In this article we’ll consider some top free and paid data recovery software tools that anyone from a casual user who’s lost files to the avid data recovery pro will need to get back lost data. The list may take a few days to reach all 25, so please check back later on for more additions.
The First 5 Data Recovery Software Tools
Testdisk & Photorec
These free utilities can be used to recover lost partitions as well as great features for RAW file recovery. It’s entirely cmd prompt based, so don’t expect any fancy interface. However it’s been a go to package for a lot of computer techs trying to find some lost pictures and documents
Although there is a Windows version, we’re talking strictly about the Linux variant here. Again this terminal based tool is no much to look at but is powerful under the hood. It’s probably the best imaging software out there short of a hardware tool like DDI 4 or PC-3000.
This $79 program is probably the most versatile data recovery suite on the market. It’s able to handle most all common file systems, has a good number of file types it can find in RAW search, as well as the ability to add new definitions using grep expressions. Plus it can even work on most server RAID arrays in the right hands.
It’s a slightly uglier tool that R-Studio and certainly a little buggier, but over all it’s another very useful tool. They now have a “Simple” version which can recover from both FAT and NTFS, and it also includes the older separate version licenses. For many FAT file systems with bad sector damage, it’s often even better than R-Studio.
UFSExplorer Professional Recovery
This tool isn’t my personal favorite due to the tendency to crash out during recovery. However it’s worth special mention for a couple of it’s features. First off it can handle many file systems that no other software can such as XFS, Sun, Unix, and many many more. It is also able to read metadata and reconstruct RAID parameters from many Mac and NAS arrays, as well as the ability to scan inside of VMDK virtual drive images.
Well, there’s the first 5 data recovery software tools worth mentioning. Check back later as we review some more top data recovery software tools.