As a basic
data recovery program for home users, Handy Recovery 2.0 is
basically excellent. In our tests it never failed to recover files that had been
deleted, formatted over or had their partitions removed. Like any other
program, the more data you write to the drive, the less chance of recovering
your deleted or formatted data, so if you've lost something, prompt
use of this program or another data recovery method is advised.
In our view, the best thing about Handy Recovery 2.0 is the simplicity of the interface.
As long as you grasp the basic idea (i.e. that the program will search
your drive for deleted files then allow you to browse through the file structure
to restore them) any user should be able to use the program effectively.
We also appreciated the fact that Handy Recovery 2.0 allows you
to begin recovering files or analyzing partitions as soon as they are detected,
instead of forcing you to wait until it has finished searching the entire disk
or partition. Good choice here.
The only issue we had with the basic
functionality of Handy Recovery 2.0 was that the instructions do not explain what users
should look for when trying to retreive a file or folder deleted from the recycling
bin. Without this instruction, most users would not realize that they cannot search
for these files by name, but instead must browse the 'recycler' folder for
This more a problem with the way XP handles the recycling bin than
an issue with Handy Recovery, but it would have been nice to have an explanation
ready for new users. There was also some strange behaviour by the built-in
partition cloning utility, but it did work correctly, despite telling us that it
Handy Recovery 2.0 does not do anything you cannot do for
free with various programs, but it does bind all these essential recovery
functions into a neat, attractive and fast interface and performs them quickly
and efficiently. In our mind, this makes it worth the $36CAN ($30US)
SoftLogica is charging for the program.
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