If you’ve accidentally deleted an important file, or need to recover files from a formatted drive, then file recovery software will save your bacon.
These three file recovery programs are free to try, so give ‘em a go…
Best file recovery software — Stellar Windows Data Recovery
Pros Recovers 185 different file types from dozens of storage media. Recovers emails & attachments. Recovers files from corrupted and formatted drives. Recovers deleted partitions. Shows your drive’s health. Previews files before recovery.
Cons No text search.
Verdict If you need to recover lost files, this is the best tool for the job.
Full review: Stellar Windows Data Recovery review
Requirements: Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP, Server 2003, 2000, or NT4.
Best for previewing files — Remo Recover Pro Edition
Pros Recovers dozens of file types from dozens of storage media. Previews files before recovery. Recovers files from cameras and mobile phones. Recovers data from corrupted drives. Recovers data from formatted drives and lost partitions.
Cons Small, fixed size window.
Verdict The next best thing to Stellar Windows Data Recovery.
Full review: Remo Recover Pro Edition review
Requirements: Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP, 2003 or 2008.
Best email recovery — Data Recovery Pro
Pros Guides you through recovering lost files. You can search for lost files by keyword. Recovers dozens of file types including emails and attachments. Recovers files from peripheral devices, formatted and partitioned drives. Sort and preview scan results.
Cons Didn’t uncover many lost files.
Verdict Great for recovering lost emails and MP3s.
Full review: Data Recovery Pro review
Requirements: Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2000 (all 32-bit).