Losing files on a Windows PC is a common occurrence, and you can’t stop it. You might lose your files due to human error, hardware or software failure, virus, or otherwise. Don’t worry! Stellar Data Recovery for Windows software can help you salvage your data from all logical data loss scenarios.

In this post, we’ll review Stellar Data Recovery for Windows and compare different variants of this software. This data recovery application is available for Windows users in the following editions: Free, Standard, Professional, Premium, Technician, and Toolkit. The following sections evaluate all the editions and describe in detail their similarities and differences.

Stellar Data Recovery for Windows—A Review 1

Similarities among Editions

All the editions of Stellar Data Recovery for Windows have few things in common. You can recover deleted or lost photos, videos, documents, audio, emails, and other critical files using any software edition. All software editions can recover data from any storage medium, be it a hard drive, solid-state drive, USB flash drive, SD card, or other storage mediums. You can use any edition to recover lost files from NTFS, exFAT, FAT 32, and FAT 16 formatted drive. Plus, all editions allow recovery from BitLocker encrypted drive.

Dissimilarities among Editions

Free: Stellar Data Recovery Free Edition for Windows is a free Windows file recovery software. It allows you to scan your storage drive, preview recoverable files, and recover up to 1 GB of data without paying any buck. Use this software to know what files you can recover and salvage the critical ones. If you’re satisfied with the recovered files, upgrade the software as per your convenience and budget to any higher edition to retrieve all your lost files.

Standard: Stellar Data Recovery Standard for Windows is a no-frills data recovery software suitable for home users who need to recover their lost data without any data recovery limit. The software has all the data recovery capabilities to salvage data from any logical data loss situations, including recovery from empty Recycle Bin, Shift + Delete file removal action, formatted drive, and corrupt storage medium.

Professional: Stellar Data Recovery Professional for Windows provides unlimited data recovery capability, recovery of files from lost partitions, and recovery from CD, DVD, HDDVD, or Blu-Ray Disk. In addition, the application offers the option to create a disk image, create a recovery drive, and monitor an internal storage drive. The create recovery drive feature allows you to create a bootable USB drive, which you can use to retrieve data from a non-booting Mac. The drive monitoring feature lets you check your Windows storage disk’s live temperature, health, and performance status. Plus, the tool helps you perform the disk cloning task if a drive is about to fail, preventing permanent data loss.

Premium: Stellar Data Recovery Premium for Windows hosts all the professional edition features together with video and photo repair capabilities. Suppose any saved or recovered picture or video files turn corrupt due to bad sectors or fragmentation. In that case, the software can help you repair them using perfect sample files taken from the same camera. The software even extracts thumbnails of photos that are severely corrupt. Besides, the tool can mend multiple videos or images simultaneously. You can repair MOV, MP4, MPEG, MTS, MKV, FLV, and more video files using the software. You can also fix corrupt JPEG, CR2, CRW, TIFF, and other photo formats using the Premium edition.

Technician: Stellar Data Recovery Technician for Windows offers all the premium edition features with the added benefit of three registration keys. The professional and premium edition provides one registration key for a single Mac, which is enough for most home or office users. While, the Technician edition is suitable for professionals, they can use the three registration keys to activate the software on three different PCs. The software also supports data recovery from RAID 0, 5, and 6 hard drives. It even supports recovery from FAT, exFAT, and NTFS RAID volumes. Besides, you can use the tool to recover data from virtual drives and salvage VMDK, VDI, VHD, and VHDX files. Also, the software can help you create a virtual RAID.

Toolkit: Stellar Data Recovery Toolkit is a cutting-edge data recovery software with all the capabilities and features of Technician edition, plus it can recover data from Windows, macOS, and Linux drives. So, it is the most powerful and advanced data recovery software among all the editions. The software can be installed on three Windows PCs but can scan and recover data from various file systems, including HFS+, HFS, Ext2, Ext3, and Ext4, in addition to Windows file systems. The toolkit edition is suitable for technicians, corporate, AMC service provider companies that might lose data from various computers, including Macs, Windows PCs, and Linux systems. Being the most expensive among all the editions, an organization can pick this versatile tool as a rescuer against any logical data loss disaster and investment for business continuity.

Final Thought

We hope the review helped you understand the various editions of Stellar Data Recovery for Windows. Picking one over the other depends upon your current and future data recovery needs, advanced features, and budget. The best functionality of all these editions is that it allows you to upgrade it to a higher edition through the software’s interface, anytime, by paying only the difference in amount.

Also, please note that the data recovery software is only a medium to retrieve files stored in a storage drive, be it inaccessible. But, it can’t recover files that are overwritten. So, when you lose your data from a computer or an external storage device, you must stop using it straight away until you recover the lost data using any software editions. Also, back up your computer’s storage drive often to avoid losing your data due to storage drive failure, physical damage, or natural disaster.

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