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Four free Hard Drive Data Recovery Tools


Hard drives contain all of critical business and personal data, from account records & contracts to digital photos of friends of family. However, it is an extremely sensitive component and an instant accident could wreak the loss of your precious data. Although the causes on hard disk failure may greatly vary but the sense of shock and desolation can be terribly similar.

While redundant and real-time backup is the best defense against data loss but sometimes the data loss sneaks right up on you. With one of the following Hard Drive Data Recovery tools, you’ll always be geared up to save your data from the Reaper.


TestDisk is a powerful tool for hard drive data recovery for Windows/Mac/Linux. The potential of this tool is not limited to the restoration of accidentally deleted files from FAT and NTFS file systems but it offers some additional functionality. TestDisk allows you to boot the sector from a backup, rebuild your boot sector, fix FAT and MFT tables and allocate the ext2/ext3 backup SuperBlock.


PhotoRec is a powerful Hard Drive Data Recovery tool forWindows/Mac/Linux. Like TestDisk, this application is also a Graphical User Interface (GUI) but it offers more powerful file recovery than TestDisk. PhotoRec software is preferred when deep disk recovery is essential. This tool not disturbs partitions of your hard drive, but instead lunges in your disk in a smooth, read only mode and seeks out your missing files without messing up your file systems.


Recuva is a comprehensible Windows-based Hard Drive Data Recovery tool. This application allows the user to resurrect the deleted files using file-recovery wizard or the manual mode. The wizard file-recovery is good when you are sure that your data has been lost but not sure that where it has gone and how its recovery could be launched. The wizard process lets you narrow your search type to documents, music, pictures, videos or all files and allows you to set the search location either universally on your computer, only on removable media, MY Documents or a particular location.  If you don’t want wizard you can simply switch to the manual mode and get to work searching where you think that the files should be.

Undelete Plus

As the name shows, this Windows-based Hard Drive Data Recovery software recovers the accidently deleted files. This application supports all Windows and embodiments of the FAT and NTFS file systems. Like Recuva, this tool allocates a recovery probability to files it recover basing on how much the file damaged is. The files can be sorted by type and also the filters can be set basing on size and time to avert sifting through every deleted file on the disk.


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