Last Updated: November 18, 2020
- Recovery options: Hard drive, SD card, USB
- Drive recovery: Partitions and RAW drives
- Supported file types: All
- Recovery success rate: Veri high
- Recovery from deletion: Supported
- Recovery after a virus attack: Supported
- Accessing data from failed drives: Available
- Recovery of damaged files: Supported
Windows, MAC, or iPhone users who need to recover files from drives or removable med
- Very easy to use
- Recovers files deleted for ANY reason
- Finds damaged and partial data
- Deep scanning is slow
- Free version doesn’t restore data
- Data recovery for iPhone is separate
- Files are recovered to secondary storage device
PC single license
PC 2-5 licenses
PC Unlimited use
Mac single license
Mac 2-5 licenses
Mac Unlimited use
iBeesoft Data Recovery Review: Features
Below you’ll see the features that make iBeesoft Data Recovery worth considering:
There’s nothing worse than data loss on your PC or Mac. Fortunately, with the iBeesoft data recovery software, you can perform data recovery after:
- Accidentally deleting a file and/or clearing it from the Recycle Bin.
- A partition is hidden, lost, deleted, or otherwise corrupted.
- Accidentally restoring a device to its factory settings.
- Losing computer data by pulling out a storage device during transfer or before safely ejecting.
- Mistakenly formatting a drive and overwriting data.
- The file system is mistakenly labeled RAW or there’s partition table damage.
- The computer says a drive is not formatted when it should be.
- There’s hard disk drive failure and will not boot or is not recognized by the operating system.
- A virus or malware attack has removed, locked, or rearranged files.
- Human error or poor data management and backup routines lose data.
The iBeesoft data recovery tool has numerous features for recovering files. We got hands-on with the Windows file recovery version. There is also an iBeesoft data recovery for Mac tool that allows you to retrieve deleted files from Mac and functions in much the same way.
The first thing you will need to do is perform a scan. This involves selecting all the types of files you’d like to search for. This is only really useful if you know what’s missing, i.e. an important video. Otherwise, you leave everything checked to scan a damaged drive and recover its data.
Obviously, there are many file types that fall broadly under these categories, but this is to simplify the process, especially for beginners. The software can find file types based on FAT, exFAT, NTFS, NTFS5, ext2, ext3, and HFS+ file system. There’s also support for solid-state drives. If it’s there, it will find it!
After selecting your file types, it will list all of your connected drives and compatible devices. You can choose which to scan.
Note: You cannot scan multiple drives at once. You can only check one and then return to the program to perform multiple hard drive recovery reviews individually.
In our test, it instantly located our main internal C drive with our OS, which is one of our solid-state drives, and a standard external USB connected ‘D’ drive. It will also locate SD cards, a connected digital photo or video camera, USB flash drives, and virtually any other removable media including some Android devices if it detects them as a USB storage device (though this isn’t guaranteed and applies more often to older phones). Unlike iPhone data recovery you won’t be able to get usable call logs or contact info, for example.
Note: iPhone users are serviced via their own dedicated iPhone recovery software, which has Mac and Windows versions too.
The time it takes to scan will depend on the size of the drive, the amount of data on it, and whether it’s your main drive with an operating system or something smaller like an SD Card. Our external drive that stores mostly video files was completed in under a minute. The main C drive gave us good enough time to brew a cup of coffee.
While it essentially searches everything, it is not creating a full disk image to clone. It’s only a collection of previously deleted files that you want to restore.
On our external drive, we found some old empty folders that had recently been deleted and a whole bunch of folders and files from a game that had been stored on the drive until about a month ago.
Most of what the program considers truly lost files are found under the ‘LostFiles’ folder. We’re not quite sure how it decides this, but we think it has something to do with whether you actively hit delete or some other process removed the file from the drive. Or it could be because the metadata about where those files lived is lost for good.
If you are not satisfied with the results and haven’t recovered the files you want, you can perform a Deep Scan that looks even harder. Our iBeesoft data recovery for mac review shows the exact same feature.
On both, this can take considerable time and is the software’s main downside. Our 2-minute scan of the external drive became a hellish 2 hours. However, the results were encouraging after stopping it after just 5 minutes. It brought back a bunch of images and videos we’d long deleted and old disk partitioning that may have been used for a PlayStation 3 storage drive.
The next step is recovery. All you have to do is check the files you want to bring back and hit the big orange ‘Recover’ button.
The software reminds you not to recover the files to the drive where they went missing – the drive itself could be damaged or there may be storage limit issues during the process. We sent our .MKV videos to the main C drive.
And there they were, a couple of intro clips of the ‘Log Lady’ from David Lynch classic TV show Twin Peaks. These were files that had been purposely deleted and assumed gone forever, back and playable liked they’d never been deleted. We now know the software can certainly recover video files. But, if you’re looking for free video recovery on Mac or Windows, you’ll need another solution.
Obviously, the more data you find on a drive the longer it takes to recover, but it’s the searching that takes the most time. Sending the files to a safe drive is dependent on the speed it takes to copy files just as it normally would. A couple of videos was nothing.
After a deep scan, it might seem like your files are missing, but there is still some hope. Occasionally, because of corruption, a file may be missing bits of its data or a deleted oned may be missing its metadata, such as where it was located or what it was named – often called losing its file integrity.
Spending some time browsing through the path/tree of recovered folders and files on the left-hand side may locate something that resembles your file, albeit with a garbled name or without its surrounding file structure. Previewing or saving this file to a new drive will allow you to inspect it closer.
As noted, the entire process is faster if you know the types of files you are looking for. You can further narrow things down to a particular partition or even folder to get a faster experience.
Speed is also affected by the speed of the hard disk drives and devices themselves, which can be further impacted if they are damaged or failing and need CHKDSK checking. You can also use hard disk software to try to repair failing hard drives.
The best thing to do if you’ve chosen a deep scan that estimates it will take hours is to start the software before you go to bed or clear a time where it can do its thing unimpeded.
Compared to similar software to retrieve lost data, iBeesoft is not notably slower. It’s the process itself that takes time. mac data recovery reviews suggest the software is a bit faster than on Windows.
iBeesoft Data Recovery System Requirements
Below you’ll find the system requirements for both Windows and macOS devices
Our iBeesoft data recovery review for Windows showed it to be a very lightweight program and it can be used on:
- OS: Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003
- CPU: 1GHz (32 bit or 64 bit)
- RAM: 256 MB or more of RAM (1024MB Recommended).
- Space: 200 MB
Our Mac data recovery review suggests the following requirements:
- OS: macOS 10.15 (Catalina) and macOS 10.14 (Mojave), macOS 10.13 (High Sierra), macOS 10.12 (Sierra), Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan), 10.10 (Yosemite), 10.9 (Mavericks), 10.8 (Mountain Lion), 10.7 (Lion), 10.6 (Snow Leopard)
- CPU: 1GHz (32 bit or 64 bit)
- RAM: 128 MB
- Space: 100 MB
Note: You will obviously need space for recovered files when moving them to a different drive or storage medium.
Ease of Use and Interface
The iBeesoft data recovery app couldn’t be easier to use. If you can navigate folders and files on Windows or MAC then you can use this app, because that’s half of the process. The rest simply involves selecting the types of files you want to search for and initiating a scan.
Everything is intuitive and makes sense. You also won’t be bombarded with ads or upsold extra software, which is always a plus.
The only real difficulty you may find with the interface is not knowing where your files are within the trees of folders and subfolders once they’ve been recovered. Especially if you’ve searched all file types on a large drive.
However, if you look closely you can still sort the results by file type and date modified, or you can use the search bar if you know the name of the file or associated folders.
iBeesoft Data Recovery Cost
You can download iBeesoft Data Recovery for free and scan for deleted files and it will even let you see what they are. However, in order to recover them, you must have a paid license. The current pricing consists of:
- $45.99: Personal 1 PC License
- $89.99: Family License for 2-5 PCs
- $299.95: Company License for Unlimited PCs.
- $55.95: Personal 1 MAC license
- $89.95/ 2-5 MAC licenses
- $299.95/ Unlimited MAC use
Purchasing a license entitles you to lifetime upgrades when new versions of the software are released and lifetime tech support in the form of email contact.
Getting a license on Windows also entitles you to discounts on iBeesoft’s ‘Duplicate File Finder’ software, usually $35.95 but $2.99 under the deal. It’s also $4.99 for its DBackup professional backup software instead of $19.99 on its own. The mac data recovery software reviews show a similar set of discounts, though as always, these change regularly.
What doesn’t change for either version is a 60-day money-back guarantee.
iBeesoft iPhone Data Recovery Review
Separate from the main data recovery software is a standalone iPhone data recovery app that gives you all-round iOS data recovery across iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. It can also retrieve data from your iCloud backup and iTunes accounts.
You can benefit from iOS data recovery for Windows or MAC, so you can recover your device’s data to any computer or associated drive before restoring it properly to a device. We used the Windows version, but the data recovery software for mac reviews are similarly positive.
Features allow you to:
- Recover lost or deleted photos or videos.
- Recover data from iPhone accounts like SMS messages and messages from WhatsApp on iPhone or iPad.
- Recover your contacts and call history.
- If you’ve lost or completely destroyed your iOS-based device? The software can recover data from your iTunes backup files, so you can use it on a new device.
- Easily recover your iCloud backups.
- Works in cases of mistaken deletions, system crashes, virus and malware problems, factory reset, various states of device damage, failed updates, failed booting, password lockouts, and more.
You can get it all for $39.95 – Lifetime License – Lifetime Upgrades – 60-day money-back guarantee – Lifetime Support.
Using the software is as simple as connecting your device by cable to your PC or Mac and following the on-screen instructions. You can check to search for and/or recover certain types of data (such as photos or contacts) or recover everything available. You will even get to preview certain files as thumbnails as the software does its thing.
At this point, the data can be recovered/saved to your computer.
If your desired files are not found, you can then try to recover them from iTunes or iCloud – the two other options available at the top of the software interface.
If your device itself still works, all you have to do is click ‘Restore’ to put the files back to where they were. You do not need separate iPhone restore software, for example.
Yes, there are a lot of options out there for iOS data recovery software but iBeesoft’s solution is easy to use, works for Windows and Mac, and does more than just recover iPhone data from the latest device. We also find it’s searching, sorting, and previewing of recovered data to be superior to most of the competition. If you need iPhone recovery software for that or other iOS devices, then iBeesoft is a great option.
iBeesoft Data Recovery Review: Verdict
iBeesoft Data Recovery is an easy to use, yet powerful piece of backup software that absolutely does what it promises. That is, recover any and all files from most types of drive and storage device, so you don’t experience devastating data loss. While a deep scan can take hours, that is the nature of the process. What are a couple of hours if you get to recover some valuable data, save your job, get photos of loved ones, or retrieve what’s left from a damaged or failed drive?
Although the free trial feels a bit like being held at ransom – you cannot actually recover files until you pay – at least you know the files are there and that the software works. $45.99 is not a lot of money for what you get.
Overall, iBeesoft Data Recovery is highly recommended for data preservation.
Yes, you can recover files you have deleted, even from the Recycle Bin. While that’s a comforting notion if you deleted something by mistake, it’s also a reminder that you need to properly dispose of your drives and devices when you replace them, so others don’t access your private data. For that, you need data erasure software.
In essence, deleted files can be recovered because they are only superficially deleted in the beginning. If you think of a drive as a big pie, your current data may fill a quarter of it. When you delete a file, it disappears from your accessible quarter but lives for a time, like a ghost, within the other three quarters. As you continue to use the drive more of the pie is used and eventually your old file will be overwritten permanently. This is why it is recommended to try to recover files as soon as possible.
We confirm that iBeesoft data recovery does work. If you read our iBeesoft data recovery review you will see that through our own testing, we were easily able to recover files we had deleted. An overview of other iBeesoft reviews on the web also proves that the software works for a variety of different data recovery needs. Of course, that doesn’t guarantee your particular file can be recovered, but in general, the software works well. The only downside is that if you use the iBeesoft data recovery free trial you can only detect the missing files and not actually recover them until you pay.
iBeesoft’s data recovery software costs $45.99 for a single license, $89.99 for up to 5 PCs, and $299.95 for usage on unlimited PCs. There is no iBeesoft data recovery trial, rather you can use the software to scan for deleted files and then decide whether you want to buy a license. iBeesoft reviews show users aren’t too happy with this.
Yes, iBeesoft has been around making software since 2015 and has grown to be a reputable company. It has had no major controversies – whether you’re using its iPhone data recovery software or the main iBeesoft data recovery tool, you can be assured that they are safe for your systems. They also do not upsell secondary software or advertise within their premium products, which is always a plus. Read our iBeesoft data recovery review for more information.