3. Recuva

Recuva is a lightweight freeware data recovery solution for Windows. It can recover many types of files from your hard drive, memory cards, and other storage devices.

Recuva has a user-friendly interface that sets it apart from many other freeware programs. It can get back your lost photos, music files, and documents from a wide variety of storage devices including external hard drives, memory cards, and USB sticks. The tool also can recover data from damaged or formatted drives.

The freeware solution includes a deep scanning feature to search for traces of deleted files. A nice feature is the ability to securely delete files from your computer, making impossible for them to be recovered with other software tools.


  • Freeware with a low Pro vesion price
  • Clear interface design
  • Preview screen
  • Securely deletes files


  • Poorer recovery performance than paid solutions

Price: Freeware with a Pro version available for $19.95.

Limitations on the free/trial version: Unlimited free recovery.

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