Top 10 Data Recovery Software: Windows, Linux and Mac

By Partho, Gaea News Network
Monday, March 2, 2009

datarecoverySuppose you have worked on a project for hours and stored it on your hard drive. The next time you turned on your PC, to be horror-struck - virus has wiped out your hard drive. This is just one instance, there can be many such unforced data loss leaving you on knifes edge. Maybe you deleted an email from the trash bin and realized its importance later. Say a sudden power problem that even your backup power supply couldn’t control. For worse, your data was lost from disks with bad sectors. You never know which is the last thing to happen. Well, I didn’t mean to make your hair curl, these were just apprehensive dispositions. Why worry when you have the data recovery tools to rescue your data. I have listed top 10 data recovery tools for you. Wait! this not for the cocksure nerds who don’t believe that data recovery software works.

Before going to the data recovery software you need to be acquainted with certain facts

• Don’t install the data recovery software on the hard drive from where you want to recover data
• Don’t save the recovered files on the hard drive from which you are recovering the data
• Don’t use the hard drive you want to recover as main hard drive

Now let’s begin with the top 10 data recovery software

1. PC INSPECTOR File Recovery

pc-inspector-file-recovery It is a versatile data recovery program that supports the FAT 12/16/32 as well as NTFS systems. Even the boot sector or FAT gets erased, PC INSPECTOR can find the partitions automatically. It recovers the files with original time and date stamp.


2. Nucleus Mac Data Recovery Software v4.03

macintosh_data_recovery_software-3This is an advanced data Mac data recovery tool for HFS and HFS+ partitions. It’s QFSCI technology is capable of recovering lost mac partitions, files and folders from eMac, iMac, iBook and Apple iPod.


3. Nucleus ReiserFS Linux Partition Recovery

nucleus_reiserfs_linux_partition_recovery-4It is a advanced, user-friendly Linux partition recovery software for ReiserFS partitions. With Nucleus ReiserFS Linux Partition Recovery you can regain data even if login password is lost or there is a corruption of Super Block, recovery. It is a widely used linux partition recovery software used by Computer Technicians, Researchers, Academic Institutes, Professional Forensic Experts, Law Enforcers, R & D Institutes etc.


4. Quick Recovery for FAT and NTFS

qr-ntfsThis is essentially a do-it-yourself Non-Destructive NTFS Data Recovery Software. The complete operation is just performed in two steps that includes Analysis, Select and Save. It’s Bad sector management and recovery (BSMR) allows data retrieval from damaged disks.


5. Recover Linux Deleted Files

This one is widely used by to recover files deleted files in Linux platform. The Linux Partition Recovery Tool is designed to regain the Linux deleted files in Linux based Ext2 and Ext3 file systems. This software runs on Suse Linux, Mandriva Linux, Mandrake Linux, Turbo Linux, Slackware Linux, Gentoo Linux, Kubuntu Linux, Ubuntu Linux, Debian, Caldera Linux etc.


6. Undelete Plus

undelete-plusTo restore accidentally deleted files you can use the Undelete Plus. Suppose you have permanently deleted a file in Windows using Shift+delete, emptied a file from Recycle Bin or deleted files from within a Command Prompt. Undelete Plus will allow you to recover all these deleted files. Undelete Plus works under Win 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista operating systems. The windows recovery program supports FAT12/16/32,NTFS/NTFS5. Further it also enables image recovery from CompactFlash, SmartMedia, MultiMedia and Secure Digital cards.


7. Avira UnErase Personal

avira-unerase-personalFor data lost accidentally or as a result of virus, defective software or an an uninstaller, Avira UnErase can help you out with the recovery.


8.  Stellar Phoenix Deleted Email Recovery

3_stellar_phoenix_deleted_file_recovery2This Stellar Email Recovery software can locate, recover as well as restore deleted PST files and its objects. It is quite handy when you need to retrieve lost PST emails, calendar entries, notes, journals, tasks and appointments.


9. Freeware data recovery

This is a free full version of freeware data recovery software. With the powerful, free FAT 32 file undelete program you can recover files accidentally lost from an external hard drive.


10. Max Data recovery

max-data-recoveryIf you have to recover data from damaged or broken CDs, DVDs, floppy disks, and other storage media Max Data recovery is your aid. with this software you can easily recover the corrupted, unopenable and unreadable files.


August 28, 2010: 6:33 am

I booted up iTunes today. I had 3000 songs in my itunes library but now i have none.

How can I fix this?

July 19, 2010: 6:46 am

Don’t install the data recovery software on the hard drive from where you want to recover data

June 16, 2010: 12:20 am

Sometimes you cannot open a file in windows or any other operating system then you can use Stellar Phoenix Windows data recovery software. Its a very easily understandable software

February 23, 2010: 12:17 am

You can try free demo version of mac File Recovery Software which can recover deleted data and volumes from a dead Mac hard drive.The recovery steps are very easy and understood.

January 6, 2010: 6:02 am

Often there comes a situation when we are unable to access the data that is there in the hard drive of the Mac OS like emails, messages, contacts, documents etc. In that a situation a software like Data Recovery Mac does help in recovering the deleted items from the hard drive of the Mac OS

January 6, 2010: 5:58 am

Data Recovery Mac is a very good 3rd party application tool that easily recovers all your deleted items from the hard drive of Mac OS like emails, messages, songs, videos etc. The recovered data are stored in the destination folder and are not damaged at all.

Ranvir Kumar
January 4, 2010: 1:03 am

A wonderful and very useful list of software mentioned here. I also want to add one. I have used the Stellar Phoenix Windows data recovery software and find it a powerful and user friendly tool.

November 17, 2009: 7:39 am

I recommend you MDR - this tool can rescue your data from broken drives.

November 10, 2009: 9:10 am

Thenks for article!

Harry Knight
March 12, 2009: 4:17 am

Maybe you can recommend a way to recover a Works Word file that I seem to have lost. The file name is there, but the page is blank. I did not delete anything, not deliberately. Somehow I seem to have saved a blank with the name of the now missing pages. I remember the first few words of the lost file. Is there a way to search for the text. I tried a system restore to the day before the disappearance, but the lost file did not restore. Thanks, even if you can’t help.

March 6, 2009: 3:08 pm

[...] such as the GetDataBack and EasyRecovery, but I was looking for a free one. From the list of my top 10 data recovery software tools I picked a widely used freeware, PC INSPECTOR File Recovery 4.x. The software is in its 4th [...]

March 4, 2009: 7:24 am

We always need an effective and powerful recovery tool having great recovery potential and through the application of influential scanning algorithms, thus you need to go for advanced and effective Stellar Phoenix hard drive recovery software so that you can get all of your precious data back. A highly developed scanning algorithm is used by this hard drive recovery software to get the fruitful end result. Due to the read only and non destructive nature, original hard drive recovery is executed by this software.

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