The 5 Best Software Tools To Recover Deleted Files

Have you just deleted that really important document you were working on? We have found the 5 best Software tools to help you get it back.
Sherryn
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Published: Monday, February 20th 2017
General
We have all done it. A slip of the finger, an accidental click, and just like that, the file has disappeared. Because these things happen all the time, there have been an array of software tools developed to assist you in getting that file back. Files are often still stored on the hard drive and can still be recovered with a smart tool. We have picked five of our favourites.

1. Recuva

This Windows-based tool is one of the most highly-rated recovery tools in the industry. Not only is it easy to use, but it offers a lot of advanced options.
  • Recover files from hard drives, as well as external drives (USB, etc.)
  • Undelete files from your iPod
  • Easily search for pictures, music, documents, videos anywhere on your computer
  • Make use of the search wizard or use the manual mode
  • Securely wipe files you do find and want to bury
Works with Windows 10, Windows 8 & 8.1, 7, Vista, XP, Server 2008/2003, and older Windows versions like 2000, NT, ME and 98. 64-bit Windows
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2. TestDisk

TestDisk comes in as the second most rated tool. It comes with a range of additional and very useful functional features. This is a command line tool, but you can make use of the wiki to get you going with this tool.
  • Basic file recovery of deleted files from FAT, NTFS, and ext2 file systems
  • Recover your boot sector from backup
  • Rebuild boot sector
  • Fix FAT tables
  • Fix your MFT
  • Locate the ext2 / ext3
  • Backup Superblock
  • Copy deleted files from partitions to recovery media
  • Find lost partitions in various formats to help you find your data
Works with Microsoft Windows: NT4, 2000, XP, 2003, 2008, Vista, Windows 7, Linux, and Mac OS X.

3. PhotoRec

Although not as easy to use as other programmes, this is still a high functioning and powerful tool that allows you to recover files. It is part and parcel of TestDisk, but still runs independently. It is also a command line tool and does have the risk of recovering all of your deleted files, instead of just the one you are looking for.
  • Can be used when deep disk recovery is not necessary
  • It will dive into your disk in a Read-Only, safe mode and ignore partitions and file systems to find missing files
  • Focuses on file types
  • Can copy your deleted files to another disk
Works with Microsoft Windows: NT4, 2000, XP, 2003, 2008, Vista, Windows 7, Linux, and Mac OS X.

4. Restoration

This is one of the most simple programmes to use with it’s no-frills, no-fuss construction. There are no cryptic and complicated buttons and procedures and it simply works off one window.
  • Recovers files form hard drives, as well as external drives and memory cards
  • It is a small file and can be run from a floppy disk, or USB, without needing to be installed
  • Lacks any advanced functionality, but is a solid search tool
  • It works on a basic file-name search and sorts file parameters such as size and file name.
Works with Microsoft Windows: NT4, 2000, XP, 2003, 2008, Vista, Windows 7, Linux, and Mac OS X.
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5. Puran

This is also a simple and fuss-free tool to recover lost files. It is easy to use and searches for up to 50+ different kinds of files. It has many advanced options and has been known to identify the most files out of all of the tools.
  • The tool can easily filter deleted results to see pictures, music, documents, videos, or compressed files
  • You can use Puran to search for files on a formatted disk
  • Files can be viewed together with their full paths
  • Will recover lost partitions if they have not been deleted
  • Your files can be restored back to where they were originally
  • It can scan FAT12 / 16 / 32 and NTFS file systems 
Works with Windows Xp / 2003 / Vista / 2008 / 7 / 8 / 10.