Why didn't you try RECUVA first?
And if I wasn't clear, I don't think it's a scam. Just how data recovery is today. You're never sure until the recovery is over. Demos are just that and no indication what may come back as finding the list of possible files is one thing. Getting the file back is another.
Big nod to RECUVA and its deep scan.
Frustrated and feel scammed a bit. I used iboysoft's free trial (1gb) and as it was scanning (took forever), I could see my files and the sizes running in the background, so I knew everything was there. Because I could see all the files/sizes, I calculated how many gb's I'd need, and it was going to be way more than the free 1gb offered in the trial, so I spent the $70 to get what I needed. However, once the scan was done and files were 'recovered' onto my new drive, the folders were there, but they were all empty, showing "0" gb's! I talked to ibuysoft and they said i'm out of luck as that's what the trial was for, but there was no disclaimer saying that what I could see while scan was running was not what I'd actually recover, which was nothing! Has anyone else had this happen and what did you do about it? Thanks.