Data loss can happen at the touch of a button, from an accident or a disaster. We try hard to protect our data, but the fact is we are all susceptible to data loss in many different ways than just the noted above. The good news is there are a variety of recovery tools available in case you do lose your data. The following is a list so you can choose what type is best for you.
CardRecovery is for Windows 98 or later and it does have a CardRescue option for Mac operating systems. CardRecovery focuses on recovering files from memory cards that are used in cameras. The software works with both RAW and JPG format files as well as audio and video files. It is important to note the software does not work with day to day files or search for other document types.
CardRecovery is a simple program to use as to start the scan, all you have to do is enter a drive letter and put in the file type and camera brand, the latter two of which are optional. From there, you will choose the destination to save the files the software recovers. You will be able to preview six photos at a time while they are being recovered.
PhotoRec is a free software program that can be used on Windows 98 or later, Mac, DOS, or Linux. The creator of the software says it can recover over 390 type of files, which include archived files, multimedia, office, and other files. PhotoRec is pretty simple to use, but it has an ancient look, which can make it intimidating when you start it up.
Once you start the system, you are given a list of all the storage devices on your computer. This includes attached removable hard drives, hard drives, or loaded card bays. You are able to search if you want, but the default works well if you are doing a basic recovery.
With PhotoRec, it is possible to recover files from a device that has partitions that had been damaged. Furthermore, you can add custom file types to the program if yours is not in any of the 390 file types.
Recover My Files:
Recover My Files comes with a free trial then three different price tiers. The software is only available for Windows 98 or later, so those who are looking for other operating systems are out of luck with this one.
The Technician version of this software is the most expensive, but it comes with a USB hardware dongle while having both HFS and RAID support. The Pro version allows you to recover more conventional FAT/NTFS partitions as well as the HFS and RAID support. The first Standard version allows you to only recover conventional FAT/NTFS partitions.
Once you start the software, you have a choice of recovering an entire drive or individual files. The latter looks for evidence of deleted files in the directory structures where the former scans the entire system. When it scans the entire system, the program attempts to reconstruct directory structures and lost partitions. Any files found during the scan pop up in a preview window so you can recover only what you need. After you decide what files to recover, they will automatically be saved to the device of your choosing.
Recuva can be used on Windows XP or later and offers a free and paid version. The difference is the free version does not come with support, but both programs recover your files in a very automated way.
When you run the software, it asks you what type of data you are trying to restore. After you choose the type, it starts working automatically. It finds the files for you and you are given detailed information when you click on them.
Recovering your data should not be a hassle. With the tools listed above, you will find a program to recover the types of files that have been damaged or deleted. Furthermore, they come in varying price ranges to fit your needs. These tools work with different types of operating systems, so make sure yours is compatible before purchasing one.
This article is contributed by Ken Wilson. He is a Tech Guru and Security Specialist at ThePCDoctor – Australia’s Number 1 Computer Support Company.