Hard Disk and media crashes are common nowadays. With the increasing amount of data stored, and the widespread use of flash-based memory devices such as Solid State Drives (SSDs) and flash memory cards, photographers are most affected by these memory crashes.
So, a specialist software in photo recovery will be of great help for professionals storing large volumes of data on hard drives. Memory card crashes are much more frequent and such a software can save your hard earned images from being wiped completely. Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery 5 is a multimedia recovery software that claims to be highly optimised, intuitive and easy to use.
The software is very easy to use. The moment it opens, Phoenix Photo Recovery 5 detects all the connected drives. You can choose what type of file to recover. By default, all file types are selected. On confirmation, the software starts to search for images. The recoverable images are displayed as thumbnails or lists, depending on your choice. You can either choose to recover all images, or select the files you want to recover. Stellar Phoenix can come handy in the following situations: Formatting of the storage device (card, camera, hard drive etc.), file system corruption of memory cards, “memory card is inaccessible or unreadable”, data loss using same memory card between different cameras/computers/devices, photos deleted accidentally or intentionally from the storage device, and “camera does not identify the card.” The software can effectively restore most image formats, including Raw formats of various manufacturers, in addition to compressed formats, video files and audio formats. The software is free, but if you need support, you have to buy a paid version. The full service version can be purchased at US $59 (approximately Rs.3,200), whereas a limited service (only support ticket and live chat) version is available for $39 (approximately Rs.2,100). In addition to the Phoenix Photo Recovery software, Stellar offers solutions to three types of data loss: Logical crash — where the media is in working condition, but some files cannot be accessed due to various factors, such as accidental deletion/formatting and corrupt partition due to virus infection; Logical-cum-physical crash — the disk is detected by the system, but is too slow to respond due to bad sectors or weak head in the disk; and Physical crash — where the disk is physically damaged.
The minimum system requirements for the software are as follows:
Processor: Pentium Class (P4 and above)
Memory: 256 MB RAM.
Hard Disk: 30 MB free space
Operating System: Windows 7/8/ Vista/XP/2003/2000/Windows NT
Processor: Intel, PowerPC (G3 or later)
Memory: 256 MB RAM.
Hard Disk: 40 MB free space
Operating System: Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion), Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.5, OS X 10.4
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