Another recovery software created by Stellar called Windows Data Recovery appeared on our radar. Since the demand for data recovery has increased alongside the increase of malware attacks, we have decided to pay close attention to such programs. In the era where everything is online and data protection is crucial, many viruses are now extorting users for their data as a new form of cyber-crime that is costing organizations millions. A good data recovery software is always a plus, because in some cases, it can manage to do the job with a remarkable results, depending on the situation. But can Stellar do the job for you? We reviewed the program to outline its pros and cons and answer this question.
This post was originally created in February 2016, but we gave it an update in November 2019.
|Name||Stellar Data Recovery for Windows|
|Type||File Recovery Software|
|Developer||Stellar Information Technology Pvt. Ltd.|
|Direct Download||Download Stellar Data Recovery|
|Operating System||Windows OS|
|User Experience||Discuss Stellar Data Recovery in Our Forum|
Stellar Data Recovery Windows – Main Features
Like other software by Stellar, such as their Photo Recovery program, we have identified two main features at first glance. The first one was the lightness of the program – it installed very fast, and there is a clear reason for that – it is only around 9 megabytes in size.
In addition to that, the program was very light on the processor and RAM as well. It took up no more that 4k of RAM while idle and so little of the CPU that you may even forget you turned it on. This is particularly suitable for slow devices, like old PC’s. When the program was scanning for and restoring files, it was also quite light, this time taking up to 60k from the RAM and an average of 03 to 04 percent of the CPU’s power.
The second feature we noticed was the simplicity of the design of the program. It has been created with a clear purpose – you install it, open it and start looking for your files by clicking on the start button. Behind this simplicity, the software goes through the sectors of your hard drive to locate any removed files or previous versions of such.
Stellar Data Recovery also supports the scanning of lost partitions, which is a feature that is very important for data recovery programs:
The Advanced scanning process was quite normal. For a 130 gigabytes HDD, the program finished its scan in approximately 25 minutes on a mobile i7 4500U with 8 gigabytes of RAM. During the scanning process, you also have the option to cycle between a deep scan and a quick scan. We recommend deep scan since more files will be recovered, even though it may take more time.
After this the program begun recovering files and the process in deep mode took approximately 25 minutes. It all boils down to the speed of your computer, the size of your hard drive or SSD and the state of your operating system and the files you selected for scan.
Regarding recovered files, the software managed to recover a big part of the files. But keep in mind that this may vary depending on the system. In the testing device, some files were freshly deleted. This is why it is a very relative subject, and you may recover more or less than that depending on the health of the deleted files in the sectors of your hard drive.
In fact, Stellar performed so well, that it has made our list in the Top 5 data recovery software for this year:
Stellar Data Recovery Windows – Test Results
To best illustrate how Stellar’s latest version is coping with files that have been deleted from a computer, we have conducted an independent test on a freshly isolated computer. This test included isolated partition on the device and the first scan was performed after the files on the partition were permanently deleted and the second scan was performed after the partition itself was reformatted. In addition to this we have used the following file types to best aid our calculation:
After this test has completed Stellar Data Recovery’s results looked rather well. While more complex files, such as virtual drives as well as executable files (programs), were unable to be opened, all other formats were satisfying:
And when you combine this with the fact that Stellar is a company whose main idea is to focus on the data recovery field, there are a lot of different software products they have already made for different operating systems, specific needs and demands:
- Stellar Windows Password Recovery
- Stellar Data Recovery Technician’s License
- Stellar Drive Toolbox for Mac
- Stellar iPhone Data Recovery
- Stellar Mac Data Recovery Pro
- Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery
We enjoyed many features of the program:
- Low in size.
- Decent scan times for such type of software.
- Recovers files successfully.
- Advanced and quick scan abilities.
- Very light even while scanning and recovering.
There were several minuses you should be informed about.
- In some rare occasions, the program crashes.
- Lack of an option to scan a specific folder for faster retrieval. You can only choose to scan in-between the Hard Drive partitions.