Companies generate huge amounts of data every day. Losing this data can have catastrophic consequences, especially for companies that do not have a data recovery plan.
Backing up data is the first step a company must take to protect its files. However, backup servers fail and human errors are all too familiar. Fortunately, a hard disk recovery is possible for files that have been deleted.
What does Data Recovery Software do?
Today's data recovery software has been developed to search for and recover missing data. This software can detect and restore audio and video files, documents and photos in their original form. They can recover data from flash drives, SD cards, smartphones, other portable storage and even from traditional rotating hard drives. They may also be able to save data from a CD or DVD to which you previously had no access. However, data recovery software cannot recover files that you have already deleted from a solid-state drive.
All data recovery software offers to restore or recover deleted or lost files. Some may even make a disk image or clone of the disk, so that you can correct data from the clone and not directly from the disk. It is a useful feature if the drive is physically defective and may fail continuously if the recovery software continues to access it.
Available data recovery software
EaseUS data recovery wizard free
EaseUS is one of the most accessible recovery software that can be used with the three-step recovery procedure. Searching for recoverable files is just a matter of choosing a file or folder and waiting a few seconds while the software scans the system. Users can then browse the recovered data through a user-friendly interface similar to Windows Explorer. There is also a Deep Scan option, but this is very slow. The free version of the software can only recover around 500 MB of data. Bonus function: if you share the EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on your social media profile such as Facebook or Twitter (and Google+ if it still exists), you will receive 1
EaseUS works on external and internal hard drives, memory cards and USB sticks and can restore thousands of file types. With a 30-day money-back guarantee you can even buy the pro version.
One of the most reliable recovery software available, Pandora has features such as the ability to undo FAT and NTFS formatted files. It can also recover archived, compressed, encrypted and hidden files. It has a user-friendly interface with an Explorer-inspired window and a wizard to make your recovery task easier. Once installed, it can recover data from hard drives and memory cards, or any device that can be connected to a Windows computer. The software uses three recovery methods: browse, search and surface scan. The latter process performs a more in-depth search and takes longer. But it makes it possible to recover data, even from already formatted disks.
PC Inspector File Recovery
The software is distinguished by its ability to recover files from lost partitions, even if the file system or boot sector has been removed or damaged. This is crucial because it makes it possible to recover data if the drive is not visible in Windows. However, the interface and terminology of the software can be confusing and daunting, especially for new users. The workflow also takes time to get used to it.
One of the best recovery software is Recuva from Piriform. It comes with an attractive and high-quality interface, a standard scan and a deep scan. Users can recover data such as audio files, compressed files, documents, emails and photos that were previously considered lost. Recuva also has a beautiful built-in wizard function that guides you through the steps for recovering your documents. It is user-friendly and all you have to do is plug in relevant information, such as the area to be scanned, the type of scan, the data type, etc. The free version of Recuva is sufficient for the recovery of the hard disk, but the paid version offers functions such as advanced file recovery, automatic updates, support for virtual hard drive and premium support.
Stellar Data Recovery
Another easy-to-use recovery software. Stellar Data Recovery can recover files from various storage devices such as hard drives, memory cards, USB drives and smartphones. Stellar Data also lives up to its name with its stellar process. The user only downloads the installer, starts scanning, and the software starts to recover deleted or missing documents. An example of the recovered files is displayed so that the user can check this before the final recovery process is initialized.
TestDisk is a formidable tool for recovering data from lost files and partitions. The program does not have a graphical interface, which can be a challenge for some. But the command line program is simple enough to navigate, especially since there is a help system that will guide the user. More importantly, it supports various systems.
As the name suggests, this software lets the user undo the deletion of files. Undelete 360 has a kind of Microsoft Office-like atmosphere with its color scheme and ribbon-like toolbar. The program can restore a wide range of records and can be used on devices such as digital cameras, smartphones, memory cards and USBs. Undelete 360 also comes with data erasure functions and offers the user the option of previewing documents for recovery.
Wise Data Recovery
The software may have a first glance, but it can get the job done and fast. It has a simple and clean-looking interface where users can quickly launch the program and choose the disk to scan. The scanning process is surprisingly fast and shows all recoverable data. The software also makes keyword search possible, so that the user does not have to go through many files.
You have two options when you lose files – look at data recovery services or use a data recovery software. The first is quite expensive, although most data labs don't charge you if they couldn't retrieve your data. In the meantime, you are spoiled for choice, since there is a lot of recovery software available today, each has its advantages and disadvantages. If you decide to go with recovery software, make sure you do your research and check each feature before you make a decision.
About the Author
Dona Dimaculangan from Datlabs Data Recovery is your specialist in recovering data from computer hard drives, RAID servers, NAS systems, mobile phones and CCTV recorders in the UK and Europe.