EaseUS is one of the biggest names in the world of data recovery software, and its Data Recovery Wizard (opens in new tab) has been around since 2005 – so, after such a long time, you'd hope it's a top option when it comes to photo recovery.
Its set of features certainly suggests that it'll get the job done. It can hunt through conventional hard disks and even damaged operating systems for photos, and it supports more file and device types than virtually every rival. It's even got a generous free version alongside powerful paid options.
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard: Plans & pricing
- One of the more expensive photo recovery choices, and without good free options
There's no doubt that EaseUs Data Recovery Wizard has a good range of features, especially if you want to hunt down and restore photos or videos – but you'll have to pay for the privilege.
If you want to unlock Data Recovery Wizard's full range of features you'll have to pay either $70 / £60 per month or $100 / £85 for a year of access and a year of upgrades – the latter obviously offers far better value. If you plan to use the data recovery app often, there's a product that offers lifetime upgrades for a one-off price of $150 / £130.
We'd also recommend looking at EaseUS's bundle offers, because you can often combine Data Recovery Wizard with EaseUS Todo Backup and iPhone utilities for similar prices.
A free version of Data Recovery Wizard is available, but this is not suitable unless you only need basic functionality. While the free product does restore files from hard drives, SSDs and external HDDs, you don't get NAS support, remote assistance or any of its photo and video repair functionality.
Don't expect much from EaseUS's free trial, either: this 30-day option offers scanning but no actual recovery capabilities, which feels pretty cruel.
- Plans & pricing: 3/5
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard: Features
- Lots of file recovery options
Various file recovery features are available with this software, from straightforward undelete (whether accidental or from emptying the recycle bin) to recovering data lost by formatting a disk drive. Hard disk drives, SSDs, SD cards, flash drives, USB drives and others can be recovered with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro.
RAW file systems (where the MBR is corrupt or partition table damaged) that cannot be recognised by your computer's operating system can also be recovered. With flexible scanning to find deleted files quickly or scan storage sector-by-sector, one of the most useful features of this software is the pre-recovery preview. This reassurance lets you observe lost files before they're fully recovered.
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro will also, its website boasts, recover data loss caused by power failure, system crash, hard drive failure, viruses, and accidental or poorly planned operating system reinstallation.
- Features: 5/5
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard: Finding files
- Speedy scanning across devices and partitions
Running EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro on a Dell G5505 running Windows 10 (opens in new tab), we attempted to recover data from an unmountable 16GB SanDisk Cruzer Blade USB thumb drive.
Launching the software presents you with a list of devices and partitions. Along with physical devices, for example, you might find a recovery partition. Newly connected or inserted devices can be found by clicking the refresh button, and if you can't find a partition it be found discovered by re-scanning the device.
Clicking Scan on a partition will commence the process of discovering lost data. When the scan completes, the detected files will be listed with an accompanying file structure. To learn more about an individual file, check the file size, date modified, and file type. The Preview feature lets you take a closer look at the file, while the search box gives you the opportunity to find specific files.
To recover the data from the disk, select the files you want and click Recover. Simply select the recovery destination and wait for the process to complete.
- Finding files: 5/5
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard: Data recovery
- Slow recovery speeds, option to save scan sessions
Recovery Wizard Pro was surprisingly slow. Scanning the 16GB USB device took around 10 minutes, far longer than expected. This could be due to the performance of deep scanning techniques, but these are par for the course in recovery software.
Rather than perform the same scan every time, however, the tool features the option to save a scan session. Whether this acknowledges the slow scan time or not isn't clear, but it is a welcome option, enabling you to instantly load up the previous scan when restarting the software. For added convenience, the scan tool also includes pause and stop buttons for interrupting the process when necessary.
Perhaps crucially, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro missed files uncovered by lesser tools. This puts the software in quite a difficult position. Given that the free trial option is 30 days of scans but no actual recovery, why would anyone spend $69.95 or more for a tool that recovers less than a free alternative?
- Data recovery: 3/5
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard: Photo recovery
- Versatile and powerful photo recovery software
This program’s name might suggest that the picture recovery process takes the form of a familiar, sequential selection of windows, but that's not actually the case – the name just means that, as one of the best photo recovery apps (opens in new tab), it reckons it's got magical properties when it comes to image recovery and restoration.
Despite the absence of a true software wizard, this tool is still easy to use. On the main screen you can easily see the storage devices that the app can access and scan. You'll find incredible compatibility here: as well as normal hard disks and SSDs, EaseUS's tool can scan USB drives (opens in new tab), SD cards, mp3 players, external drives, ZIP drives, RAID arrays and even NAS drives (opens in new tab). That's more power than you'll find in most other photo restoration utilities.
Once you've picked a drive, the scan starts – and EaseUS makes things easy once the results start to come in, too. You can see recoverable photos while the scan is ongoing, view file previews, and start the recovery process before the scan completes.
It's all very straightforward to use: picking a drive is as simple as clicking an icon, and your results sit in the same kind of nested menus that you'll have seen in tools like Windows Explorer.
The only minor issue is that these scans are pretty slow compared to many other tools and they use quite a hefty amount of your system's resources, but you can at least be happy that EaseUS is thorough.
That comprehensive scanning ability extends to EaseUS's file format support, too. Most file recovery apps support a few hundred common file types, but this tool supports more than 1,000. And when it comes to imagery, it means you can restore formats like RAW, PSD and SWF alongside conventional formats like JPG, PNG and GIF. It works on Windows and Mac, so it'll function effectively across most laptops and PCs for photo editing (opens in new tab),
Elsewhere, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard has effective filtering options, so you can easily search your scan results, and it has a selection of advanced features for tougher photo recovery jobs. It's able to recover files from formatted partitions and drives and restore files from damaged operating systems installations – a great tool if you've got a valuable PC that's hitting blue screens or stuck in a boot loop. The Data Recovery Wizard can even hunt through bootable media and drives that have use Microsoft BitLocker encryption.
It's got some abilities that will be particularly pleasing to photographers and people who need to recover pictures, too. It uses artificial intelligence to repair errors in damaged photo and video files, and gives you a preview of the file before it completes the restoration. It also uses the same algorithms to attempt repairs on documents and PDFs, and these features can be deployed on batches of files if you need to repair lots of pictures in quick succession.
- Photo recovery: 4/5
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard: Support
- Great range of support options available
EaseUS's website claims that licensed users will get "high-quality remote consultation" for what it deems "necessary cases." In truth, this undersells the support options on offer from EaseUS. Along with pre-sales support, you'll get online and email support for after sales issues with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro. You can also arrange a TeamViewer (opens in new tab) session with an EaseUS specialist.
However, it is not clear from the website whether post-diagnostic intervention is available free or if a further charge is applicable.
- Support: 4/5
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard: Final verdict
Feature wise, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro does everything it needs to. It looks good, the user interface is intuitive, and it detects and scans unmountable disks. On the other hand, it is expensive, and as well as being slower than competing tools. Recovery is effective, although there is some confusion as to how complete the files are.
Perhaps most disappointing, however, is the limitations of the 30-day trial. Scanning for lost data and displaying it is all very well, but preventing any access is somewhat cruel. A data cap, perhaps limiting the user to 1GB, could easily demonstrate the potential of EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro while enticing the potential customer. As it is, the lack of a cap seems self-defeating, especially when so many other EaseUS tools have fully functional free and trial options (or thereabouts).
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard: Scorecard
|Row 0 - Cell 0||Row 0 - Cell 1||Row 0 - Cell 2|
|Plans & pricing||Higher-budget plans, no full-fat free version||3|
|Features||Good selection of file recovery options||5|
|Finding files||Fast to scan and find files||4|
|Data recovery||Slow recovery tools||3|
|Photo recovery||Versatile and powerful||4|
|Support||Plenty of support routes available||4|
|Overall||A well-executed, competent photo and data recovery tool||4.5|