ReclaiMe Free RAID Recovery vs. Runtime RAID Recon­structor

Supported RAID levels

RAID levels denote the different ways of storing data in a RAID. Most of the RAID levels allow for the redundancy, with RAID 0 being a notable exception. For a RAID recovery software to work, you need to know which RAID level you have.

ReclaiMe Free RAID Recovery Runtime RAID Recon­structor
RAID 0 Yes Yes
RAID 5 Yes Yes
RAID 10 Yes No
RAID 6 Yes No

Special cases

Sometimes when a large array goes down, you just need more oomph. Or, you may be lucky to have one of the tricky RAID controllers which deviate somewhat from the academic RAID models.

ReclaiMe Free RAID Recovery Runtime RAID Recon­structor
Number of drives Unlimited 14 drives max
512 bytes per block Yes No
RAID 5 delayed parity Yes No

Output capabilities

The RAID reconstruction process essentially gives you a set of RAID parameters. The parameters per se are not very useful. Obtaining correct parameters does not guarantee immediate RAID recovery. Typically, some intermediate step is required before the array data can be accessed, involving either a high capacity spare storage, or some interaction with a data recovery software.

ReclaiMe Free RAID Recovery Runtime RAID Recon­structor
Disk image file1 Free $99
Direct to physical disk1 Free $99
Compatibility with data recovery software2 File Scavenger,
ReclaiMe,
R-Studio,
UFS Explorer,
Zero Assumption Recovery
Get­Data­Back

Note 1: Requires a blank storage of the same size as the capacity of a failed RAID array.
Note 2: Requires an appropriate license for a data recovery software, none of which are free.

Beats the hell out of RAID Reconstructor

In the end of the day, ReclaiMe Free RAID Recovery is cheaper and more capable. Click the link to download ReclaiMe Free RAID Recovery.

If you still want Runtime RAID Reconstructor, download it here.

Please note that the comparison above is valid as the things were in October 2011.