DoYourData is a great example of nearly everything a data recovery program should have. In our tests, it had nearly perfect recovery results, and it features an easy-to-understand interface. Although you can only reach its customer support department by email, the intuitive interface helps compensate for this drawback.
View all our recommendations for data recovery software and services on our best picks page.
Pricing and Plans
DoYourData offers Windows and Mac recovery software in four different tiers:
- Free: Use DoYourData's powerful software to recover up to 1GB of data from a PC, laptop, hard drive, digital device or other storage media.
- Professional ($69): At the lowest paid tier of DoYourData, you can recover formatted, reformatted and erased hard drive or storage media. You're also able to run a raw recovery for corrupted or inaccessible data, as well as recover data lost to a variety of different scenarios.
- Enterprise ($199): Ideal for businesses, the Enterprise version allows for fast recovery of all types of lost files from computers, hard drives, RAID, SD cards, USB drives, digital cameras and other devices. With this license, you can get unlimited activations within your organization if you have more than 100 PCs or devices.
- Technician ($249): With this version you can scan in Quick or Advanced Recovery mode to ensure you find all missing files. Like Enterprise, Technician is compatible with RAID and supports recovery of all file types from any data loss situation.
All paid versions include a lifetime license with free upgrades and tech support.
DoYourData also offers a specialized iPhone data recovery program, as well as a data erasure program (regular and business tier) that permanently destroys and wipes data from PCs, servers, hard drives and removable devices using certified data erasure technologies. You can download a free trial of any of the above products.
Ease of Use and Overall Performance
DoYourData is by far one of the easiest data recovery applications to use. Its sleek design is easy for newcomers to understand and operate. The Scan screen has you select your drive or partition, then the type of files you are trying to recover. You can select a quick recovery, which is recommended for retrieving deleted files, or an advanced recovery, which is for more complex recovery situations, such as a reformatted disk.
If nothing is found from the quick recovery, then the program will automatically switch to advanced recovery and continue the scan. DoYourData gives you the option of easily pausing the recovery, and it even shows you in real time the folders it finds during the scan.
The recovery mode is simple to understand, and your found files can be viewed as a file tree or in folders organized by file type and format. You can export scan results to continue recovery later. To preview the found files before recovering them, right click and select the Preview option.
This hard drive recovery solution has plenty of features to warrant its use in offices or commercial use. The Technician license covers features and use for both business use or for an independent IT professional, including a license that lets you install it on multiple computers. This version is compatible with a RAID server system and comes with lifetime updates and technical support from the developer.
When we tested this hard drive recovery solution, it successfully recovered 100 percent of our deleted image, document, video and audio files. Likewise, it recovered 100 percent of reformatted data, including images and documents.
The only area where it stumbled was in recovering assorted reformatted video and audio files. The average percentage of files recovered in that category was 91 percent. There weren't many files – either predominantly video or audio – that were nonrecoverable. In fact, the missing files comprised different formats.
DoYourData flounders when it comes to support, with the only way to reach the company being email. A knowledgebase contains an online guide to the product, as well as other articles and FAQs on data recovery.