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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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            8 Replacements for Google Notebook

            8 Replacements for Google Notebook

            Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

            1. Zoho Notebook
              If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
            2. Evernote
              The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
            3. Net Notes
              If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
            4. i-Lighter
              You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
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              For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
            6. UberNote
              If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
            7. iLeonardo
              iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
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            I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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            In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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