This article reviews free data recovery software. Some of the products described here just have a free download of the trial version, while others are completely free. But how does data recovery software actually work? Here is the explanation. The information about each file on the disk is stored in a file record. When a file is deleted usually its file record is not destroyed immediately, so typical recovery software can use it to restore the file. However in some cases the file record can be deleted too. In this case Data Recovery Software can perform in-depth disk scanning and try to find such files.
Smart Data Recovery
Smart Data Recovery is a data recovery tool for Windows operating system that supports the FAT and NTFS file systems. The software easily recovers data from hard disks, digital cameras, and any type of storage media – flash drives, USB drives, memory stick, PC card, multimedia card, secure digital card and diskette. Smart Data Recovery can recover any deleted files, including MS Office files, photos, mp3 and zip files. You can download it from http://www.smartpctools.com/data_recovery/download.html.
TestDisk is a powerful free data recovery software. TestDisk has features for both novices and experts. For those who know little or nothing about data recovery techniques, TestDisk can be used to collect detailed information about a non-booting drive which can then be sent to a tech for further analysis. Those more familiar with such procedures should find TestDisk a handy tool in performing onsite recovery. It can run under DOS, Windows (NT4, 2000, XP, 2003), Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, SunOS and MacOS. The download page is available at http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Download.
EasyRecovery Professional The Trial version of EasyRecovery Professional allows you to view functionality and repair Zip files for free. The size of the installation file is 40 Mb and it’s available for download from http://www.ontrackdatarecovery.com/data-recovery-downloads/. This Pro package has advanced data recovery options and diagnostic features.
FreeUndelete is free for personal use. There is no charge, direct or hidden, to download and use a fully functional copy of the program. The program does not install any spyware or adware along with it. It does not populate user’s desktop with pop-up ads or forcefully subscribe user to mailing lists. It can be downloaded from http://www.officerecovery.com/freeundelete/. Works with NTFS (used by default in Windows XP, 2000 and NT), FAT32 or FAT16 file systems.
Handy Recovery 4.0
Handy Recovery 4.0 is provided with 30-day trial period. During this time you will be able to try all its features and decide if you really like our product and want to buy it. The evaluation version can recover 1 file per day. You can download it instantly at http://www.handyrecovery.com/download.shtml.