Remo Recover Review
Updated · Mar 20, 2023
Best for: Recently lost files
What Is Remo Recover?
Remo Recover Windows is a comprehensive data recovery solution for Windows, and Mac. It has been around since 2011 and boasts millions of downloads. Today I’ll take a detailed look at the latest 6.0 release for Windows, which is available from the old Vista OS up to the latest Windows 11.
The software is very straightforward, detecting your drives in a few seconds and allowing you to scan and recover lost and corrupt data from every corner of your system. It touts succeeding in 1,000 different data loss scenarios.
The latest version has improved several prior criticisms and has a new, cleaner interface. The free version is also fully functional with only size limitations this time.
Remo Recover Features
Remo Recover ticks all the boxes when it comes to recovery features. To get started, simply download the program, and install as usual. There’s no bloat and it’s deemed safe by anti-virus software.
A browser Window will popup when complete, but rather than upselling, it actually shows a handy guide for getting started.
Once you’ve restarted your computer to complete installation, it’s time to dig in to see what can be accomplished.
Recover from any Storage Device
Remo Recover can apply its recovery process to any type of connected storage device on PCs and laptops. This includes:
- Solid State Drives (SSD)
- external hard drives,
- USB sticks, flash drives
- all forms of SD cards
It also supports CF, XD, SmartMedia, and MMC memory cards.
As far as hard disk formats, you can choose from:
500+ Supported File Types
Bar a few obscure and hidden system files, our testing could not find a filetype Remo failed to detect. If you can ordinarily browse the file in Windows Explorer, you can scan and find it using this software.
Nonetheless, Remo officially supports 500+ types of files, which covers all common document, photo, video, and audio formats. For example, images alone cover:
And many others.
The website has an exhaustive list of these, but you won’t be running into any trouble just because you have an old obsolete word processor file, for example.
Find Hidden Partitions and Drives
Its excellent dual scanning modes also let you find deleted or formatted partitions and drives that are not currently recognized by Windows. If you thought that failed disk was gone forever, you’ll be surprised what can still be uncovered.
Choose Specific Folders
You don’t just have to blindly scan entire hard disks or other drives as a catchall attempt to find missing files. The intuitive system browser also lets you select specific folders where you know your files have gone missing.
You can go with a broad parent folder to scan everything inside or as deep as you want before performing a scan at any point. Our example is of a typical Windows 10 file system, but you can just as easily browse USB drives, connected cameras etc.
Furthermore, you can browse to a specific file that still exists in a folder but has become corrupted to see if Remo will be able to restore it to its original state.
Recycle Bin Recovery
A common misconception is that when you empty the Windows Recycle Bin your files are deleted permanently. Due to the way Windows handles hard drives and sectors, all it’s really done is allocate that space as available. It won’t truly remove the data until new data has overwritten it.
That’s a bit concerning for privacy reasons, but it does mean all is not lost if you accidentally delete something and empty the bin.
Scanning the Recycle Bin on Remo Recover is a one-click process and the results are super-fast. I was able to recover 1191 files of over 1GB in size, in less than 30 seconds!
The caveat is that it has best results for newly deleted files. If you removed a huge amount last month and have since filled your hard drive with new files, you may struggle to get the old data back.
Support for Crashed or Corrupted Drives
Sometimes you experience data loss after a computer crash, or a drive simply corrupts or begins to fail. While data might be inaccessible via Windows in the traditional manner, Remo will still be able to perform a scan if it’s connected and then recover lost files from corrupted drives.
The caveat is if the drive holds the operating system and Windows won’t boot, you will need to connect it to a working computer as a secondary drive to scan it.
One feature that is useful lets you search for connected drives that are no longer recognized by the system. I.e., the drive letter is missing. However, it’s still physically connected to the PC.
Scanning and Speed
Remo Recover works by scanning your chosen drives and folders and takes just a single click to get started. The initial scan takes less than a minute on a modern PC. It took just seconds when I tested it for this Remo Recover review.
The results provide two parent folders:
- Existing Files on the system whether normal or corrupt
- Deleted Files that have been lost and recoverable.
You can browse any of these via an intuitive Windows-style file system. However, to begin the true recovery process, you must hit the recover button at the bottom. This begins what is sometimes called a deep scan and can take over an hour on particularly large systems.
Comparatively, this is still very fast and the results where pleasing.
It’s worth noting my experience wasn’t always perfect. Sometimes upon pausing or exiting a scan the software simply refused to leave the results screen and I had to close from the tray or taskbar. This didn’t cause a memory leak, but it was frustrating, nonetheless.
Dynamic Data Recovery
A small but useful feature is dynamic data recovery. By clicking this button at the bottom of any scan, a window opens giving you preview thumbnails and extra information about all the discovered files. This excludes existing ones so you don’t get bogged down.
You can do this while the scan is still being performed with little extra impact on system resources.
This is ideal if you’re unsure if you’re even scanning the right area. I.e., seeing a few of the recovered files will jog your memory. If it’s the wrong place, just cancel the scan and choose another folder.
In a similar vein, it also helps you quickly discover if the precise file you want has been recovered. If you are not bothered about any other files, you can cancel the scan and simply keep the file you intended, saving time.
You can also physically recover, restore, or save found files to other locations while in dynamic view and the scan is still ongoing.
One of my favorite features is scan saving. If you are scanning a large drive or an entire system, especially a deep scan, it can take an hour. Pausing or cancelling the scan gives you the option to save the results. It can even pick up where it left off last if you close the program and even shutdown the PC. However, you shouldn’t make any new changes to the particular drive if you don’t want new data to be skipped.
This is ideal if you don’t like software running in the background and you need to perform other tasks. Likewise, not everyone likes to leave the computer on when away or overnight for privacy or power-saving reasons.
Remo improves the free version of Recover this time around by allowing you to recover 1GB of files for free. Similar tools tend to do the scanning but lock the recovery behind a premium plan, so it’s nice to actually get full functionality for free, albeit in a limited capacity.
Of course, if you haven’t lost a lot of data, you could get what you need without paying a cent.
Files that aren’t recoverable because you’ve reached the limit are still shown and if you upgrade, the saved session will mean you don’t even have to rescan to complete the process.
Windows System Requirements
- Operating System: Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista
- RAM: 1 GB RAM (Recommended, 2 GB RAM)
- Free disk space: 100 MB (for installation)
- Log in as System Administrator or as a root to Install and use the software
- Supports 32-bit, 64-bit Windows OS
Remo Recover Mac
Remo Recover Mac is also available with most of the same features for macOS X 10.5.x and above, including the latest macOS Monterey. It supports all iMac and MacBook versions, though iOS is excluded.
Ease of Use and Interface
Remo Recover is extremely easy to use and even beginners will be scanning in a matter of minutes. As soon as you open the software it detects all your connected drives and storage devices, and then it’s just a case of clicking which ones you wish to scan. They’re displayed as big obvious labeled icons. The system browser lets you dig as deep as you like once a quick scan is complete.
Finding known files is made infinitely easier thanks to sorting and a smart search function. For example, if you want to find a song but you don’t know where it is or the file structure is corrupted, you can search the song name, artist, and even genre to narrow things down.
All paying customers are entitled to 24/7 free technical support. You can send a direct email, support ticket, or use the live web chat feature. A support link is built within the software, so you do not need to navigate to the site yourself.
If you prefer to speak to someone, US phone lines are open between 7 AM and 5 PM, Pacific Time, on 408-256-3445 / 408-731-6068.
The knowledge base includes apple written guides, an FAQ, and other information. Furthermore, video tutorials walk you through common features.
During a test question, I received a response within just a few minutes. It was also a technical question about damaged drives and swapping them between systems, not just a simple query about navigating the software itself. Staff was knowledgeable and helpful throughout.
Remo Recover Pricing
Remo Recover has a 30-day money-back guarantee for any paid version and you can pay by card or PayPal. Here’s how the plans look:
- 1 Month: $69.97
- 6 Months: $79.97 (renewing at $49.97)
- Lifetime License: $199.97
The software is well worth considering for Windows, even just for a free scan to recover recently deleted files you know the location of. Scanning is fast and anyone will be able to navigate the interface with ease.
Although it lacks some of the extra features found in other programs; as far as raw file recovery, it’s one of the best. The dynamic view while scanning and the ability to save scan sessions are particularly impressive.
It’s not the cheapest and an odd bug during the tests for this Remo Recover review stopped me from existing the results page knock off half a star. However, the pros far outweigh the cons here.
Give it a try!
A qualified journalist and longtime web content writer, Keelan has a passion for exploring information and learning new things. If he's not writing or pushing his own brands, you'll find him watching pro wrestling or trying not to rant about politics online.
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