Wondershare Recoverit for Windows Review: It Could Be Better
Out of 5 Total Score
No. 5 Among all Windows solutions
Wondershare Recoverit is a common name in the data recovery industry. It claims to have a 95% recovery rate, but how accurate is that figure? In this review, we put it to the test to see just how effective it is.
Modern interface. The interface is modern and up-to-date. There are options to scan folders and other specific locations, like the Recycle Bin. But, this is primarily a cosmetic addition that does little to aid with recovery outside of user experience.
Create bootable disks. The program can create bootable disks that bypass the operating system, allowing you to recover your data.
Video Repair. The program can repair video files that refuse to play.
Fast scanning speeds. It can scan disks fast, reducing overall recovery time.
Preview images. When previewing images the program can scale and flip them.
False positives for bad sectors on Bitlocker devices. When scanning Bitlocker-encrypted devices, the program shows that there are bad sectors. This is a false positive.
Scanning Bitlocker-encrypted devices. In order to scan devices encrypted by Bitlocker, you need to unlock them in the operating system.
Confirming Bitlocker status. In order for the program to detect that the Bitlocker volume is unlocked, it needs to restart.
No end time was given. No indication was given of when the recovery will be finished.
Resizing of the program. It’s not possible to resize the main window.
Cannot scan the entire disk. You cannot scan entire disks. Instead, you must scan the volumes.
Not convenient to install the program. During installation, the program downloads additional installation files. After installation finishes, it opens the program's site automatically.
It is not possible to install without the internet. Since you need to download additional files to install the program, it is not possible to install without an internet connection.
Discovered partitions are not user-friendly. Lost partitions are in the general list and have no indication of what disk they belong to. It is very difficult to choose the right one to scan.
The timing of the scanning process is not clear. At first, the percentages quickly reach 50, and then a long process of scanning sectors of the disk begins, without any calculation of the end time of the operation.
Scan sessions. There is no way to save a disk scan session. You will always have to start the scanning process over again.
Duplicate results. The program will often show duplicate results, with the second copy not working.
The software is not able to name the files found by deep scanning. All files found by the signature will be named with a consecutive number only.
File formats. The 1000 supported file signatures metric is nothing more than a marketing ploy. In practice, the program often struggles to find even common file formats.
If there is no preview, you have to restore it. If the program cannot show a preview of the file, it prompts you to try to open it on your system. To restore a file you have to buy the program.
Auto resume scan. If a bad disk is disconnected then reconnected, the program can't automatically resume scanning.
Restoring file systems. Often the program can not restore the original disk structure with the names of folders and files that were there before data loss. The site also claims support for file systems that are not supported by its scanners - APFS, HFS, EXT.
Damaged data filtering. The program cannot show damaged data in any way.
|Distributed as||Freemium Some features are provided free of charge, but money is required to unlock the rest|
|Trial version available|
|Trial version limitations|
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|1||1 Month License||$59.99|
|2||1 Year License||$69.99|
|1||1 Month License||$69.99|
|2||1 Year License||$79.99|
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Developer — Wondershare Technology Co., Ltd.
Wondershare’s headquarters are located in Shenzhen, China. It has a total of 6 offices across China, Canada, and Japan with over 1200 employees in total. Tobee Wu, CEO and founder of Wondershare, says it was created with the intention of creating better solutions for life’s challenges and events.
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Wondershare does more than just recovery. Since its establishment in 2003, it has released a broad range of products. Most notable of all Wondershare’s products is its creativity suite, which includes Filmora, UniConverter, and DemoCreator.
2003 • 20 years on market
West of Donghuan Road, North of 1-4 Road, South of 1-3 Road, Room No.2, Floor 6, Building No.8 of East of Liuwu Building, Lhasa, China
Wondershare does a good job of remaining active on social media, with active accounts across the most popular social media channels. In addition to its knowledge base, it also offers customer support avenues over email, phone, and live chat.
How We Test
We take a methodical approach to data recovery. This standardized process produces fact-based results that we can use to make an objective observation of the software. Our testing procedure includes the following stages:
|1||Installation||We take a look at the duration and difficulty of each applications installation process from the perspective of an end user.|
|2||Source selection||Next, we review how easy it is to select the drive you want to scan. For our tests, we use virtual hard drives containing a diverse range of file types.|
|3||Scanning process||If a data recovery application supports multiple scan types, we perform all that are available to determine the effectiveness of each.|
|4||Managing found data||We look at how easy the tool makes it to explore and filter the data that was discovered.|
|5||Recovery and post-processing||Following the completion of recovery, we review the recovered data and see how much is still intact and usable.|
Now that you’re aware of how we review each tool, let’s take a look at the typical recovery process of Wondershare Recoverit.
Overall, the installation process is very simply. Once you download the installer from the Wondershare site, it only takes a few clicks to get the application installed.
The installer is 1.2 MB. Once installed, the application takes up a whopping 401 MB of space on your drive. The install time is quite slow because it needs to download additional files over the internet. This is important to note, as it means you're unable to install the application offline.
Once opened following installation, you're taken directly to the source selection screen.
The source selection screen will display a list of the partitions on your drives (both internal and external). Under Quick Access, you have the option of scanning particular areas for lost files, including the Recycle Bin, Desktop, or a folder of your choice.
It appears that there's no option to scan an entire drive with all of its partitions, unlike other tools which offer this option. In Wondershare Recoverit, only the partitions themselves can be scanned for data.
Selecting one of the partitions will immediately begin the scanning process.
In the bottom left, while the scan is running, you'll see an indication of how far in the scan is by percentage. It will also tell you how many sectors have been scanned and how many there are left.
You have the option to pause the scan at any point, as well as stop it. While the scan is active, you can review the discovered data and preview it as it appears in the list.
Once the scan is finished, a prompt will appear advising how many files were found.
Managing found files
Firstly, you can choose how you want to display search results: by file location or by file type. Furthermore, you can search for specific files using the search bar at the top right. Results can be filtered by file type, date modified, file size, or whether or not the file was deleted.
The available view modes include List View, Detail View, and Icon view. Double-clicking a file will open a preview. Inside the preview screen, you can go to the next photo without closing it, which is useful for photo recovery.
Unfortunately, the results of your scan are not saved. Therefore, leaving the results screen means you will need to scan the drive again if needed. There is also no recovery chance prediction, so you have no idea what files have the best chance of recovery.
Recovery and post-processing
Recovering your files is very straightforward. After you choose an output location and confirm recovery, Wondershare Recoverit takes care of the rest.
When finished, you'll be met with a small message that advises how many files were recovered and the number of files that couldn't be recovered.
Wondershare Recoverit for Windows – Tutorials and Other Videos
We've compiled some useful videos that help provide a closer look at Wondershare Recoverit.
Right off the bat, Wondershare Recoverit scored above average for Karma rating. It receives regular updates and it has been around long enough to be considered a trustworthy program. Wondershare also offers excellent support across multiple channels, including phone, email, and live chat. Unfortunately, there is no changelog available, which is surprising considering the regularly scheduled updates it receives.
Every 3 months
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|4||Latest Windows release supported|
Yes, all good
|5||Genuine or clone?|
|6||Brand name popularity|
|7||Online market share|
|9||Extensive knowledge base|
Wondershare Recoverit scores above average again in terms of bang for the buck. It offers subscription and lifetime-based licenses at a reasonable price when compared to other tools. New users can trial the software by recovering up to 100 MB for free. However, in terms of how much it costs compared to its performance, it’s a little pricey.
Free recovery up to 100 MB
|4||Is it free?|
Subscription and lifetime licenses available
|6||Unlimited recovery in full version|
|8||Commercial rights in the cheapest license|
The user interface is a strong point for Wondershare Recoverit. It’s clean, responsive, and keeps everything accessible without seeming overcrowded. Scan results can be narrowed down using a number of filters, and specific files can be found using the search function.
Unfortunately, scan results cannot be mounted as a disk, so all previewing of the files needs to be done within Recoverit prior to recovery.
|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|
Wondershare Recoverit’s shortcoming is its recovery performance, which is the most important factor of all for most. It does offer multiple scan types, allowing it to utilize different methods for finding lost data. However, it performed poorly in our testing phase, as we’ll touch on next.
|No data found on HFS+, APFS, or EXT4 partitions.|
|Failed to find most files.|
|3||Other types of scan|
|No scanning disk images.|
|Good device support.|
|5||Real-life recovery challenge|
|Delivers average results.|
|6||Other notable recovery features|
|Few additional recovery features.|
Unable to find any files on HFS+, APFS, or EXT4 partitions. It struggles the most with FAT32 partitions, as it failed to discover a lot of data. All data that was recovered from the FAT32 partition was missing a folder structure.
Again, HFS+, APFS, and EXT4 partitions are not supported. The quick scan performed worse than the clever scan, with data from FAT32 and exFAT partitions either not being discovered or missing a folder structure. However, recovery was highly successful on NTFS partition as it was able to recover the majority of our files fine.
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|
Wondershare Recoverit supports an impressive number of file signatures. But, just because it supports a lot, doesn’t mean the recovery chances are equal for each of them. Some fare better than others (as we’ll see in the real-life recovery challenge shortly).
Its ability to partially recover files based on the format is good. It does support Bitlocker drives, though it does require user interaction to unlock the volume. It also supports scanning for lost partitions, but not as a standalone scan option.
|1||Internal and external HDD|
|2||Internal and external SSD|
|3||USB thumb drives / Classic iPods (non-iOS) / FireWire devices|
|7||Recovery from RAID arrays|
|9||NAS (Network-attached storage) RAID devices|
|10||Remote SSH (secure shell protocol) Linux based devices recovery|
Wondershare Recoverit offers good support for your typical storage media, such as hard drives and flash storage. It is unable to recover data from mobile devices. It’s also not advanced enough to recover data from broken RAID configurations.
Real-life recovery challenges
|1||Document formats recovery|
|2||Raw photo recovery|
|3||Video formats recovery|
Raw photo recovery
Results varied when we tested Wondershare Recoverit’s ability to recover raw photo files. It saw the most success recovering JPG, GPR, CR2, and a few other formats. Despite that, there were many file formats that it didn’t support at all.
Video formats recovery
When measuring Recoverit’s ability to recover video formats, it saw more failure than success. 360, AVI, MOV, and WMV had the best results. Other formats either could not be recovered or had mixed results.
Document formats recovery
Wondershare Recoverit had the hardest time recovering document formats. Microsoft’s file formats had the highest rate of success. All other file formats really struggled, with most not being supported at all. If recovering Microsoft documents, maybe Recoverit would be a good option. For any other document type, we’d pass.
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|
If you were hoping for additional recovery features, you may be disappointed to find that Wondershare Recoverit offers little in that regard. The limited features it does include is the ability to create bootable drives, preview files during scans, and moderately fast scan speeds.
It has become common for data recovery tools to offer more than just data recovery. Additional features are often included that complement data recovery in one way or another. The only extra feature available in Wondershare Recoverit is the ability to repair corrupted videos. Even then, this feature is only available to those on the Premium license, the most expensive license available to consumers.
|1||Disk space mapping|
|2||Disk clean up|
|3||Corrupted video repair tool|
|Supports the ability to repair corrupted videos|
|4||Corrupted photo repair tool|
|7||Built-in disk space secure eraser|
|9||Disk surface test|
|10||Secure data shredding|
The lack of additional features could be attributed to the fact that Wondershare has a lot of other products under its belt. Therefore, Recoverit probably doesn’t get as much love as it could be, especially considering a large focus is put on its creative suite.
Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve scoured the web for commonly asked questions about Wondershare Recoverit. We’ve provided answers to each of them below.
Wondershare Recoverit is a data recovery tool that was devloped by Wondershare. It can scan your drive for deleted files and recover them for you.
Wondershare Recoverit is a data recovery tool that can be used to recover data that you’ve lost to accidental deletion, corruption, malware, and many other data loss scenarios.
Wondershare Recoverit comes with an easy-to-use interface that allows you to choose a disk to scan and recover data from. Behind the scenes, though, it’s using an algorithm that scans your drive for data it thinks is recoverable and puts it all into a convenient list where you and pick and choose what you want to restore.
Using Wondershare Recoverit is very easy. Follow these instructions to perform a simple scan:
- Download and install Wondershare Recoverit.
- Click the drive you want to scan.
- When the scan is finished, mark the files you want to recover. When ready, click Recover.
- Choose where you want the files to go, then click Recover.
Wondershare Recoverit is not free, but you can download the free version that offers up to 100 MB of free recovery before requiring payment.
There are currently three options to choose from, each with recurring or lifetime options:
- Essential – $59.99/Month, $69.99/Year, $119.99/Perpetual
- Standard – $69.99/Month, $79.99/Year, $139.99/Perpetual
- Premium – $79.99/Month, $99.99/Year, $159.99/Perpetual
You can recover up to 100 MB of data using the free version of Wondershare Recoverit before you need to pay. Here’s how you can use the trial to recover your data once you’ve downloaded it:
- From the list of devices, click the drive you want to scan.
- Once the scan is finished, tick each file you want to recover. Click Recover when you’re ready.
- Choose where you want the files to be stored, then click Recover.
Once the scan is finished, you can recover a video easily in many ways. Firstly, you can find the file in the results fast by using the Search file function at the top-right. Otherwise, you can view by File Type and inspect the file type your video is.
This will depend heavily on the performance of your drive and how large your drive is. In general, though, the recovery process with Wondershare Recoverit is quite fast, from scan to recovery.
To change the language used in your installation of Wondershare Recoverit, click the Three bars at the top-right of the window, then Language. Use the dropdown menu to select a new language.
Yes, Wondershare Recoverit is a reputable and trustworthy application to use for recovering your files.
Yes, Wondershare Recoverit is used by many worldwide. We have also personally tested the application and found it to work safe and sound. Wondershare is an established company with a wide range of trustworthy products.
🏅 Highly recommended
Out of 5 Total score
No. 5 Among all Windows solutions
Wondershare Recoverit offers a sleek user interface and exceptional ongoing support. But, its recovery capabilities are average at best, and little else is offered outside of basic file recovery.Visit developer website
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Jordan Jamieson-Mane is a content writer with a focus on technology-related content. He has spent much of his life studying and working with all types of technology. During his time as a writer, he has written countless articles in the field of data recovery, breaking down complex topics into articles that are easy to understand.
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