Disaster Recovery

Five free recovery tools you can carry with you

Portable Data Recovery

Portable Data Recovery is one of the Pendrive Apps and does a great job of recovering data from FAT, FAT16, FAT32, and NTFS partitions. It's less than 500K and can recover some compressed and encrypted files.

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42 comments
docbillnet3
docbillnet3

I clicked through your slideshow and I saw lots of screen shots... Where do I actually find the names, and hyperlinks of the 5 applications you recommend, and why you recommend them?

DuckAndCower
DuckAndCower

The gallery format gets them many more pageviews than the normal article format. Still, it's seriously annoying.

2xquota
2xquota

Glad I've got a life. It's obvious, by the way, that spelling and grammar are dying arts, too!

pshippert
pshippert

As an alternative suggestion to TR, (web ad advertising revenue notwithstanding) why not post the 'view as a blog post' link right next to the title of the article on the 'slide-show page' for those who don't want to have to keep reloading their browsers to view the slide-show? Yes, the instruction is present in the first sentence of the "Introduction", however; prople presented with the visual material preceding it will probably not scroll down to read that instruction.

raaz_sweta
raaz_sweta

How can i download this software

cg
cg

I agree with the other readers... A one screen list with your review of the recovery tool(s) and your vote for the favorite is my suggestion. Otherwise it becomes cumbersome and I leave.

chris
chris

We are all busy in our IT universe, and time is often at a premium. It's your prerogative to complain about something that might take a nibble or two out of that time. But as for me, I appreciate the valuable research and time spent by TR and their contributors, from which I benefit greatly... and which doesn't cost me a penny. I don't mind taking an extra few minutes clicking and loading pages if it helps keep TR healthy through ad dollars. I appreciate the fact the TR gives you a choice to view as a blog post, which I sometimes gratefully use. Too often we forget that, even with the internet, there is no such thing as a free lunch.

therealjunkman
therealjunkman

Yes, I too find the 'slideshow' a pain, looking for links to the apps mentioned, so I can try out any I haven't heard of before. Many, I have already tried. But there is always something I do not know of... And it's dragooned hard to find all of the links.

Will S.
Will S.

This seems to be a skill set that so many of us IT folks lack. Like several others, I do not like the slide-show format. What's more, there are different sets of comments attached to the different formats so no matter which format I chose I don't have all of the comments available to me. If my vote counts in this "republic" I prefer to have my information all in one place where possible. Thanks for the great articles, tools, apps, and opinions. Keep up the good work.

marel_ltd
marel_ltd

I cannot agree more strongly with the comments of Komplex and tichost. Or does Jack Wallen not have the ability to use normal methods of communication?!

&ltDTECH;
&ltDTECH;

As an IT editor you should know that the FAT and FAT 16 is the same thing

Rob C
Rob C

I have come to this site for a couple of articles. When I find I have to navigate through slideshows, I JUST LEAVE. Take yourself aside, and ask what benefit the slideshow approach has. Then go back to 'Classic' view. And later, get a job with MS, and ask them why they have been doing similar (fancy, smancy changes to everything) and abandoning 'Classic' approaches, AND DISABLING our ability to revert to 'Classic' view..

8846
8846

Where are the apps that you speak of ?????????? What are they ??????????? The author the proof reader should be fired for false bi-lines. What a waste

davcostello
davcostello

I'm so tired of getting posts from TechRepublic about "free" apps that are not free. Most of the "free" apps pushed on here are trials and not exactly free. I wish TechRepublic would stop calling things "free" when in fact they aren't.

Regulus
Regulus

Thank You for the availability of the Link to the Blog Post Format of this article. Otherwise, my comments may have mirrored 'Komplex', above.

cd.thomassin
cd.thomassin

Cannot agree more with Komplex. Why make things simple if one can make it complicated? I get a sore finger with all this clicking, and I tend to dismiss or skip all these slideshows.

dnewman20
dnewman20

Is it just me or do others find the gallery feature content as slow cumbersome and needlessly strenuous? Most times I just assume to pass over the content so I don't have to go through your NEXT, NEXT each time. Unlike others I have seen ON NON TECH SITES, your entire page reloads and is just annoying. I wouldn't say anything if it wasn't for the wonderful content your contributors provide but gee wiz get with a DHTML solution if not at least CSS2.

tlchost
tlchost

Slide show format is not only insulting but also inconvenient. Request that there is a link to the full post/article to allow folks with more than minimal reading skills to access the information.

Komplex
Komplex

Why are you doing this? The Blog post has more information, the appropriate links and is all in one page for easy reading. The slideshow seems like a waste of time compared to the blog post. Is there an advantage to the slideshow format I don't understand?

finny
finny

PLEASE post links to your article items. tom

HAL 9000
HAL 9000 moderator

They are the Blue things which generally speaking are the Applications Name. Slide 1 has a Hyperlink tot he Blog Entry of the same thing and starting with Slide 2 there is [i][b]Portable Data Recovery[/b] is one of the Pendrive Apps ...........[/i] Where the name Portable Data Recovery in Blue is the Hyperlink. I didn't bother looking at the rest of the slides but from past experience the first slide for each application has the link to the download or Authors Web Page/s. Col

HAL 9000
HAL 9000 moderator

For TR, Slide Shows are Classic what you are asking for and is available if you took the time to read the first sentence on the first slide is the [b]New Fangled[/b] (fancy, smancy changes to everything) that you say you want. Col

HAL 9000
HAL 9000 moderator

Everything you are asking for is there. It's quite simple really. Col

HAL 9000
HAL 9000 moderator

You will see these words [i]Introduction NOTE: If you'd prefer to view this information as a blog post, check out this entry in our Five Apps blog.[/i] The [u]check out this entry in our Five Apps blog[/u] is underlined and in blue which is a Hyperlink tot he Blog that appears on 1 page without any slides to scroll through. I personally thought that it was very clear and easy to comprehend though obviously you failed to see it or grasp the implications if you actually saw the entry. ;) Col

dAVErSF
dAVErSF

The simple reason that all these useful topics are displayed as slide shows is so that Techrepublic.com can collect far more money in advertising revenues, since you are presented with fresh ads with every slide! Obnoxious and slow, yes, but it pays the bills.

GSG
GSG moderator

If you read below the first slide, there is a sentence that reads, "NOTE: If you'd prefer to view this information as a blog post..." and it goes on to give the link to the blog post so that you don't have to view the slides.

birdie321
birdie321

Dude. Chill. I wouldn't be aware of this information if I didn't get an email. I don't use a feed file. I think the author can do whatever he wants, it is his info.

steamIngenious
steamIngenious

But not for you. It's so that TR can do you a favor and refresh the adds on the right side of your screen. More clicks, more adds, more click-throughs and more money for them. Pretty simple stuff.

theazz67
theazz67

You Never get to the right link on this site. its such a tease.

HAL 9000
HAL 9000 moderator

If you click on those you'll be taken to the Web Site of the Application where you can download it. Col

wizard57m-cnet
wizard57m-cnet moderator

where the brunette told the doc she hurt everywhere she touched, be it her side, her arm, her leg, everywhere. The doc asks "You colored your hair didn't you?" "Why yes, I'm naturally blonde" the gal replied. "Why do you ask?" The doc answered "Because your finger is broke." ;)

Komplex
Komplex

I saw the link for the blog post, I clicked on the link for the blog post. I read the blog post. I enjoyed the blog post. What advantage for the reader does the slideshow provide? My frustration in dealing with the slideshow is I see it as a total waste of time. But I'm me. There might be somebody who enjoys the slideshow, there might be somebody who prefers the slideshow over an easy to read blog post. Or there might be an advantage to the slideshow that I'm escapes me. What is the advantage to the slideshow? It's costs money and time to publish in both formats. I want to know who are the people who prefer to read it as a slideshow.

sarai1313
sarai1313

you would not be getting crap. come on look around.you can do it.

tprice
tprice

I clicked on a link about replacing laptop screens nd it took me to this - five free recovery tools.

Who Am I Really
Who Am I Really

and causing the odd spooling behaviour also, please check that the keyboard has no Aluminium components as that can cause interference between the typist and the display resulting in all squiggly underlines to be ignored or dismissed

HAL 9000
HAL 9000 moderator

I know that ever since I started using a Word Processor things have been going downhill for me. What's worse it started off when my Secretary started using a Word processor with US Based Spooling. :p Col

HAL 9000
HAL 9000 moderator

The Blog Post came much latter after some people complained. That's the difference you are welcome to use what you prefer. Col