What every frequent computer user requires is a highly reliable and strong software that efficiently manages your hard disk partitions and effectively recovers lost data. Today we check out PartitionGuru, developed by Eassos, where its main feature is to diligently restore files that have decided to take a never ending vacation. You may be inclined to think this tool doesn’t have much to it from first inspection, but it does come jam packed with other useful features such as backing up a drive’s partition table or being able to clone an individual partition or your entire hard drive. The software is compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10 and Server (32-bit and 64-bit).
- Recovers deleted/formatted/missing files and partitions from hard drive, removable drives, RAID, virtual disk
- Partition Management – create/format/split/delete/hide/resize partitions, MBR/GPT conversion, backup/restore partition table
- Backup & Restore – System/Partition/Computer backup including multiple restore points, clone disk, full backup, clone partition, copy sectors, backup and restore partition table
We download and install the program in a few minutes. We appreciated that PartitionGuru includes a red warning during installation in case you needed to recover files from that particular partition (example below). We are sure many users would benefit from this reminder.
After we launch the program, we are presented with all information about our particular drive(s) that the program can detect. So good so far!
We plugged in our USB that has been formatted a few times over the past year and tested out the file recovery process.
The Recover files window opens and we select Recover Deleted Files Only.
The recovery files is in progress. To us it only took a few minutes but it is dependent on the size of the drive being scanned.
Upon completion, the located files are found under ‘Recovered Types’.
We were seriously impressed that the software managed to recover images from 2016! We’ve noticed that other data recovery programs had failed to do so.
We can preview particular files if we want to check if we need to recover it including streaming a movie. Nice!
We also tested out creating a New Partition feature by highlighting our drive and selecting the New Partition icon.
In the Resize Partition dialog box, we configure how large we want the partition to be (if we do not like the default size the program has chosen). If you are deciding to go to bed or away from your computer while the partition is being sorted, you can select what happens when the process is finished i.e. Power Off, Hibernate. We then click Start.
We are prompted if we want to execute the following operation. Again we like this reminder as it makes us second guess if we have performed everything we need to do and we don’t lose vital content. We click Yes.
Another prompt asking us that the progam needs to Run under DOS system so Windows needs to be rebooted. We make sure to save all necessary open documents and ensure the computer is ready to be partitioned. Click OK.
After logging back into Windows, we find our new Local Disk (D:) has been created and at the capacity we originally configured.
Eassos are by no means on the superficial side when it comes to their level of Customer Service. The ‘Manual’ provided contains an extensive list of every how to guide article you can possibly imagine on using the software. Furthermore, their main Support page has a blog, FAQs and the ability to contact them 24/7 if you desperately need assistance!
PartitionGuru is a multi faceted exemplary software that carries out its processes effortlessly. From the number of tests we performed including file recovery and partition creation, we didn’t run into any errors or problems. We noticed that the partition manager uses our disk capacity to its full extent. We especially liked the ‘hand holding’ feeling we got while using PartitionGuru. The consistent prompts while performing operations does help people who are more on the inexperienced side when it comes to computers.
The free version of PartitionGuru is a handy tool on its own but it may be worth an upgrade to ParititonGuru Professional if you want an even more powerful and versatile product. For example, PartitionGuru Professional enables users to restore large files (instead of only small ones as on the free version), supports GPT discs greater than 2TB in size and enables users to configure virtual disks. The Pro license is $69.95 and is discounted at this point of writing. Furthermore, it comes with a lifetime guarantee of updates and support from the developers.