Active @ File Recovery is data recovery software
Active @ File Recovery is data recovery software that specializes in finding and recovering deleted data, with an emphasis on being able to recover files even in tough situations, including not having the ability to boot your computer.
This software effectively discovers lost data and gives the user the opportunity to recover it. Having used this type of software before, I can say that Active@ File Recovery is a leader in this market by having software that is very practical for everyday application, completing the tasks it was intended for in an effective, quick, easy to use manner.
The way this software is set up is that recovering your data is split into two steps. First you need to pick a Disk to scan. There is the option of doing a "Quick Scan", then, if your desired files are not found, you can try the "Super Scan" option, which seems to do a longer, more thorough scan.
Then you look through what the scan came up with and find what you were looking to recover. This makes it very easy to navigate and find what you need recovered. Then, after that lost file is found, you "Recover" it to any destination you want and that's that. If you ever have trouble finding a lost file, there is even a "Search" feature that lets you find files if you forget where you were storing them. This tool is actually a lot more useful than you would think t first; lost files could sometimes be very hard to find.
There are definitely certain things that also make it tricky to use this software though, but these are tricky things you deal with when you recover files with any software, really. The catch is this: in a lot of cases, these files don't keep their names, so you sometimes need to look through a pile of other recovered "garbage" in order to find what you need. Instead of keeping the name of the document, it comes up with something like what is shown in the screenshot below:
As you can see, the names become a string of numbers. With that little catch put aside, the software is solid and works fine.
To put it in short, Active@ File Recovery is solid data recovery software that is designed to do its job, even under poor circumstances. It doesn't even need a working operating system to work; you can run it from its bootable CD and get your data out of a damaged hard drive. This software does share the common issue of software of these types, being not being able to recover all the deleted file names properly, but organizes information and found data in such a way that makes it easy to navigate and find what you need with as much ease as allowed.
Overall, this software is definitely a leader in what it does and with last month's patch, continues to improve on the quality and efficiency of the work it does.