then select a test image created by combining several data sets whose purpose it to enable us to evaluate the recovery of as many file formats as possible.|
|3||Scanning process||When a data recovery software application supports multiple scanning modes, we test each mode separately to fully understand what the software can do.|
|4||Managing found data||At this point, we're interested to see how easy the software application makes it to manage found data and add important files to the recovery queue.|
|5||Recovery and post-processing||Finally, we complete the data recovery process and check the integrity of the recovered files.|
For the purposes of this review, we purchased the UNLIMITED version of Undelete 360. We promptly received the software via email and were surprised to find out that its version number was 3. Why were we surprised? Because the version anyone can download from the official website starts with the number 2. We compared the two versions and found no difference between them except for the fact that our was fully unlocked.
The installation process was familiar and consisted of just a few simple steps. The application itself requires only around 10 MB of storage space, so you shouldn't have any trouble installing it even if your storage device is almost completely full.
When you launch Undelete 360, you're presented with an empty window and no instructions telling you what you should do in order to select a storage device for scanning. Fortunately, there are not many options available, so it doesn't take much effort to figure out that clicking the Search button is the right thing to do.
When you do that, a source selection window appears, allowing you to choose which storage device you want to scan. We appreciate that you can select multiple storage devices at the same time because it means that you don't have to launch the scan process over and over again.
Undelete 360 doesn't display scan results in real-time, but at least it does indicate the number of found files. If you decide to stop the scanning process before it has a chance to finish, the application will list all files it has found so far. Scan sessions can't be saved or managed in any way, so you always have to start from scratch.
Managing found files
When it comes to the management of found files, your experience will depend entirely on if you use the free version of Undelete or one of the two paid versions. We used the ULTIMATE version, so we could preview found files, use the built-in hex editor, and take advantage of all available file view options and scan results filters.
With all the features available in the ULTIMATE version of Undelete 360, managing found files is an enjoyable experience. Unfortunately, the same can't be said about the free version.
Recovery and post-processing
While the recovery performance of Undelete 360 was pretty bad, at least we found the recovery process to be relatively painless. The software makes it easy to select a destination for recovered files, and it even gives you a few extra options to choose from that you can use to tweak the recovery process to your liking.
What we don't like is that the available options are not adequately explained, and it's not like Undelete 360 has a comprehensive online knowledge base where you can find answers to your questions.
It's also worth pointing out again that the extra features that made the recovery process so painless, like the option to keep the original folder structure and Smart Recovery (for improved performance) are no available in the free version of the software, which always places all recovered files in the root of the destination folder.
Undelete 360 – Tutorials and Other Videos
We encourage you to watch the videos below to see Undelete 360 in action.
Undelete 360 – Full Review
We analyzed Undelete 360 from every possible angle to find out what the software can and can’t do. Here are the results.
Undelete 360 has been around for a long time, but the software still remains largely unknown, and it’s unlikely that this will ever change because its developers don’t seem to be improving it much anymore.
We don’t know what the few updates that have been released in recent years improved because File Recovery Ltd. doesn’t publish a changelog. We assume that they fixed compatibility issues since Undelete 360 still runs fine even on Windows 11.
More than 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|
As a freeware application, Undelete 360 delivers an excellent value for money. You can use the software to recover an unlimited number of files, and it doesn’t matter how large the files are (at least if you use the free version).
The two paid versions of the software do come with some nice extra features, such as the ability to preview files before their recovery, but we don’t think they’re worth their cost—certainly not for regular those who don’t recover lost data on a regular basis.
|4||Is it free?|
Freeware + paid versions
|6||Unlimited recovery in full version|
|8||Commercial rights in the cheapest license|
Let’s just get one thing out of the way: Undelete 360 is an outdated piece of software that’s clearly stuck in the Windows Vista era. If you’re used to modern software, then you’ll probably find its user interface to be off-putting.
In practice, Undelete 360 is actually quite usable despite being so outdated. That’s because the data recovery application doesn’t have too many features, so it doesn’t take much effort to figure out what the few buttons do.
|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|
Remember how we said in the introduction to this article that you shouldn’t judge a software application based on how its user interface looks like? Well, Undelete 360 is one of those applications that not only look bad but also perform poorly. In fact, its data recovery performance is easily the worst thing about it, and that’s not good.
In most cases, Undelete 360 failed to deliver any results at all, which goes to show just how outdated and inefficient its algorithms are. Since the data recovery performance of the free version is the same as the most expensive paid version, we strongly urge you to save your hard-earned money for a better data recovery tool, like Disk Drill.
|1||Clever in-depth scan|
|Clever in-depth scan mode isn't supported.|
|The application delivers poor recovery results.|
|3||Other types of scan|
|No other scan types are supported.|
|The software can't recover data frmo mobile devices, RAID arrays, and unmountable partitions.|
|5||Real-life recovery challenge|
|Undelete 360 largely failed our real-life recovery challenges.|
|6||Other notable recovery features|
|No other notable recovery features are supported.|
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
Clever scan isn’t supported by Undelete 360, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the application failed to restore any files with their original folder structure and file names. Attempts to recover files after formatting or file system loss will always fail.
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
Undelete 360 claims to support the NTFS, NTFS5, FAT12, FAT16, and FAT32 file systems. In reality, you can expect somewhat decent results only when recovering data from NTFS partitions. Recoveries involving FAT32 partitions almost never end well.
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|
The last version of Windows that’s officially supported by Undelete 360 is Windows 11, and it’s nice to see the support extend to BitLocker-encrypted drives. Sadly, Windows shadow copies are not supported, and neither is lost partition scanning, among other things.
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|
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)|
There are many raw photo file formats, and Undelete 360 apparently can’t recover any of them, which is a shame because such file formats are now readily used even by amateur photographers.
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)|
Video files are among the most commonly recovered file types because they often store precious memories. For the same reason, we wouldn’t use Undelete 360 to recover lost video files because the application couldn’t possibly perform any worse.
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)|
Undelete 360 failed to recover any of the document files included in our test image. Even the most commonly used document file formats, such as PDF and DOCX, were too much of a challenge for the software.
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|
Undelete 360 is a reasonably fast data recovery application, and it effectively filters out corrupted scan results instead of including them with legitimate files. Unfortunately, some of the most useful recovery features, such as non-intrusive read-only algorithms and bootable recovery drive creation are missing.
How many extra features you get depends solely on which version of Undelete 360 you download. The free version is completely barebones and doesn’t come with any extra features. Both the PROFESSIONAL version and the UNLIMITED version do come with some extra features, but not nearly as many as most other data recovery software tools.
|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|
|Undelete 360 can securely wipe any disk.|
|9||Disk surface test|
|10||Secure data shredding|
|You can use the software to securely delete sensitive files.|
Those who purchase Undelete 360 PROFESSIONAL or UNLIMITED gain the ability to securely delete sensitive files to prevent them from ever being recovered.
Frequently Asked Questions
Let’s answer some frequently asked questions about Undelete 360.
Undelete 360 is a data recovery software application for Windows that attracts users with its freeware license.
To find lost files using Undelete 360, you need to:
- Launch the software.
- Select the drive you want to scan.
- Begin a scan.
- Go through found files and select those you want to get back.
- Undelete those you want to get back.
Yes, Undelete 360 can recover an unlimited number of files for free, but some features are available only in the paid versions of the software.