Noticed this week that a new version of Ontrack EasyRecovery is available. As I have looked at this software in the past I decided to check it out.
EasyRecovery isn’t EasyRecovery.
Ontrack has a history of out sourcing it’s DIY Data Recovery software development. It’s initial software was called Tiramisu which was developed by the German company Plug’n Play Computerberatung GbR. Their previous version was also developed by a German Company, Grau GmbH. Some of you may remember Mr. Grau from his open source file recovery software called DriveRescue.
Now if a particular software meets your demands, I have no objections what-so-ever against rebranding it, it happens all over the place. However, if I were a Ontrack EasyRecovery customer I would have a problem with getting a completely different piece of software each time I decide to upgrade. I was pretty impressed with the previous Pro version of EasyRecovery, but since this is a completely different product I would have a problem with ‘automatically upgrading’ to the newer version.
EasyRecovery is just a name, a brand, but it isn’t an evolving software that builds on previous versions.
Who’s responsible for EasyRecovery this time?
It does not take much effort to determine who wrote the software. Even at a first glance it is obvious that EasyRecovery is a spitting image of Stellar’s Data Recovery. The about screen confirms this:
Coincidentally I was contacted a week ago by Stellar with the request to review their latest version of Stellar Data Recovery, and they were kind enough to provide me with a license key. Much to my surprise the Ontrack software was perfectly happy with the license key. I can not confirm this works the other way around too.
I’ll be doing a more in depth review for the software later. At first glance, it looks ‘slick’. It has a nice modern interface. As with others you have the option to limit the recovery to specific categories such as media files and documents. I didn’t notice any improvements in speed when limiting the scan.
I suppose it’s to make it easier to find files, although I prefer to scan for all files and have the ability to filter at a later stage. If you set the scan to photo’s and decide you need to recover some documents too, you need to rescan the drive.
When going from specifications and price of the software only, I’d still say you’d go for ReclaiMe instead (when comparing to the Standard version).
In this modern day and age, 64 bit software becomes more of a requirement to handle huge amounts of files. EasyRecovery / Stellar is 32 bit software, Reclaime runs as 64 bit software on 64 bit Windows. ReclaiMe is, and feels faster. In my opinion, it’s ease of use is unmatched. It also offers support for the newest Microsoft file system ReFS. On top of that, the standard version is cheaper than both Ontrack EasyRecovery and Stellar Data Recovery Pro.
The only thing would be the need to recover data from CD, DVD etc.. ReclaiMe can’t do that, EasyRecovery can.
If you need RAID or NAS recovery, ReclaiMe Ultimate is your only option when comparing these three. For non Windows file system recovery (Linux, Mac) both Stellar and Ontrack appear to be offering different versions. ReclaiMe Ultimate supports those file systems as well.