Have you ever been in a situation where your computer fails to be with you? Or did you ever have wrinkles & sweat on your head with fear of not being able to access your precious data?
If this does sound familiar, we’re actually talking here about the situations of deleted, formatted, or lost files from PC, laptop, hard drive, digital device, or any other storage media. In this situation, Data Recovery Software will come to your rescue.
In this article, we will be discussing Do Your Data Recovery Software and checking how useful actually is. Here’s an overview.
About Do Your Data Recovery
As the name suggests Do Your Data Recovery is a powerful file recovery software solution. It helps you to recover the file and important data that get lost due to various situations without the need for an expert.
Do Your Data offers different data solutions like data recovery for Windows, Mac & iPhone devices, Data Erasure, File Shredder, System cleaner, and other utilities. Here we will be discussing the Do Your Data Recovery Professional version for the Windows platform.
This review of Do Your Data Recovery had been carried out on our test machine having Intel 1st gen i3 processor, 6 GB RAM, Windows 10 OS, 120GB SSD Boot Drive, 320 GB Internal HDD, External SD card, and 1TB external HDD.
Do Your Data Recovery Features
Do Your Data Recovery can be helpful for you in the following data loss situations:
- Deleted File Recovery: Recover permanently deleted files (Shift + Delete), empty recycle bin, files deleted by cleaning software.
- Formatted Recovery: Recover lost data from formatted, reformatted, and erased hard drive/storage media or any format error.
- Raw Recovery: Recover data from raw hard drive, file system crash, logical error, partition loss, system initialization problems.
- Others: It can help you get back your data even if you had a virus attack on your system, any human error, power or transfer failure, problems during OS reinstallation/upgrade, hard drive crash, software crash, or any other unknown reasons.
Apart from this Do Your Data Recovery has many other notable features:
- Two-way Scanning Mode:
- Quick Scan: By default, a scan happens in this mode, it completes the scan in 5 minutes and helps you to get easily recoverable files.
- Advanced Recovery Scan: If you are not able to find or detect your lost files in a quick scan, this mode will do a deep sector by sector scanning to search for your files in every corner of storage media and it may take longer to scan according to your storage media size.
- Wide File Format Support: It is compatible to recover file formats like photos, videos, audio, documents, folders, archives, etc.
- Wide File System Support: It can work with NTFS/+, FAT 12/16/32, exFAT, EXT 2/3/4, etc. file systems.
- Wide Storage Media Support: It can scan desktop, HDD, SSD, memory card, digital camera, RAID, Server, and other digital storage devices.
- Preview before purchase: You can use the trial version to check, the tool can detect your files or not, you can preview them and then later or buy it.
- It does a Read-only scanning process which does not do any damage, nor any data overwriting.
Now that we have known this tool, let’s see how to use it.
How to Use Do Your Data Recovery?
Installing Do Your Data Recovery is the same as other typical software installation, but what is recommended here, you should not install it on the drive/media from where you wish to recover your data, the reason is new installation data may overwrite the lost data sectors.
Once the installation is done, using it is fairly easy. Any novice can understand and use it in one go. As you launch the tool you will be greeted with a clean, minimal, bright user interface.
As you can see above, the application home screen is well categorized in Local Drives and any other connected External Drives.
It takes only 3 steps to recover lost data.
Step -1: Choose your desired location to scan. You just have to click and select it.
Step -2: You can kick start the process with the scan button located on the bottom right corner, by default it does a quick scan. If you wish to do deep scanning you also get to choose the Advanced recovery option on the bottom left corner of the tool.
Before you start the scan, if you’re aware of which file type you’re looking to recover, it will be very easy to scan those files. You can find the File Types button at the bottom right and select those file types as per your need. This is very handy especially when your storage media is very large.
Once you’re clear with this, just hit the Scan button, let the tool dig your drives, and have a cup of coffee!!
Step -3: Once the scan is done, now comes the recovery part.
As you see above, scan results have good flexibility to sort like as per file path, file type, and time. Not only that by chance if you remember the name of the file you’re looking for, but you can search among scan results also.
Scan results can be viewed as a grid and list with all details and preview the files also before you recover them.
Once you got what you’re looking for, select the file and hit the Recover button. You get to choose your destination location for file recovery.
Depending upon file type, it will take time to complete the recovery process and prompt you once it’s done. You can also quickly access the recovery destination from the prompt window.
So the recovery process of your Do Your Data Recovery is easy and neat. Now let’s check how it performed.
Do Your Data Recovery Performance
While you’re doing advanced recovery mode scanning in large storage media, it’s obvious it takes approx. 45-60 minutes.
In this intensive scanning task, Do Your Data Recovery had been digging drives with moderate resource consumption and other tasks didn’t have an impact due to it.
Next, is it able to recover something actually? Well, it depends upon your use case scenario and situation. Finding deleted or lost data is already a complex task and situations get varied on different devices.
In our extensive test case we ran scanning on Desktop, Boot (C:) Drive, other internal drive Partitions, External HDD, and even SD card to recover some of our deleted data.
Scanning results on all scenarios were promising, almost 90% of files did appear on scanning results. These files are normally pictures, archives, videos, and documents of varying sizes ranging from 10 KB to 5 GB.
We had tried to recover all of them and the files got recovered successfully without any error. But there is a caveat. Many of these files are not openable or accessible after a successful recovery. They appeared like corrupted or partially recovered files.
Let’s break down these results for easy understanding and performance measurement.
- Small documents files (Word, Text, PPT) (<500 KB) are recovered and opened successfully 5 out of 10 times.
- Video files (<1 GB) are recovered and opened successfully 1 out of 10 times.
- Some archive files ( 500 MB – 4 GB) are recovered and opened successfully 1 out of 10 times.
- Audio files (1MB – 30MB) are recovered and opened successfully 1 out of 10 times.
Now you can understand the recovery rate and its performance, it’s quite inconsistent and disappointing for us. But again what we believe is this can be possibly varying for your use case. Because there is a possibility that after data loss, data sectors of deleted data may be overwritten.
Compatibility and Pricing
Do Your Data Recovery software for Windows and Mac comes with Free, Pro, and Technician versions. Windows and Mac versions of this tool provide similar sets of features for different platforms. It is compatible with the latest Windows 10 and MacOS Big Sur and it does the job on any machine with minimal resources.
After reviewing its performance pricing is quite a decision making factor here specifically for Do Your Data Recovery.
If your work is associated with computer repair or storage management or personal use, then this will definitely be helpful. But what we recommend here is download the Free version of the tool and test with your use case if it pulls out things for you then go for it. Pro at $69 and Technician at $299 versions feel pricey with what they perform.
Do Your Data Recovery Professional is a lightweight, easy to use data recovery tool. It has a neat UI and offers many features and customizations to cater to your needs. Do Your Data Recovery is beginner-friendly as well. Although it was able to identify and recover all the files, not all of the files were openable/playable in our test. Hence it's a mixed bag.
- Easy to use
- Lightweight on system
- Quick Scanning is good
- Pleasant User Interface
- Fails to recover usable files regularly
- Custom location scanning is missing
- File previews are inconsistent
- Costly compared to what it offers