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5 Free Data Recovery Tools to Recover Hard Drive Data

5 Free Data Recovery Tools to Recover Hard Drive Data

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

3. NCH File Recovery Software

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.

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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.

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.

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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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Last Updated on October 15, 2019

To Automate or not to Automate Your Personal Productivity System

To Automate or not to Automate Your Personal Productivity System

We are all about doing things faster and better around here at Lifehack. And part of doing things faster and better is having a solid personal productivity system that you use on a daily basis.

This system can be just about anything that helps you get through your mountain of projects or tasks, and helps you get closer to your goals in life. Whether it’s paper or pixels, it doesn’t really matter. But, since you are reading Lifehack I have to assume that pixels and technological devices are an important part of your workflow.

“Personal Productivity System” defined

A personal productivity system (at least the definition that this article will use) is a set of workflows and tools that allow an individual to optimally get their work done.

Workflows can be how you import and handle your photos from your camera, how you write and create blog posts, how you deploy compiled code to a server, etc.

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Tools are the things like planners, todo managers, calendars, development environments, applications, etc.

When automation is bad

You may be thinking that the more that we automate our systems, the more we will get done. This is mostly the case, but there is one very big “gotcha” when it comes to automation of anything.

Automation is a bad thing for your personal productivity system when you don’t inherently understand the process of something.

Let’s take paying your bills for example. This may seem very obvious, but if you can’t stick to a monthly budget and have trouble finding the money to make payments on time, then automating your bill payment every month is completely useless and can be dangerous for your personal finances.

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Another example is using a productivity tool to “tell you” what tasks are important and what to do next. If you haven’t taken a step back and figured out just how your productivity systems should work together, this type of automation will likely keep you from getting things done.

You can only automate something in your personal productivity system that have managed for a while. If you try to automate things that aren’t managed well already, you will probably feel a bit out of control and have a greater sense of overwhelm.

Another thing to remember is that some things should always be done by yourself, like responding to important emails and communicating with others. Automating these things can show your coworkers and colleagues that you don’t care enough to communicate yourself.

When automation is good

On the other hand, automation is a great thing for your personal productivity system when you understand the process of something and can then automatically get the steps done. When you know how to manage something effectively and understand the step-by-step process of a portion of your system, it’s probably a great time to automate it.

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I have several workflows that I have introduced in the last year that takes some of the “mindless” work from me so I can be more creative and not have to worry about the details of something.

On my Mac I use a combination of Automator workflows, TextExpander snippets, and now Keyboard Maestro shortcuts to do things like automatically touch-up photos imported from my iPhone 4S or open all the apps and websites needed for a weekly meeting to the forefront of my desktop by typing a few keys. Once you open yourself up to automating a few of your processes, you start to see other pieces of your system that can benefit from automation.

Once again; none of this works unless you understand your processes and know what tools you can use to get them done automatically.

The three steps to determine if something is “ripe” for automation

If your workflow passes these three steps, then automate away, baby:

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  1. You can do this process in your sleep and it doesn’t require your full, if any form of attention. It can (and has been) managed in some form prior to automating it.
  2. The process is time consuming.
  3. The process doesn’t require “human finesse” (ie. communicating and responding to something personally)

Automating your personal productivity systems can be a great for you in the long run if you are careful and mindful of what you are doing. You first need to understand the processes that you are trying to automate before automating them though. Don’t get stuck in thinking that anything and everything should be automated in your life, because it probably shouldn’t.

Pick and choose these processes wisely and you’ll find the ones that take up most of your time to be the best ones to automate. What have you automated in your personal productivity system?

Featured photo credit: Bram Naus via unsplash.com

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