R-Studio is intended to recover accidentally lost files. It works effectively not only with local disks but also networked drives. Likewise, the tool is compatible with a wide array of disk types, including dynamic disks, RAIDs, mirrors and spanned volumes. It is also great that it supports multiple file systems, including FAT, FAT32, NTFS, NTFS5, HFS, UFS, and Ext3/4fs. It has the main advantage of working on difficult conditions, such as corruption of the partition structure and severe damage caused by virus attacks and hardware malfunction. It can also successfully recover data after a drive or partition has been reformatted.
The program allows scanning the entire drive or you can also manually specify scan parameters, which allows you to examine a given part of the disk only. Moreover, you can use filters to look for given file types. There are three types of views while the tool is conducting the search. This allows you to decide viewing all the details, some of them, or none, which has an impact on speed. By the way, the program works faster than most similar tools. Fortunately, it supports scanning data inside compressed and encrypted files as well as retaining the original folder structure.
When the results are ready, it is possible to preview them to get a recovery prognosis. Luckily, many file types are allowed even if their associated programs are not installed on your system. These contents can also be edited using an advanced hexadecimal editor. Good news is that the tool supports S.M.A.R.T. to know about the disk health. So, if anything is going wrong, you can store the contents of the drive in an image file. This way, the risks of losing information become fewer. Likewise, it lets you start with a portable device and retrieve data from a computer that cannot successfully start.
To conclude, R-Studio is an excellent solution to recover data when similar software cannot do it. However, this is not the kind of tool everybody can use without difficulty, probably due to its multiple features. The program is free to try, but it does not let you recover files larger than 256 Kb. It is available in various licenses: Standard, Network, FAT, NTFS, and Technician, with various prices and features.
- Supports local and networked drives
- Compatible with most file systems and file types
- Fast scanning
- File preview and hex editor
- Drive imaging
- Not intended for beginners