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Lost Data? Use These 3 Free Recovery Softwares to Get Your Data Back

Lost Data? Use These 3 Free Recovery Softwares to Get Your Data Back

Data loss can happen on any device that is capable of storing data. Even a simple misplacement is a loss of data, and it is a loss technically. There are number of reason for this like human error, file corruption, hardware, site relates thefts, viruses and damaging malware, mechanical damages of hard drive, power failure, spilling coffee, and other water damages etc. Thus the permanent loss of data needs to be avoided as it hinders the ongoing success of business.

Though there are number of ways for recovering the data but it is expensive business so it’s better to take substitute which is backing up your data, photos and key documents on regular basis. Even there are number of backup regimens but it is of less comfort. As and when you are aware that data loss had happened, first thing which is critical is stop using drive immediately which is affected.

Things to be considered while recovering data from corrupted or deleted devices as below:

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  • Try not to use the partition or device you want to recover files.
  • Try not to save the recovered files onto same hard drive from which you are recovering.
  • Do not download, extract or install data recovery software onto the external device or hard drive that one wants to recover from.

There are number of tools available, but I personally recommend these 3 free recovery softwares below. Try some to ease the recovery of lost data.

1. EaseUS

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    EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard recovers files which are deleted and even those emptied from Recycling Bin, or those deleted them directly. It will help to recover data from USB drives, hard drive, storage devices, and memory cards. It is compatible with all file system of Windows such as FAT and EXT, dynamic disks, and it can also skip bad sectors for quicker scanning automatically. The latest version is compatible with Windows 8 and improved user interface.

    It is a wizard utility, which has 3 simple choices like Partition Recovery, Complete Recovery, and Deleted File Recovery. The tool’s screen lets you to search lost file automatically or by typing the filename, and lets you opt out of bad sectors. It quickly finds files in automatic mode and display results in a tabbed and separate File Preview window. One can select the files which they want to recover and press next; you can choose directory from screen which displays available drive capacity.

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    EaseUS offers quick and deep scanning options which help you quickly restore lost files or lets you dig deeper to find files which weren’t recoverable using any other software or methods. Quick option is relatively quick and effective ways to get lost or deleted files without waiting for longer duration. Whereas, deep scanning is especially helpful when deleted files were severely corrupt and couldn’t be found using quick scanning option.

    2. DMDE

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      DMDE Free Edition is capable of recovering data from number of drives which includes 2TB+ drives. DMDE let’s select drive and identifies mountable partitions and highlights the most obvious choice. This is a powerful software used for data recovery, editing, and searching on disks. It can recover files and directory structure in certain complicated cases with use of special algorithms.

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      There are number of freeware features like simple partition manager, disk editor, and tool to create clones and disk images, file recovery from current panel, and RAID constructor. However, the premium edition supports directory and file recovery without restriction. DMDE supports FAT12, FAT16, NTFS, FAT32, exFAT, and works well for Windows 98, XP, and 7. RAID constructor is a tool to virtually reconstruct RAID supporting RAID-0, RAID-1, RAID-4, RAID-5, and RAID-6.

      Disk clone is one of the features which include writing, creating images back to disk, supports handling error, and disk cloning. NTFS utility allows one to delete files, create files, copy files, remove directories, and repair by passing NTFS driver. It supports large disks, national filenames, large sectors, large files, compressed NTFS files, sector translation are some specific features.

      3. Recuva

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        Recuva is free utility developed by CCleaner for Windows which helps to restore files from computer that have been deleted accidentally. This includes exFAT, NTFS, and FAT file systems, and even files emptied from Recycle bin as well as video, music, images and some other files which had been deleted by user accidentally from MP3 & MP4 players, digital phone, and camera’s memory cards. It is a simple wizard which opens to a file recovery mode by default.

        The user can choose the type of file they are trying to recover; be it a document, picture, emails, compressed files are among the list. One can target search to search all drives or specific location, or one can opt either to choose deep or quick scan. The deep scan takes more time, but provides much better results. You just need to click Start button and wait for the scan to complete.

        The option of Scan for non-deleted files mode of Recuva’s search returns recovering files from formatted or damaged partitions. Once completed, results are displayed, with recovered files along with rating, depending on files condition. One can recover files directly from here or move to Advanced Mode for better view, which offers file information, preview and peek at file’s header. The latest version of this includes enhanced drive, improved partition scanning and partition detection, bug fixes, and other improvements. This is a portable tool and file size is 3MB only, which gives it an edge over other softwares.

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        Last Updated on October 16, 2019

        11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

        11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

        Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

        Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

        Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

        In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

        1. ScheduleOnce

          ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

          ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

          ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

          Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

          Available on Web

          2. Calendly

            Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

            You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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            Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

            3. Assistant.to

              For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

              From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

              While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

              Available on Web

              4. Acuityscheduling

                Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

                It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

                Available on Web | iOS | Android

                5. Pick

                  Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

                  At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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                  Available on Web

                  6. X.ai

                    For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

                    This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

                    Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

                    Available on Web

                    7. YouCanBook.me

                      is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                      They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                      Available on Web

                      8. Doodle

                        Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                        It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                        You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                        While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                        Available on Web | iOS | Android

                        9. WhenAvailable

                          WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                          Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                          Available on Web

                          10. Rally

                            Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                            Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                            Available on Web

                            11. NeedtoMeet

                              Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                              NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                              While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                              Available on Web

                              Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                              In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                              To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                              Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                              A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                              Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                              If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                              Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                              With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                              The Bottom Line

                              Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                              Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                              Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

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