With the advancement in electronic mail, very rarely do we receive letters through our local mail service. Communication between people has moved to a digital age as we are seeing letters, advertisements, bills, and informational mail come to us digitally. The power of the internet allows us to message anyone, anywhere, anytime and it’s virtually free.
I rely heavily on my email working every single day as I have contacts that I need to stay in touch with, as well as keeping updated with payments and other associated emails. Likewise, I tend to hold onto important emails that I may need in the future.
Microsoft Outlook is the number one email client choice for many users, both in a Home and Business environment and while it does an excellent job at providing you with your emails, calendar events, and contacts, software can fail and even corrupt data making you lose important emails.
In the event of a corrupt email in Outlook, recovering such email is nearly impossible without the assistance of third party software. Moreover, if the lost email contains important data, it could leave you between a rock and a hard place.
Focused on data recovery, Kernel Data Recovery has a solution for those who accidently delete or mysteriously lose their emails. By carefully reading your Outlook PST file, the software can begin to piece together the deleted or corrupt data and in return provide you with a clear picture of what used to be there.
Welcome to my review of the Office PST Recovery software by Kernel Data Recovery. Throughout this review, I will be discussing the following subjects: the user interface, functionality, and my overall thoughts. I would like to thank Kernel Data Recovery for providing this software.
In my previous Kernel Data Recovery review, I spoke about how the software was in a dire state and needed to receive a face lift. When running on my Windows 7 computer, it felt like I had downloaded software that was ported over from XP.
Lately, Kernel Data Recovery has been undergoing some well needed design changes. Their newly created website is modern and full of helpful information and some of their software has begun to see that well needed face lift.
While it won’t be winning any design awards, Office PST Recovery brings a simple and user friendly interface for the home user.
Installation is as easy as clicking the Next button and once launched you are greeted by a wizard asking you to load your Outlook PST file. It should be noted that this software will only function with local based email. Online email services, like Gmail, Outlook.com, and Microsoft Exchange, will not function with this software as they use an OST file when in place in Outlook.
A product showcase of this software reveals the minimalistic design containing a top menu for key functions such as Opening a PST file, Saving a selected email, Saving or Loading a Snapshot, and a useful searching function.
The interface layout is setup in three panels. Located on the left hand side is your folder navigation allowing you to look inside your Inbox, Outbox, Deleted Items, Calendar, Drafts, and any other folders you may have created. In the center of the software is the large viewing window that will change depending on your selected folder. When inside your Inbox, the main viewing window is separated into two sections, one being a list of emails and the other being the content of the selected email. Clicking on your calendar folder changes the view to display a five day calendar to show when the selected event was scheduled. Lastly, on the right is your quick export tools allowing you to export an email to a certain file type; including, but not limited to PST, DBX, MBOX, MSG, TXT, HTML, Office 365, Gmail, IBM, AOL, Yahoo, and many more.
When clicking on an email, the email opens in the large center window allowing you to see all of the data inside. When searching for a lost email, the program can detect whether or not the item is existing or has been lost. To help differentiate between the two, there is a status bar indicating their status and lost emails are highlighted in red text.
Kernel’s design resembles a very similar design to that found in Outlook 2010, allowing users to be well informed when navigating the software. While the design of the software may still feel “old” or “outdated” it has some strong potential and capability in providing you with a user friendly and minimalistic layout.
As you open the software, you are greeted by a prompt asking you to find your PST file to open. Here you can also opt to open a previous Snapshot that will contain data from an older PST file you recently opened.
For testing purposes, I chose to use my personal PST file, a PST file that contains hundreds of emails located in many different folders and even includes contacts and calendar events. Once you’ve selected your PST file, the software will begin a scan that picks apart the data and also attempts to recover any corrupted data.
Once the scan has finished, the usage of the software is quite straight forward. As I mentioned above you have your three sections that display folders, emails, and exports, and settings change as you move throughout your emails.
I never experienced any errors or strange warning boxes while using the recovery software. When testing, I was quite surprised on what the software had recovered. I had emails and data dating back to over five years ago show up in my PST file. While functionality may be straight forward and basic, it sure does get the job done right when you need it to.
The only annoyance I found was that when exiting the program, you are asked whether or not to save your Snapshot and if you are sure you want to exit. A feature that’s nice, but too annoying for me and I found no option to turn it off.
My Overall Thoughts
While this software is great for home, I see its main purpose for businesses. That said, it takes care of the job effectively and painlessly. With a click of the button and a few key strokes, you can search the entire PST file and quickly locate the missing email. Although we wish we didn’t need this software, it sure does come in handy when the time calls. Kernel charges $49 for a single home license which is a reasonable price for software that will assist and last for many years to come.
© 2015 Justin Vendette
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