by September 16, 2003 0 comments

Stellar Phoenix 9.1 works on all Windows versions up to XP Professional. After you’ve selected the hard-disk from which you want to recover data, you can choose from a basic partition-table search to an advanced logical drive search which will recover data from a hard-disk where the partition table has been lost or recreated. 

The advanced search option threw up 22 logical drives on our 15GB Quantam Fireball test hard-disk and allowed recovery of old data from partitions deleted long-ago. It took about 15 minutes to find these logical drives and between 15 minutes to 30 minutes to scan each for recoverable data, depending on the size of the partition. The software lets you save recovered data to another hard disk, a mapped network drive, a USB or Zip-drive. 

The software is entirely Windows-based and has a nice GUI with context-sensitive user guide and other features like file filter and file mask. The company sells the software online through its website You can download a demo copy, which can be used to display all recoverable data on a crashed hard drive. To actually recover data, you have to buy the software. 

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Price : Rs 4,000 for FAT, Rs 5,000 for NTFS
Key Specs : Works in Windows and has a nice GUI 
Contact : Stellar Information, Delhi.
Tel : 26418809.
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The purchase procedure is that you first have to send the company a unique hard-disk-id-dependent machine code generated by the software, after which it licenses the software to be used only on the machine it’s installed on. A good feature is that you can save the scan information and use it when you’ve obtained the activation code. The only problem we faced with the software was that there was no separate log of operations, so if for some reason recovery operation fails, you are likely to be left clueless. This is a good software with many features. It costs about as much as a 40GB hard-disk itself, but it’s worth it if you’ve lost data and are all harried to get it back, because it works.

Shruti Pareek

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