Recently I needed to recover some mp3 files that were inadvertently deleted from an SD Card. I tried a couple of Apps that I have, but they did not do a very good job of it. So, I went looking in the App Store and on the Web for a recovery solution. That is when I found a neat little App called EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard (catchy name). There is one huge caveat with this App which I need to mention right from the get-go.
There are Mac and Windows versions of the EaseUS App. Here is the caveat, there is a free version and a paid for version. When you first open the app you get this window advising you of the features of each version:
You can recover up to 2GB of data with the free version. I do not believe I will need to recover any more than that from an SD Card, but who knows right. If you need to recover more than 2GB you will have to pay a hefty $89 fee to the Developers. That is for a lifetime license which helps. If you are recovering something that is super valuable (family photos anyone) it may be worth it to anti up. Which ever way you go, here is how EaseUS works.
When you first open the App you get this window:
You can choose what to search for, I just left them all checked even though in my test run I knew I was searching for a .mov video file that I deleted off an SD Card.
When you click on the “Next” button in the upper-left corner of the window you are taken to this list of all your devices (EaseUS can search on hard drives as well as SD Cards). Just select your device, in this case the SDXC card, and click on the “Scan” button at the top of the window:
EaseUS does the scan of the chosen media and presents you with it’s findings:
In this case, it found two .mov video files that had been deleted from this SD Card. Now, all you have to do is select the files and then click the “Recover” button and EaseUS gets the files in question:
It did not take long to get these two .mov files:
When it is finished, EaseUS places the files in a folder at the location of your choice:
It provides a message listing where the files are saved. I chose to save them to the Desktop:
You cannot use EaseUS to scan your boot drive. The App needs to be installed on some type of bootable external media. I scanned one of my external USB drives for “Audio” files. It took quite a while to do the scan. I think that is because the drive is large and it is also a spinner, not a SSD.
Here is the way I will probably be using the EaseUS App. I am only going to use the “Free” version to scan SD Cards and/or USB Flash sticks. It does a fairly quick and thorough job of it. I really only need this type of functionality on an occasional basis. If I need to recover something from a hard drive I will use my old standby, Data Rescue from Prosoft Engineering. It won’t cost you anything to download the App and give EaseUS a test run. It might just come in handy.