Pandora Recovery v1.4

webfork on 24 Aug 2014

Pandora Recovery helps to recover permanently deleted files that cannot be found in the Recycle Bin. The program works with NTFS, NTFS5 and NTFS/EFS partitions. You can preview deleted files of certain type (images and text files) without performing recovery. A deep cluster scan mode is also available that is able to recover files whose MFT record has been overwritten, or when the file allocation table is missing or corrupted. In addition, Pandora Recovery supports recovery of archived, hidden, system, sparse, encrypted and compressed files, as well as ADS (Alternate Data Streams).

The program will ask you to fill up a survey upon exit when you run it for the first time, which you can skip by clicking the "Close" button.

Note: Latest version of this program is ad-supported and has not been tested for portability. A mirror for the 1.4 version has been contributed post in forums (thanks NickR).

System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista
Writes settings to: User profile folder. I am accepting this as portable because I am assuming it will be used on rare occasions when data recovery is more important than having portable settings.
Dependencies: Administrator rights
Stealth: ? No
License: Free for non-commercial use<span style="font-style: italic; text-decoration: underline;"></span>
How to extract:
  1. Download the 7z file and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Launch PandoraRecovery.exe

14 comments on Pandora Recovery  The Portable Freeware Collection Latest Entries Feed

zikarus 2007-07-19 07:37

AntiVir detects and identifies this proggie as a virus (Trojan)...

Sean 2007-07-20 00:15

Yup, AntiVir sure does.
Though checking online with other virus checkers, nothing else finds anything wrong with it.
I see several references to websites when viewing it in a hex editor, some to verisign, one to
(which redirects to
With all it does, it almost just seems too good to be true... I'd be kind of weary of running it....

Mancubus 2007-11-22 00:32

If I don't install it but simply extract and run, it says "Pandora Recovery tailed to initialize. Critical component missing. Please re-install the software and try again." and closes. If I install it, I then can run it from anywhere. Whan component may I be missing that Pandora installs?

sentry42 2007-11-22 09:49

It seems to require the following registry value:


If this value is not found, the program returns the error message you saw.

I haven't had time to check if there's a workaround for this or not (but I suspect not). Maybe someone else has more time on their hands...

Queue 2007-11-24 21:24

You don't even need that anchor entry it seems; the key [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\PandoraRecovery] simply has to exist. The program also auto-generates a resource DLL based on the neutral_res DLL and your local language DLL in the Lang subfolder when it's first run (creating pmres.dll) and needs an %appdata%\PandoraRecovery\Profile.xml file to exist, or for the %appdata%\PandoraRecovery folder to not exist at all (in order to properly generate it). Basically, the program has some specific needs in order to properly start up and not throw an error message about missing files.

That said, it's a pretty swanky utility.

Mancubus 2007-12-24 23:29

Thanks everyone for answers. I have checked your recommendations. In my case only the advice by sentry42 worked.

Known_Issues 2008-06-23 04:54

The free pandora recovery is not designed to be portable, you can find that out by reading content of their faq:

Can I copy Pandora Recovery from the original media to another disk drive and run it?
No, Pandora Recovery won't work on another disk drive.

Hovewer, you can purchase portable pandora recovery+flash drive (not for free, of course) on The advantage of the portable version is you can use it for your business, while free pandora recovery is for your personal use only.

a 2008-07-09 08:27

what kind of file recovery tool writes to the hard drive, wouldn't that defeat the purpose for appropriate recovery since the chances of the files beinf overwritten increase with disk writes.

JeanUntel 2010-10-20 14:18

Very good software that can search across all sectors of a hard disk for traces of files like .DOC, .XLS, ...

NOT free for commecial use, though. See

webfork 2012-03-29 02:20

License updated -- thanks JeanUntel.


ihateyou 2012-10-17 11:45

the best way I found it to work is

install pandora recovery
copy the installed folder (program files) to a portable media
create to .reg files in the same folder
1- "create_portable_key.reg" or what ever name with the this

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


2-delete_portable_key.reg" or what ever name with this

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


like this you clean the recovered system and will have a portable pandora.

you can be fancy and create a batch file automating all this for you but I am lazy....


zylstra 2014-08-12 20:53

Why do you post non-portable software on your website?


webfork 2014-08-20 00:12

zylstra: Sometimes the developer makes changes to their program that aren't free or portable, which we of course don't have any control over. In the case of Pandora, we tried to find a mirror or host for the old version without success.


Midas 2014-08-20 13:39

@webfork: until such mirror is found, it's in your power to downvote this...


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