There are sometimes times in your life when everything isn’t going right… your favourite TV show is cancelled, you didn’t get that pay raise and then finally your cherished data decides to pack up and leave without a trace from your drive. Well at least all is not ‘lost’ if you have iBoysoft Data Recovery to hand. This reliable piece of software is here to save the day by recovering your missing files/folders in 3 easy steps. iBoysoft Data Recovery is available for use on Windows and Mac operating systems therefore we shall be testing out and reviewing both versions.
- Recovers deleted files (even from the recycling bin)
- Recovers data from formatted/reformatted drives
- Recover data from RAW, inaccessible, corrupted or damaged partitions
- Recover data from deleted or lost partitions
- Compatible with Windows OS (XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10) and Windows Server (2003/2008/2012/2016
- Supported File Systems – Fat32, NTFS and ExFAT
- Compatible with Mac OS X – 10.6 (Snow Leopard), 10.7 (Lion), 10.8 (Mountain Lion), 10.9 (Mavericks), 10.10 (Yosemite), 10.11 (El Capitan) and Mac OS – 10.12 (Sierra)
- Supported File Systems for Mac OS – HFSX, HFS, HFS+, exfat and FAT32.
Windows Test Run
After a fairly smooth installation process, we open the software and are in the main interface. It is rather uncomplicated with the drives the tool can detect listed. For further assistance, we can click on the ‘?’ icon that takes us to the help section on the iBoysoft website.
We test out our external drive (E:\ in the image below) that we have divided into two partitions and reformatted… but alas we cannot see one of the partitions (Named ‘Turquoise’) on our File Explorer.
In the Data Recovery tool, we highlight the external drive and click Next. A pop occurs showing that it is ‘Collecting volume information’.
Hooray! the application has found both partitions on the external device that we could not see in file explorer. We select Partition 0 (which is the ‘Turquoise’ drive) and click Next.
Our located files are shown below. We want to recover our IT Policies from this data only so we tick the checkbox and select Recover.
When the data is recovered it opens up in a new file explorer window! Hooray!
Mac Test Run
For the Mac version, another swift setup and we are off to a flying start.
Let’s go ahead and scan our Mac drive! We have the option to opt for a ‘Deep Scan’. The Deep Scan does take a bit longer but will perform a more thorough search of your drive. Let’s select it and away we go.
The deep scan of our drive is in progress. We like how it shows us how much time is left for the scan to complete.
What we noticed that is different to Windows version is that the scanned files show up under three tabs – Path, Type and Time. If you are aware of where you lost your files/folders then the Path can be very helpful. However, if you just cannot recall the name but know what type of files you lost i.e. movie files then it is also broken down into that section as well. This is a very innovative and user friendly feature compared to some other data recovery products we see out there. Thumbs up from us.
We also were happy that we could split the type of files shown by selecting the drop down and selecting ‘only show deleted files’. We highly recommend the developers to add this feature to the Windows version of the product in future.
The restoration process of our data is very similar to the Windows version and gave us no issues at all.
Highlight – Pausing and restarting the Scan
A definite plus from us (for both Windows and Mac versions) is that we can pause and restart the scan at any time. For example, on our Mac, we simply hover our cursor over the % image and selecting the ‘pause’ icon. We can then restart the scan again by pressing the ‘play’ icon.
iBoysoft have a Support page on their website which is separated into sections – Contact Support, Online Help, FAQ and Data Recovery Tips. Their guides are detailed with clear and concise images which is a big help for amateur computer users. For people experiencing issues or needing further assistance, their support staff are available 24×7.
We found iBoysoft Data Recovery a very impressive and well grounded software that recovered our data with no hassles. We tested out the product on both Windows and Mac in a few scenarios and were pleased with the results. In most cases, 95% of our data was able to be located. We were pleased with the additional functionality, for example, pausing and restarting the scan (Windows and Mac) and being able to only show particular type of files (Mac only). The software is US $69.95 for a lifetime license. Still not convinced? The developers provide a free full version of the software that allows users to recover up to 1GB of data. Academic, government and non-government organizations are also entitled to a 20% discount as well.