M3 Format Recovery Free
Made as the free edition of M3 Data Recovery, this is a straightforward software application that attempts to identify and retrieve lost or forgotten files from previously formatted drives or removable media devices. It comes loaded with intuitive options for all user levels.
Clear-cut installation and interface
After a speedy setup operation that shouldn't give you any trouble, you are welcomed by a clean interface made from a large window which shows three main options dedicated to data, RAW drive and BitLocker recovery, respectively.
M3 Data Recovery can be instructed to find files deleted from non-BitLocker drives, whether they are inaccessible or were lost or deleted. It can also fix RAW drives and convert RAW to NTFS or FAT32 without data loss.
Scan drives and retrieve files
You can pick the preferred target after studying a list with all drives along with their capacity and file system, as well as enable deep scan mode to be more thorough in findings, although this takes longer.
Results show the original folder structure together with the name, size and date of creation of each found object. You filter results to display only deleted files, select any items from the list, and pick the output directory to extract files. Alternatively, the list with scan results can be saved to file to resume the recovery session later.
Evaluation and conclusion
There were no problems in our tests, thanks to the fact that the software tool didn't hang, crash or prompt error messages. It had minimal impact on computer performance, running on low CPU and RAM. Scan and recovery jobs were carried out rapidly.
To wrap it up, M3 Data Recovery provides you with an approachable method for finding and retrieving lost or deleted files from various sources, and it can be handled with ease by anyone.