EaseUS Data Recovery Stats 2 for 2024 [Photo/Video/Document Recovery Data]

Cedric updated on Jun 28, 2024 | Home > Knowledge Center

EaseUS Data Recovery Stats 1 mainly presents data related to systems and storage devices. This report delves into a comprehensive user survey of data recovery types, which engaged 864,257 participants, all of whom have recently utilized file recovery. The core content revolves around the varied file types users seek to recover, including photos, videos, and documents.  

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By studying these data, we aim to help users realize the prevalence, importance, and main direction of data recovery. We hope users learn coping strategies and options when facing data loss problems and enhance their data management capabilities and risk prevention awareness.

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What Are the Main Types of Data Recovery?

Based on the main file types recovered by users in our survey, the picture is the most commonly recovered file type at 56.15%. Video files follow closely behind at 33.07%, while documents, audio, and archives comprise smaller portions of the total files recovered.

Understanding the distribution of file types can provide valuable insights into how data recovery software can better meet users' needs and also can remind users of the most vulnerable files to protect in their daily lives or at work.

  • Picture accounts for over half of all files (56.15%). This could be due to several factors, such as people taking more photos than ever using their cameras and other digital devices. Additionally, picture files tend to be larger in size compared to other file types, making them more prone to deletion or loss.
  • Video files come in second place, representing 33.07%. This is attributed to the increasing popularity of video content creation and sharing platforms like YouTube and TikTok and the increasing use of video conferencing tools for remote work and communication. As people create and share more videos, there is a higher likelihood of accidentally deleting or losing important footage.

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  • Documents make up 8.06%, which indicates that many users store important work-related or personal documents on their devices. Accessing documents on the go is convenient, and there is an increasing trend towards remote work and digital collaboration. Additionally, the prevalence of cloud storage services like Google Drive and Dropbox means that users may inadvertently delete or lose important online documents.
  • Audio files represent only 1.87%, showing that people are downloading and storing less, and there are fewer data loss problems. Streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music eliminate the need for users to download and store music locally.
  • Archives make up just 0.84%, which could suggest that users do not frequently compress files for day-to-day file management. The ease of accessing individual files without needing to extract an entire archive may discourage users from creating archives in the first place.

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What Are the Photo Formats That Users Recover the Most?

In nearly half a million photo recovery surveys, we found that the top 10 image formats are JPG, PNG, GIF, JPEG, CR2, BMP, SVG, NEF, ICO, and WMF. JPG and PNG are the two most common lost image file formats.

🧮JPG is the most common image type in recovered photos, accounting for 79.94%. It is a compressed format that sacrifices some quality for smaller file sizes, making it ideal for photographs and images with complex colors. Since JPG is a lossy compression format, if the original file is lost or damaged, the image quality may decrease, so people are more inclined to retrieve the original JPG file to maintain the best image quality.

🧿PNG files comprise the second largest group, accounting for 10.48%. This lossless format preserves the image's original quality, making it suitable for graphics and logos with transparent backgrounds. This indicates its importance in graphic and web design.

🔰Important scenarios for image loss include, but are not limited to, device failure (such as a hard disk crash), incorrect deletion, virus infection, or operating system error. In addition, some professional photographers may also need to recover photos in professional formats such as NEF (Nikon Native RAW format) or CR2 (Canon Native RAW format) due to camera memory card issues.

🧰Other formats, such as BMP, SVG, ICO, etc., although they are lower in overall proportion, users will still seek to recover pictures in these formats under certain circumstances.

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💡In what ways can data recovery software help users with photo recovery?

With the increasing use of digital devices and the proliferation of image-based applications, the demand for reliable and efficient data recovery software continues to grow. We must focus on device compatibility for photo recovery, including laptops, smartphones, tablets, and even specialized devices like drones and action cameras. Developing software that seamlessly integrates with different devices will enable users to recover lost or deleted images regardless of the device they were created on.

Image recovery software should also cater to various application scenarios, from personal use to professional photography and videography. At the same time, the data recovery software should use advanced algorithms and technologies for image recovery, such as deep learning and artificial intelligence, which can significantly improve the accuracy and speed of recovery.

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What Types of Video Do Users Restore Most Often?

What are the common formats of video files that users lose? We surveyed 285,844 users, and the top 10 types are MP4, MOV, AVI, M2TS, MKV, WMV, MPG, MTS, 3GP, and SWF.

In terms of the percentage of each file type:

  • ✨MP4 is the most recovered video file type, with a total of 117,397 files, accounting for 41.07% of the total.
  • 🎈MOV and AVI ranked second and third, with 44,737 and 35,808 files, accounting for 15.65% and 12.53%.
  • 🧩Other types of video files such as M2TS, MKV, WMV, MPG, MTS, 3GP and SWF were relatively few.

The high percentage of MP4 files can be attributed to its popularity as a widely used format for video playback across various devices and platforms. MOV files, primarily associated with Apple's QuickTime player, also have a significant presence due to their widespread use among Apple users.

While not as popular as the first two, AVI files still account for a sizable portion of the recovered videos, likely because they are compatible with many media players and editing software.

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Which camera brands are the main sources of video?

We also investigated what brands of cameras users used to shoot these videos. Canon, Nikon, and Sony are the main brands, accounting for over 80% of the market share. The specific data is as follows:

  • 🔮Canon accounted for the largest proportion, reaching 32.93%. Canon has a strong reputation as an established camera manufacturer with a product line that covers a wide range of needs from entry-level to professional level, thus holding a large share of the market.
  • 📢Nikon ranked second, accounting for 25.90%. It has profound accumulation in the field of SLR cameras, and most users have recognized its products' image quality and reliability.
  • 🔍Sony ranked third with 22.59%. In recent years, Sony's performance in the field of digital imaging has been very eye-catching, especially in the mirrorless camera, which has made remarkable achievements and is attracting a large number of young users.
  • 🧱Samsung, Panasonic, Fujifilm, and GoPro accounted for 7.21%, 3.35%, 3.14%, and 2.19%, respectively. These brands have strengths in specific areas, such as Panasonic's influence on micro-single cameras, Fujifilm's attracted a loyal following with its film simulation mode and retro design, and GoPro's position as the market leader in action cameras.

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💡What should we do for video recovery?

The data show that MP4 is the most frequently recovered video format. After filming or video editing, if necessary, we can consider converting the video to the most versatile MP4 format in advance to enhance compatibility and future recoverability.

If you own a professional or special-purpose camera such as a DJI or GoPro, more frequent backups or higher levels of data protection are recommended, given the potentially unique nature of video captured by these devices. Once the video is lost, stop using the camera immediately to avoid overwriting the lost video. Then, powerful tools that perform particularly well in video recovery are chosen to retrieve lost data.

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What Document Formats Do People Recover the Most?

What document formats do people recover the most? According to our 69,670 user surveys, users have a diverse range of document formats, with PDF being the most prevalent, with 18,779 and a proportion of 26.95%. In addition to PDF, the top 10 file formats are DOCX, XLSX, TXT, DOC, XLS, INK, TMP, XML, and PPTX.

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Further elaboration of the file formats with high proportion:

  • 🪁PDF (26.95%): As a portable document format, PDF is widely used in business communication, academic publishing, legal documents, and many other fields worldwide. Correspondingly, the number of PDF files that need to be recovered due to accidental deletion and file loss will be large.
  • 🧵DOCX (15.22%) and DOC (6.68%): These figures reflect the transition from the older DOC to the newer DOCX format while affirming the ongoing relevance of both in professional and personal contexts. DOCX and DOC files are often edited and modified and are easily damaged or lost due to accidental deletion, software crashes, unsaved operations, power failure, and other factors.
  • 🎯XLSX (14.90%) and XLS (5.40%): Excel is the most commonly used spreadsheet software. Its XLS (early version) and XLSX (version after 2007) format files are widely used in finance, data analysis, report preparation, and many other fields. Naturally, more cases need to be recovered for data loss or damage.
  • 📟TXT (14.90%): TXT is the most basic text file format. Almost all devices and applications can create and read TXT files, making them a common choice for recording information, logs, code snippets, etc. TXT files are usually small and easy to edit and move, so they can be easily deleted or overwritten by mistake.

💡Observations and insights:

Documents are the third most important data type needing recovery. They are closely related to people's lives and are vital. Users should develop good file protection habits, set up automatic document saving, use antivirus software to protect computers from malware attacks, and regularly back up important files.

Once a document is lost, all read-and-write operations on the storage device should be stopped immediately to prevent new data from overwriting the lost document. Then, choose a reputable data recovery software, such as EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, and perform scanning and recovery operations according to the software's instructions.

Data recovery software needs to enhance compatibility and support for multiple formats in document recovery, ensuring that the latest versions of document formats (such as DOCX, XLSX, PPTX, etc.) can be effectively recovered. At the same time, the scanning algorithm can be optimized to improve the recognition and recovery capabilities of damaged, encrypted, or partially overwritten documents. In addition, support for document recovery on cloud storage platforms (such as Google Drive, OneDrive, etc.) can be added to meet the growing demand for recovering lost cloud documents.

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EaseUS Data Recovery Stats 2 for 2024

After reading this report, we can roughly understand the main types of data recovery people perform. Whether you are an individual user or a data recovery software developer, we hope that this report will be helpful and inspiring to you.

If you need the statistics and charts in this report, you can download the PDF file to save it locally or share it on social media platforms to explore the interesting data with more people.

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Updated by Cedric

Cedric Grantham is a senior editor and data recovery specialist of EaseUS. He mainly writes articles and how-to tips about data recovery on PC and Mac. He has handled 10,000+ data recovery cases and is good at data recovery of NTFS, FAT (FAT32 and ExFAT) file systems, and RAID structure reorganization.

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