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Published: November 15, 2016

5 Free Data Recovery Tools to Recover Hard Drive Data

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There are instances when data stored on the hard drive and other similar storage devices become inaccessible. The best part is, the data is still there and it’s just that you can’t have access to it. On the dark side, you might have to go through really tough time in getting your data back.

Being an electronic device in nature, these storage devices may become faulty or inaccessible due to any reasons like read/write error, internal damages or power surges. In such events, you couldn’t simply access the drive and need external or third party software to fix the errors and recover data. If the problem is critical, fixing the drive won’t help and you need to simply look for the options of recovering the stored data such as data recovery programs. Data recovery tools are specially designed to deal with different kind of data loss problems and recover data exactly in the state it existed previously.

You can find over hundreds of data recovery tools over internet and only few of them will actually help you in restoring the data. We’ve covered some of the best tools in this post to get your hard drive and similar storage devices data recovered.

1. Disk Drill for Mac

It’s one of the widely known and perfect recovery program that suites to your any kind of data loss situations. Simply connect your problem storage device to your Mac and you’ll be able to see the device listed under software interface. On the next stage, you need to select desired file types you want to recover like pictures, movies, documents, database or almost any other type of files that existed on the problem storage device. Just make sure you stopped using the drive after getting stuck in one of those deadly data loss situations.

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This software can handle different kind of storage device and file systems too including FAT, NTFS, NTFS5, HFS, HFS+ file systems type.

Disk Drill for Mac consists of various inbuilt health check-up tools like disk health, Mac Cleanup, Duplicate finder, Data Protection and backup etc. which helps you safeguard your device against various disk failure causes. Also, Disk Drill provides recovery tools for Android & iPhone which eventually recovers data from smartphone’s internal memory or the inserted SD card. iPhone recovery will helps you restore data from any version of iTunes version and supports upto iPhone 6S/6S Plus.

2. WiseCleaner

Another free tool to address your data loss situations effectively. It helps you restore files or photos from USB, Internal or external hard drives, Digital cameras or the memory cards.  With the supports to even latest Windows OS i.e. Windows 10, you can recover data from the following versions of Windows too.

You can get hands on experience with this tool without any difficulty and get your data recovered easily. With the fast scanning speed, you’ll be able to speedily scan the large storage capacity drives and recover data.

NCH Data recovery tool is pretty good at undeleting lost files from different type of storage device. With wizard based recovery steps, you can follow the onscreen tutorials and perform guided recovery without overwriting deleted files.

This tool comes with addon features that boost your files security by permanently erasing confidential files and folders. Once permanently erased, there will be no software could trace the deleted files.

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To easy the recovery process, you can scan the entire drive and later, filter your desired files with type, date modified/created or location. Moreover, you can perform steps to recover only the selected file types.

4. iCare Recovery

This tool will deeply scans the problem storage device and gives maximum chance of successful recovery with 99% accuracy. With supports to almost every type of digital storage media devices, you can have full assurance of getting all your data recovered successfully.

You can get even lost or deleted partitions back with all of it’s data. In certain cases, your hard drive partition may become inaccessible or corrupt and gives no clue of restoring the content. Finally, this software will run in ready only mode giving no further damages to the deleted or formatted files and later, recover it safely.

5. TestDisk

With the basic interface, TestDisk will perform advanced scanning & recovery on the problem storage device. It’ll make the storage device super comfortable in easily scanned and recover the every bytes of lost data. The important part is, you can have access to unbootable partitions or system and recover data in the completely Windows Development environment (WDE).

These five tools are the crucial to deal with any type of data loss scenario and will help recovering lost data from different storage device. Most of these tools are free or gives you limited capacity of recovery. However, its lot better to try software first and once assured, make yourself able to purchase the full version.

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