Data recovery software are programs – some free, some paid for – That will undelete, repair, recover and restore data that has been lost.
Examples of when data recovery software could be used;
– To recover and restore files that may have been deleted to the Windows recycle bin and subsequently the recycle bin emptied.
– To recover and restore data stored on Camcorder hard drives, USB memory sticks, zip drives etc.
– To recover and restore files that may have been corrupted or damaged during a hard disk partitioning process.
– To recover and restore file that have been corrupted from a hard disk failure.
– To fix files that may have become corrupt as the result of a virus.
It is possible to use data recovery software to restore data from a formatted hard drive even if another operating system has been installed over the top.
These types of software can also be used to “unformat” disk drives back to their original state.
One thing to consider when looking into data recovery software is which file system your PC is running? There are two common types of file system, they are FAT 32 and NTFS. You need to make sure that the data recovery software you choose supports the file structure on your data storage media. There are also some other less common file structures such as FAT 12, FAT 16 and NTFS5.
One of the good things about these kinds of software is that they are non-intrusive. By that I mean that they do not physically intervene with your device. The software will interrogate your device and all of its analysis will be completed with your device in tact. This is important because as with any electrical item, you will have a warranty. If the device is ever opened up, you usually would have to tear a “proof” sticker which shows the manufacturer or shop that the device has been tampered with and therefore would void the warranty making it impossible for you to get a refund if it is ever proven that the device was at fault for the loss of data.
Data recovery software, as with most software nowadays, would normally be provided in a downloadable format with some sort of access key – the bit you pay for. I believe that although you can get this type of software for free, paying a premium for a much more complete package is the way to go in this case.