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Recover deleted files or data from damaged hard drives and other USB storage devices — a task which at least once faced almost every user. Thus, such services or programmes for this purpose, as a rule, are not the small sum of money. If you first encountered this task for the first time and decided to recover the data yourself, I can also recommend reading material.
I already wrote, which included both free and paid-for products (mostly the latter), this time it will be only those, which can be downloaded for free and without limit to their functions (though a couple of the presented tools has a limit to the amount recoverable files). Note that some software (there are many such examples) to restore data that is distributed on a paid basis, is not professional, uses the same algorithms as the freeware counterparts and even provides more functions. It also may be helpful: .
Note: when you download the data recovery software I recommend to check them previously using virustotal.com (even though I selected clean, but over time, things may change) and to be careful when installing to reject offers to install additional software, if such will be offered (also tried to select only the most pure versions).
Recuva is the most popular program to recover deleted files from various media
Free program Recuva is one of the most known programs that allows you to recover data from hard drives, flash drives and memory cards even the novice user. For simple recovery the program has a friendly wizard; those users who need extended functionality, too, will find her here.
Recuva allows you to recover files in Windows 10, 8, Windows 7 and XP and even older versions of the Windows operating system. Russian interface language is present. Not to say that this program is very effective (for example, when reformatting the drive in NTFS, the result was not the best), but as the first method to look at, and is it possible to restore something of the lost files will be very suitable.
On the official developer site you will find the program in two versions — a regular installer, and Recuva Portable, does not require installation on your computer. More details about the program, sample usage, and where to download it:
Data recovery R. Saver
R. Saver — a simple free utility for recovering data from flash drives, hard disk and other drives from the Russian lab data recovery-R. Lab (in such specialized laboratories, I recommend to go when it comes to really important data that you want to restore. A different sort of multidisciplinary computer help in this context is almost the same that to try to restore them yourself).
The program does not require installation on your computer and is as simple for Russian user (there is also a detailed reference in Russian). I can’t judge about the applicability of R. Saver in difficult data loss cases that may require a professional, but in General the program works. The example works and download software.
Disk Drill for Windows
Disk Drill is a very popular data recovery software for Mac OS X, however, already more than a year ago the developer released the free version of Disk Drill for Windows, which is perfectly cope with the task of reconstruction, has a simple interface (though in English) and that is the problem with many free utilities, not trying to install anything additional on your computer (at the time of writing this review).
In addition, Disk Drill for Windows remained interesting features from the paid version for Mac — for example, creating an image of pendrive, memory card or hard disk in the format of a DMG and then restore data from this image to avoid more data corruption on the physical drive.
Learn more about using and downloading the software:
Photo recovery in PhotoRec
PhotoRec is a powerful utility for photo recovery, however, may not be quite convenient for novice users, due to the fact that all the work of the program is carried out without the usual graphical interface. Update 2016: a version of Photorec program with a graphical user interface, so now its use has become more easy for the novice user.
The program allows you to restore more than 200 types of photos (image files), works with almost any file systems and devices available in versions for Windows, DOS, Linux, and Mac OS X), and the included utility TestDisk may be able to recover the lost partition on the disk.(+ download)
7-Data Recovery Suite
Program 7-Data Recovery Suite (in English language) is not fully free (you can only recover 1 GB of data in the free version), but deserves attention, because in addition to simple restoration of deleted files supports:
- Recover lost disk partitions.
- Data recovery from Android devices.
- Allows you to restore files even in some complicated cases, for example, formatted in other file systems.
Read more about how to use the program, download and install:
Wise Data Recovery
Another free software allowing to recover deleted files from memory cards, MP3 player, USB flash drive, camera or hard disk. It is only those files that have been deleted in a variety of ways, including from the Recycle bin. However, in more complex scenarios I have not tested.
The program supports the Russian language and is available for download on the official website:. When installing be careful — you will be prompted to install additional software, if you don’t need — hit Decline.
As previous considered, this program helps to restore deleted items in different ways computer files and data lost as a result of system failures or viruses. Supports most types of drives, such as USB flash drives, memory cards, hard drives and other. The website address of the programbut when moving be careful: the site contains ads with the Download button, unrelated to the program itself.
Free program, Pandora Recovery is not very famous, but, in my opinion, is one of the best of its kind. It is very simple and the default interaction with the program is realized with the help of the very handy recovery wizard files, which is perfect for the novice user. As it is very long time not been updated, although it works successfully in Windows 10, 8 and Windows 7.
In addition, the presence of the function «Surface Scan» (Scanning surface) in order to find more number of different files.
Pandora Recovery allows you to recover deleted files from hard disk, memory cards, flash drives and other USB storage devices. You can restore the file type — photos, documents, videos.
You can read more about the program, and you can download it from the official developer’s website
Free trial EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard
The program EaseUS Data Recovery is a powerful tool to recover data after delete, format or modify the partitions. With it you can easily recover photos, documents, videos, and more from hard drive, flash drives or memory cards. This software is intuitive and, among other things, officially supports the latest operating systems — Windows 10, 8 and 7, Mac OS X 10.9, 10.8 and other.
In all respects, this is one of the best such products, if not for one detail: despite the fact that on the official site this information is not evident, but the free version of the program allows to recover only 2 gigabytes of information. But, if this is sufficient and you require once to perform this action, I recommend to pay attention. You can download the program here:
MiniTool Partition Recovery
Minitool Partition Recovery allows you to find the lost from formatted or failure of the file system partitions on hard drives and flash drives.
From the manufacturer there are also other programs designed for data recovery, but they are distributed on a paid basis. You can download the program on the developer’s site.
PC Inspector File Recovery
Another program with which you can recover deleted files, even after formatting or deletion of partition. Allows you to recover files in various formats, including individual photos, documents, archives and other file types. Based on the information on the website, the program manages to perform the task even when other, like Recuva, can. Russian language is not supported.
Just note, I haven’t tested it, but learned about it from an English-speaking author who tends to trust. To download the program for free from the official site
SoftPerfect File Recovery
This simple program, the size of 500 kilobytes can be found on the website of the developer.
The author recommends reading:
- — what to do and why this is happening?
- (for watching videos and games)
A little bit about what it is. If you’d skip the link down, you will find the option to download a completely free program SoftPerfect File Recovery, which can recover deleted files from all popular storage drives in various file systems, including FAT32 and NTFS. However, this only applies to deleted files, but not lost as a result of changes to the file system partition or formatting.
CD Recovery Toolbox is a program to recover data from CD and DVD
Other programs described here, the CD Recovery Toolbox differs in that it is designed specifically to work with DVDs and CDS. With it you can scan the optical disk and find files and folders that you cannot find in other ways. The program can help even if the disc is scratched or unreadable for some other reasons, allowing to copy to the computer the files are not corrupted, but the usual way to access it is not possible (in any case, the developers promise).
Download CD Recovery Toolbox on the official website
Well, here are ten programs and lists (and after the update of the review in 2016 is already more). Have anything to add? Write in the comments. Let me remind you, it only free programs.