Recovering deleted files or data from damaged hard drives and other drives is a task that almost every user faces at least once. Moreover, such services or programs for these purposes, as a rule, are not the smallest amount of money. However, you can try free programs to recover data from a USB flash drive, hard drive or memory card, the best of which are described in this material. If this is your first time encountering such a problem and for the first time deciding to recover data yourself, I can also recommend reading Data Recovery for beginners .
I already wrote a review of the best programs for data recovery , which included both free and paid products (mostly the latest), this time we will talk only about those that can be downloaded for free and without limiting their functions (however, some of the presented utilities are all -so has limitations on the volume of recoverable files). I note that some software (for example, many) for data recovery, distributed on a paid basis, is not at all professional, uses the same algorithms as the freeware counterparts and does not even provide more functions. It may also be useful: Data Recovery on Android .
Attention: when downloading data recovery programs, I recommend checking them beforehand with virustotal.com (although I selected clean ones, but things can change over time), and also be careful when installing - refuse offers to install additional software, if offered ( also tried to select only the cleanest options).
Recuva - the most popular program for recovering deleted files from various media
The free program Recuva is one of the most famous programs that allows you to recover data from hard drives, flash drives and memory cards even to a novice user. For easy recovery, the program provides a convenient wizard; those users who need advanced functionality will also find it here.
Recuva allows you to recover files in Windows 10, 8, Windows 7 and XP, and even in older versions of the Windows operating system. Russian language interface is present. This is not to say that this program is very effective (for example, when reformatting the drive to another file system, the result was not the best), but as the first way to see if it is possible to recover something from the lost files, it’s very suitable.
On the official website of the developer, you will find the program in two versions at once - the usual installer and Recuva Portable, which does not require installation on a computer. More details about the program, example of use, video instruction and where to download Recuva: https://remontka.pro/recuva-file-recovery/
Puran File Recovery
Puran File Recovery is a relatively simple, completely free program for data recovery in Russian, which is suitable when you need to restore photos, documents and other files after deleting or formatting (or as a result of damage to a hard disk, flash drive or memory card). From the free recovery software that I was able to test this option is probably the most effective.
Details on how to use Puran File Recovery and a test for recovering files from a formatted USB flash drive in a separate instruction Data Recovery in Puran File Recovery .
Transcend RecoveRx - a free data recovery program for beginners
Transcend RecoveRx, a free program for recovering data from USB flash drives, USB, and local hard drives, is one of the simplest (and nonetheless effective) solutions for recovering information from a wide variety of drives (and not just Transcend).
The program is completely in Russian, confidently copes with formatted flash drives, disks and memory cards, and the entire recovery process takes three simple steps from choosing a drive to viewing files that have been restored.
A detailed overview and an example of using the program, as well as downloading from the official website: Data recovery in the RecoveRx program .
Data Recovery in R.Saver
R.Saver is a simple free utility in Russian for data recovery from flash drives, hard drive and other drives from the Russian data recovery laboratory R.Lab (I recommend to contact such specialized laboratories when it comes to really important data that needs to be restored All sorts of multidisciplinary computer help in this context is almost the same as trying to recover them yourself).
The program does not require installation on a computer and will be as simple as possible for a Russian user (there is also a detailed help in Russian). I do not presume to judge the applicability of R.Saver in complex cases of data loss, which may require professional software, but in general the program works. An example of work and where to download the program is - Free data recovery in R.Saver .
Photo Recovery in PhotoRec
PhotoRec is a powerful utility for recovering photos, but it may not be quite convenient for novice users, due to the fact that all work with the program is carried out without the usual graphical interface. Recently, a version of Photorec with a graphical user interface has appeared (previously, all actions had to be performed on the command line), so now its use has become easier for a novice user.
The program allows you to recover more than 200 types of photos (image files), works with almost any file system and device, is available in versions for Windows, DOS, Linux and Mac OS X), and the included TestDisk utility can help recover a lost partition on disk. An overview of the program and an example of recovering photos in PhotoRec (+ where to download).
DMDE Free Edition
The free version of DMDE (DM Disk Editor and Data Recovery Software, a very high-quality tool for recovering data after formatting or deleting, lost or damaged partitions) has some limitations, but they do not always play a role (they do not limit the size of the data being restored, but when restoring a whole damaged partition or RAW drive does not matter at all).
The program is in Russian and is really effective in many recovery scenarios of both individual files and entire volumes of a hard drive, flash drive or memory card. Details about using the program and video with the data recovery process in DMDE Free Edition - Data recovery after formatting in DMDE .
Hasleo Data Recovery Free
Hasleo Data Recovery Free does not have a Russian interface language, however it is convenient enough for use even by a novice user. The program stated that only 2 GB of data can be recovered for free, but in reality, upon reaching this threshold, the recovery of photos, documents and other files continues to work (although they will remind you of the purchase of a license).
Details about using the program and the test of the recovery result (the result is very good) in a separate article Data Recovery in Hasleo Data Recovery Free .
Disk Drill for Windows
Disk Drill is a very popular data recovery program for Mac OS X, however, more than a year ago, the developer released the free version of Disk Drill for Windows, which does an excellent job of recovery, has a simple interface (albeit in English), and that is a problem for many free utilities, does not try to install something extra on your computer (at the time of writing this review).
In addition, Disk Drill for Windows left interesting opportunities from the paid version for Mac - for example, creating an image of a USB flash drive, memory card or hard disk in DMG format and then recovering data from this image in order to avoid more data corruption on the physical drive.
More details about using and downloading the program: Disk Drill data recovery program for Windows
Wise data recovery
Another free software that allows you to recover deleted files from memory cards, MP3 players, flash drives, cameras or hard drives. We are talking only about files that were deleted in various ways, including from the Recycle Bin. However, in more complex scenarios, I did not test it.
The program supports the Russian language and is available for download on the official website: https://www.wisecleaner.com/wise-data-recovery.html . When installing, be careful - you will be asked to install additional programs, if you do not need them - click Decline.
As well as the previous considered option, this program helps to return files deleted in various ways on the computer, as well as data lost as a result of system failures or viruses. Most types of drives are supported, such as USB flash drives, memory cards, hard drives, and others. The program website address is http://www.undelete360.com/ , but be careful when switching - there are ads with a Download button on the site that are not related to the program itself.
Shareware EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free
The EaseUS Data Recovery program is a powerful tool for data recovery after deleting, formatting or changing partitions, with the Russian language of the interface. With it, you can easily return photos, documents, videos and much more from a hard drive, flash drive or memory card. This software is intuitive and, among other things, officially supports the latest operating systems - Windows 10, 8 and 7, Mac OS X and others.
In all respects, this is one of the best products of this kind, if not for one detail: despite the fact that this information is not striking on the official website, but the free version of the program allows you to recover only 500 MB of information (it used to be 2 GB) . But, if this is enough and you need to perform this action once, I recommend that you pay attention. You can download the program here: https://www.easeus.com/datarecoverywizard/free-data-recovery-software.htm
MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free
The Minitool Power Data Recovery Free program allows you to find partitions lost on a flash drive or hard drive as a result of formatting or file system crashes. If necessary, in the program interface, you can create a bootable USB flash drive or disk from which you can boot a computer or laptop and restore data from the hard drive.
Previously, the program was completely free. Unfortunately, at the current time there is a limit on the size of the data that can be restored - 1 GB. The manufacturer also has other programs designed to recover data, but they are distributed on a paid basis. Details about the program and where to download it: Data Recovery in MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free .
SoftPerfect File Recovery
Completely free program SoftPerfect File Recovery (in Russian), allows you to recover deleted files from all popular drives in various file systems, including FAT32 and NTFS. However, this applies only to deleted files, but not lost as a result of changing the partition file system or formatting.
This simple program, 500 kilobytes in size, can be found on the developer's site https://www.softperfect.com/products/filerecovery/ (on the page there are three different programs at once, only the third one is free).
CD Recovery Toolbox - a program for recovering data from CDs and DVDs
From other programs discussed here, CD Recovery Toolbox differs in that it is designed specifically for working with DVDs and CDs. Using it, you can scan optical disks and find files and folders that cannot be found in another way. The program can help even if the disk is scratched or cannot be read for some other reason, allowing you to copy those files that are not damaged, but it is not possible to access them in the usual way (in any case, the developers promise )
You can download the CD Recovery Toolbox on the official website https://www.oemailrecovery.com/cd_recovery.html
PC Inspector File Recovery
Another program with which you can recover deleted files, including after formatting or deleting a partition. Allows you to recover files in various formats, including separately photos, documents, archives and other types of files. Judging by the information on the site, the program manages to complete the task even when others, like Recuva, fail. Russian language is not supported.
I note right away that I myself did not test it, but I learned about it from an English-speaking author, whom I tend to trust. You can download the program for free from the official website http://pcinspector.de/Default.htm?language=1
Update 2018: the following two programs (7-Data Recovery Suite and Pandora Recovery) were purchased by Disk Drill and became unavailable on official sites. However, they can be found on third-party resources.
7-Data Recovery Suite
7-Data Recovery Suite (in Russian) is not fully free (you can recover only 1 GB of data in the free version), but it is noteworthy, because in addition to simple recovery of deleted files, it supports:
- Recover lost drive partitions.
- Data recovery from Android devices.
- Allows you to recover files even in some complex cases, for example, after formatting in other file systems.
More about using the program, downloading and installing it: Data Recovery in 7-Data Recovery
The free Pandora Recovery program is not very well known, but, in my opinion, is one of the best of its kind. It is very simple and by default, interaction with the program is carried out using a very convenient file recovery wizard, which is ideal for a novice user. The disadvantage of the program is that it has not been updated for a very long time, although it works successfully in Windows 10, 8 and Windows 7.
In addition, the “Surface Scan” feature is available, allowing you to find more different files.
Pandora Recovery allows you to recover deleted files from your hard drive, memory card, flash drive and other drives. It is possible to restore files of only a certain type - photos, documents, videos.
Anything to add to this list? Write in the comments. Let me remind you that we are only talking about free programs.