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Data Rescue

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  • Windows XP
  • Windows 2003
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 8.1
Latest version:
3.2 12/03/15
Last month's downloads:
6.5 MB

Data Rescue is fully compatible with:

  • Windows XP
  • Windows 2003
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 8.1
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Available languages

  • English

Versions of Data Rescue

All versions of Data Rescue
Version License Language O.S. Download
Data Rescue 3.2 12/03/15 Trial version English
  • Windows XP
  • Windows 2003
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 8.1
Data Rescue 3.1 18/03/15 Trial version English
  • Windows XP
  • Windows 2003
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 8.1

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Emergency hard drive recovery for PCs

Softonic Editorial Team

Recent changes

  • Runs natively as 64-bit on supported machines in Snow Leopard
  • New Welcome window for easier access to suspended and completed scans
  • Improvements to the Workspace and Home Folder workflows: now simpler to understand and use
  • New Expert feature for erasing any drive or volume to HFS+
  • Added contextual menu to Details View for quick access to common features
  • Improved recovery of InDesign, PEF raw image, TIFF and AVI files, for certain cases
  • Added support for recovering certain ORF raw images
  • A number of additional file types with no, or non-standard, extensions can now be previewed.
  • DMG files with no partition table can now be found and recovered.
  • Some improvements were made to improve Deep Scan results, in some cases.
  • Some optional additional file browser columns may be shown by right-clicking on the table columns header.

  • Fixes:

  • Catalog files with more than 8 fragments would sometimes be recovered incorrectly.
  • Activation while launched from a read-only volume wouldn't be applied correctly
  • Erase wasn't working on 10.4
  • Erased drives wouldn't show up in the source selection screen, sometimes causing unnecessary warnings to be displayed
  • Erase wouldn't work on a volume that was mounted while the open dialog was active
  • Crash when attempting to erase a drive that just disconnected
  • Rare crash when a device is disconnected
  • Minor incompatibilities with the software update feature on 10.4
  • Several usability enhancements to Set Drive/Volume Params.
  • Arenas weren't rendering properly on Snow Leopard
  • User interface preferences are now properly stored in the Home Folder for when booted off the DVD
  • Fixed some bugs related to running the application on a secondary monitor
  • Improved performance and stability while browsing scan results
  • Analyze sometimes crashed just when finishing.
  • When unmarking many nodes when quitting, the UI would seem to hang and show the beach ball.
  • Some miscellaneous sources of memory leaks and potential crashes were fixed.


You need a blank CD and your PC needs to be equipped with a CD writer.

Review last updated: 19/03/15

  • Slick easy to use interface
  • Recovers to a wide range of external drives
  • Creates a bootup disk if needed
  • Recovers partially functioning drives
  • May not recover all data in full

Hard Drive & Deleted File Recovery Software

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Do you need to recover deleted files? Have a crashed, corrupted or unmountable hard drive? Data Rescue is the #1 rated hard drive recovery software for the Mac & PC, used by home users, forensic recovery teams, and IT groups worldwide. Data Rescue is easy-to-use hard drive and file recovery software. Works when other computer recovery software has failed.

Hard drive crashed? Virus taken over? Need to recover deleted files?

Data Rescue® PC3 is the best data recovery software for recovering files from a crashed or virus-corrupted windows hard drive. Other data recovery software programs can cause more damage to your hard drive and files by trying “fix” the problem, instead of focusing on recovering your files. Do not use a repair utility until you’ve safely recovered your important files and stored them in a safe location. Data Rescue® PC3 should be your first option for data recovery software, before you try any risky “repair” utility. Simply put, Data Rescue® PC3 is the best data recovery software solution.

Data Rescue® PC3 is revolutionary in both ease-of-use and power!

You can use Data Rescue® PC3 in two ways!

As an application:

If you need to recover an external drive or a secondary drive, you can just load Data Rescue® PC3 onto your computer and start up the application — Data Rescue® PC3 will then scan your drive for your files, allowing you to copy them over to a second drive (not included). This is the only safe way to do recovery, since you will not be recovering files to the drive you’re scanning.

Using Included Emergency Boot CD:

If your main computer hard drive has crashed, has a virus or you need to recover deleted files, you can use the included emergency boot CD. This CD will boot up your computer and then allow you to scan your internal boot drive. Once the scan is done, you can choose which files you want to copy over to your secondary drive (not included) — Using Data Rescue® PC3 in this manner allows you to scan your drive without loading the software onto that drive. That’s important since the simple act of loading an application a) may not be possible due to a drive crash or virus and b) would potentially write-over the deleted files you’re trying to recover — To use the Emergency Boot

"Seems like nice program though it's NOT FREE"

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  • usability5
  • Stability5
  • Installation1
  • Functionality5
  • Appearance5

Download the software, then had to burn to CD to install this software. These steps are not mentioned here and were quite annoying. Once burned to disk I installed on laptop. Inserted my corrupted SD card and scanned. It found missing files. Went to rescue and I'm told this part of the procedure is not free. It costs $99! Understand things cost money but this was one of the most expensive programs I came across. Other solutions are out there for less than half the price.

  • Easy enough to use once installed
  • PRICE!
  • Too complex an install.

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