Photo recovery software buying guide

Recovery of lost data is no longer a cause for worry. Photo recovery software can recover lost data from any storage device. Here is all the information you need on how the software works and what you should look for when buying it.

Technology always intrigues me. I am fascinated by it most of the time. At others I doubt the high claims made by manufacturers when they launch new products. The photo recovery software is one such product that had me cynical. As a result I researched the software and out came some interesting facts. This article is an outcome of the efforts I put into finding out the truth about the photo recovery software.

Why is photo recovery software required?

Why would anyone need photo recovery software? Is the software another marketing gimmick or is it really worth owning it? To get answers to these pertinent questions a hypothetical situation needs to be dwelled upon.
Imagine, a special occasion – your baby's first birthday. You have a grand party organized and click hundreds of photographs to memorialize the special event. So far so good! Now imagine you lose all those beautiful memories because the storage device was corrupted or the memory card was bad or the pictures got accidentally deleted. You'd probably be devastated at the loss of all the priceless photographs and have nothing to show your child years later. That would be awful - right! Not exactly for there is help at hand and this is where photo recovery software comes in. There are a number of recovery software available today, such as Disk Doctors Photo Recovery, Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery, PhotoRescue 3.2 or Remo Photo Recovery to name a few that can help you recover all your lost snaps. Incredible is it not!

An efficient recovery software will be capable of working with different types of storage mediums and ably recover not just lost photographs but also audio video clips. The software typically scans an 8GB drive within 20 minutes and safely recovers almost all of the lost data. You also get to see a preview of all that the software is able to recover after the scan. Though complete recovery of lost data is not always possible, the software does recover a big chunk of the photographs which is still good, considering you had lost all of them.

Here is what to look for when buying a photo recovery software

The thing to remember here is that not all photo recovery software comes with the same features. So you need to know exactly what you want before buying one. Here are some features that you need to look for to get the best out of the software you buy –


It is important that the application has easy to follow instructions along with features that will recover lost data easily. The software should include file filters and be capable of not just creating a copy of the lost photo but also automatically create a backup drive for it.

Scanning storage device, memory cards and USB drives can sometimes take long, depending on the amount of data to be retrieved. It is of paramount importance that the application comes with a 'save and resume scan' feature so that you can stop a scan in progress when you want and resume it at a later time at your convenience. This is important as not all software have this feature.

Highly sophisticated software will include additional features such as an option to filter selected portions on a drive and scan for similar files. This adds oodles of convenience and is a big time saver as well.

Ease of use

You don't want to be struggling with the application understanding how to make it work for you. Hence, you need to look for a software with a user friendly interface that is easy to navigate. This is possible when all the buttons are suitably labeled and there are enough tools to make the recovery process simple with step by step instructions.

Also Read: Review of PhotoRec – a reliable digital picture recovery software

Get yourself software that comes with a comprehensive 'how to use' guide and handy tips to keep the recovery process uncomplicated and save you a lot of uncalled for headaches.

Scan speed and recovery success

You need to know that different recovery applications use different modes for recovery of data. The recovery procedures are not the same, so will need to pick software only after completely understanding the recovery method it employs.

An essential criterion is to select an application that is capable of recovering maximum data from different file types. You don't want to be stuck with something that has limited capabilities at retrieving data.

Customer care service

Software developers generally include a help option inside the program which acts as a detailed guide. However, it is always comfortable to have reliable customer care service to fall back on in case of unforeseen hitches. Technical experts should be available to you 24*7 through toll free numbers and online chat to help resolve any problems that you might face.


This article is written with the intent to make you understand what you need to look for in a photo recovery software before you put your money into it. As mentioned earlier there are a number of data recovery software available in the market. You can pick them at a store dealing with computers and accessories or order one online. Either way it is best if you compare the configurations of the product before you purchase it with the salient features mentioned in this article. To ensure trouble free recovery of data at all times it is imperative that the software you buy offers you all the special features mentioned above.

Article by Juana
Juana is a freelance writer publishing with Constant Content and sister sites of Techulator. She writes on a variety of subjects that interest her. She is a voracious reader and that helps her keep abreast with the latest in technology. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Eng. Lit, is a mom, a wife, a homemaker and a qualified teacher.

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Author: Morgen20 Feb 2014 Member Level: Bronze   Points : 2

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