File and Data Recovery

Anchor Link Active File Recovery
License: Shareware Last Reviewed: 2013-01-14
Version: 10.0.5 – Released: 2013-01-14 Windows: XP, Vista, 7, 8
File Size: 11.2 MB
“Active File Recovery for Windows allows you to find, preview, and recover lost or deleted files. It scans computer hard drives in minutes and displays all recoverable files. [email protected] File Recovery will help you to restore data residing on hard drives or floppy drives formatted in any of the following file systems: FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, and NTFS5. It supports: IDE/ATA/EIDE hard drives, SCSI drives, floppy diskettes, and digital media (such as CompactFlash, SmartMedia, and Sony Memory Sticks). Active File Recovery can be installed on and run from a floppy disk, so the risk of overwriting your data is minimized. The free evaluation version has full functionality of all features with a limitation only on maximum size of the file being restored (32k).”
Anchor Link BadCopy Pro
License: Shareware Last Reviewed: 2012-06-19
Version: 4.10 – Released: 2007-12-17 Windows: All
File Size: 870 KB
“BadCopy Pro is a leading data recovery tool for floppy disk, CD-ROM, CD-R/W and other storage media. It can effectively recover and rescue corrupted or lost data from damaged, unreadable or defective disks. Various damage situations and all file types are supported. BadCopy is safe, no write action on your original disks, that finally saves the recovered data to a new folder you specify. Supports digital media recovery like SmartMedia, CompactFlash (CF) card and ZIP.”
Anchor Link CD/DVD Diagnostic
License: Shareware Last Reviewed: 2012-06-03
Version: 3.1.0.95 – Released: 2011-08-22 Windows: All
File Size: 2.9 MB Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
“CD/DVD Diagnostic is a data recovery software developed to detect deleted files and corrupted discs regardless of error source. Bypasses Windows and the original software to access the lost data file. Recovers data created by all disc writing software including: Roxio Easy CD Creator, Ahead Nero and DLA, Sony digital cameras that record directly onto discs, Other PC, Macintosh and audio discs.”
Anchor Link DiskDigger
License: License: Shareware Last Reviewed: 2013-03-11
Version: 1.5.5.1507 – Released: 2013-03-11 Windows: XP, Vista, 7, 8 and Linux
File Size: 358 KB Portable
Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
“DiskDigger can recover files from any type of media that your computer can read. This includes USB flash drives, memory cards (SD, CompactFlash, Memory Stick, etc), and of course your hard drive. The types of files that it recovers include photos, videos, music, documents, and many other formats. DiskDigger can even scan reformatted or badly formatted disks (disks to which Windows can’t assign a drive letter), and even disks with bad sectors. It bypasses the Windows file system drivers and scans your disk directly. It has its own built-in support for the following file systems: FAT12 (floppy disks), FAT16 (older memory cards), FAT32 (newer memory cards and hard disks), NTFS (newer hard disks), and exFAT (Microsoft’s new successor to FAT32).
“DiskDigger is also very compact and portable. The entire program is a single executable file that you can run from anywhere. There’s nothing to ‘install,’ and the program doesn’t leave any trace of having been run.”
Anchor Link EFS Data Recovery
License: Shareware Last Reviewed: 2013-02-14
Version: 4.43.43 – Released: 2012-09-06 Windows: 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, 7
File Size: 7.28 MB
“Advanced EFS Data Recovery decrypts the protected files, and works in all versions of Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7. The recovery is still possible even when the system damaged, is not bootable, or when some encryption keys have been tampered with. Advanced EFS Data Recovery recovers EFS-encrypted data that becomes inaccessible because of system administration errors such as removing users and user profiles, misconfiguring data recovery authorities, transferring users between domains, or moving hard disks to a different PC.”
Anchor Link File Recover
License: Shareware Last Reviewed: 2012-07-25
Version: 9.0.1.221 – Released: 2012-07-25 Windows: XP, Vista, 7
File Size: 10.9 MB Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
“File Recover allows you to recover critically important documents, or other files, which have been lost by accidental deletion. These files may be lost by emptying the Recycle Bin, or using other deletion actions that bypass the Recycle Bin altogether. Such actions include Windows Shift-Delete, command line deletion, deleting excessively large files or using applications that delete files without the Recycle Bin.
“File Recover identifies the contents of such lost files on the hard drive and allows you to recover them. If a file has been partially overwritten, File Recover attempts to reconstruct as much of the file as possible with the remaining contents. This allows you to salvage at least part, if not all, of that recovered file to continue using it as required.”
Anchor Link File Recovery
License: See text below Last Reviewed: 2012-06-19
Windows: 2000, XP, 2003, 2008, 7
“Get back lost and deleted files. NTFS Recovery, Recover deleted file, undelete files with DiskInternals. A partial list of Products include:
♦ Uneraser 5.1
♦ NTFS Recovery 4.1
♦ Flash Recovery 4.5
♦ CD and DVD Recovery 3.6
♦ FAT Recovery 4.1
♦ Outlook Recovery 2.6
♦ NTFS Reader 4.8 (Free)
♦ ZIP Repair 1.1 (Free)
“You can download evaluation versions of our products and try them for free. You can also download these files if you’d like to upgrade your product to the latest version. To download a product, click on a link in the Download link column. Each product includes a detailed help file in the English language.”
Anchor Link FreeUndelete
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2012-03-18
Version: 2.1.36867.1 – Released: 2011-09-13 Windows: 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, 7
File Size: 939 KB Portable
“FreeUndelete is a freeware data recovery program for deleted files. In case of accidental deletion of files on a NTFS file system FreeUndelete is the utility to help. It is our pleasure to emphasize that FreeUndelete is free. There is no charge, direct or hidden, to download and use a fully functional copy of the program. The program does not install any spyware or adware along with it. It does not populate user’s desktop with pop-up ads or forcefully subscribe user to mailing lists.
“Tip: It is common that the only drive user has is C: and this is also the drive from where files need to be undeleted. In that case a good solution is using a USB flash drive as FreeUndelete download and install destination.”
Anchor Link GetDataBack
License: FAT $69.00 – NTFS $79.00 Last Reviewed: 2012-11-03
Version: 4.32 – Released: 2012-11-02 Windows: All
File Size: 2.4 MB
“GetDataBack will recover your data if the hard drive’s partition table, boot record, FAT/MTF or root directory are lost or damaged, data was lost due to a virus attack, the drive was formatted, fdisk has been run, a power failure has caused a system crash, files were lost due to a software failure, files were accidentally deleted. GetDataBack can even recover your data when the drive is no longer recognized by Windows. It can likewise be used even if all directory information—not just the root directory—is missing. GetDataBack comes in two different versions:
1. Use GetDataBack for FAT for recovering files from drives or partitions with FAT file systems. Price: $69
2. Use GetDataBack for NTFS for recovering files from drives or partitions with NT file systems. Price: $79”
Anchor Link Handy Recovery
License: Shareware Last Reviewed: 2012-04-09
Version: 5.5 – Released: 2012-04-04 Windows: All
File Size: 2 MB
“Handy Recovery is an easy to use program designed to restore files accidentally deleted from a hard disk or a diskette. The program can recover files damaged by virus attacks, power failures and software faults. If some program does not use Recycle Bin when deleting files, Handy Recovery can restore such files. It can also recover files moved to Recycle Bin after it has been emptied. The program supports all Windows file systems for hard and floppy drives including FAT12/16/32 and NTFS/NTFS 5.
“The evaluation version can recover 1 file per day.”
Anchor Link PhotoRec
License: GNU GPL – Open Source Last Reviewed: 2012-06-19
Version: 6.13 – Released: 2011-11-15 Windows: All
File Size: 3.27 MB
“PhotoRec is file data recovery software designed to recover lost files including video, documents and archives from Hard Disks and CDRom and lost pictures (thus, its ‘Photo Recovery’ name) from digital camera memory. PhotoRec ignores the filesystem and goes after the underlying data, so it will still work even if your media’s filesystem has been severely damaged or re-formatted.
“For more safety, PhotoRec uses read-only access to handle the drive or memory support you are about to recover lost data from. Important: As soon as a pic or file is accidentally deleted, or you discover any missing, do NOT save any more pics or files to that memory device or hard disk drive; otherwise you may overwrite your lost data. This means that even using PhotoRec, you must not choose to write the recovered files to the same partition they were stored on. PhotoRec works with HardDisks, Cdrom, Compact Flash, Memory Stick, SecureDigital, SmartMedia, Microdrive, MMC, USB Memory Drives…”
Anchor Link R-Studio Data Recovery
License: Sharewar Last Reviewed: 2013-04-27
Version: 6.3.153.961 – Released: 2013-04-27 Windows: All
File Size: 31.9 MB Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
“R-Studio is a family of powerful and cost-effective undelete and data recovery software. Empowered by the new unique data recovery technologies, it is the most comprehensive data recovery solution for recovery files from FAT12/16/32, NTFS, NTFS5 (created or updated by Windows 2000/XP/2003) and Ext2FS (LINUX file system) partitions. It functions on local and network disks, even if such partitions are formatted, damaged or deleted. Flexible parameter settings give you absolute control over data recovery.”
Anchor Link Recover My Files
License: Shareware Last Reviewed: 2012-12-15
Version: 5.2.1.1964 – Released: 2012-12-11 Windows: All
File Size: 31.1 MB Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
“Recover My Files data recovery software will recover deleted files emptied from the Windows Recycle Bin, or lost due to the format of a hard drive, virus infection, unexpected system shutdown or software failure. Recover My Files is fast and easy. No technical or data recovery software skill is required. Use Recover My Files to perform hard drive data recovery, or recover deleted files from floppy disk, zip drive, compact flash, smart media or other removable media.
“You don’t need to waste your time and money on other data recovery software wondering if you can recover deleted files. Download Recover My Files data recovery software, run the program and view your deleted files. If you can see your deleted files then data recovery is quick and easy.”
Anchor Link Recuva
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2013-04-04
Version: 1.46.919 – Released: 2013-04-03 Windows: XP, 2003, Vista, 7, 8
File Size: 3.4 MB Portable version available on-site
Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
“Recuva (pronounced recover) is a freeware Windows utility to restore files that have been accidentally deleted from your computer. This includes files emptied from the Recycle bin as well as images and other files that have been deleted by user error from digital camera memory cards or MP3 players. It will even bring back files that have been deleted by bugs, crashes and viruses.”
Anchor Link Restoration
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2012-06-19
Version: 2.5.14 – Released: 2004-01-22 Windows: 9x, Me, NT, 2000, XP
Portable
“Restore files which are deleted from the recycle bin or deleted while holding down the Shift key by mistake. Conversely, this program has another function that makes it almost impossible to restore all deleted files. You can use it after deletion of confidential documents, embarrassing files and so on.
• You don’t have to install it, so it doesn’t leave any garbage in the PC.
• Even if a file seems to be restored, there is no guarantee that the contents are correct.
• After you run the program, please check the files.
• You can probably restore it correctly if the drive has enough free space and if it’s just after deletion.
• If you restore a folder, there is no guarantee that all files or folders which used to belong to the folder will be in it.
• If you can’t find them in it, please search and restore them one by one.
• If you still can’t find them, it’s impossible to restore them.
• It will be almost impossible to restore any deleted files if you run the complete deletion function.
• To be exact, fragments of deleted files can be in last clusters of existing files or allocated and unwritten files.
• Even if you find the information of completely deleted files, their contents must be erased.
• If you want to erase the information too, please run the function again.”
Anchor Link Smart Data Recovery
License: Shareware Last Reviewed: 2012-06-19
Version: 3.0 – Released: 2011-03-12 Windows: XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, 7
File Size: 2 MB Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
“Smart Data Recovery is a data recovery tool for Windows operating system that supports the FAT and NTFS file systems. The software easily recovers data from hard disks, digital cameras, and any type of storage media – flash drives, USB drives, memory stick, PC card, multimedia card, secure digital card and diskette.
“Smart Data Recovery can recover any deleted files, including MS Office files, photos, mp3 and zip files, even if the partition table is lost!”
Anchor Link Undelete 360
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2013-03-03
Version: 2.16 – Released: 2013-03-01 Windows: XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, 7, 8
File Size: 2.35 MB Portable version available on-site
Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
“Undelete 360 is one of the best software to restore files accidentally deleted from your computer. It is made on fast and efficient algorithm that browse, search and recover files lost due to a different factors: accidental deleting, viruses, software and computer failures. It can recover files deleted from your Computer drives, USB drives, Camera devices, Pen Drives, Memory Cards and supports both file recovery and folder recovery.
“Genuine Freeware! No ads, No spyware, No time limits, No feature limits.
“Using Undelete 360, you can restore files from:
• Hard drives
• Digital cameras
• Floppy drives
• USB flash drives
“Using Undelete 360, you can restore files:
√ accidentally deleted from your PC or other media
√ deleted by viruses
√ too large to fit in the recycle bin
√ deleted on Windows network shares
√ deleted from a USB Memory Stick
√ deleted when you press Shift+Delete keys
√ erased when the Move or Cut command has been used
√ created and deleted by certain applications
√ deleted from the command line”
Anchor Link Uneraser
License: Demo – $39.95 Last Reviewed: 2013-04-10
Version: 5.3.0 – Released: 2013-04-10 Windows: 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, 7
File Size: 8.5 MB
“This simple tool recovers most types of files, including DOC and PDF documents, audio and video files, pictures and images, and almost all other file types, including compressed files and encrypted ones (NTFS). In addition, you can recover folders and damaged disks with this program as well.
“But the best feature of DiskInternals Uneraser is that is supports any storage media. This means that you can restore a song you deleted from the memory stick of your mp3 player or a picture shot that you erased from your camera. The program processes floppies, digital cameras, external drives, including flash and USB. Importantly, DiskInternals Uneraser will retrieve files lost in an accidental or deliberate file deletion, because of a virus or worm infection, an unexpected system shutdown or a crash, a software failure and system errors.”
Anchor Link Unstoppable Copier
License: Freeware – Donations appreciated Last Reviewed: 2012-06-19
Version: 5.2 – Released: 2010-09-16 Windows: All
File Size: 427 KB Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
“This program is great for recovering files from scratched CD’s or defective floppy/hard disks. Normally when your computer is unable to copy a file from a damaged disk it will abort and delete the portition of the file it has copied. This program however will continue to copy the file right to the end. Any data that is not recoverable after many retries is replaced with blanks. This will allow you to truely recover every byte of information that is available for recovery. The program allows you to specify a single file, a group using wildcards (* and ?) or if you wish, select a starting folder and the program will copy all data from it and any sub folders it may contain. This program doesnt just need to be used for copying files form defective disks, it can be used to transfer any files!”
Anchor Link Zero Assumption Recovery
License: Shareware Last Reviewed: 2012-09-14
Version: 9.2.2 – Released: 2012-09-14 Windows: 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 7
File Size: 3.7 MB
“Zero Assumption Recovery provides a suite of highly effective and thorough data recovery software for Microsoft Windows operating systems. We pride ourselves on having created tools that stand out from the crowd – our do it yourself data recovery software is far more persistent than many of the other solutions on the market. Even when you think your hard drive is beyond salvation, ZAR carries on crawling – and ultimately achieves the result.
“ZAR is suitable for home users and small businesses who need a powerful data recovery solution for FAT16/FAT32/NTFS file systems. The default settings are reliable and thorough, but more technical users can benefit from a wealth of optional configurations.
“Original Digital Image Recovery was freeware, but ZAR 8.1 seems not?
The digital picture recovery functions are implemented in the trial version of ZAR 8.1 in full. Hence you just need to download the evaluation version and it does the job at no charge. So, picture recovery functions are actually freeware. There are no plans to charge for it.”