Data recovery is a process in which a software is used to retrieve inaccessible data from a storage device such as a hard drive, memory card, pen drive, etc. Retrieval of data may have to be done if the hard drive crashes suddenly, the data is automatically deleted due to a virus, unknowingly deleted by yourself, or the files are corrupted. The primary task of data recovery software is to scan the storage medium to find lost files.
Many free data recovery programs exist that can help recover your accidentally deleted files. These file recovery programs can help you recover, or “undelete” files on your computer. Files you have deleted are often still present on your hard drive (or USB drive , media card, smartphone, etc.) and can be recovered using free data recovery software.
Important: Data recovery software is just one way to go. See How to Recover Deleted Files for a complete tutorial, including how to avoid common pitfalls during the file recovery process.
Undelete files you thought were gone forever with any one of these freeware data recovery tools:
Recuva is the very best free data recovery software tool available, hands down. It’s very easy to use but has many optional advanced features as well.
Recuva can recover files from hard drives, external drives ( USB drives, etc.), BD/DVD/CD discs, and memory cards. Recuva can even undelete files from your iPod!
Undeleting a file with Recuva is as easy as deleting one! I highly recommend that you try Recuva first if you need to recover a file.
Recuva will undelete files in Windows 10, 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.
Piriform provides both an installable and a portable version of Recuva. I tested file recovery with Recuva v1.53.1087 using their portable version on Windows 8.1.
uFlysoft Data Recovery
uFlysoft Data Recovery is one of the better free data recovery programs I’ve seen. It’s very easy to use, will scan any drive that Mac OS. No matter what type of drive you’ve lost data from, if you can normally use your Mac to detect the drives, uFlysoft Mac Data Recovery Software can scan it. Even if you’re currently having trouble accessing your Mac drive or storage device, there’s a good chance our software to recover deleted files from it. It can help if you want: Recover deleted files from Mac hard drive or deleted documents from storage device. Undeleted lost a partition on an external hard drive. Get back erased photos from a camera or erased videos from a camcorder. Find lost music on your iPod (Nano, Mini, Shuffle or Classic). Restore been unable to access a memory card (SD card, Flash card, XD card, etc.) Suitable for Mac OS 10.5 and later OS X version. you can find the last released version on Softpedia or Website.
Disk Drill v2.0.
Disk Drill is an excellent free data recovery program not only because of its features but also due to the very simple design, making it almost impossible to get confused.
The Disk Drill website says it can recover data (up to 500 MB) from “virtually any storage device,” such as internal and external hard drives , USB devices, memory cards, and iPods.
Disk Drill can also preview image files before recovering them, pause scans and resume them later, perform partition recovery, back up an entire drive, filter files by date or size, run a quick scan versus a full scan for faster results, and save scan results so you can easily import them again to recovery deleted files at a later time.
Disk Drill works with Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP, as well as macOS.
Note: Pandora Recovery was another file recovery program but it now exists as Disk Drill. If you’re looking for that program, you can find the last released version on Softpedia or Website.
Glary Undelete v5.0
Glary Undelete is an excellent free file recovery program. It’s very easy to use and has one of the better user interfaces that I’ve seen.
The biggest advantages in Glary Undelete include the easy “Folders” view, a File/Windows Explorer-style view of recoverable files, and a prominent “State” indication for each file, suggesting how likely a successful file recovery will be.
One disadvantage of Glary Undelete is that installation is required before you can use it. Another is that you’re asked to install a toolbar, but you can, of course, decline if you don’t want it. Aside from those facts, Glary Undelete is top notch.
Glary Undelete can recover files from hard drives and any removable media you might have including memory cards, USB drives, etc.
SoftPerfect File Recovery
SoftPerfect File Recovery is another superb file undelete program. It’s very easy to search for recoverable files. Anyone should be able to use this program with very little trouble.
SoftPerfect File Recovery will undelete files from hard drives, memory cards, etc. Any device on your PC that stores data (except for your CD/DVD drive) should be supported.
SoftPerfect File Recovery is a small, 500 KB, standalone file, making the program very portable. Feel free to run File Recovery from a USB drive or floppy disk. Scroll down a bit on the download page to find it.
Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP, Server 2008 & 2003, 2000, NT, ME, 98, and 95 are all supported. According to SoftPerfect, 64-bit versions of Windows operating systems are also supported.
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is another great file undelete program. Recovering files is very easy to do with just a few clicks.
My favorite aspect of EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is that the user interface is structured much like Windows Explorer. While that may not be everyone’s ideal way to display files, it’s a very familiar interface that most people are comfortable with.
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard will undelete files from hard drives, optical drives, memory cards, iOS devices, and pretty much anything else that Windows sees as a storage device. It also does partition recovery!
Please know that Data Recovery Wizard will only recover a total of 500 MB of data before you’ll need to upgrade. I almost didn’t include this program because of that limitation but since most situations call for undeleting much less than that, I’ll let it slide.
Data Recovery Wizard supports Mac and Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP, as well as Windows Server 2012, 2008, and 2003. Softpedia or Website.