Data loss is an unpleasant part of the digital world that will impact many computer users at one time or another. It’s very easy to accidentally delete some important files which can lead to unnecessary stress as you struggle to get them back. Fortunately, data recovery software can help restore deleted files even if you have not backed them up. Here is a list of the top data recovery software applications for Windows.
1. Disk Drill
Disk Drill for Windows is a reliable and user-friendly data recovery tool that gets your data back in a few clicks. This upgraded application offers users the ability to preview and recover up to 500 MB of data with the free trial version.
This feature-rich data recovery tool employs sophisticated scanning algorithms and allows users to perform multiple types of scans. The Quick Scan locates files that were recently deleted and usually recovers them exactly as they were before deletion. When more robust recovery capabilities are required, a Deep Scan can reconstruct lost files from bits and pieces left on the storage media. In some cases, you may need to rename the files after recovery Deep Scan.
Disk Drill has an intuitive interface that allows users with just a general knowledge of computers to quickly recover their lost files. Its recovery capabilities will also appeal to more experienced computer users. The tool provides additional data protection tools for free that can help you recover recently deleted files quickly. The Recovery Vault feature allows you to designate folders and files for enhanced protection. You can also create a byte-level backup of a drive that can be used for the recovery of failing storage devices.
- Intuitive and user-friendly interface
- Streamlined file recovery
- Support for virtually all disk-based storage devices
- Sophisticated scanning algorithms that can recover hard-to-find files
- Free data protection tools
- Free 500 MB file recovery with the trial version
- Lack of phone technical support
Price: Free trial with a 500 MB recovery limit. The Pro version costs $89 and has no recovery limits.
Limitations on the free/trial version: 500 MB of free recovery.
2. Prosoft Data Rescue 5 for Windows
Prosoft Engineering’s Data Rescue 5 is a data recovery application that offers a suite of advanced data recovery tools. It has been in development for more than 20 years resulting in a quality solution that has been tested in a professional data recovery lab.
Prosoft Data Rescue 5 is a versatile tool with some interesting features. You can create a clone to use with a failing drive or if the scanning process is taking too long to complete. The tool requires you to provide an additional storage device of at least 32 GB in size when performing a recovery. A hex viewer enables users to view files from a scan before recovering them.
Email notifications can be sent regarding current and past scans, making the tool a nice solution for IT teams. You can teach the tool about new file types by providing some examples. This feature allows you to recover any type of file, even new formats yet to be introduced to the computing community.
- Free File Finder app to decide if the tool can recover your data
- Can recover RAID arrays
- Quick and deep scans for flexible recovery
- No free data recovery with trial versions
- Standard license limits the user to 5 drive recoveries
Price: $99 for the standard version. Unlimited recovery requires an annual subscription.
Limitations on the free/trial version: No free file recovery is offered but recoverable data can be previewed.