Before we start explaining in-depth, you need not fear – recovering the data you deleted by accident (or intentionally) is not hard at all. The first step you need to take – stop transferring files from and to your PC in order to mitigate the “damage” you already did by deleting. To clarify, that’s because once you delete your files from any of your devices including PC, iPhone, or Android they aren’t gone forever – only the addresses linking to them are. However, if you start introducing new data to your system, they might actually take their place, which makes a recovery almost impossible. Without further delay, we present you a list of data recovery software for Windows we think are best.
This company really came on top in the recent years, especially because of the services they offer. Data Recovery is their specialty, and their support spans not only to Windows, which we appreciate in this case, but also to Mac OS, and smartphones in form of an app. The program itself is really easy-to-use and has a simplistic design to it. Even though the search goes really deep, it requires very little effort on your part – just choose where to search for data, specify formats (or choose All), and let it uncover the files you deleted.
Even if you haven’t heard of the software before, you sure know about the creators – Piriform, a company that created CCleaner, another tool you use. The best part – it’s completely free, and their trial version allows a wide variety of support for HDD, flash drives, and all common formats of media, documents and even e-mails. The process is pretty straightforward, just choose a partition at the top, and see what comes out in the end. Then, just check the files you want back and confirm – that’s it, the files are safe and secure!
Another great company with a plethora of tools and utilities for you to use on your Windows (and Mac) computer. They’ve just released the new version, 12.0, at the time this article was written, and it’s better than ever! They promise the recovery of data in three easy steps, and it’s true! Choose a location, start the search, and finally, after reviewing the data, click once to restore them back. Easy enough, right?
4. Disk Drill
We present you the next great option, and if you remember a software called Pandora Recovery, it’s been merged into a beauty that we call Disk Drill. It’s available for free, however, it allows only up to 500 MB of file restoration. The great thing about it – you can see what can be discovered on your computer, and if it’s up to your standards, consider paying just a little for an unlimited amount. And why wouldn’t it be? It’s precise, the wizard takes you through every step with explanations, and the end results are presented in an easy-to-read way. Great choice in our opinion!
Unconventional, but not in any way underwhelming. The program is lightweight, and even though it lacks a beautiful UI, the results are great, and best of all – it’s portable, so you can take it with you. That’s right, just open the EXE, and it’s ready to go. It even supports something like a file shredder, to permanently delete the files you really want to disappear for good. We recommend it for people with little technical knowledge, or if you’re traveling a lot, and can’t always use your own computer.
MiniTool is a company with many useful utilities under their belt as well, and you can choose MiniTool Partition Recovery if it’s a whole partition you need back. On the other hand, this one can recover up to 1 GB of data for free, which is still better than Disk Drill, for example. And it most cases, this should be enough. The bad thing – you need to install it, and like we already mentioned – more new data introduced into the storage can ruin the process of data restoration.
Wise Data Recovery is very lightweight, under 3.5 MB of size – and it certainly helps with the point we argued above – it’s fully-functioning in its portable version. Also, it’s backward compatible with older versions of Windows, which means even older PC’s files can be salvaged. The process is simplified as in all of these – choose the source, optionally add keywords to narrow down the search, and click Scan right next to it. Then, after files appear, choose those you want to transfer back to your PC.
Even though their website doesn’t give you much hope, as it possesses a rather simple-looking design, their software is in a league of its own. Not only does it support multiple languages if you aren’t an English native speaker, but the portable size version is under 1.5 MB! That’s the smallest we’ve seen, and it still manages to pack quite a punch. You can use any of the three recovery modes – Quick Scan, Deep Scan (scans free space only), and finally – Full Scan, which has the biggest chances of restoration but takes the longest, of course.
9. Undelete 360
We’re happy to mention that this one is carefully designed and planned out, taking only about 2 MB of space. Additionally, it supports every cause of disaster – accidents, virus infections, if an application deleted the file, so it doesn’t matter how you got into trouble, you’re in good hands with this one. The interface has that Windows 7 look to it, but it’s incredible when it comes to sorting found data into categories, allowing you to find them easily. Best of all – file preview is integrated into the program, allowing you to save time reviewing.
We’ve saved the hardest to use for the end. Although it’s still very convenient, and every step is explained inside – it just lacks a graphic interface. It’s an open-source program, being updated very often, and it’ll help save the partitions you lost. The other great possibility – non-booting disks can be fixed and rejuvenated back to health. The support for file types is great, and it supports not only Windows, but also Mac, Linux, and even DOS. In case you don’t mind an archaic, old-school look to it, and value efficiency, this might be the software for you.