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10 best data recovery software

PCs, smartphones and other digital devices we use contain all our personal and important data. We cannot fail to discover our data and, fortunately for us, none of these devices are reliable. They can be damaged or corrupted at any time, losing our important data in the process. Unfortunately, there is no 100% tool to make sure you never lose data. However, if you have lost some important data due to a corrupt system or accidental deletion, then you have the possibility to recover it.

When they accidentally delete data from their system or are deleted for other reasons, they are not actually deleted. Instead, marked as deleted and hidden by the operating system to make it look like deleted (easier to mark than actually delete it). Over time, this invisible data is rewritten when you add more data. This means that if you have not added any other data, you can still recover it using a dedicated recovery tool.

To help you recover deleted data, we have created this list of the best data recovery software. Each software has its unique features with different compatibility and performance. You can try more tools mentioned here (in the hope of recovering), if an instrument fails to complete the job.

Note: with the following tools it will not be possible to recover data from SSD. On an SSD, data is completely erased to ensure that it is faster to rewrite the data. So, you're unlucky if you have an SSD. However, if you use an HDD, you can still recover the data. (For data recovery from SSD, there are some expensive methods for which you can get help from Google.)

Best data recovery software for PC, Mac

1. Recuva

Recuva was created by Piriform software developers, who are also responsible for the popular CCleaner PC cleaning tool. Just like the other products, you should also expect an attractive interface with high quality. Recuva has an integrated wizard (optional) that guides you through the recovery steps whenever you want to restore the data.

You don't have to do anything, just answer the questions the wizard asks for, type of data type, area to be scanned and type of scan, etc. And Recuva will manage rest. Although, normal scanning is sufficient, but it is also possible to perform a thorough scan (takes longer) to further increase the possibility of recovering data. It is possible to recover data such as, Images, audio (mp3), documents, videos, compressed files and e-mails from any storage device that Windows can read as digital cameras, hard disk drives, etc.

Price: free version (which is sufficient for data recovery) and a paid version for $ 24, 95 (advanced file recovery, virtual hard disk support, automatic updates, premium support).

Compatibility: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1


2. Recovery of wise data

The Wise Data Recovery tool is not one of the most feature-rich or customizable software. It comes with a clean interface with very few options to modify. This may make it a bit limited, but for a quick job, this perfect tool.

All you need to do is start the tool and select the unit you want to scan (including removable drives). The software quickly scans (very fast compared to many) of the unit and shows all the data that can be recovered such as photos, documents, videos, e-mails, etc. It also comes with a portable version to keep it with you time.

This tool is ideal for people who want a quick and simple tool to recover data, but may not be able to recover all the data as other tools can.

Price: free

Compatibility: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1


3. Free undelete

Undelete another easy-to-use data recovery tool similar to Wise Data Recovery. It does not offer advanced options to customize the type of data you are looking for, all you need to do is scan a drive (removable as well) and see the results.

After the scan, the tool will show all the files that can be recovered and even show entire deleted folders. You can simply open folders to recover data from them or simply recover everything with a single click. You can recover images, music, documents, videos, e-mails (from e-mail clients) and compressed files.

Price: free for personal use and paid for business use which costs $ 69 and $ 103 for each version (offers guaranteed customer support).

Compatibility: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1


4. Restore Pandora

Pandora Recovery is a feature-rich tool with lots of customization options and deep scanning capabilities. It doesn't have an interesting interface like Recuva, but certainly richer in functionality and handiness, making it a light replacement for Recuva. It allows you to recover FAT32 or NTFS file systems. It also comes with a wizard that guides you through the process and lets you choose the scan mode.

You can scan a file type, the entire unit or thorough scan to search for all the files with most recovered files. You can also connect other removable storage devices to scan and all scanning methods will be applied to those devices. You will also find useful tips to understand what each button does as soon as necessary to use them.

Price: free

Compatibility: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1


5. Recovery of the minitool partition

This is a truly extraordinary tool with a very simple but attractive interface. However, its free version limited to 1 GB of data recovery. Next, you'll need to upgrade to a paid version. The tool can recover data from formatted, damaged and even deleted partitions with surprising results.

In our experience, the tool has done a stunning job of recovering data from a simple unit. It has recovered 5 times more files than the other tools mentioned here and has divided all the files according to their extensions, making it extremely easy to find the required file. Although it took some time to scan the disk, but the results were satisfactory.

a great tool for people who really need a deep scan and don't bother paying if they have to (bear in mind 1 GB of free data recovery). Supports FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, VFAT, NTFS and NTFS5 file systems.

Price: Free up to 1 GB, after which, paid versions can cost $ 69 and $ 89

Compatibility: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1

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6. Glary Undelete

Glary Undelete is a simple and lightweight tool with limited features just like some other tools in this list. However, it has some filter options really good, which you can use to easily find the required files. You only have the ability to scan a drive (removable as well) and it will be a quick, not deep scan.

You will be quickly presented with all the data that can be recovered classified according to their extensions. Here you can filter the search based on size, time, recovery status and file name. Glary Undelete supports FAT, NTFS, NTFS + EFS file systems. It also allows the recovery of compressed or encrypted files.

Price: free

Compatibility: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1


7. UndeleteMyFiles Pro

UndeleteMyFiles Pro offers one of the most recovery features with some useful side features. You can search for media files or regular files separately and, if that's not enough, you can also add filters to search for a specific file. For example, you can add filters to search only for the specific name, extension, size or attribute (such as, hidden or read-only, etc.).

In addition to data recovery tools, you can also use the tool " File Wiper "to permanently delete a file or create a" Disc image "to make sure that no deleted files are overwritten by other data. The tool is also quite fast and deeply scans to recover all the files. We found almost twice more files than some quick scan tools mentioned in this list.

Price: free

Compatibility: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and Mac OS X


8. PC File Recovery

This is a somewhat advanced tool with a very complex use, we will never recommend it to any inexperienced user. It does not have a very attractive interface or a lot of features. However, the tool will allow you to scan a disk in depth and choose the sectors to be scanned. A full scan of a 40 GB data drive may take more than 2 hours.

The results are also enjoyable as the tool will find almost all the files that are recoverable. You can also add the file name / extension filter to make it easier to find a specific file. If you are an experienced user and want to perform a thorough scan of your PC, this PC Inspector File Recovery works wonders. Supports FAT 12/16/32 and NTFS file systems

Price: free

Compatibility: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1


Data recovery tools for smartphones (Android and iPhone)

Although, the tools mentioned above can also scan and retrieve data on smartphones when they are connected via USB, but they are not made for them. To recover smartphone data such as messages, logs and IM history, etc. You will need to use a separate tool. Check the tools below to recover your smartphone data.

9. Dr. Foni Wondershare

Wondershare Dr.Fone a renowned data recovery tool for Android and iOS. extremely easy to use with step by step instructions. Using this tool, you can retrieve contacts, messages, audio, video, photos, call logs and Whatsapp history. All you need to do is connect your phone to the PC and let the tool do the rest.

However, support for limited compatible phones, some supported brands include, Apple, Samsung, Motorola, Sony, LG, HTC and Google Nexus. If your root phone will work on any Android phone and some supported phones it may also require root.

Price: free trial and a paid version for $ 45, 95 that supports up to 5 devices or $ 499 that support unlimited devices.

Compatibility: Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, XP and Mac OS X 10.6-10.10 and iTunes 12.1, iOS 8.3 / iOS 9, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and up to Android Lollipop

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10. EaseUS MobiSaver

This is another great tool for recovering data from an Android or iPhone device. The interface, complexity and recovery are almost the same as those of Dr. Fone, the difference comes to supported formats, devices and prices. MobiSaver supports fewer types of files to recover, including text messages, contacts, documents, video, audio and photos. However, it has support for multiple brands, including Huawei, ZTE and some other Chinese brands.

even a bit cheaper, making it a good choice if you don't need to retrieve IM history or call logs. On the EaseUs website you will also find some useful articles for data recovery from your smartphone (the process is a bit complex compared to the PC).

Price: free version with limited features and a Pro version for $ 39, Android 95 and $ 30 for the iOS version.

Compatibility: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and Mac OS X and iOS 8, iPhone 6 and up to Android Lollipop

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The data recovery tools mentioned above are the best in the industry and serve the purpose of recovering data deleted from desktop and mobile devices. If you know of any other reliable and better data recovery tool that you deserve to be on the list, don't hesitate to let us know in the comments section.