Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery 5.0 Review

Are you looking for a good, reliable photo recovery software? Try the Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery tool. Read this review of Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery tool and learn how to use it to recover accidentally deleted photos.

When it comes to preserving memories of life, photos play a major part. Losing your birthday party pic or the only snap of your grandma will have you emotionally bankrupt. These pictures and videos are nothing but binary bits of data stored on your camera cards or hard drives. When something goes awry, you are very likely to lose your data in the form of multimedia files. Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery is an easy-to-use solution to recover media files of myriad types stored on hard drives, memory cards, memory sticks, and other removable devices. The tool has an abundance of options to help you remedy all your photo loss issues in the most astute manner.

Design and Features

The straightforward interface of this tool makes it plain and simple to learn. It has easy-to-follow instructions to guide you through the process of recovery and get things done fairly easy. Upon launching the software, the main screen presents three large-sized buttons namely, 'Recover Photo, Audio & Video', 'Resume Recovery', and 'Create Image'.

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The 'Recover Photo, Audio & Video' button leads you to the next screen, which displays a list of storage media connected to your computer. You can recover from logical drives, physical drives, or removable media. If you have connected a camera card, it will show up in this list.

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The 'Advance Scan' option at the bottom allows for customization of recovery on your terms. The users with basic computing knowledge can simply select the desired file types on the 'File List' tab, while more advanced users can specify a range (a select region of the media) within which the scan will be performed. This is good when you need to skip certain files during scanning.

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The software is simple, but less scalable at the same time. There is no option to choose scan level, which implies the software cannot attempt a through scan of the media if the standard method misses out certain files on recovery. You can stop the scan anytime if it is taking several hours to finish. You can save the scan information of an incomplete scan process and recommence recovery later using the 'Resume Recovery' feature of the tool.

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The software supports preview of virtually any file format in the main interface. You will see three tabs in the left pane that display three unique ways of listing files: Cover Flow View, Thumbnail View, and List View. One notable feature that can help save time is the dynamic preview of files during scan. Files will get listed and displayed simultaneously as the scan progresses.

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You can image an entire device and save the image as a '.img' file to your system. The feature enables you to capture state of your media at a specific time. If the media deteriorates over time, you can rest assured that your files can be recovered safely from the created image. Further, you can select a region of your drive for imaging using the 'Select Region' option.

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If you click 'Resume Recovery' button on the main interface, all the recently-created images and saved scan information files are displayed. You can click a file to view its date of creation and other specifications under the 'File Details' section. Select a desired file to start recovering data from your scan information or image.

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We plugged out a 32 GB CLASS 4 SDHC memory card from a Cannon camera and attached it to a Windows computer's USB 2.0 port via a memory card reader. Before attaching the camera card, we deleted some photos and .mov files. The card also had some photos deleted long ago (around a year back).

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The scan took nearly two hours to complete. This was too long a wait for scanning 32 gigabytes of sound and intact binary bits. There was no option to view how much time will the scan take to finish. All software usually provide an estimate for the scanning time.

Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery managed to retrieve all the recently deleted files, but could not search for the files that were deleted a year back. Further, the '.mov' files were recovered without headers, and thus failed to play in the media player.


Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery is a good value for money. It does the same job as many others in the competition, however more lucidly and precisely. You can expect it to recover everything, except for the files that were lost long way back. The software loses its grip on customers who need a scalable product with more options, such as different scan levels. Read our photo recovery software buying guide to learn how to choose the best recovery tool for you.

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Guest Author: Mike01 Nov 2017

I have tried the newer version of this software. Works like a charm. Totally recommended!

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