DiskInternals Data Recovery Software
I accidentally deleted two folders that contained some very important files. I tried one of those free undelete programs, but it didn't find my files. Can you recommend a more powerful recovery tool? I'm willing to spend a few bucks if it really works.
Data Recovery Power Tools - DiskInternals
When you accidentally delete an important file, or your hard drive crashes and you lose everything, you may turn to one of many free "undelete" or data recovery toolkits available online. (See my related article Recover Deleted Files Free.) But the free data recovery tools may not work in every case. You may have to shell out some cash for an advanced commercial tool, such as DiskInternals data recovery software.
DiskInternals Research has developed Windows data recovery software since 2003. The company's products recover disks, files, and system data of all kinds from any type of storage medium. DiskInternals' proprietary technology goes beyond what most free data recovery utilities can do.
Most free data recovery tools operate only on the file system: the database of filenames and file locations stored on your hard drive. The file system is itself a file, and it is physically separate from the files that it catalogs. When a file is "deleted," only its record in the file system is marked "deleted," freeing Windows to use the space that is still occupied by the actual file. If something new is written to that space before you have a chance to "undelete" it, you won't be able to undelete the file.
Many data recovery tools assume that the user is technically proficient and can figure out what to recover based on cryptic system-level displays of a file's contents. The tools from DiskInternals use a wizard to swiftly guide the user through the complex process of analyzing recoverable files and partitions, shaving hours off the recovery process.
The DiskInternals Uneraser
DiskInternals Uneraser uses the file system, too. But it also uses DiskInternals Powersearch, a proprietary technology that actually scans every sector on your hard drive to discover what is written there. PowerSearch looks for document signatures to find Word, Excel, JPG, and a total of 113 different types of files. Thus, it can recover files, or partially overwritten files, even if their records no longer exist in the file system.
DiskInternals works on all versions of Windows from XP up, and on all file systems including FAT, FAT32, NTFS, and HFS. It can recover files from USB flash drives, SD cards, optical media, and RAID arrays. Recovered data can be exported to CD, an FTP site, or a virtual disk as well as a standard storage hard drive.
DiskInternals Uneraser costs $39.95 (USD), but a trial version of the program can be downloaded from the company's website. The trial version of Uneraser does have some limitations you should know about. Using the trial version, you can select a disk or folder to scan for lost files. Uneraser will show you the lost or deleted files that are available for recovery, and you can even preview the contents of a file. The preview function does a good job of displaying the contents of Word, Excel, database, HTML, plain text files, and even JPEG images. But unless you purchase the software, you cannot actually recover any files. You can't even use copy/paste in the preview window. But they do guarantee that if you can preview a file, you will be able to recover it. So at least you know that if you really do need the files, you won't be wasting your money on the Unerase software.
DiskInternals Uneraser includes a utility to create an emergency boot CD. A boot CD is essential if your hard drive is so messed up it won't even load Windows. Making a DiskInternals boot CD before you need it will enable you to recover your hard drive in the event of a serious crash.
Other data recovery products in the DiskInternals catalog include Flash Recovery, which can recover files from flash drives even if they have been reformatted; Partition Recovery for deleted, damaged, or reformatted drive partitions; Encrypted File System Recovery; MsSQL Recovery for Microsoft SQL databases; Office Recovery for Microsoft Office files only; Mail Recovery for recovering email files created by MS Outlook, Thunderbird, Windows Mail, and other popular email programs; and a CD & DVD Recovery program.
What's your favorite data recovery tool? Post your comment or question below...
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 2 Jun 2011
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