Last updated on November 22nd, 2022 at 09:31 am
When we delete files from our computer to free up space, what we are actually doing is deleting the path to these blocks of information, but in most cases we are not deleting those blocks themselves absolutely and permanently.
What is data recovery software
All the files found on our computer, whatever their type, are made up of storage units in turn made up of blocks of information (1s and 0s) and a path to access that information.
Our computer, or any device with data storage, can read and modify those files and interpret the information it stores to also know what software it can be opened with.
What a data recovery software essentially does is create that path to those blocks of information so that they can be accessed again. Some of these software are focused on the recovery of a specificor the total recovery, even when we believe that we have definitely lost them.
Basic features of data recovery software
Although the most recommended when you want to do a complete and satisfactory data recovery is to go to a professional, if you choose to use a data recovery software, you should look for one that meets the following characteristics:
- Availability on several platforms, which will allow all data to be recovered on various devices and with different operating systems.
- Different data recovery options to make searches faster or deeper depending on the type of files you want to recover.
- Technical support and updates so that the software can be useful for a long time even with new technological advances.
- Security options to protect your data from viruses, but also to make it easier to recover if it is deleted.
- An interface and easy to use, regardless of the type of data recovery software it is, so that any user without previous experience can get the results they need.
In any case, you should always opt for software that has demonstrable experience in the market, regardless of its type, whether it is free or paid.
Top 10 data recovery software
Below we have compiled some of the most reliable and popular data recovery software on the market, both for home and professional use, and with free and paid options.
1. DiskDrill Pro
This program is focused on recovering deleted data from hard drives. It is the most advanced and professional data recovery software on the market and is also compatible with a wide variety of file systems.
“DiskDrill Pro can read mechanical hard drives, USB sticks, SD cards, SSD drives and any other type of data storage device.”
If there is any trace of the deleted file inside your storage device, this software will find it without any problem. In addition, we can also stop and resume searches to change some parameters whenever we need it. DiskDrill Pro is compatible with both Mac and Windows, with a free version limited to 500 MB very suitable for individual users and several very interesting payment options for companies.
2. Stellar Data Recovery
Compatible with both PC and Mac, Stellar Data Recovery is one of the best data recovery solutions that we can find today. In addition, it has a characteristic that differentiates it from the rest of software of this type, since we can send another data storage device to a physical laboratory if it is physically damaged so that a team of experts can personally recover the data, guaranteeing the possibilities of success.
“We can recover up to 1 GB of data completely free of charge, but if we need to expand this capacity we can opt for one of their payment plans.”
It has an active and friendly interface to be used by various users of any level, even those who have never used data recovery software before.
Recuva is a data recovery software that can find permanently deleted files and also does not take up space within the operating system as it is portable. It is free software developed by Piriform and that only works with Windows, as well as with external storage devices, such as hard drives, USBs, memory cards or MP3 players.
“Although it is completely free software and we need some advanced options, we can purchase a paid commercial license.”
Recuva is a great option both for casual users and for companies or businesses that require these services on an ongoing basis, in addition to being an application with an installable version, but another portable version, so we won’t have to overwrite our computer’s hard drive.
4. Disk Digger
The only drawback of this data recovery software is that, although it is free, it has quite a few limitations and every time we open the program, a pop-up message appears that can be a bit annoying.
“DiskDigger has a paid license of $14.99 per person with a main functionality to recover photos, videos, documents and other types of files and storage systems of all kinds, even if they have been formatted.”
Although DiskDigger cannot operate on systems like Android or iOS, we can find a specific application for Android to recover data from the micro SD card or internal memory of the smartphone.
5. Undelete 360
Undelete 360 is one of the best recovery software for both accidentally and intentionally deleted data. It has an efficient and fast algorithm with which we can filter the search and find a list of matches for files deleted by other software, by a virus, by ourselves or by a computer failure.
“Undelete 360 can also recover deleted files from USB external hard drives and memory cards as well as different devices. “
In addition to computers, this data recovery software is also compatible with digital cameras, mobile phones and other systems with a preview function to identify the file before recovering it. It is important to note that its scanning function is a bit slow when we use it on large capacity storage.
6. Active File Recovery
Although this data recovery software is very similar to others analyzed in this list, what it mainly stands out for is that it is a cheaper option that instead of working with a paid subscription, has a one-time license.
“Before installing it on our computer, we can consult the system requirements to be able to use this software, as well as a user guide to be able to get the most out of it.”
Another of the strong points of Active File Recovery is that it has a double search engine, Quickscan and Superscan, which allows the person who uses it to limit the search based on the time available and their objectives, but both are so effective that they work even when Windows doesn’t start. Like other data recovery software, it supports a large number of file types and storage systems.
7. Pandora Recovery
One of the reasons why this data recovery software is so popular is because it is a portable program so it does not take up storage space on your computer’s hard drive.
“Although Pandora Recovery is still operational, from its own website we are warned that DisckDrill is going to inherit its functionalities and definitively take its place in the data recovery market.”
Another of Pandora Data Recovery’s outstanding features is that it has a very simple and visual interface, as well as a file preview function before recovering them and an encrypted file recovery option.
This little piece of software earns a spot on this list for its simplicity in both installation and getting started. It has a single window from which we have all the tools available to recover the data, so it’s very easy to learn how to use and it’s also free.
“Restoration is perfect for recovering files from both internal and external hard drives, but also from other storage devices like memory cards.”
It is important to bear in mind that it is software in English and exclusively for Windows XP version onwards, although some bugs have been detected in Windows 8. Its scanning system is very simple as well as effective.
9. Ease US
EaseUS uses three simple steps for data recovery: we set the type of data we want to recover, we select the location, we preview among the different files that have appeared in a list and recover exactly the one we need.
“This data recovery software is the result of the experience of 12 years of experience of the company, where if the user needs additional recovery capacity, the developer himself offers an upgrade to the full version.”
This software is compatible with Windows and Mac, in addition to having an interface that is very similar to the Windows explorer that many users are used to and that makes it much easier to use.
10. Any Data Recovery
Compatible with all major file systems (FAT, NTFS, HFS and APFS), Any Data Recovery is the favorite choice of many users. In addition to having a very clean and easy-to-use interface, it supports the search for more than 1,000 types of files, in addition to having a function to preview a list of all the files found and recover exactly the one we were looking for.
“Unlike other data recovery software, it does not have a free version, but it does have different paid licenses of between 35 and 45 dollars that are compatible with different devices and operating systems.”
One of the strengths of Any Data Recovery is that it is compatible with Mac and Windows, but also for Android and iOS. In addition to recovering data from computers and also from external storage devices.
How to choose the best data recovery software
Given the wide range of tools of this type that we can find on the market, one of the main recommendations is to try all the free versions that you find most interesting for your data recovery needs. In addition to this, when choosing a data recovery software you should take into account the following aspects:
- The type of files it recovers.
- Storage units that it reads.
- Pricing and licensing options for multiple users.
- Design of its interface.
- Ability to read corrupt drives.
It is advisable, before selecting various data recovery software to try, to carefully consider our needs or those of our company.