Our computers and mobile devices hold a large amount of information including work documents, photos taken during our holidays, videos captured at special events and other important files. Losing our data would be a disaster, but unfortunately there are many ways in which this can happen and everyone is at risk. Devices can be damaged at any time, or you may wipe out data by mistake. Fortunately, there are ways to recover data that was lost due to accidental deletion or an error in the system.
If you deleted a file by accident or it is gone due to another reason, it is not completely deleted from the system. What actually happens is that the data is marked as deleted and its is not visible to the OS. This hidden data is eventually overwritten by new data. This means that if you lost a file and haven’t added any more data, there is still a chance to recover it with the help of a dedicated recovery tool.
In this list, you will find the best options to recover data that you have lost. The applications offer different features, support and performance. If one software doesn’t do the trick, you can try another solution to get your files back. It is important to keep in mind that the tools included in this list will not allow you to recover data from SSD. This is because in the case of a SSD, the data is deleted completely in order to facilitate faster data rewrite. There are option to recover data from a SSD, but they tend to be expensive.
Pandora offers a wide selection of features, many customization options and it allows you to perform deep scans. Its interface is not as appealing as other options available, but if you are mainly interested in a larger selection of features, Pandora is a good option. The tool has a built-in wizard that guides you thorough the recovery and allows you to select what you want to scan. It is possible to scan the entire drive, a type of file or perform a deep scan to search for all the files recovered. You can recover FAT32 or NTFS file system and the software offers a good list of tips that will help you to get the most out of it. Pandora Recovery is available for free and it works with Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1,
Minitool Partition Recovery
The interface is simple and very appealing, but there is more to Minitool Partition Recovery than just great looks. Although the free version is limited to just 1GB of data recovery (after that you will need to upgrade), it allows you to retrieve data from damaged, formatted and even deleted partition effectively. The tool can recover a larger amount of data than other solutions available.
It also organizes all the files based on their extensions, which allows you to find the file you need, without hassle. While the scanning time takes longer, the great results are worth the wait. Minitool is ideal for users who need deep scanning. VFAT, NTFS, NTFS5, FAT12, FAT16 and FAT32 file systems are supported. The price for the premium version starts at $69 and it is available for Windows and Mac.
Developed by Piriform, the same team behind the popular CCleaner PC cleaning tool, Recuva is a practical solution to retrieve data. It offers an appealing interface that provides a high level of quality. Recuva comes with a wizard that takes you through the recovery process without hassle. All you have to do is to provide the information that the wizard requests, which includes type of data, area to scan and type of scan. Normal scan is generally enough, but it is also possible to perform a deep scan to get a better chance to get the data back.
With Recuva you can recover documents, videos, audio files, photos and more from any storage device that Windows can read, including hard disk drives and digital cameras. There is a free version that will suit most users, but if you want additional featured, you can opt for the paid version, priced at $24.95. It offers virtual hard drive support, advanced file recovery, automatic updates and premium support. It is compatible with Windows Vista, XP, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10.
Wise Data Recovery
Although Wise Data Recovery is fairly basic in terms of features, it is easy to use and will suit basic needs. The interface is straightforward and it doesn’t offer a wide selection of settings to change, which makes it a bit limited. However, if you are looking for a simple solution, this tool may be it. You just have to launch the tool and select the drive that you would like to scan, including removable drives.
Wise Data Recovery performs scans very quickly and it shows you all the files that can be recovered. You can retrieve videos, pictures, documents, emails and more. There is also a portable version available. The tool works with multiple versions of Windows and it is free. If you don’t need advanced recovery options, this tool should work well for you.
This tool is also easy to use and like Wise Data Recovery, it is designed to suit basic needs. It lacks advanced customization options, but you can scan a drive (including a removable one) and get an overview of the data that can be recovered, once the scan is completed. The software will even show you deleted folders and you can open them to recover specific data or recover everything with just one click. It is possible to recover compressed files, videos, images, emails and audio files. The tool is free for personal use.
This is one of the most powerful solutions available and it also offers very practical features. UndeleteMyFiles Pro allows you to search separately for media files or documents. You can also add filters to search for specific data. The filters can be specific file name, attributes (including read-only and hidden), extension or size. The tool also includes a feature called “Files Wiper”, which is designed to delete files permanently and it can also create a Disk Image to ensure that deleted files are not overwritten by new data. UndeleteMyFiles Pro is fast and supports deep scans, giving you more possibilities of recovering the files you have lost. It is available for free and works with Windows and Mac OS.
PC Inspector File Recovery
This free tool is ideal for users with advanced technical skills and it may not be the best choice for those with less experience. The interface is not exactly appealing, but it packs great power. It supports deep scans and you can select the area that should be scanned. Although the scans can take a few hours, you will be able to locate all the files that can be recovered. It is also possible to add file name/extension filter to find a specific file easily. It supports FAT 12, FAT 16, FAT 32 and NFTS file systems.
This is a lightweight and simple solution available for free. Although it has a limited list of features, it offer convenient filtering options. This allows you to easily locate the file that you need to recover. You can only scan a drive (it can be a removable one) and there is no deep scan available, just quick scan.
All the data is presented in a quick manner and all the data that can be recovered is categorized according to the file extensions. You can filter your search based on time, size, file name and state of recovery. It supports FAT, NTFS, NTFS + EFS file systems and you can also recover encrypted or compressed data. It is available for Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10, Vista and XP.
Solutions for iOS and Android
The software previously mentioned can scan and retrieve data on mobile devices if you connect them to the computer with a USB cable. However, there are options that are specifically designed for mobile devices. The below apps will allow you to recover data like texts, contacts and more.
EaseUS MobiSaver is a convenient and affordable solution for Android and iOS. It allows you to recover SMS, Videos, Audio, Contacts, Photos and Documents. It supports a wide selection of brands, including Samsung, HTC, Huawei, LG, ZTE and many more. Although it doesn’t give you the possibility of recovering call logs or IM history, it is available for $39.99 and there is also a free version available, although with less features.
Wondershare Dr. Fone
This popular data recovery tool for iOS and Android is very practical. It offers step by step instructions that are easy to follow. Wondershare Dr. Fone allows you to recover Call Logs, Videos, WhatsApp messages, Audio, Contacts and Messages. You just need to connect your phone to your computer and the tool will take care of the rest. While it works with some of the most popular brands of smartphones such as HTC, Samsung, Motorola, LG and Apple, some devices may require rooting. There is a free trial and a paid version that offers support for up to five devices for $45.95. For $499 you can get support for unlimited devices.