Best Hard Disk Drive Data Recovery Software (For Dummies)

You don't need to take your computer apart to do hard drive data recovery.
You don't need to take your computer apart to do hard drive data recovery.

You can lose data on your computer in lots of different ways. When this happens, data recovery can be done. Data refers to everything that is stored in your hard drive including the files that are needed by your computer's operating system (e.g. Windows) to function properly. When Windows files become corrupted or damaged, hard drive recovery software may be used to fix it without having to take your computer apart.

Here are some of the best hard drive data recovery software you can use:

  1. DT Utilities Digital Rescue Premium

  2. Recover My Files

  3. Data Recovery Wizard

  4. Disk Doctors Windows Data Recovery

  5. Handy Recovery

  6. ParetoLogic Data Recovery Pro

  7. Quick Recovery

  8. GetDataBack

  9. R-Studio

  10. Restorer2000 Professional

I have also included a few other articles which may be helpful. But if all else fails or if you're too lazy to try to do it yourself, you can always take it to professional data recovery experts such as Disklabs Data Recovery Services or Stellar Information Systems Ltd. See videos below for Disklabs' brief introduction to hard disk data recovery and data recovery procedures.

Introduction To Data Recovery

Data Recovery Procedures

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Melody Lagrimas 7 years ago from Philippines

This is very informative, thanks.


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gazook 7 years ago

Great list! I can also add a tip about a file-recovery freeware app called "Recuva". And thanks for including one of my hubs :D


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Susan Ng 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hehe. :) I've heard about Recuva. Isn't that the one from Piriform, the makers of CCleaner? :)


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randommemories 7 years ago from South Africa

Hey susan,

I really used to like OnTrack Easy Recovery a few years back. It was very straight forward. I haven't checked out the latest versions but I assume it wouldn't have changed that much.

http://www.ontrackdatarecovery.com/file-recovery-s...

Nice Hub by the way :)


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Susan Ng 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Thanks for the additional info, randommemories. :)


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gazook 7 years ago

@Susan, that's right. Plus "defraggler", but I don't see the benefits of that one. Funny name though :)


Ashley Carew 6 years ago

Hey great info Susan, just lost a lot of data so hopefully I can implement what you have taught here and get some of it back. Thanks!


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Susan Ng 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Oof, hope you didn't lose anything too serious, Ashley. Losing data really is a pain in the butt. Hehe. :P


HealthTip 6 years ago

Smarty pants, I deff must start mailing you, I miss our chats x


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Susan Ng 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Haha! :D Smarty pants thinks you definitely should start mailing her again; she misses our chats too. :P


HealthTip 6 years ago

I promise I will mail you at lunchtime ok, deff miss hearing from you ; )


john 6 years ago

try this site.

you guys must give a shot to this one.

chaooo...!!!

:)


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save my system 6 years ago from United Kingdom - London

I recently loss all my computer data accidentally.It is very frustrating for me. Though i know i can recover the data with data recovery software I am very impatient about the result. Those videos are also effective for understanding the concepts of data recovery.


Data Recovery 6 years ago

Nice post! i appreciate you post about it. Data Recovery is very good technique to recover lost data, and i always love to read latest data recovery updates. Thanks for sharing the great stuff.


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birellar 6 years ago from India

One day morning suddenly i lost my data due to hard disk failure, i was no hope to get back my important information but i thank to data recovery company who help me to get back my important data.


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Susan Ng 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Thanks for the feedback and additional info, everyone. I appreciate it. :)


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save my system 6 years ago from United Kingdom - London

In almost every security program there is a different type of software base that performs the essential function of finding hidden files on your hard drive or other digital storage medium.


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exchangerecovery 5 years ago from India

Nice Hub. Very useful information you have shared. Thanks a lot.


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save my system 5 years ago from United Kingdom - London

Data drive failure could happen because of many reasons and so one method to troubleshoot one fault may cause some other problem if the method backfires.First check, if your data drive is mechanically fine i.e. if the read/write head is spinning or not. If you can hear a typically clicking sound when you just turn the HDD then possibly it is just corrupted and it should really be packaged and sent to the data recovery experts


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save my system 5 years ago from United Kingdom - London

If your computer doesn't recognize your pen drive, try it on other computers, if possible, with different operating systems. The error might be due to a system failure, therefore your USB pen could be OK, but not accessible from your computer


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MovingMan19 5 years ago from Canada

I am a big fan of Recuva (by Piriform). It is an easy to use, free data recovery program which seems to do an admirable job of finding things. Plus its made by the guys who have made CCleaner and Defraggler (two other well known software applications)


SQL Server Recovery 5 years ago

I have used services from the Stellar. They successfully recovered my database.


Subzero_eg 5 years ago

Nice topic, please keep updating...

I faced a data loss problem once before and tried a lot of solutions but few of them only succeeded in getting my data back ..

For more info. Check out this link

http://www.squidoo.com/how-to-recover-deleted-docu...


allencarter 5 years ago

yes Susan NG your hub is really good for all the users who want to know about hard disk data recovery software but sometimes we failed or faced to some problems in recovering the lost data from hard disk. and If software is not able to recover your all data then http://www.iyogi.co.uk/data-recovery/hard-drive-da... is the trusted source for hard drive data recovery services.


Data recovery software 5 years ago

Now a days it is possible to recover data,if it has lost.it has been possible due to developer.Among the service provider,Data Recovery Software,is one of them.


JosieK 4 years ago

Do not be duped into purchasing the Digital Rescue product. Hopeless, absolutely hopeless waste of my money. I feel I need to try and prevent as many as possible from even considering the software:

Used some freeware that located pretty much all the files I would have expected to find but chose not to purchase due to $90 (AUD) cost and searched for recommendations as well as cheaper software. Based on this dodgy review: http://data-recovery-software-review.toptenreviews... went with Digital Rescue.

1. Could not locate Seagate Hard Drive due to RAW filing format. The software did not see the external hard drive.

2. Fix suggested in Migo forum notes convinced me that for Digital Rescue to proceed I would need to run a Quick Format but rest assured, that that would not completely delete my files. Perhaps I was too trusting but believed that the software would recover deleted files from formatted disk. I performed Quick Format: The fix enabled me to see the hard drive (ofcourse) however, the software cannot recover any files. Their absurd tech support advise it is because I formatted the drive. (Here is where I think sheer stupidity arises. Migo, a data recovery software developer suggested a fix that causes files stored there to become irretrievable by their own software!

I wanted to recover files that I located with other, more expensive software. Migo Digital Rescue software sees nothing. Don't waste your money - by something that does what it says on the tin.

Sincerely, JosieK.


Bow 21 months ago

Well I guess I don't have to spend the weekend fiuingrg this one out!

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