File Recovery Isn’t Easy, But It’s Possible

File Recovery Isn't Easy, But It's PossibleThis is a sponsored post written on behalf of ReclaiMe. All opinions are 100% my own.

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve become more familiar with ReclaiMe, a file recovery solution that enables you to recover data from a wide variety of different file formats and drive types. I was surprised by the simplicity of the program and how well it worked on either SSD or standard spindle drives.

More recently, I was privileged to be able to speak with the folks at ReclaiMe to ask a bit more about their inspiration for creating the software and what we can expect in the future.

I started out by asking Elena Y. Pakhomova, one of the founders of ReclaiMe, about the inspiration behind the development of the file recovery software. She replied, “We had experience doing PC troubleshooting and data recovery. It was logical indeed to create our own software to match our expectations.”

ReclaiMe is a small business powered by just six individuals dedicated to creating and supporting their file recovery software. It’s a family business, which is a rare sight in the tech world these days. The environment around the office is calm and focused on building on ReclaiMe’s already comprehensive feature set.

Simplicity was an important goal when the ReclaiMe team set out to create the software. In my experience, this philosophy absolutely paid off as the software is easy enough to use that just about anyone can recover files with little to no experience in file management. “Most of all, we value the sheer simplicity of it,” said Pakhomova.

With any software development project, challenges abound. This is especially true when dealing with components that come with little or no documentation. ReclaiMe faced issues of its own during development, including: “As a recent example, there is no technical documentation whatsoever available to cover Microsoft’s latest ReFS introduced in Windows 8. So naturally, all the recovery procedures for it has to be developed on reverse engineering alone.” She continued, “I’d name the complexity of algorithms involved as the second worst challenge. RAID recovery is an example of this.”

ReclaiMe faced these challenges and met them. The recovery software worked very well during my testing with no errors or issues as I tested it using multiple drive types and file structures. To the user, the only difference between drives is the assigned drive designation letter. Beyond that, a USB thumb drive acts exactly like a large platter drive. An SSD will recover roughly five times faster than a standard hard disk drive, but that’s really where the differences end as far as the user is concerned. This is a very good thing.

I decided to close out the interview by asking what features we might expect from ReclaiMe in the future. Pakhomova responded, “We are working to create a tool to recover failed Windows 8 Storage Spaces pools. We’ve had several successful real-world recoveries with the prototype. We hope to have the software ready sometime during 2013, which would be aimed at data recovery professionals rather than end users.”

ReclaiMe’s software is available to try free at It’s currently a Windows-only application, though you will be able to recover data from a wide range of file formats including those used with Linux and OS X. ReclaiMe’s file recovery software isn’t the only utility being offered by the company, either. Free RAID Recovery, BenchMe, Lowvel, and Cropel are all useful file management and/or recovery applications that make valuable additions to any troubleshooter’s toolkit.