Deleted a photo by accident? Formatted your hard drive without backup? Your SD card became corrupted? When your files are gone, all you really want to do is find a data recovery tool to recover them. These 5 free data recovery software are regarded as the best ones you can easily bank in 2014 and 2015.
Recuva is the very best free data recovery software tool available (it also has the pay edition) for recovering data from FAT, exFAT and NTFS partitions. Recuva can recover files from hard drives, external drives (USB drives, etc.), BD/DVD/CD discs, and memory cards. It has two modes wizard mode and manual mode. Whatever mode you're using, Recuva is a nice recovery tool, effective and very easy to use. However, if there is a severely damaged disk, this freeware is helpless.
Recuva will undelete files in Windows 8 & 8.1, 7, Vista, XP, Server 2008/2003, and older Windows versions like 2000, NT, ME and 98. 64-bit Windows versions are also supported. There is also a 64-bit version Recuva available.
Pandora Recovery is another excellent free file recovery software program. It's super easy to use and has the best wizard to help you undelete files from hard drives, memory cards, etc. Pandora Recovery supports for Windows 7, Vista, XP, Server 2003, and 2000 but it doesn't work perfectly well in Windows 8.1/8. Moreover, it doesn't just present the files it finds in a single list.
PC Inspector File Recovery is a completely free file recovery program. It can recognize data types even when the header is missing, so you can recover from deletions, formatting, or even total volume loss with an arguably "deeper" search for deleted files than other similar undelete programs. PC Inspector File Recovery supports Windows 8 and under. I tested it in Windows 8.1, but failed.
PhotoRec is an extremely powerful free undelete tool that runs almost everywhere (DOS, Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, more). It can recover files from hard drives, optical drives, and memory cards. PhotoRec should be able to undelete files from any storage device on your PC. PhotoRec supports Windows 7, Vista, XP, Server 2003, 2000, NT, ME, 98, and 95.
It is limited by its command-line interface and multiple step recovery process. Another problem is that it's very difficult to avoid recovering all deleted files at once, not just the one or two you're after. It doesn't support Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 as well.
UndeleteMyFiles Pro is another free data recovery program. You can also preview files with Tree View and Detailed View. There's a nice search option in UndeleteMyFiles Pro that lets you search by file location, type, size, and attributes. It works with Windows 8 without any issues, but it doesn't support Windows 8.1.
Well, all the free data recovery tools are worth a try. If you need to thorough and fast recovery, you are advised to use professional data recovery tool.
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