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Data Rescue PC Editor's Review

Given the fact PC users are dealing with enormous amounts of data these days, using a data recovery app makes sense. Data loss can occur when you least expect it, owing to causes like hardware failure, malware invasion or even mistake. There are plenty of apps that can do the job and picking the right one can be tedious for you. However, if you want easy to use and feature rich data recovery software, Prosoft’s Data Rescue PC3 can be a worthy contender. It may lack a few bells and whistles compared to rivals like OnTrack Easy Recovery Pro but does a superb job of file recovery and booting in an unbootable system.

Data Rescue PC3 runs on Windows XP and later versions. The application supports internal IDE, SATA and SCSI drives. It also supports external and network drives with varying interfaces like USB, Firewire and even Thunderbolt. It runs from a specially made CD so you actually need not install the app.

Apart from external and internal hard drives, Data Rescue PC3 lets you search for files from myriad of storage mediums like memory cards, camera cards and even altered partitions. This makes things simpler for less technology savvy users. They do not have to learn details of their disc type or intricacy. It comes on a bootable disc, making it easy to boot on a system that has got MBR corrupt. All they need to do is insert the disc and rest is simple. The app works and recovers files as long as they remain on hard disc physically. Thankfully, the app offers a preview for files that can be recovered. Unlike rival apps, it does not offer one quick and another deeper scan.

In basic mode, Data Rescue PC3 is not much different from other data recovery apps. Its interface is more intuitive and beginners will find things easier. A wizard driven file recovery process also simplifies things. When you select a partition or entire disc, the app starts scanning for files that can be recovered. Based on disc size and type, it can be lengthy. As expected, it takes few minutes to check SSDS.

After scanning is complete, Data Rescue PC3 displays list of found files in treelike structure. At this juncture, users can select a drive to which these files will be restored. You may even open a recoverable file directly in default program of your system. The app can recover various types of files including images, video, audio and documents. In case your hard disk is severely problematic, use Disc cloner utility. It basically makes an image of the damaged hard disk from which files can be recovered. The app also indicates the files that can be successfully retrieved before you start the process.

Prosoft offers enough support for buyers of Data Rescue PC3. They offer email based and telephonic support. The comprehensive user guide bundled with the app is also helpful for beginners. However, their website has no option for Live Chat.

Positive Points:
•    Supports wide range of internal and external hard disks.
•    Bootable CD to retrieve data from unbootable systems.
•    Disc Cloner feature.
•    Adequate help files and technical support.

Negative Points:
•    No Live chat provided.
•    Scan functions not detailed enough.

Overall, Data Rescue PC3 is a no nonsense PC file recovery application that lacks some advanced features found in rival apps but does the core job really well. You can count on the app to recover lost or deleted files with precision. The bootable optical disc is quite useful and same can be said about its disc cloner feature. The app is very user friendly and beginners will benefit from extensive help documentation. The lack of Live Chat is a tad disappointing but the technical support provided by the company is quite robust. For the price you pay for licensing the app, you get plenty of functionalities.

Rating: 3.5/5

Data Rescue PC Publisher's Description

Data Rescue PC3 is the best solution for recovering files from a crashed or virus-corrupted hard drive. Other utilities can cause more damage to your hard drive and files by trying &fix& the problem, instead of focusing on recovering your files. Do not use a repair utility until you've safely recovered your important files and stored them in a safe location. Data Rescue PC3 should be your first option to recover your important data, before you try any risky &repair& utility. Simply put, Data Rescue PC3 is the best data recovery solution.

You can use Data Rescue PC3 in two ways!

As an application:

If you need to recover an external drive or a secondary drive, you can just load Data Rescue PC3 onto your computer and start up the application -  Data Rescue PC3 will then scan your drive for your files, allowing you to copy them over to a second drive (not included). This is the only safe way to do recovery, since you will not be recovering files to the drive you're scanning.

Using Included Emergency Boot CD:

If your main computer hard drive has crashed, has a virus or you need to recover deleted files, you can use the included emergency boot CD. This CD will boot up your computer and then allow you to scan your internal boot drive. Once the scan is done, you can choose which files you want to copy over to your secondary drive (not included) -  Using Data Rescue PC3 in this manner allows you to scan your drive without loading the software onto that drive- That's important since the simple act of loading an application a) may not be possible due to a drive crash or virus and b) would potentially write-over the deleted files you're trying to recover -  To use the Emergency Boot CD, simply insert the CD and reboot your computer. Data Rescue PC3 will automatically access your drive and then guide you through the file recovery process with simple step-by-step directions. You then simply select the files you wish to recover and Data Rescue PC3 will copy those files over to your external USB or FireWire hard drive, secondary internal hard drive, or a network drive (not included). Because Data Rescue PC3 comes on a bootable CD, it works in more cases than traditional Windows-based recovery tools which require your computer to be running Windows in order to install and run the application.

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Publisher: Prosoft | License: Shareware | Price: 99.00
Version: 3. 2. 2001 | Size: 300032 KB | Platform: WinOther
Released Date: 23-10-2012 | Rating: 5 | Title: Data Rescue PC

Author Url: http://www.prosofteng.com
Program Info Url: http://www.prosofteng.com
Download Url: http://s3.amazonaws.com/prosoft-engineering/drpc/Data_Rescue_PC_3.2_Boot_CD.zip
Screenshot Url: http://www.prosofteng.com/products/images/drpc3_ss1_2_lg.png

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