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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 February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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