Help Is At Hand For External and Hard Drive File Recovery!

When would you need hard drive file recovery? Accidentally losing files is something we hope won't happen to us... but inevitably it does! Data recovery enables us to reclaim our lost emails, family photos or our music and media collections.

Deleted or lost files are not necessarily gone forever as most files after deletion still exist. When we delete a file on our computer, it is the pathway to its location that is deleted... the file is still there but the means to locate it has gone!

Providing our lost data has not been written over by other data, hard drive file recovery software is capable of reversing...

  • accidental file deletion
  • a hard disk crash
  • the effects of a damaging virus
  • deliberately erased data

The success of such a program is determined by its quality and the features it offers. In many cases, it's hard to know what to choose, since the market is literally crowded with such software.

1. The Cost of Hard Disc Recovery Software

The wide variety of products in the data recovery field also drives a very wide range of prices.

Some of the most expensive forensic recovery software, such as EnCase, can go up to over $2,300... but this is a lot more power than most of us need!

Most products are in the range of $45-$100 but if all you want to do is recover a long lost photo or document, then this cost is not justified. It's more than likely a Free hard drive file recovery program can get you that particular photo or document back in the same condition!

2. The Top Hard Drive Recovery Software

Besides my own evaluations, several technical sites out there have compared and reviewed undelete file software, so we have a guideline to what the most efficient programs in this field are.

Let's take a look at the most effective and popular data recovery products and what they have to offer. They are in order of highest rating...

I. Stellar: Phoenix Data Recovery (Home)

This software is widely regarded as the number one hard drive file recovery software for Windows and Mac home users.

It is easy to use and is a great standby to recover...

  • Lost documents, photos, videos & emails
  • Undelete Files from Trash/Recycle Bin
  • Formatted Data Recovery
  • Deleted Partitions/Volumes Recovery
  • Deleted files from mobile phone memory cards and camera cards
  • CDs and DVDs, and external drives

Here's what the control panel looks like, giving you the option of what drive to select, or to recover photos from internal or external drives...

After scanning, for example lost files, the screen will show the previously deleted folders and files. By clicking on the recovered data, you'll be able to drill down to see if this is the data you want to recover...

Hard drive file recovery will operate on both Windows and Mac systems. To make sure this hard drive file recovery program has the capabilities you're looking for, then download the software for free and you'll be able to view the files that this software will recover. If this is what you want, you pay for a license directly from the software.

If you need hard drive file recovery from a damaged or bad sector, which requires disk imaging, or you have an unbootable computer, then you'll need to upgrade to Data Recovery Professional, which is next...

II. Stellar: Phoenix Windows Data Recovery (Professional)

If you are looking for software that will recover your lost data from a severely corrupted hard drive, rather than just hard drive file recovery, then use this Partition Recovery Software for Windows to recover lost, formatted and deleted partitions...

  • Recover complete data from a formatted partition
  • Raw recovery from hard drives with severe curruption
  • Start up DVD to recover data from unbootable systems
  • Cloning & Imaging of media with bad sectors
  • Data recovery from all inaccessible optical storage media
  • Further Advanced Tools

On opening the software you'll see the control panel...

and then following a scan, the external or hard drive recovery files are then listed for that particular drive...

Check out the functionality in the free download. This will show you the external or hard drive file recovery data, but will not allow you to recover -- you will then need to buy the license through the software.

III. Get Data: Recover My files

Recover My Files is also a great program and is very close in performance to Phoenix Data Recovery (Home). The program will recover...

  • Files even if emptied from the Recycle Bin
  • Files after accidental format, even if you have reinstalled Windows
  • After a hard disk crash
  • A partitioning error
  • Data back from RAW hard drives
  • Documents, photos, video music and email
  • From hard drive, camera card, USB, Zip, floppy disk or other media

Recover My Files is compatible with Windows 2003/XP/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8 and works with FAT 12, FAT 16, FAT 32, NTFS, NTFS5, HFS and HFS+ (MAC) file-systems.

Use Recover My Files as a Free Download, so you can check that these are the files you want before purchasing.

When installed, you select the internal or external drive...

Click 'Next' and the program will scan, after which the recovered files are listed. By clicking on these files, you'll see the document in the preview screen. If it's what you want to recover, then bingo!...

Like Phoenix Data Recovery (Home), Recover My Files does not include a bootable disk for searching for files on an unbootable machine, but it can create disk images at the sector level... using an image copy is much safer than working directly with the damaged sector on the physical disk.

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IV. System Mechanic

Although not an individual deletion program, it does have this function within it's suite of tools. It tunes up your PC by fixing, optimizing and automatically maintaining it in tip-top condition. I use this suite to maintain the performance of my computer. Within its 50 proven and powerful tools for diagnosing PC problems and errors, it has a suite of deletion programs. This powerful tool will securely erase...

  1. hard drive file recovery of deleted documents, files and applications
  2. the entire contents of a drive
  3. private data, such as, browsing and search history, cookies etc
  4. an incinerator to delete individual files or folders

See what this software can do by taking a look at the System Mechanic Professional Review Video.

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Supporting Articles

  1. Recover Your Lost Photos From Hard Drives, SD Cards and External Memory
  2. Free Recovery of Lost and Deleted Data
  3. Follow These Steps To Recover Your Lost Files and Photos
  4. Mac Software to Recover Your Lost Files and Photos
  5. Evidence Of What You've Deleted Can Still be Recovered

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