In today’s day and age where we increasingly rely on data and create a lot of content, even the thought of losing all the data gives chills down your spine. The cause can be a pesky virus, hardware / software malfunction, accidental deletion or your PC being hacked. If you have a lot of important data on your PC or laptop, it’s critical you take backups regularly and have a data recovery program handy at all times.

Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery is a versatile data recovery tool that can help you retrieve lost data from FAT and NTFS file systems and works with a variety of media including hard drives, external storage devices and memory cards. The package includes an installation disc (which is also a boot disc) and a USB flash drive which is a hardware lock to keep software pirates at bay.

Stellar has gone in with a friendly user interface to make things simple for any user. The main window has five tabs—Data Recovery, Email Recovery, Resume Recovery, Advance Options and Recovery Services. The first tab is where all the action lies. You can choose from four scan methods depending on what you want to recover.

The fastest is the Quick Recovery mode which can be used to retrieve data from corrupted partitions. Next is Deleted File Recovery for retrieving deleted data. The third and fourth methods are for retrieving data from formatted partitions and deleted partitions respectively. With Email Recovery you can scan PST (Outlook) and DBX (Outlook Express) files for deleted mails. The Resume Recovery feature comes in handy when you want to stop drive scanning and continue later. The Advance Options tab has a tool for creating drive image prior to recovery in case your hard drive has bad sectors and Raw Recovery tool for recovering over 150 file types.

We tried recovering images, MP3 files, documents and videos from a formatted external storage device and this software worked like a charm.


  • Operating system: Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
  • Memory: 128 MB
  • Hard disk space: 35 MB

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