UndeleteMyFiles Pro Review – Barely Recovers Anything
Out of 5 Total Score
No. 13 Among all Windows solutions
UndeletedMyFiles Pro is offered as a completely free data recovery tool that’s capable of recovering your deleted files. But, if it’s free, just how good could it be? We put it to the test in this in-depth review of UndeleteMyFiles Pro where we test everything from its recovery abilities to its usability.
Completely free. The program is completely free and has no hidden fees.
Decent quick scan results. Good at finding recently deleted files on NTFS partitions.
Free add-ons. The program includes additional free modules, such as files wiper, emergency disk image, and mail rescue. The emergency disk image feature can also write the image back to the disk.
Only Quick Scan. Only Quick Scan works, which means that the program cannot recover data from formatted or unmounted partitions.
There is no signature scanner available. The program can't find files based on signatures.
The project is abandoned. The software is no longer being maintained.
Scan only partitions. Program can only scan partitions, not the entire disk.
Preview only in Media Recover feature. Preview works only in the Media Recover module. The other two modules do not have previews built into the program.
Slow performance at large volumes. The interface slows down when the program has found a large number of files.
A limited set of file systems. Software supports quick scan only for FAT32 and NTFS partitions.
Outdated FAT32 quick scanner. FAT32 is very old and does not find files and folders in most cases when they were originally written to storage in bulk.
Not easy to select files. Files are tough to select in the found files tree.
Poor user interface. The interface is not well thought out and leaves much to be desired. Usability is out of the question.
Support for high DPI. The program doesn't work on monitors with high DPI. As a result, the interface is blurry and not clear.
No monitoring if the disk disconnects. If during scanning or creating a byte-by-byte copy the disk is disconnected, the program gives no response.
No viewing until the scan completes. It’s not possible to view results or preview files during the scan process.
No auto-update. There is no built-in auto-update.
No session manager for scanned devices. There’s no way to save scan sessions for later recovery.
Can't work with images. Program can't mount and scan hard drive images.
No SMART program. The program cannot show disk health status.
There are no different tree view modes. Found results are either represented as a list or tree view. There is no thumbnail view.
Not intuitive. Most of the features are not user-friendly.
Long recovery time. The program takes quite a long time to recover deleted files.
Partition-only backups The program can only backup the partitions on the disk.
UndeleteMyFiles Pro – Overview #
UndeletedMyFiles Pro is a Windows-only data recovery tool. While not officially supported on later versions of Windows (8 to 11), our tests confirm it is still functional. This review will take a detailed look at all aspects of the software to give you an accurate view of what it can offer you.
|Requirements||Windows XP-7, 8-11 (unofficial support)|
|Latest version||3.1 • Released 23rd Nov, 2012|
|Download size||1.31 MB|
|Category||Data Recovery Software|
|Free version available|
|Free version details|
|No credit card to try|
As stated on the website, UndeleteMyFiles Pro is distributed as a completely free data recovery tool. This statement is true, having tested the software ourselves and never being prompted for payment.
Developer — SeriousBit
UndeletedMyFiles Pro was developed by SeriousBit. It was released for free in 2012, granting all users full access to the software upon download. SeriousBit has also developed other programs, such as Enhanso, Netbalancer, and other miscellaneous tools aimed at tweaking and maintaining over versions of Windows.
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).
100 98.9% than avg
Based on the number of brand-related search queries on Google US according to ahrefs.com.
The company was founded in 2007 but isn’t very popular and doesn’t have much of a footprint online. The News section of the SeriousBit website seems to indicate it is no longer active, with the last update being in 2017.
2007 • 15 years on the market
Ginta Latina 11/1, MD-2001, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
SeriousBit doesn’t invest a lot in marketing. It has little to no presence on social media, which includes a long inactive Twitter account and a company profile on LinkedIn. As a result, UndeleteMyFiles Pro falls behind many other data recovery tools in terms of popularity.
Data Recovery with UndeleteMyFiles Pro
Tested on: Windows 11 (21H2)
We tested UndeleteMyFiles Pro on our machine running Windows 11 (21H2). Along with all of our other reviews, we’ve run the software through a series of tests with the intention of exploring every part of it.
How We Test
To ensure our tests remain fact-based and objective, all of the software we review is put through the same testing procedure. This ensures that every recovery tool has a chance to demonstrate its abilities against the same data sets to truly see what it's capable of. Here's a breakdown of our process.
|1||Installation||Starting with installation, we measure how easy the software is to install and what additional options you're given.|
|2||Source selection||Next, we look at how easy it is to find and select the drive or partition we intend to scan. Is it ready on the main screen, or do we have to explore a series of options to find the drive?|
|3||Scanning process||During the scanning process, we measure how long the scan takes, whether you can use the software while it's scanning, and what sort of scanning methods are used.|
|4||Managing found data||Once the data is found, how easy is it to recover? We look for different view modes, how the data is organized, and what options are available to preview the data.|
|5||Recovery and post-processing||Finally, we look at how long the actual recovery process takes and the integrity of our data once it's recovered.|
This entire process ensures nothing is missed and gives us a standardized way of evaluating each tool to see what it offers the users that download it.
On the main screen, you'll be asked to choose what sort of recovery option you'd like to perform (File Rescue, Media Recover, Deleted File Search, or Mail Rescue). Upon choosing one, you must choose the partition you want to scan. The software does not allow you to scan the drive itself, only the partitions on the drive. Therefore, if your partition has become corrupted and no longer has a drive letter, it will not appear in the list.
Once you've selected the partition by checking its tickbox, you can click Scan to begin the scanning process.
The scan is quite fast when scanning small volumes. But, for partitions that contain a lot of lost data, the application's performance starts to degrade and become sluggish. The software can only perform quick scans, limiting how much data the application can actually recover.
As the scan runs, you are unable to use other areas of the software until it's complete. While it's scanning, you will be shown a floating gray bar that bounces from side to side, but it doesn't actually give you an indication of the scan progress.
Managing found files
Once the scan is complete, a prompt will appear telling you how many files were found on the partition. From here, you will be presented with a list of the discovered data. At the top, you can switch between a Detailed View and Tree View, but no thumbnail view so previewing files at a glance is not possible.
A preview option is available. However, before you can use it with File Rescue, you must first manually specify a location where the file previews can be stored. Even once you've done that, it's only possible to preview one file at a time, each one requiring you to manually click the Preview button. The Media Recover option allows you to cycle through them faster using a different preview window.
The bottom buttons, Check All, Uncheck All, and Invert Selection allow you to quickly select multiple files for recovery. When you're ready, clicking the Recover button at the top will begin the restore process.
UndeleteMyFiles Pro – Tutorials and Other Videos
Want to learn more about UndeleteMyFiles Pro? We've gathered a few useful videos below that give you a look at the software.
UndeleteMyFiles Pro – Full Review
Now that you’ve seen the recovery process, let’s explore the application as a whole. Below, we’ll be looking at the general usability of the application, the customer support you can expect, and a detailed look at its recovery performance.
UndeleteMyFiles Pro receives a very low karma score mostly because it’s considered an abandoned project. The software hasn’t been updated in over 6 months and it’s not officially supported by the latest versions of Windows, indicating that it’s not being actively cared for. An email address is available for support, but since it’s a one-person project there’s no telling what sort of help you will receive. There is no knowledge base for users who are facing basic troubles, and there is next to no discussion online to seek community support.
More than 6 months
|4||Latest Windows release supported|
No, needs more developer's attention
|5||Genuine or clone?|
|6||Brand name popularity|
|7||Online market share|
|9||Extensive knowledge base|
Of course, since it’s a free data recovery tool, it’s excellent in terms of value. Even its additional features, Files Wiper and Emergency Disk Image, are available for free. Users can recover an unlimited amount of data without the worry of running into a paywall, making it useful for extremely basic recoveries, like recovering a file you just deleted.
The software does not offer commercial rights, but it’s less of a business solution anyway seeing it only supports one recovery method.
|4||Is it free?|
No purchase needed
|6||Unlimited recovery in full version|
|8||Commercial rights in the cheapest license|
UndeleteMyFiles Pro scores very low for usability. The user interface is super outdated and not intuitive at all. All of the features are easy to locate, but you need to return to the main screen each time you want to access one. The application window glitches when you resize it and doesn’t support high DPI monitors so it appears blurry on large displays.
If your drive disconnects in the middle of a scan, you’re unable to plug it back in and continue scanning. Instead, you must start over. The same is true for making backups. There’s no way to sort through the scan results, which is especially painful if you want to find files by file name or type. And, the preview screen is different between the File Rescue and Media Recover scan types, with the one used by File Rescue being far more inferior.
|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|
|Only saw success with NTFS partitions.|
|3||Other types of scan|
|Good support for basic storage media, such as hard drives, solid-state drives, and USB drives.|
|5||Real-life recovery challenge|
|Recovery by file signature is not supported.|
|6||Other notable recovery features|
|UndeleteMyFiles Pro allows you to create image backups, but that is all.|
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
UndeleteMyFiles Pro does not offer a clever scan, therefore it was unable to complete this test. This makes the software useless in instances where you’re trying to recover data from formatted devices or raw 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 software was able to scan our FAT32 partition, but the vast majority of data wasn’t found, and it was only able to successfully recover less than 1% of the data on the partition. The scan of our NTFS partition fared better, recovering most of our data but refusing to recover files and folders with long names.
Our HFS+, APFS, exFAT, and EXT4 partitions could not be scanned by the application.
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|
UndeleteMyFiles Pro does not offer other scan types. Since is only allows scanning of partitions, it cannot scan the disk to search for lost partitions. Even though it can create backup images, it is unable to scan them. It does offer partial support for BitLocker-encrypted drives, but not fully.
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 recovery from basic storage media such as hard drives, solid-state drives, and USB drives. Recovery from mobile devices, like those running iOS or Android, is not supported. The same is true for more complex setups, such as RAID arrays.
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)|
As the software doesn’t allow recovery using file signatures, it was unable to recover any of the lost raw photos in our real-life recovery challenge. This means it cannot recover even extremely common file types, like JPG and PNG. All data remained lost.
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 formats are also unrecoverable using file signature recovery, as the software only allows recovery using a quick scan. It was unable to find any of our lost video files.
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)|
Document recovery is not supported using recovery by file signature. As a result, none of our lost documents could be recovered successfully.
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|
UndeleteMyFiles Pro has decent scan speeds, averaging between 50 to 100MB/sec. As for recovery features, the only extra feature it includes is a byte-to-byte backup tool. However, it only allows you to make backups of the partitions, not the entire disk. Furthermore, the software itself doesn’t allow you to scan the images, only write them back to the drive.
|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|
|Can back up partitions.|
|9||Disk surface test|
|10||Secure data shredding|
|Can securely delete your data.|
Being a free recovery solution, it’s no surprise that UndeleteMyFiles Pro doesn’t come with a lot of extras. It does, however, come with a fully functioning secure data shredding feature. This allows you to shred data, deleting it in a way where it becomes unrecoverable. This is great for deleting sensitive documents. It also has an option to add it to the right-click context menu so you don’t need to open the software every time you want to securely delete some data.
It also offers basic disk cloning as seen with its byte-to-byte backup feature, but it only backs up partitions, not entire drives.
Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve scoured the internet for the most commonly asked questions regarding UndeleteMyFiles Pro and provided some answers to them down below.
UndeleteMyFiles is a data recovery tool developed by SeriousBit.
Once you’ve downloaded UndeleteMyFiles Pro and opened it, you will be greeted with a number of options. Your choice will depend on the type of recovery you’re performing. Here’s how you perform regular file recovery:
- Click File Rescue.
- Select your partition. Click Scan.
- Select the files you want to restore, then click Recover.
- Choose the destination folder and click OK.
- Click Yes to recover all the files into one folder. Click No to recover the files with their original directory structure at the chosen location.
Yes, UndeleteMyFiles is completely free and allows unlimited recovery.
Yes, UndeleteMyFiles Pro is safe to download and use on your computer.
No, UndeleteMyFiles Pro is only available on machines running Windows.