Software for DIY data recovery, data protection and data destruction

Kroll Ontrack announced Ontrack EasyRecovery 11, a solution for DIY data recovery, data protection and data destruction. It includes new S.M.A.R.T. scan technology to monitor the health of data storage media, the ability to permanently delete data at the file/folder level as well as powerful data recovery functionalities, including for virtual environments.

“Organisations as well as home users want cost-effective, DIY solutions to manage data across the information lifecycle,” said Phil Bridge, managing director, Kroll Ontrack UK. “Ontrack EasyRecovery 11 bolsters its data recovery functionality to also help users proactively protect against future data loss and conduct secure, permanent data deletion, even in virtual environments. This is the all-in-one tool we think users will find pays for itself immediately.”

Ontrack EasyRecovery 11 software feature enhancements include:

S.M.A.R.T. Scan: Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology (S.M.A.R.T.) Scan empowers IT professionals and home users to proactively monitor hard drive health to prevent downtime and data loss. In seconds, S.M.A.R.T. Scan identifies the amount and type of data being used, the condition of sectors, and other critical hard drive metrics (read error rate, spin-up time, reallocated sector count, seek error rate, spin retry count and temperature), allowing users to make informed decisions about whether to repair or replace hardware, budget for new hardware to mitigate a data loss situation, or simply clean out hard drive space.

Permanent Data Deletion: Unlike standard data deletion methods that often leave data still recoverable, Ontrack EasyRecovery permanently deletes data at the file and folder level or across an entire drive at a much lower cost than other permanent erasure solutions. Whether retiring end-of-life computers or freeing up disk space, permanent data deletion mitigates the risk associated with lingering digital footprints.

DIY Data Recovery and Permanent Deletion in Virtual Environments: To assist IT professionals with data recovery and deletion in virtual environments, Ontrack EasyRecovery supports the recovery of lost or deleted virtual data and offers permanent and secure deletion of virtual files and folders.

“IT administrators and developers are increasingly utilising virtual environments like VMware Fusion to run and toggle between multiple operating system platforms, consolidating an enormous volume of data,” said Bridge. “Ontrack EasyRecovery Enterprise is easy-to-use, and supports data recovery in such virtual environments, but also allows IT professionals to permanently delete virtual files and folders, protecting organisations from having critical data fall into the wrong hands.”

Installation of Ontrack EasyRecovery is fast, with most users recovering data in minutes. The scanning engine builds a file list of all recoverable files from local/external hard drives (HDD/SSD), optical and digital media, iPods, tablet devices and mobile phones that work as removable storage and disk image files. Recoverable files can be previewed and all recovery operations are secure.

Ontrack EasyRecovery is offered in three editions. It is available via an annual, renewable license, which gives users the benefit of performing unlimited recoveries from local storage, and external media, and the tool works on all drive capacities.


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