Thursday, July 27, 2000

Ontrack improves “do-it-yourself” data recovery with new version of EasyRecovery Software

ONTRACK Data International, Inc. (NASDAQ: ONDI), a leading provider of data availability software and service solutions, today announced upgrades to its popular EasyRecovery™ “do-it-yourself” data recovery software to address customer and market demands for an easier and more powerful product. Designed for PC technicians and computer enthusiasts seeking same-day data recovery solutions, EasyRecovery version 5.0 features a new graphical user interface and an enhanced recovery engine that simplifies and accelerates the data recovery process.

“EasyRecovery version 5.0 provides greater functionality, allowing users to perform their own data recovery in the fastest and most efficient manner possible,” said Jim Reinert, Ontrack director of worldwide software products. “The application's new graphical user interface clearly guides users through the steps necessary to recover data, and the enhanced recovery engine applies advanced algorithms that quickly assess the system, recover files and copy them to a new location.”

Two editions of EasyRecovery version 5.0 are available to meet users' needs: Personal and Professional. The Personal Edition retails for $89 and targets users needing to recover data from a single PC with one operating system. The Professional Edition retails for $489 and targets small businesses and computer repair technicians needing to recover data from multiple computers supporting multiple operating systems. The Professional Edition also features advanced tuning options that provide the user with greater control during the data recovery process and help ensure a more successful recovery.

Similar to the previous version of EasyRecovery, the latest version features Trial Editions that are designed to let users evaluate their data loss situation, see a complete list of recoverable files and recover up to five files before purchasing the software.

When a suspected data loss or hard drive failure occurs, users can download EasyRecovery version 5.0 from the Ontrack Web site ( Using a simple setup program, EasyRecovery operates directly from Windows or from an emergency boot diskette and does not need to be preinstalled prior to data loss. In either mode, the user simply chooses the “recover” option to begin hard drive analysis. EasyRecovery version 5.0 shows the user exactly which files are recoverable, allows the user to select files desired for recovery and copies the selected files to a safe location. When the data recovery is complete, the user can make any necessary repairs to the original system.

“EasyRecovery version 5.0 makes a user's data protection strategy more complete with its ability to recover data lost to even the most destructive computer viruses like the LoveBug,” Reinert said. “In addition, the program can recover deleted files even if the user emptied the Recycle Bin or reformatted the hard drive.”

Unlike some recovery utilities, which put data at risk by attempting to repair and rewrite the corruptions on the original drive, EasyRecovery version 5.0 never writes on the original partition and its evaluations are non-destructive.

EasyRecovery version 5.0 Professional Edition supports Microsoft Windows 95, 98, NT and 2000 operating systems using FAT, FAT32 and NTFS partitions. The Personal Edition supports Win 95 and 98 using FAT or FAT32 partitions.

Currently available from Ontrack worldwide offices or the Ontrack Web site, EasyRecovery version 5.0 offers users a do-it-yourself, risk-free data recovery option that is accessible seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Ontrack, a leading provider of data availability software and service solutions, helps customers protect, manage, recover and discover their valuable data. Using its hundreds of proprietary tools and techniques, Ontrack is able to recover lost or corrupted data from virtually all operating systems and types of storage devices through its do-it-yourself, remote and in-lab capabilities. With its Electronic Information Management business, Ontrack specializes in searching and recovering computer information – such as e-mail and user data – for use in legal matters. Ontrack also offers a line of award-winning software tools to help prevent critical data loss through a broad line of problem-solving, file-management and productivity utilities. In addition, Ontrack offers its RapidRecallTM line of backup and restore software and services for remote users.

Ontrack can be reached through its World Wide Web site at or by calling 800-872-2599 (612-937-5161 or 952-937-5161). In addition to its Minneapolis headquarters, Ontrack operates locations in Los Angeles, Boulder, Colo., Washington D.C., New York, London, Paris and Stuttgart. Ontrack also makes its data recovery services available in Tokyo through its strategic alliance with Y-E Data, a company with over 25 years of experience in storage devices.###ONTRACK, EASYRECOVERY and RAPIDRECALL are trademarks or registered trademarks of ONTRACK Data International, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. All other brands and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

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