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Top 10 Free Hard Drive Recovery Programs

The data recovery marketplace is fairly competitive and there are lots of products out there, however mostly it is paid commercial software. Several might have a free edition or trial but frequently you only obtain to view the files that could be recovered or you are capable to recover a small quantity of data for example 64KB. There are still several unrestricted and free products out there that could aid you getting your archive back and here are 10 best free hard drive recovery software:

software URL Operating system/th>
Restoration http://www3.telus.net/mikebike/RESTORATION.html Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP
ADRC Data Recovery Tools http://www.adrc.com/software/data_recovery_tools/ Windows 95/2000/XP
CD Recovery Toolbox http://www.oemailrecovery.com/cd_recovery.html Windows 98/ Me/NT 4.0/2000/XP/XP SP2/2003/Vista/ 7/8
Recuva https://www.piriform.com/recuva Windows 8 / 8.1/Vista/7/XP, and Server version
Puran File Recovery http://www.puransoftware.com/File-Recovery.html Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8.
Wise Data Recovery http://www.wisecleaner.com/wisedatarecoveryfree.html Windows XP, Vista, Win7/8 (both 32-bit and 64-bit)
Glary Undelete http://www.glarysoft.com/glary-undelete/ Windows 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP, 2003 and Vista
Pandora Recovery http://www.pandorarecovery.com/download/ Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows 2000
SoftPerfect File Recovery http://www.softperfect.com/products/filerecovery/ Windows XP,Windows 8
FreeUndelete http://www.officerecovery.com/ Windows XP/Vista/7

1.Restoration

Restoration is a versatile file recovery freeware developed by Brian Kato. This recovery utility is in fact simple and user friendly, and this tool is capable of restoring deleted files which were previously located in recycle bin or even if they were directly removed by Windows Explorer.You do not still need to install the software, so it would leave no garbage and occupy any space in your system.

Pros
It is easy to use.
The interface is user-friendly.
To use this software, you don't need to install.

Cons
It will fail to recover all deleted files.
The recovered files may be disordered.

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2.ADRC Data Recovery Tools

DRC is free DIY hard drive data recovery tool that people with no computer knowledge will be able to use it. This software adopts a very straightforward GUI and offers its user the capability to undelete deleted files that might have been eliminated from the recycle bins. Furthermore, ADRC contain features to permit its user to copy archive from a disk with bad sector, clone a disk and carry out a disk image backup plus or a disk image recovery.

Pros
With file size with only 44.4KB, it doesn't require much space.
It is simple to use.

Cons
This software only supports Windows 95, 2000 and XP. Windows 7 and 8 users will not be able to use the software.

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3.CD Recovery Toolbox

CD Recovery Toolbox allows you to recover data from smashed CD, HD-DVD, DVD, and Blu-Ray disks. It is not a true hard drive recovery software as it's better to be called CD recovery. This application scans disks and save as much information as possible. In adding to this, it features an extremely simple and instinctive user interface which does not need any technical awareness. Furthermore, the program enables users to choose what types of files and from wherever to recover, and wherever to save data.

Pros
It supports all Windows systems.
It is mainly designed for damaged devices to perform data recovery.

Cons
It was not very quick, took 6 hours to scan a single DVD.
It doesn't support to recover data from hard drive.

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4.Recuva

Recuva could recover files from usb drives, hard drives, memory cards, and even MP3 players, BD/DVD/CD discs, counting the iPod. Recovered files included emails, music, documents, photos, and videos. And 64 edition is not available for Windows 64 bit users. And even you have a 3TB hard drive, you can also use this software to scan. The whole process will not take you a long time. Users can choose quick start or deep scan to recover data.

Pros
It is used by many people already and works good.
Users can use Deep Scan to scan the whole device.

Cons
Some files may be not found.
It is only free for individual users.

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5.Puran File Recovery

Puran File Recovery is the most rate one among all these hard drive recovery freeware. It not only recovers files from hard drives, but from formatted disks, lost partitions, mobile phones, DVD, memory card, CD and usb drive. There are three scan mode. A Quick Scan will finish scanning process in a few seconds. A Deep Scan is a byte by byte scanning and will more detailed files. A Full Scan is used to scan files that is hardly recovered for example from formatted disks.

Pros
It works with all Windows operating systems.
Portable version is available for both 32-bit plus 64-bit versions of Windows.
Scanning results are in tree style overview for easier search.

Cons
It is free for home usage only.

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6.Wise Data Recovery

Wise Data Recovery is another free hard drive data recovery software to recover files from only removable devices. And after scanning, it enables users to search for the file to be recovered. The best feature of this software is that users can see the possibility of recovery by categories of good, poor, very poor, lost. The type of files that could be recovered by Wise Data Recovery comprise image, document, video, compressed file, audio, and email.

Pros
It is easy and simple to use.
The search feature will enables users to find lost file

Cons
There is no preview option.
Not all devices are supported.

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7.Glary Undelete

Glary Undelete only recovers file system including NTFS, FAT and EFS. Like some other software, it can recover data from removable devices. Users can filter files with file types, name and size. This software mainly works for compressed and encrypted files. Lost files from bugs, crashes and damages will get back with this program.

Pros
It is easy and clean to use.
Filter feature enables users easily find the lost files.

Cons
No portable edition available.
It doesn't support Windows 7 and 8.

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8.Pandora Recovery

Pandora Recovery scans the drive and creates a directory of deleted or existing files. Afterward scanning, you could select files to be recovered and the location of recovered files. You could even search for a deleted file by complete or partial name, creation date, size, or last access date. There are three scanning techniques: Browse, Search, and Deep.

Pros
It has preview option for users to check in details.
The search features has partial name search option.

Cons
It can be only install on PC.
Users will be prompted to install browser toolbar after program installation.

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9.SoftPerfect File Recovery

Softtech File Recovery brings back deleted files from hard drive, SD card, cf card, USB devices, and other storage devices. Users can use this software directly without installation. Regardless of compressed or encrypted files, this software is working well. Like all other software, users just need to remember partial name of the file and search it to find it.

Pros
It saves the time of installation.
It is simple to use.

Cons
The recuperation is not 100% dependable.

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10.FreeUndelete

FreeUndelete is only working for deleted files from hard drive and some storage kits. Once users cleaned all files on recycle bin, this software will be the best choice. The recovered files will be automatically saved in a new folder in case of loss by covering. Some file system will only be recovered on higher Windows operation systems.

Pros
It provides support for both installation and uninstallation.
The interface is clean and simple.

Cons:
It doesn't have preview mode.

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