Rating What's Hot:
If you exercise some patience and allow the application to work, it will recover most files that are recoverable. Even the demo version will scan your drive and show recoverable files. At that point, the user can determine whether the cost of the product provides a reasonable return. Stellar Phoenix can perform data recovery from various connected sources: USB drive, DVD, CD, hard drive, and even floppy disk.What's Not:
The application has default limits on sizes of files it can recover or looks to recover. It recognizes about 300 file types, but imposes a default limit on those files. For example, it looks to recover Microsoft Word .doc files that are 2048 KB or smaller. This is a configurable filter, but larger files, especially severely fragmented ones, are decreasingly likely to be fully recovered. Stellar Phoenix appears to have these problems recovering larger files.
Overall performance is not predictable. Advanced scans and recovery of "lost files and folders" can take many many hours. This may not be specific to this application, though.
As more of an annoyance, the original folder names were not restored, but rather only assigned a number such as "Folder 0412." Determining the contents required viewing the files within the folder.