In our day to day life, sometimes it happens that we accidently delete required files and folders. And after deleting, we realize that we need to recover those files. Not only this, even the sytem crash or hard drive crash leads us to data loss. If, you realize quickly, then it is good enough, as there are utilities, which help in recovering deleted files. However, the later you think of recovering, the chances are less.
My favorite data recovery software are:
MiniTool Power Data Recovery is very powerful data recovery tool, which not only helps you recover deleted files, but also recovers data from damaged, reformatted hard drive as well. It also recovers data from hard disk, RAID device, CD, DVD disks, memory card, memory sticks and flash drives.
The utility comes with five data recovery modules namely Undelete Recovery, Damaged Partition Recovery, Lost Partition Recovery, Digital Media Recovery and CD/DVD Recovery. Each of these modules operates differently pertaining to the loss type.
MiniTool Power Data Recovery runs well on Windows Xp, Vista and Windows 7 ( 32 and 64 bit).
It is a powerful open source recovery software. Test Disk can effectively Fix partition table, recover deleted partition, Recover FAT32 boot sector from its backup, Rebuild FAT12/FAT16/FAT32 boot sector, Fix FAT tables, Rebuild NTFS boot sector, Recover NTFS boot sector from its backup, Fix MFT using MFT mirror, Locate ext2/ext3/ext4, Backup SuperBlock, Undelete files from FAT, NTFS and ext2 filesystem, Copy files from deleted FAT, NTFS and ext2/ext3/ext4 partitions.
TestDisk can run under DOS, Windows (XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, Windows 7 (x86 & x64)), Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, SunOS and MAcOS X.
The utility is basically recommended for expert and experienced users.
PhoroRec is again free open source software, which helps in recovering lost files including video, documents, archives from hard disks, CD- ROMs and photos from digital camera memory. The utility is very powerful and works even if media`s file system has been severely damaged or reformatted.
Just like TestDisk, PhotoRec also runs in DOS, Windows (XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, Windows 7 (x86 & x64)), Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, SunOS and MAcOS X.
It is yet another recovery software, which supports recovery of data from FAT 12/16/32 and NTFS file sytems. It can find partitions automatically, even if the boot sector or FAT has been erased or damaged. It recovers files with the original time and date stamp. However, it is not as fast as others. While testing, it recovered around 500MB in 10 minutes.
Glary Undelete provides a good recovery solution for FAT and NTFS file systems. It can bring back files emptied from the Recycle Bin, in a DOS window, from Windows Explorer with the SHIFT key held down. It can recover files that have been deleted by bugs, crashes and viruses. The utility also supports all Windows file systems for hard and floppy drives including FAT12/16/32, NTFS/NTFS5 and image recovery from CompactFlash, SmartMedia, MultiMedia and Secure Digital cards.
The above five utilities stood best for me. I would, however recommend MiniTool Power Recovery Tool. What are your views on it? Do let us know.