Top 5 Data Recovery Tools

Accidentally deleted or lost some important files? Not a problem. Check out five best data recovery tools.

Top 5 Data Recovery Tools

There is a vast selection of data recovery programs available, but here are the ones that make the Top 5:


Recuva is one of the best and most effective free data recovery programs. The program is quite easy and simple to use and moreover, it has a considerable range of options that can facilitate your work with files recovery. Recuva can return the missing files back not only from conventional hard drives, but from external drives, memory cards etc. Recuva can even do the recovery on the iPod. The program supports Windows XP, Vista, 7 (64-bit versions are also supported), Server 2008/2003 along with earlier versions like Windows ME, 2000, NT or 98.

Undelete Plus

Undelete Plus is also a quite effective file recovery program. Though it has a somewhat poor user interface, the program is still a great data recovery tool. The program supports all Windows versions. As well as Recuva, it can restore data from hard drives, external drives and memory cards. There are some optional features like sorting the files out according to their type, setting up various filters that make the recovery process easier.


TestDisk is a great free file recovery utility. Its functions range from recovering files from FAT and NTFS file systems to repairing non-booting disks and rebuilding boot sectors. The program has no GUI and still it is not complicated in handling, so it will not be a problem for you. TestDisk supports the following operating systems: almost all Microsoft Windows versions, Linux, Mac OS, SunOS, FreeBSD.


PhotoRec is another powerful data recovery program, that is much similar to TestDisk. It as well has no GUI and possesses a variety of functional specifications, and still it is a quite effective utility, but unlike TestDisk, it does not rebuild and repair boot sectors and partitions. PhotoRec can recover files from hard drives, digital camera memory and CD-ROMs. Typically, the program recovers various media files (photos, audio files), documents and archives. PhotoRec is also compatible with almost every operating system.

Glary Undelete

Glary Undelete is also one of the best file recovery programs. It is not devoid of GUI, on the contrary it has a rather easy and comfortable user interface. Glary Undelete indicates the state of the file, meaning to what extent the success of recovery can be. It has one disadvantage, though. The program needs to be installed before you use to recover data.

If none of the above mentioned programs did not work out for you, you can look up for other hard drive data recovery apps on the Internet or take your hard drive to specialists who have competence and experience in data retrieval.