It happens to the best of us. We are working on that very important file when suddenly disaster strikes. It accidentally gets deleted, corrupted, the computer died, or a number of unfortunate things that prevent you from gaining access to the file. What’s worse, you don’t have a backup and are in desperate need of those important files urgently.
Well, don’t fret as it is possible to recover those deleted files. When you delete a file, you don’t actually ‘delete’ it. The system marks the area the file resides as reusable, removing the file from its index. This means that there is a period where it is possible to restore the file. To help you with your deleted data dilemma, we have for you 10 free data recovery tools for Windows, which will help from simple file recovery to a total partition rescue.
FonePaw Data Recovery is a reliable data recovery software that can recover deleted image, audio, video, email, document and other files from hard drives, SD card, memory card, etc. You can use it on Windows and macOS.
When you encounter accidental deletion, crashed PC, virus attack or formatted partition, you can use this software to get back your data. It can retrieve the files quickly and securely without any data loss. It even supports previewing the scanning data before recovery.
There is free trial so don’t be afraid to get it mistakenly.
Recuva provides a number of tools and features that makes recovering your data easier. The app will deep scan your drives and with it, you can recover deleted data on your drive or from drives that are damaged or formatted.
It has the ability to recover data that was accidently deleted from certain apps such as your email program or the temp folder of Microsoft Word, useful when the power cuts off and you haven’t saved your progress. If the options seem too overwhelming, there is a wizard to guide you through the process.
There are times when your drive’s file system will get damaged and you are unable to access the data within. You could use the apps above to rescue it but it may take time if there is a lot of data. Rescuing the file system will be faster.TestDisk is an app that comes packaged with PhotoRec that will enable you to repair a broken file system, and make the data available and the drive usable without formatting it.
The app is able to rebuild the formats used by Windows and is available for multiple Operating Systems.
Ultimate Boot CD, as the name implies, is the ultimate boot CD to run, as it contains a multitude of free diagnostic tools to scan, edit or save your computer’s drive or data. Included in this suite of tools are a few that can help you with those tasks. They can also help you recover your data in case you cannot boot into your main OS, meaning that you won’t be locked out of your data.
TestDisk and PhotoRec are among some of the tools included as part of the suite to help during the recovery process.
Billing itself as “a free professional tool to recover accidentally deleted files”, UndeleteMyFiles Pro contains more than the usual data recovery tools, containing additional items that will help in the recovery process.
You get the standard features such as searching deleted files and restoring them but the best feature is Emergency Disk Image, where you can create a disk image snapshot of your drive in case data might be overwritten by accidental activity.
Pandora Recovery allows you to sift through your drive for deleted data and has the ability to preview photo and text data files before restoring them.
It has the ability to find and restore archived, compressed, hidden and encrypted files and gives you information on whether the file recovery process will be successful, based on how much was overwritten.
Orion File Recovery doesn’t have all the bell and whistles of the other recovery software but it is simple to use. At startup, it will open with a wizard that will ask you step-by-step what you are looking, from file type, location and file name.
There is also a permanent overwrite feature, if you want to completely destroy data on your drive.
PhotoRec is a powerful command line recovery tool that can recover your lost data by bypassing the file system, perfect for when your computer can see the drive but cannot access it or for use on a formatted drive.
The app will work on different drive formats other than the ones used by Windows, including those used on macOS, and is also available on multiple platforms.