Accidents happen and storage devices are not exempted from them. Consequently, the wrong manipulation of a data card may erase or corrupt the files stored in it. Moreover, you may sometimes need to get back those files you purposefully deleted. This is when a data recovery program, like DDR Memory Card Recovery, comes in handy. Although the name of the tool may suggest that it supports retrieving lost data from cards only, it can actually rescue files from other types of external devices, such as memory sticks and hard disks.
The tool has an intuitive interface with four large buttons that start a given wizard depending on the type of data and recovery algorithms you need to use. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look very modern to me. In addition, it shows some ads, which unnecessarily distract the user.
As to the four recovery scan types, the simplest one is called Basic Search. It uses main partition parameters to find lost files. This is also the quickest but has the disadvantage of being unable to find certain types of data. The Deep Search performs a more thorough scan and consequently its results are far more reaching. The second and the third scan types use signature search algorithms that work independently of the file system. One of them can recover photographs while the other can find any file type. In all modes, you can specify a range of sectors to scan. However, you shouldn’t use this feature unless you know what you are doing. All types of scans will probably take a while to show the results; but luckily, if you stop the scan, you will get the list of files found up to that moment.
Opportunely, the results are shown using the original folder structure so that you can find what you’re looking for more easily. Yet, it doesn´t allow filtering the results. The files found can be previewed before being recovered.
In general, I think DDR Memory Card Recovery is too pricey for an application that cannot offer anything different from many others. To make things even worse, the program’s trial version does not allow checking the effectiveness of the recovery process.