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:
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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