Top Tools to Recover Deleted Files
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Accidentally or even with good knowledge, we might have deleted important files from our computer. So, a good solution would be to prevent the accidental loss, but, what can you do if you’ve deleted your files and you need to recover them ?
Don’t worry, it’s not yet Deleted
A file that was once encrypted on your hard drive doesn’t ever get lost. It will die only if your hard drive’s life cycle has come to an end. Even if you’ve used the the Shift+Delete option, to remove it from the Recycle Bin, it still remains recoverable as it leaves traces on the hard drive disk.
However, you should hurry with your recovery process, because sooner you do it, there are more chances of recovering your files. If you’ll use some free software, they will be able to recover recent files with an accurate precision, just like a paid program. If you’re trying to recover the files a long time after they were deleted, then a free software may not be as good as a paid, with support program. One thing to avoid is the defragmentation as this will highly reduce the chances of recovering your lost photos, docs or rare videos.
1. Free Software to Recover Deleted Files
You might be lucky and you could recover your files even without the need of a specialized recovery software. If you’re a Windows user and you have activated the back-up option, then the restore option can help you. You’d have to set a previous restore point, though. But, can you tell when the tragedy will happen ?
Developed by the team from Germany. It seems the software have been designed in order to attract visitors to their website so that they can also sell other products. It’s a good help for the community !
Recuva is one of the most popular free software to recover your deleted files. Recuva seems to be a very good software and it’s free.
EaseUs Data Recovery Wizard
The Data Recovery Wizard is a free version from the EaseUs brand. It’s actually free for just one gigabyte. So, if you want to recover more of your deleted data, you’ll have to pay some extra data. But, it can work very well if you’re searching for text files or important documents, as those don’t occupy too much space.
Win Data Recovery
Like most of these software presented here, this one will recover data for the Windows users. The official presentation of the software says that it can even restore files that have been damaged by viruses, so this software acts a little like an antivirus, as well. Of course, the biggest advantage is that it’s free.
When you have Panda Recovery tool, you cannot be afraid of accidentally deleting files because you know that Panda is there to protect you. What’s even better, you can carry it with you, but you’d have to pay for the mobile version, though. You can ever recover hidden or archived files with the Panda recovery software.
It is the most basic and simple recovery software and it is free for personal use.
2. Paid Programs
If you have the money and you need those lost files fast, then a paid program is the best solution.
Disk Doctors, $59
This software will cure your hard drive disk and find the deleted files that you are looking for. The makers of the software are boasting with “instant file recovery” possibilities. Here is what the program can do :
• Recover deleted files emptied from the Recycle Bin
• Recover accidentally formatted hard drives, even when Windows has been reinstalled.
• Get back files after partition corruption or re-partitioning.
• Recover documents, photos, video, music and email and many other file types.
File Scavenger, $49
A very ingenious name for such a software. File scavanger will search for “dead” files or, will scavenge them to extract precious lost data. The advantage that this software has is that it will recover data also from floppy disks (who is using them anymore ?), ZIP disks, memory sticks, flash cards, RAIDs and more. With other programs, you’d have to buy a different version for each type of storage device.
Munsoft Data Recovery Suite, $35
The Munsoft program presentation has a big red cross on it to suggest that it will help you recover old files. You’ll see on their website that they have six different recovery programs, for documents, photos and all kinds of files. The Recovery Suite sums up all those features in a single program. It’s cheaper than other programs, as well, you’d have to pay $35 to get it.
Recover My Files, $65
It’s not cheap, I agree with you, but it performs the needed tasks without no issues.
Data Recovery Software, $80
Why does it cost that much ? Well, because it’s fast and it recovers even the smallest files that you had. It will basically work for any kind of storage device and will be quick to respond to your immediate needs. This is the suggested program for those who’ve lost a very important password and will do anything just to get it back.
The download is free and you can see the files that you need to recover but, you can’t really recover them without the registration key.