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5 Free File Recovery Tools for Windows 8

5 Free File Recovery Tools for Windows 8

File recovery is a process of retrieving your lost files back, be it using software or services. File recovery tools can be used to deal with various data loss situations such as logical hard drive corruption, accidental data deletion or formatting of hard drive volumes, USB or flash drive formatting and more. These free file recovery tools are available across all the popular platforms including Windows, Mac and Linux. We are going to discuss some of the most popular free recovery tools available for Windows 8 as well as its predecessors. You may find differences in terms of their capability and performance but most of them would be capable to detect and recover your important lost or deleted files. We’ll list recovery tools based on their performance scale (0 to 10).

Recuva – 7.2 out of 10

Rucuva is a popular recovery tool from Piriform that offers very easy and do it yourself interface to recover apparently lost, deleted or accidentally formatted files from range of storage medias. This tool delivers efficient scanning mechanism to memory cards or flash drive which becomes unresponsive or corrupt due to user error or logical corruption.

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Recuva

    Recuva offers wizard based recovery steps to make the overall recovery process not only simpler but time efficient too. You can also find files you’re looking for in just a matter of time using the find option of this tool.

    Test Disk Data Recovery 7.6 out of 10

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    TestDisk-Data-Recovery

      TestDisk is an open source application and offers verity of techniques to resurrect corrupt or lost data and partitions. You can have or get access to unbootable PC using bootable disc and would able to locate all the existing partitions so you can restore your files with easy. TestDisk would also help you fix or repair corrupt partition table or rebuild boot sector, important to recover data from logically corrupt or inaccessible hard drive partitions. This tool is available across all the major platforms such as Windows, Mac and Linux.

      Pandora Recovery  7.9 out of 10
      Pandora recovery

        Pandora recovery is yet another useful utility that brings back different type of file types from NTFS or FAT formatted volumes. This tool can handle all the popular internal as well as external storage media with almost any type of logical corruption or data deletion. Pandora recovery takes full control of your problem storage media and scans it efficiently. Once scanning is completed, you can successfully go through the list of scanned files and save them to your desired destination.  

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        Lazesoft Windows Data Recovery Free – 8.2 out of 10

        Lazesoft provides stunning scan engine to get back your data from corrupt, reformatted or inaccessible hard drive partitions. The good side is, it provides better security to the delete content and ensure that its content isn’t altered and easily accessible as before.

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        Lazesoft

          This tool supports all the popularly Windows OS including the latest Windows 8/8.1, both 32-bit and 64-bit. It’s available in 3 popular editions based on your requirement: Home License, Home License (Advanced) and Business license. Where Business license can be freely used for all the commercial uses including academic as well as government bodies.

          EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free – 9.2 out of 10 (Winner)

          EaseUS-Data-Recovery-Wizard

            EaseUS Data recovery wizard free is among the most popular data recovery tools that you need to address almost any type of critical data loss circumstances. It provides powerful methods to efficiently scan the problem storage media in shortest possible time. Do-it-yourself based data recovery wizard to recover your lost files back in fractions of seconds. This tool is completely adaptable to even basic users and requires 3 simple steps to follow: select drive, start scanning and save data to your desired place.

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            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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