Most people don’t give a damn to data recovery software until they lose some important data to system crash, a virus attack, partition loss, formatting, or by accidentally hitting the Delete button. It’s not just your PC that is prone to data loss. Memory cards, music players, external hard drives, smartphones, and even digital cameras are vulnerable. Most data recovery tools out there are expensive. And those available for free often retrieve only a limited about of data. Now, iCareAll Inc. is offering its iCare Data Recovery freeware that allows you to recover unlimited GBs of data.
It’s available only for Windows
The worst thing about data loss is that you don’t know when it might happen. If you’ve accidentally deleted it, you can restore it from the Recycle Bin. But if you have emptied the recycle bin or lost data due to different errors, iCare Data Recovery freeware can easily recover it. The tool is perfect for beginners. It doesn’t require any special skills. However, it works only with Windows XP/Vista/7/8.1/10. If you have a Mac, you are out of luck.
The iCare Data Recovery software can be used to retrieve data from almost all storage devices including internal hard drive, pen drive, memory card, and USB flash drive. Previously, the tool used to allow the recovery of only 1GB data for free. To recover more data, users had no choice but to buy the Pro version. Now it offers unlimited recovery.
Is it safe to use?
Another important feature of iCare is that it can retrieve a variety of file types including photos, videos, documents, presentations, and more. When downloading any freeware, the biggest question that haunts users is, “Is it safe to use?.” According to AnySoftwareTools who tested it thoroughly, the anti-virus on their Windows PC as well as Microsoft Malware Protection Center (MMPC) showed it to be safe. Neither of them detected any malware or viruses.
The freeware has two different recovery modes: Deleted File Recovery and Advanced File Recovery. The first mode recovers deleted data from emptied Recycle Bin or another media. The Advanced Recovery module offers advanced solutions to recover data from more complex situations. But for even more complicated cases such as formatted drive, raw file system, lost partition recovery, and better memory card recovery, you’ll need the Pro version.
How to recover data using iCare Data Recovery freeware
First things first. Any data recovery software gives the best results when the original data is not overwritten. It means when you realize that some important files have been deleted, don’t do anything to the internal hard drive or the external storage device. Use it as little as possible until the lost files have been recovered. Each action you take on the storage drive reduces your chances of full recovery.
Now let’s see how you can recover lost data using the iCare freeware.
Step-1: Download the free software and install it on a non-data-loss drive on your Windows PC. Use a card reader if it was a memory card or USB drive.
Step-2: Launch the tool. Now you’ll see two different recovery options: Deleted File Recovery and Advanced File Recovery. Select one to proceed.
Step-3: Select the storage device/drive where the data got lost. Now click Next to search for all lost files.
Step-4: Once the scan is complete, it will show you all the lost files. Preview them, select which ones you want to retrieve, and save them to another drive. It’s pretty simple.
iCare has made the free version available for non-commercial use. For commercial and workstation use, you’ll have to buy the Pro version, which costs $70. The company claims that its free software does 80% better job that any other data recovery freeware. For most purposes, the free version is good enough.