Free data recovery tools are hard to come by. Almost all file recovery and data recovery utilities are premium products, often a high one-time fee, possibly only for a single file.
The solution for those on a tight budget and without the resources of a business or SMB is free or freeware recovery software.
Claim to be “one of the best programs to recover accidentally or accidentally deleted files” 360 restore is such a tool. Undelete 360 was released in 2010 and is available as freeware and is compatible with Windows 7 and higher.
Recovery software without the features
Undelete 360 has been around for years without (significant) updates, but it remains available.
Oddly enough, there is no way to buy the software anywhere on the website until you try it out. This is initiated by clicking the Delete Files option in the app that starts Internet Explorer (regardless of your PC’s default browser).
Undelete 360 stands out from other data recovery utilities for all the wrong reasons. Free and open source software like TestDisk & PhotoRec is a thing that is freely distributed according to a philosophy.
There are two paid options for Undelete 360:
- Undelete 360 Professional – $ 39 (£ 29.95)
- 360 Ultimate Restore – $ 69 (£ 49.95)
You can also upgrade from Professional to Ultimate for $ 34. Unfortunately, there’s little information on what the Pro and Ultimate packages offer beyond lifetime activation, free upgrades for a year, and free tech support without actually using the software and finding out what’s restricted.
That alone is one reason to avoid Undelete 360.
Key recovery functions
Are you looking to recover some data from a drive and need a free utility? Undelete 360 is designed to recover lost or deleted data from hard drives, digital cameras and USB sticks. Undelete 360 also finds data on floppy drives, although this feature is unlikely to be widespread in the 2020s.
Data that was accidentally deleted, lost to viruses, or discarded from Windows network shares can be recovered using Undelete 360. Files created and deleted by specific applications, deleted on the command line and deleted when the move or cut commands were used can also be recovered
The paid version of Undelete 360 lets you filter and sort the scanned files, preview and review file properties, and delete files from the device.
Finding files with Undelete 360
For testing purposes, we connected a 16 GB SanDisk Cruzer Blade USB stick to a Dell 5505 laptop with Windows 10. This device contains several deleted media files and disk images and is considered unmountable by Windows under normal circumstances.
When starting Undelete 360 and selecting the search mode to select a drive, only the two internal devices were detected. Undelete 360 clearly cannot access unmountable devices.
Checking a known working USB device gave better results.
Hence, we decided to use Undelete 360 to find deleted files on the system drive. All files found were listed in the main window with a status indicating their recoverability. This ranges from very good to good, medium and bad to overwritten.
Suitable files can be recovered by checking the appropriate box, then clicking Recover and selecting the destination folder.
The recovery will complete in about 30 minutes, which is acceptable for a 256GB NMVe device.
Although Undelete 360 reveals many files, many appear to be irretrievable even when labeled “Very Good”. We tried a range of data, from text files to PNGs and JPGs to ZIP archives and MP3s, all with this rating. Only half of the people tested were rec
With a comparatively simple user interface, Undelete 360 has a Help option in the About menu. Unfortunately, this results in a blank page.
However, there are other support options available that are useful for recovery software as it is an accident prone process. The Undelete 360 website has a detailed “Getting Started” page that walks you through the recovery process step-by-step. How-to videos hosted on YouTube are also available – one in English, one in German. It is useful that the page can be read in German, French, Italian, Spanish and Russian.
The Undelete 360 home page also has a quick FAQ and a page where you can get support. This can be done either by filling out a form or via the email address.
Overall, however, the support area is not overwhelming and leaves a lot to be desired. While it has everything you might expect, there is little of any real substance. There is no reference to the paid support option in any of the website’s menus.
Though fast enough, the recovery options, opaque upgrade process, lack of support, and decades-old user interface make Undelete 360 little more than a tier two option. The fact that it stays online, with paid hosting, an active URL, and a company in charge of order fulfillment suggests someone has been fooled somewhere on software that has been left behind for a long time. And if you paid Undelete 360, you’d feel cheated.
Put simply, Undelete 360 is around five years after its expiration date. Surprising functional locks aside, the inability to scan unmounted hard drives and the poor classification of recovery files make it all but useless in a market of free and extremely expensive alternatives. Not only should Undelete 360 be avoided, but its developers should update or remove it from the web for the current decade.
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