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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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Published on September 20, 2018

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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