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Every PC user should have a few essential tools like file recovery, backup manager, partition manager, disk monitor, etc., both for convenience and emergency purposes. Generally, we use different software to meet different needs. However, Active@ Data Studio pools all the essential tools in a single place to make things easier to manage.
Features of Active@ Data Studio
Boot Disk: This feature allows you to create a bootable CD/DVD or USB disk with all the essential tools like disk utilities, data recovery, password recovery, backup and restore tool, etc. This feature is particularly useful when you cannot boot into your system or restore backups.
Back up your system and data: Using the Disk Image tool you can create image-based backups. The good thing about this tool is that it lets you create incremental and differential backups. Apart from that, you can also create raw disk images, clone disks, copy data from disk to disk, schedule backup tasks, etc.
Edit Disks: Disk Editor is an advanced tool that lets you edit sectors of hard disks, the content of a file type, etc.
Monitor Hard Disks: The hard disk monitor tool in Data Studio gives you comprehensive data about your hard drive and monitors the performance and health at the same time. If you want to, you can configure the tool to send email notifications or show pop-up messages regarding the state of your hard drive.
Securely Delete Data: To securely erase a hard drive or USB drive, you can use the KillDisk feature. When you delete data using this tool, no one can recover the deleted files or folders using data recovery tools.
File Recovery: As you can tell from the name itself, the File Recovery tool helps you recover files that you’ve accidentally deleted or damaged or from formatted hard drives. Do keep in mind that you cannot recover files that are securely deleted using tools like KillDisk.
Partition Recovery: Just like the file recovery, you can use the partition recovery tool to recover damaged or accidentally deleted partitions.
Reset Windows Password: The Password Changer tool gives full account information about any user on your Windows machine and resets the password of any local user including the admin user. Apart from that, you can do other things like disabling smart card login, reset user disabled flag, backup and restore SAM (Security Account Manager), etc.
Manage ISO Images: Using the ISO Manager tool, create ISO images from CD/DVD/Blu-ray discs, create ISO images from files or folders, burn ISO images to CD/DVD/Blu-ray discs, edit ISO images, extract from ISO images, etc.
Create and manage partitions: The Partition manager tool lets you properly create and manage partitions on your hard drive. Other features include but are not limited to resizing partitions, editing and synchronizing boot sectors, converting partitions, etc.
Installation and Usage
Though Active@ Data Studio is packed with several different tools, they are all categorized into their own sections and are very easy to use. Since I can’t show how to use each and every tool in Data Studio, I’m going to pick one and show you how to create a bootable disk. As I said before, the bootable disk is very helpful in emergency situations or when you cannot boot into your system.
To start, download Active@ Data Studio from the official website and install it like any other Windows software.
After installing, launch Data Studio. The first thing you need to do is register the software, otherwise you will be limited in what you can do with it. To register, click on the “Register” link appearing on the upper-right corner.
Select “Register or upgrade software” and click on the “Next” button.
Now, enter the registered name, registration key and click “Next” to complete the registration process.
To create a bootable disk, select the Data Recovery tab on the left panel and click on the option “Active@ Boot Disk.”
Since we want to create a bootable USB drive, plug in a USB drive. Now, select the “USB Flash Drive” option, select the USB drive from the dropdown menu and click on the “Next” button to continue.
Select the “Windows” option and click on the “Next” button to continue. If you want to, you can also customize the boot settings, user files, drives, etc. However, don’t change the settings unless you know what you are doing.
Review the settings and click on the “Create” button.
The above action will start the creation process. It will take a few minutes to complete. So, sit back and wait.
Once the procedure is complete, the software will let you know the same.
From this point onward, you can use this USB drive in emergency situations to boot into your system.
Active@ Data Studio has all the essential tools to better manage your PC and help recover it in emergency situations. Though the user interface looks a bit intimidating for beginners, it makes up for it with proper and quick explanations about what the selected tool does, easy to use wizards and its extensive documentation on how to use the given tools to their full extent.
Data Studio will cost you $149.99. Though it may look pricey, you have to understand that it gives you access to a whole host of tools which will cost you closer to $400 if purchased individually. Simply put, you can get Data Studio for less than half the actual price. Since there is a free trial available, do give the software a try and see if it fits your needs.