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Stellar Data Recovery Review (Windows)

This article aims to provide you a software review of Stellar’s Windows Data Recovery program and show you more about how it can recover files that are corrupted or deleted from your computer.

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.

App Profile

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:

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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:

What We Like

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.

What Is Missing

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.


In conclusion, this software can get the job done for you. But if you deleted files two years ago and have reinstalled your OS since then, do not expect much. In case you have been hit by ransomware such as the latest TeslaCrypt or CryptoWall for which there is no known method for swift decryption, we strongly advise to try with this tool.

Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav is a cybersecurity expert at SensorsTechForum since 2015. He has been researching, covering, helping victims with the latest malware infections plus testing and reviewing software and the newest tech developments. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for learning new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management, Network Administration and Computer Administration of System Applications, he found his true calling within the cybersecrurity industry and is a strong believer in the education of every user towards online safety and security.

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  1. frandophilips

    Thank you for great information about windows data recovery software.
    You can also use another proficient data recovery software named as
    Kernel for Windows Data Recovery. With the help of this utility, you can
    quickly recover all lost or inaccessible data from damaged, corrupted
    or re-formatted Hard drive of Windows operating system. The software
    also supports to recover data from Windows FAT/NTFS file systems and
    storage devices like SATA, PEN, ZIP, IDE, EIDE, and USB drives. For
    more information, visit: www. windowsdata. softwarerecovery. org

  2. Juan Carlos

    Hola, yo ahora mismo estoy recuperando más de 500 gb de una carpeta (Copia de seguridad de un portátil Entero), que borre hace meses en un disco de 2,5 toshiba, a pesar de haber grabado y borrado todo tipo de información es este disco portátil, me encontro lá carpeta y recuperó absolutamente todo, tal cual.
    Este verano pasado a una familiar un virus le formateo también su disco en un portátil, este programa recupero absolutamente todo sin pegas.
    Eso sí, lo hice todo a través de puertos USB 3.0 para escanear el susodicho disco y volcar la información por USB 2.0 a otro disco.de 3 TB. El proceso de rápido nada, el escaneo unas 8 horas y el volcado de la información unas 15 horas en ambos casos, pero eso si, lo salvo todo y gracias a esto vasi me comen a besos, pues lo habían intentado con otros programas y nasti de plasti amigos. Solo eate pudo rescatar la información de toda una vida y también.dire que mi portátil tiene más de 6 años, un simple doble núcleo a 2.2 GHz.
    Muy recomendanle el software y si tenéis equipo potente, imagino que los tiempos se dividirán X 10. Saludos amigos.

  3. Robert Kircher

    So unless I’m seeing a new veriant of the encryption, the software isn’t working for me. I’m just tried a sample of files and all it does is move the encrypted file to the restore folder I created. Any additional advice?


    1. Milena Dimitrova

      Dear Robеrt, the software does not provide decryption, it rather looks to salvage what is left from your files. You should scan your entire drive fully in order to see what the software can recover by looking and assembling what is left of the files in the sectors of your hard drive.

  4. nima wayfarer

    hi im nima wayfarer frome iran my files is encrypt by wallet suffix can you help me fore decrypt my files ?

  5. Pedro

    Al estar recuperando información de un disco de un terapeuta …es externo me dice que tardará 145 horas ….puedo seguir ocupando mi PC ??? Gracias!!!

  6. Maria

    Bona tarda, sabeu si aquest programa és capaç de restaurar també arxius Krab? Estem desesperats. Gràcies!

  7. jovino

    Não descriptografou nenhum arquivo do GandCrab v5.0.2. Didn´t decryptade any file GandCrab v5.0.2

    1. Vencislav Krustev (Post author)

      Hello, there is no decryptor for GandCrab, however keep following the article with decryptable viruses below as we will update it in the event that a decryptor is released:


      In the meantime, you can see the following article on how you can try to RECOVER at least some of the files:


  8. sibu

    hai my system affected .djvu virus , i have to decrypt my data ?
    please give me a solution.
    i have already installed the spy hunter

  9. roswita

    I just get problem about ransomware.
    the extension name is adobee
    I can’t find about *.adobee in internet.
    I need help

  10. moore

    my file are encrypted my moresa virus.. please can anyone help??? one file recovery will be appreciated most.

  11. Rino

    Hola alguno me pasa una solución para .dutan , mato mi trabajo de 10 años .Por favor

  12. Richard Naces

    all my files are encrypted and turned in .dotmap extension. Does this software can decrypt and recover my files into its original form?

  13. vikas


    My pc encrypted with .lokas exension.

    please help me recover the data

    1. Milena Dimitrova

      Hi vikas, here you can read more about the ransomware sensorstechforum.com/remove-lokas-virus/

  14. Ajay

    Hi can anyone help me with .kovasoh ransomware

    1. Tsetso Mihailov

      Hi Ajay. There is a decryptor tool for Kovasoh. You can find the tool along with information about the ransomware here:


  15. zan eddy

    my computer encrypted with ransomware extension “Ndarod” if anyone knows the solution I will be attentive to your comments

    1. Tsetso Mihailov

      Zan eddy, sorry for the late reply, but we have an article about Ndarod here:

      There is a decryption tool linked in the article as well. Try it.

  16. Umar

    Is there any tool for .carote ransomware?

    1. Milena Dimitrova

      Hi Umar,

      There still isn’t a decrypter for .carote encrypted files but our advice is to wait a bit. Did you remove the ransomware?


    i have used all methods to remove .hese virus an somewhat successful, but need to recover effected files with extension .hese, pls help

  18. Raquel

    j’ai essayé de décrypter mes fichiers .actin avec stellar data recovery mais ça ne marche pas . existe-t’il un décrypteur pour ce genre de virus ( phobos) si non combien de temps il faut attendre ?

    1. Milena Dimitrova

      Hi Raquel,

      Unfortunately, the data recovery software is an alternative option and does not always work for ransomware files. Currently, there is no decrypter for Phobos ransomware.

  19. Aponte, victor

    .nelasod de Ransomware ha encriptado los .xlsx… ¿Hay forma de solucionarlo?


  20. george21

    all files are marked with “bora” is there any decryption tool ?

    1. Milena Dimitrova

      Hi george, fortunately the .bora version of STOP ransomware is decryptable, here’s how to get the decrypter: sensorstechforum.com/remove-stop-ransomware/

  21. Andreas

    Hi all thanks for the effort to all the ops now my files are corrupted to .derp any help with decrypting this sort of files.
    Thanks in advance

    1. Milena Dimitrova

      Hi Andreas,

      Newer versions of STOP ransomware such as .derp use online keys which are harder to decrypt and still have no solution. You can follow our article sensorstechforum.com/remove-stop-ransomware/ for an update if a decrypter for .derp files is released.

  22. fit naoki

    hi my friend…my laptop is infected by .nppp virus…can somebody help me

  23. CARLOS



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