Five Best Free Data Recovery Tools

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Published: 25th July 2012
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Everyone knows that accidental data loss is inevitable. There are several tools available in the market for data recovery, using that you can easily recover your precious data. We are describing five best free data recovery tools for you

1- Restoration (Windows) Restoration is one of the oldest data recovery tool, used world-wide. It is an easy to use and straight forward tool to undelete files that were removed from the recycle bin or directly deleted from within Windows. Restoration also provides the option to wipe the found files beyond simple recovery. Restoration can be used with all versions of Windows and Windows file systems. It lacks some of the advanced functionality of other nominees but does have basic file-name search and the ability to sort by file parameters such as size and filename.

2- Recuva (Windows)
Recuva has the most user friendly interface of all. With impressive fas recovering speed, Recuva makes the undelete process really easy even for beginners. Recuva's recovery rate is high and it can recover all types of files even if the hard drive is formatted. Recuva offers special deep scan features.
Recuva uses a green/yellow/red light system to indicate how probable the recovery of your files will be, and when available, it can provide previews image files available for recovery. Recuva also ncludes a tool to securely wipe files you find, handy if you're attempting a file recovery just to ensure the files are actually dead and gone. There’s a portable version of Recuva available too to be carried in your flash drive.

3- TestDisk (Windows/Mac/Linux)
Test disk is an open source software loaded with features. It is one of the most powerful free data recovery software. It was primarily designed to help recover lost partitions and/or make non-booting disks bootable again when these symptoms are caused by faulty software, certain types of viruses or human error.
With TestDisk you can recover your boot sector from a backup, rebuild your boot sector, fix FAT tables, fix your MFT, locate the ext2/ext3 backup SuperBlock, copy deleted files from partitions to recovery media, and find lost partitions in dozens of formats to help you locate your lost data.

4- PhotoRec (Windows/Mac/Linux)
PhotoRec is a companion program to TestDisk. Like TestDisk, this application is also devoid of a GUI, but likewise is quite powerful at file recovery. This data recovery software is designed to recover lost files including video, documents and archives from hard disks, CD-ROMs, and lost pictures from digital camera memory.
PhotoRec ignores the file system and goes after the underlying data, so it will still work even if your media's file system has been severely damaged or reformatted. It uses read-only access to handle the drive or memory card you are about to recover lost data from.

5- Undelete Plus (Windows)
Undelete Plus used to be commercial software but has gone on a lengthy "limited time offer" freeware run. Undelete Plus can recover files from hard drives, external drives, and memory cards. Any drive using any popular file system should be accessible by Undelete Plus. Undelete Plus can undelete files in Windows Vista, XP, Server 2003, 2000, NT, ME, 98, and 95.With Undelete Plus, you can sort files by type, set filters based on time and size to avoid sifting through every deleted file on your disk, and keep folder structures intact when you perform your recovery.

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