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Stellar Data Recovery Standard is an entry-level package in Stellar's robust recovery software catalog. Data Recovery Standard is the solution to recovering lost personal files and folders from any drive on your device. Running a quick scan result in a list of files previously lost, damaged, or ones that have been corrupted.
Stellar has designed Data Recovery Standard with the end-user in mind and comes with a free demo version. If it doesn't hold up to the functionality you need, you can try Disk Drill Windows Data Recovery or Any Data Recovery for a similar solution.
Resurrect your lost files
Stellar's Data Recovery Standard's primary function is to restore files on any drive visible on your device. Upon opening the application, Data Recovery presents a few options to choose from, determining how the software finds these files.
You can scan all, which brings a list of files and folders; while practical, this adds significantly more time to the scan process.
If, however, you have a specific file you're looking for, and you know the file type, you can specify for the scan to only return files of that type. This makes restoring documents a breeze and helps save time versus doing a full storage scan.
But what if you want to restore everything? Well, Data Recovery Standard can aid with that as well. When selecting an option, you can opt to do a deep scan. Deep scans search absolutely everything on a drive and then presents its findings in a tree-branch list, making the results easily visible.
Deep scans, however, are longer than regular scans. Depending on the size, condition, and length you've had a device, scans can be upwards of a few hours. But these scans will often retrieve files other scans will have missed, making them arguably the most practical first scan to run unless you're looking for something specific.
One thing to note about data recovery software is to expect your PC's performance to be negatively impacted while a scan is operational, especially if you're running a scan on the drive that has your operating system installed on.
However, even with a deep scan active on our operating system drive, we found that the slow down wasn't noticeable. Yet, we suggest not running a scan of this kind while other high-resource-requiring apps are in use.
After running a quick scan, we received a complete list of the files that the software found. This is presented in a tree structure, similar to using your file explorer on Windows. Here, you can select each file independently and view more information, such as the name, size, and type of file.
Data Recovery Standard also gives you the option to turn on a preview. While this can slow down the process of going through the files, it gives you a handy preview of the file as you select new ones. We found this incredibly helpful, especially with files that didn't follow a naming format or ones downloaded previously from the web.
Finally, you can make use of a search function to search for files you know the name of, allowing quick recovery access when you make a mistake clearing your drive.
Stellar Data Recovery Standard provides its users with an easy-to-use interface. Fortunately, most of the recovery process is entirely automated, which lowers the bar for use as there is no requirement for tech knowledge. Users who work with uncommon file types can also use the many supported codecs. These codecs can add to the list of recoverable file types with some workaround.
Recovering important data in a flash
Stellar Data Recovery Standard provides the tools needed to recover essential data in an easy-to-use fashion. You can recover the files you hold dear at the click of a button, among other ones you didn't know you lost. Once a scan has been completed, you can recover your files and resave them in the correct location.
If you need a quick solution to a lost document or image, give Data Recovery Standard a try with Stellar's free demo. This will allow you to run a scan and recover the file and test the functionality out in the process.