It can be a real drag when your PC crashes, and you think you’ve lost all your precious data. The same is true if your hard drive becomes corrupt and suddenly you can’t access your files.
Luckily, there are a bunch of different tools in the data recovery genre that will help you get the job done. Some of these software items will allow you to recover deleted, corrupt, or lost files. Other software will allow recovery of corrupt partitions or Windows installs.
Here, we’ll cover eight data recovery software that will allow you to recover lost files, partitions, or corrupt system files. These are presented in no particular order, and some of them accomplish slightly different tasks, so make sure to check them out carefully before downloading one.
1. Data Rescue PC
Data Rescue can repair a ton of different file types, from documents to audio, images, and video. You can also image a damaged disk to transfer out files to another disk. The program is pretty nice, and it can even work on older versions of Windows all the way back to MS-DOS if you so need it.
R-Studio is a more professional data recovery tool. It provides individual and batch recovery capabilities. It can also search for lost files on USB thumb drives. For those who are really tech savvy, text and hexadecimal editing abilities will allow those who can repair the code in a corrupt file manually.
3. Recuva Free
Recuva comes conveniently packaged in a portable executable that can be launched from any media. It’ll help you search for the files you’re looking for and even possibly restore them if possible. Advanced options are available as well, including a deep scan, custom scan, and the ability to fully wipe sensitive files from your drive.
4. Wise Data Recovery
Wise Data Recovery is quite possibly the simplest of all these tools to use. Choose a drive and select the scan option to find all deleted files the software can see. Then, you can search for or select files to restore on demand. The only downside is that it only supports NTFS format drives.
5. Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery
Price: $59.99 ( Home Edition) & $99 (Pro Edition) | OS: Windows
Stellar Phoenix is another efficient option with a lot of different features. It can restore from just about any media, including HDD, USB drives, CDs, DVDs, and SD cards. It can even restore archives like ZIP or RAR files.
6. Paragon Rescue Kit Free
Paragon Rescue Kit has a unique purpose that’s unlike the others. It’s designed to be used in the case that your system is completely unbootable. Just burn it to a CD using another PC (or do it now as a preventative measure), and when your PC crashes, just put it in and boot from it to attempt to recover lost or deleted partitions or fix a Windows installation. If all else fails, their file transfer wizard will let you move the files from the disk and onto another media.
7. Pandora Recovery
Pandora Recovery takes a Windows-like approach to file recovery. It presents lost or deleted files in a Windows Explorer-like interface, making it pretty easy to navigate. Files can even be sorted by date and file type. Some people report FAT drive support is spotty, however.
8. PC Inspector File Recovery
PC Inspector is a free option that works well on both FAT and NTFS drives. The interface is a little tough to navigate with all its tabs, but it’s a strong option that works on just about any hard drive you’d want it to.
Did any of these data recovery software help you out? Let us know in the comments below.