So today we’re going to talk about a program that’s become quite popular as a free tool for data recovery.  Recuva Free.  It’s become the go-to program that a lot of computer guys are using to recover data that’s been deleted from a drive.

The software is produced by a company called CCleaner who originally made software for preventing data recovery and then later turned to making software to recover data instead.  I guess what they learned in their research made switching teams easy enough.

Overall this software is pretty good.  Just notice some of the features the company lists for it:

  • Superior file recovery

  • Damaged disk

    Recovery from damaged disks

  • Scan

    Deep scan for buried files

  • Shredder

    Securely delete files

     

    Ok, so sure, it’s got some good features.  But, let’s not forget it’s a free program.  There’s going to be some obvious limitations.  One major limitation is this:

But, perhaps support isn’t really something you expect to need if you’re just trying to get back a lost file or two.  I’d also add that despite their claim of “Recovery from Damaged Disks” don’t expect it’s going to be able to clone your click of death hard drive.  It won’t.  All they are talking about is the ability to skip over a few bad sectors which might cause some programs to crash.  Most likely it’ll cause this one to crash too since the Windows host controller sucks at handling bad sectors an will probably BSOD on you regardless.

So, if you just deleted a file and want to try to find it, give this program a shot here: http://www.ccleaner.com/recuva/download

If your hard drive is actually degraded, you’d probably be better off seeking the assistance of a data recovery company.

 

It’s a much beloved program, TestDisk and Photorec.  The program is a gem of freeware that computer techs have long loved.  Most are familiar with the Photorec side of the software.  It’s a simple command terminal based program that with a few commands is able to scan and find deleted files and folders.  Even if the file is long gone, it’s able to do raw file carving like no other program.  It comes fully preloaded with a plethora of common file types it can recognized simply by the raw data.  So even if it’s impossible to find the file in the file tables, a full scan can often find it in the hard drive data area.

Nose to nose with even some expensive commercial products testdisk is able to often outperform in the sheer number of files it can recover.  I’ve seen cases where it found hundreds and even thousands of files that other expensive software missed.  That’s not to say it’s a one size fits all data recovery suite, either.  If you’re looking for more advanced features like RAID rebuilding you’ll have to continue looking.  Perhaps a title like R-Studio would be a better fit.  But for the typical user who just deleted something by accident it should be your first go to software.  Best of all, it’s free!! And that’s why it’s on this site.

The other less known part of the product is the actual program Testdisk.  Among its most outstanding features is the ability to scan for and find lost partitions.  Not only can it find these partitions, but it’s able to then restore them to their proper places in the MBR or GPT tables.  There’s been a number of times where a simple corrupted MBR was the cause of a non-booting system.  A quick scan using a live rescue CD, and bam! partition table restored and booting as usual.

Give it a whirl today!

Below is the download link for the new Beta version 7.1, if you’d like the stable version 7.0 please visit the homepage of the makers: http://www.cgsecurity.org

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Download Testdisk 7.1 Beta

 

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