Data recovery software is an application that can be used to recover lost or deleted data from your hard disk, SD card, USB flash drive, or any other data storage device. There are many Windows software that can do this job, but not all is free. I have been looking on the Internet for best Windows data recovery software. But before installing them, make sure do not run the software on the drive that contains lost data. This may cause disk overwrite and permanent data loss!
1. Recuva File Recovery
Recuva recovers files deleted from your Windows laptop, Recycle Bin, digital camera card, or MP3 player for free. Here’s a complete list of operating systems Recuva currently supports Windows 7, Windows 2008 Server, Windows Vista, Windows 2003 Server, and Windows 2000. If you’re running a 64-bit Windows operating system, Recuva will automatically install a native 64-bit version that’s faster and more compatible if you’re running a 64-bit version of Windows.
Download link : http://www.piriform.com/recuva/download/standard
2. MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition
Undelete Recovery module supports FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, VFAT, NTFS and NTFS file systems. And it supports hard disk, flash drive, memory stick, memory card and flash card. System Requirements:
- 486 or Pentium-class processor
- IDE/SATA/SCSI hard drive
- 64MB RAM (128 MB recommended)
- Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/2008/7
- 100 MB of free space
- A second hard disk is recommended for recovery
- Supports all the 64bit Windows
Download link : http://www.powerdatarecovery.com/download.html
3. TestDisk & PhotoRec
TestDisk is powerful free data recovery software! It was primarily designed to help recover lost partitions and/or make non-booting disks bootable again when these symptoms are caused by faulty software, certain types of viruses or human error. Support Windows (NT4, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, Windows 7 (x86 & x64).
PhotoRec is file data recovery software designed to recover lost files including video, documents and archives from hard disks, CD-ROMs, and lost pictures (thus the Photo Recovery name) from digital camera memory. PhotoRec runs under Windows NT 4/2000/XP/2003/Vista/2008/7.
Download link : http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Download
4. Undelete 360
Currently there are two version of this software. The desktop version and portable version. System Requirements :
- Operating system: Windows 2000 / XP / VISTA / Windows 7 / 2003 or 2008 Server.
- Supported file systems: NTFS, NTFS5, FAT12, FAT16 and FAT32
- RAM: 128-1024 MB (depends on the drive size and amount of free space)
- Hard Disk: minimum 15 MB of free space required for installation
- Display: 1024 x 768 or higher resolution, 256 colors
Download link : http://www.undelete360.com/download.html
5. WinUtilities Undelete
powerful and easy-to-use data-recovery and undelete solution for Windows. It can recover lost files and folders on NTFS and FAT volumes or on any physical storage device, and it can preview images and binary files before recovery. It also supports to recover MP3 music and AVI video files in Advanced scan mode, the ability to restore directory tree even for non-deleted folders. Supports Windows 7, 2000, XP, Vista, 2003 Server. 32/64bit version.
Download link : http://www.ylcomputing.com/content/view/350/153
DataRecovery is freeware and made by TOKIWA to undelete accidentally deleted files even from recycle bin. But DataRecovery doesn’t assure that all files deleted can be recovered successfully. It mostly depends on your system/configuration and we can’t support each of all those varieties. Compatible operating systems on Windows9x/Me/NT4.0/2000/XP/Vista
Download link : http://tokiwa.qee.jp/EN/dr.html
7. Pandora Recovery
Pandora Recovery allows you to find and recover recoverable deleted files from NTFS and FAT-formatted volumes. Pandora Recovery requires Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 2003 Server or Windows Vista for installation. Pandora Recovery currently only recovers deleted data from NTFS formatted drives.
Download link : http://www.pandorarecovery.com/download/
Ok, that’s all 7 best free Windows software to help you in recovering data. If you’ve used this free software and have found them useful and working great, please feel free to donate them.