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Five data recovery utilities

If your hard disk fails and you don't have a valid backup, you will have to resort to a data recovery tool. Brien Posey has five suggestions.

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I've lost count of the number of times over the years that I have had friends, family, and even clients contact me because a hard disk failed and no backup of the data exists. In these types of situations the only option is often to use a data recovery utility to try to get back some of the data. This article discusses five such utilities.

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Five Apps

1. VirtualLab

VirtualLab is a utility for recovering various types of data. As you would expect, the product features file level recovery and partition level recovery. What might not be expected however is that it also has support for Macintosh partitions. The software also has dedicated functions for recovering CD / DVD ROMs, deleted E-mail messages, and photos. There is even a RAID recovery function. Best of all, the interface is very clean and easy to use.

VirtualLab sells for $39.95, but a free trial version is available for download. The trial version scans for recoverable data, but the actual recovery is disabled.

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2. File Scavenger Data Recovery Utility

File Scavenger Data Recovery Utility that is dedicated to file recovery. The utility itself is fairly simple. It scans the volume of your choosing, lets you select the file that you want to recover, and then that file is saved to a location of your choosing.

One thing that I really like about this utility is that it actively prevents recovered files from being saved to the volume where they previously resided. This is important, because writing to the volume decreases the chances of being able to recover other lost data. Although File Scavenger Data Recovery Utility is not as diverse as some of the other utilities that are available, it does one thing and does it well.

File Scavenger Data Recovery Utility sells for $49.95, but a free trial version is available for download. The trial version is limited to recovering files 64KB in size or smaller.

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3. Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery – Professional

Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery – Professional is a basic data recovery utility. It has dedicated modes that allow for the recovery of drives (and file data), CDs and DVDs, photos, and E-mail messages.

I particularly liked this utility's advanced options. It features the ability to clone a drive so that you don't risk further damaging your only copy of the data. There is also a feature that lets you create a disk image, which you can restore data from later on. A Drive Status function lets you view detailed health information for a disk.

Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery – Professional sells for $99.00, but a free trial download is available. The Save option is disabled in the free trial.

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4. MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition

MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition is a free tool for recovering data from a number of different sources. The software provides undelete recovery, recovery of damaged or lost partitions, digital media recovery, and CD / DVD recovery.

The best thing about MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition might be the fact that you can purchase a boot disk. Having a boot disk makes it far easier to recover data from an unbootable, malware infected, or severely damaged system.

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5. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition is a free tool for deleted file recovery, partition recovery, and complete system recovery. At first glance, it appears that the utility will only allow you to recover specific types of data such as pictures or E-mail messages. However, the interface does contain an Other option that you can use to recover files of any type.

The free version of this tool will allow for up to 2GB of data recovery. EaseUS also provides the option to purchase a Windows PE based boot disk for $59.95.

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62 comments
oliverpowell
oliverpowell

Stellar Phoenix Software (http://www.stellarinfo.com) works great with 500 GB's of WD Passport external hard disk drive. Luckily, I've restored most of the important files I've needed badly. 


Thanks again for introducing this nice utility.

shirleythomas533
shirleythomas533

Use Windows Data Recovery Software and solve own any types of data recovery problem in few seconds. Software is simple, effective and secure to users. You can run this software in all Windows operating system. Get free trial version from - http://www.free.pcfilerecovery.org/

jameslisbon
jameslisbon

The different programs in the article are interesting.  Backing up your data seems like something that has become more relevant nowadays due to technology.   There are probably many different ways to do it, so it would probably depend on the person as to which method they use. https://www.davescomputers.com/data-recovery-new-jersey/ 

rpeter812
rpeter812

When it comes to data recovery on Mac OS system, I would rather prefer the manual option first. There are few manual steps which can used to overcome severe data inaccessibility issue on Mac such as trash, time machine etc. Well, if you are looking for a power third party utility in order to repair corrupt data on Mac then it is recommended to opt for a trail version first as it will give you the chance to verify the efficiency of that particular tool. For more info: http://www.macfixz.com/corrupted-data-mac-get-corrupted-deleted-mac-data-recovered

susanhsullivan
susanhsullivan

Recover data offers windows data recovery tool to recover the data such as directory, files, text, image, audio, video and so on, from the deep inside the windows drive. Users can rely on the software for easy conversion with safe and secure environment. It supports all the lost file system like NTFS and FAT. It is compatible with all the latest version of Windows operating system.Brief knowledge:- http://www.recoverdatatools.com/Windows-Data-Recovery-Software.html

johan.mark25
johan.mark25

I will suggest you to use another tool because I have used this tool and got my complete data in few clicks. Kernel for Windows Data Recovery Software best, easy and fast data recovery option for users. this software can use to recover any types of corrupt and delete data from internal and external hard drive. The software offers a free trial service and technical support service to users. for more features and free trial version visit - http://www.windowsdata.recoveryfiles.org/

astomlimio
astomlimio

Data recovery software is an advance apps to restore data from PC , iPhone, iPad, camera, etc. You can find the best software from http://www.softwarereview.in/, To safe and secure recovery always use an advance data recovery tool.

pittbradd
pittbradd

You can easily recover Windows data by using RecoveryFix for Windows data recovery. It is capable to recover complete data from damaged, inaccessible drive partition and also restore data from missing or lost partitions. This application recovers data from all file (FAT16, FAT32, NTFS and NTFS5) systems.

To know more about the software visit http://www.recoveryfix.com/recover-windows-data.html

ricdshelton
ricdshelton

Data Recovery for Windows software is based on unique guided File excavation technology and it is a result-oriented software. We can use Quick Recovery for Windows to recover corrupt partition table and boot sector. Data can be recovered from formatted Partitions of Hard Drives. Sometimes, when We delete the data by mistake, we can use Quick Recovery for Windows software.  To know more: http://www.unistal.com/windows-data-recovery-software.html

davidkpaz
davidkpaz

When a file is deleted from your computer, its contents aren't immediately destroyed. Windows simply marks the hard drive space as being available for use by changing one character in the file table. If you manage to start an undelete process before Windows overwrites that part of hard disk with new files. You can set that flag back to "on" and get your file using Recover Data for Windows Data Recovery Software. Have a look at: http://www.en.ntfsdiskrecovery.com

mjpaudio
mjpaudio

@davidkpaz I like this post.  Its true, just marks on the hard drive and with a little sleuthing and skill you can def get some data back!  Ever so peculiar that Mac has 3 different types of data wipe.

datatracklabsltd
datatracklabsltd

When HDD failed to backup the data , the data will be retrieved by    the recovery company. This is the better process than any other software. the best data recovery company is the    http://www.datatrack-labs.co.uk/ 

lusyarmitage
lusyarmitage

Recover Data Tools for Windows Data Recovery is an effective data recovery software to recover deleted data from windows. Using this tool you can quick recover deleted files, folder, image, video and many more. You can also recover missing or deleted or corrupt NTFS/FAT partition. The software support Windows 8 , MS Windows 98, 2000, 2003, XP, Vista and 7. For latest windows software visit:- http://www.en.windowsrecovery.net

Thedatahospital
Thedatahospital

VirtualLab Data Recovery is BRILLIANT, I just recovered files from a defunct Mac PC. I realized that I will not need another software for data recovering, this one works perfect. Thanks.

michelleyoung
michelleyoung

Indeed a great review about the utility software. I usually hook up to http://sysinfotools.com/ for fulfilling my data recovery needs. I really liked the insights given in this post. Worth trying before dropping in to other solutions however I would have appreciated more if you could have added few more freewares that we can use in case of email losses. I often end up losing email files or have hard time opening them then I have to switch to a paid tool. Any recommendation?

cdorno
cdorno

I have used Kernel for Windows Data Recovery software to recover data from formatted hard drive. 

danieleaton
danieleaton

I think that Stellar Phoenix  Windows data recovery professional is a very good data recovery utility. It has dedicated modes that allow for the recovery of drives (and file data), CDs and DVDs, photos, and E-mail messages.The advanced features includes the ability to clone a drive so that we don't risk further damaging only copy of the data. There is also a feature that lets us create a disk image, which we can restore data from later on. A Drive Status function lets us view detailed health information for a disk.

rubertcornell
rubertcornell

@terencehoward3005 It is not a data recovery software I think. 

Gemmy Johnson
Gemmy Johnson

I was quite fortunate to find such useful detail about how to recover files from hard drive under various circumstances. One of the other tool that I found while searching was Remo Software.


martins321
martins321

Whenever I read such posts, it recalls my old days. I recently dropped my HDD and my entire data was stored in that hard drive. Thanks to data savers for recovering everything.

http://www.datasavers.com.sg/

leelavinodh
leelavinodh

Recuva is very good. I tried it and it works well

mpatchak
mpatchak

I cut and pasted photos from a hard drive onto a flash drive and then lost the flash drive. Is the photos still on the original hard drive???

mirekturon
mirekturon

Do you guys know the way to recover data from internal memory of the Android tablet ? 

ictburton
ictburton

I've recently had reasonable success with Puran File Recovery.  I recovered 15GB from a failed USB drive.  Took about 3 days but did the job superbly and it's  free for personal use.

james
james

The pricing given for VirtualLab is misleading.  All the features listed are not available at the price shown....

gvtooker
gvtooker

Or one can also use an Ubuntu boot disk for data recovery. It's free, and it doesn't matter what OS is being used (obviously) or what condition the partitions are in since it sees the disk in raw format. I've successfully used this method to recover data off of failing hard drives and corrupted drive firmware where other data recovery software has failed.

gvtooker
gvtooker

Or you can use an Ubuntu boot disk. It's free, and it doesn't matter what operating system is being used (obviously) or what condition the partitions are in since it sees the disk in raw format. I've been able to recover data with this method where other data recovery software has failed.

admin
admin

SpinRite from GRC. It operates at the lowest level possible on the drive, and is file-system independent. If your trouble rests at the physical sector level, it's probably the tool you want, and the only tool of its kind.

GovtCheese
GovtCheese

Another vote for Recuva. It's never failed me yet

adekunlejob
adekunlejob

Is there any software that can be use to revive a damaged flash drive/external disk drive ?

macmanjim
macmanjim

Too bad that this stuff seems to be Windows only. 

adekunlejob
adekunlejob

Recuva is very good. I tried it and it works well

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