Data Recovery Tools
TestDisk is a popular data recovery tool available for users on Windows. It primarily serves as a resource for making disks that are not able to be booted functional once more. Unfortunately, it often takes several days for a full “deep scan” of the computer to take place. The interface is also rather outdated, with the software reminiscent of applications from several years past. Having said that, TestDisk is often successful at recovering corrupted files and other information that has been lost. It will recover all files every deleted, which could potentially be unwanted for some users, depending on what was previously on the machine.
Recuva is a simple program that can be downloaded for free. This data recovery program works well to quickly restore files that have been accidentally deleted from the system. It is not very user-friendly, so computer users who do not have much experiencing working with complicated programs may find Recuva daunting. The information it recovers is not always readable either, meaning files that are recreated may not be worth much. In comparison to other programs, Recuva works rather quickly, making it one of the better options on the market.
FreeUndelete from Office Recovery is a free data recovery tool. This is a very simple program, which could potentially make it less valuable to someone looking for a sophisticated application. It can be rather finicky, and file trees may need to be expanded a few times to see all of the files that can potentially be recovered. FreeUndelete also has mixed success recovering media files, with many photos and videos being unreadable once the recovery process has been completed. It does scan the machine relatively quickly, and is also available free of charge, making it a nice option for a limited budget.
Another simple recovery tool, the Pandora Recovery application is available free of charge. While the interface isn’t very fancy, it does manage to recover most deleted files. It may be a better solution for smaller disks and external media, as the scan takes a fairly long time to complete. It may not be able to recognize all files, meaning some will be left behind. It is available for free, so users looking for a quick solution without paying big bucks may be drawn to the program. It also is compatible with several different Microsoft systems.
This program is easy for users who do not have much experience working with computer programs and is rather intuitive. It can recover files that have been overwritten by new data, and also scans the machine pretty quickly. It will not likely recover all missing files, but it should be able to restore a good number of those files missing. It is also compatible with all of the Windows file systems, making it a good option for anyone on this OS. Deleted files simply take a few quick clicks to be restored to the computer once again.