The Bottom Line
Pandora Recovery is an excellent free file recovery software tool. While Pandora Recovery's interface can look a little cluttered and complicated, the wizard included with the program is the easiest to use and understand wizard that I've seen in an undelete program.
In addition to the awesome wizard, another worthwhile feature in Pandora Recovery is a Surface Scan method which can help recover many kinds of files from drives that have been formatted. This isn't a unique ability among the better free undelete software programs but it is a powerful feature worth mentioning.
- Relatively small download
- Easy to use wizard
- Color coded and percentage indicators for recovery likelihood
- Advanced filtering options
- Supports most file systems in most Windows versions
- Must be installed on computer - no portable version
- Prompted to install browser toolbar during program installation
- Pandora Recovery will recover data from almost any connected storage device.
- Browse, Search, and Surface Scan "modes" give valuable options in how to recover files.
- A wizard walks you through the entire file recovery process in Pandora Recovery, making it a very easy tool to use.
- Advanced filtering options makes finding the file you're after very simple.
Guide Review - Pandora Recovery v2.1.1
Pandora Recovery is a very good free file recovery program, especially if you're fond of software wizards or if another free undelete software tool hasn't worked out for some reason.
Get started by clicking on the Visit Their Website link at the bottom of this page. Once at Pandora Recovery's download page, click on the Download from Download.com or Download from local server link to begin downloading the Pandora Recovery setup program.
Save the PandoraRecovery2.1.1Setup.exe file to your Desktop or somewhere else where you won't lose it. Once it's downloaded, which shouldn't take long, run the setup program. Unfortunately, unlike some better free undelete programs out there, Pandora Recovery must be installed.
Ideally, you wouldn't have to install Pandora Recovery but could instead run it from the download itself. This kind of software is often called portable software. Installing software, or saving any kind of data to your hard drive or other storage device you're recovering from, decreases the chance that you'll be able to recover data from it because you may be overwriting the physical space that the file once occupied.
Finish the installation and be sure to decline the installation of the browser toolbar. It's not necessary for Pandora Recovery to work.
Run Pandora Recovery after the installation is complete and walk through the Pandora Recovery Wizard that appears. In the final step, choose Browse, Search, or Deep (Surface) Scan depending on your needs as described in the wizard.
Once you find the file you'd like to recover, right-click on it and choose Recover to.... Choose a location, ideally a drive other than the one you're recovering from, and then click the Recover Now button.
If Pandora Recovery's wizard sounds like something you'd appreciate using then be sure to give this program a try. Otherwise, give one of the higher ranking free file recovery software programs a try like Recuva or Glary Undelete.