I don’t know what you think, but the data on your computer is definitely not stored at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. Almost every major operating system out there has a built-in backup solution. Data on your hard disk could be accidentally deleted or even worse, the disk could fail. Times like these are when you’d realize the importance of data recovery. But it’s not the end of the world as data recovery tools come to your rescue. We’ll look at two data recovery tools for each, OS X, Linux and Windows.
Data Recovery tools for Mac OS X
There are loads of data recovery tools available for OS X and the two that stand out are Disk Drill Basic and FileSalvage, let’s have a brief look at both
Disk Drill Basic: This is a freeware and it supports both FAT and HFS+/HFS formatted disks. Built using the Recovery Vault technology, this tool is both, light and efficient. Disk Drill Basic can be downloaded from http://bit.ly/9kNnbd
FileSalvage: This tool retails at $79.95 and supports a wider range of file systems that include HFSX, NTFS and ext2fs. FileSalvage has a good user interface and is easy to use. There are presets available and you can search and recover files either by defining the kind (like pictures, audio or video). This tool can be downloaded from http://bit.ly/zgOCae
Data Recovery tools for Windows
Just like Mac OS X, there are tons of data recovery tools for Windows. Let’s look at GetDataBack and TotalRecovery Pro.
GetDataBack: Developed by Runtime Software, there are two versions. GetDataBack for FAT file system retails at $69 and GetDataBack for NTFS retails at $79. It is a very efficient tool and has a footprint of about 2.5 MB. This tool can be downloaded from http://bit.ly/18LWv2
TotalRecovery Pro: This is a bootable tool and since it uses WinPE, users with administrator rights can run it well before the operating system loads. TotalRecovery Pro has a 30 day trail and a single license retails at $39.95. This tool can be downloaded from http://bit.ly/9zX05y
Data Recovery tools for Linux
Linux has both free and open source data recovery tools. Ddrescue and Foremost are worth mentioning and let’s have a look;
Ddrescue: Licensed under the GNU General Public License, this tool is used for both, data recovery and forensics. The user interface is a wee bit elusive and navigating through the myriad of options can be tricky. Nonetheless, it is one of the most effective data recovery tools. Ddrescue can be downloaded from http://bit.ly/JNDHh
Foremost: A tool that is released under the GNU General Public License was developed for the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations for forensic analysis. Unlike Microsoft’s COFEE, Foremost is available for the general public and it can be used for data recovery. Written in C, this tool doesn’t have a graphical user interface and everything is command line (through the Unix Terminal). Foremost can be downloaded from http://bit.ly/aVeVi.
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Although there are loads of data recovery tools available, these are some tools that are worth mentioning. Do you know of any of good data recovery tools? Please share with me using the comment form below. Remember to subscribe to my RSS feeds.
This is indeed a great article and also a nice read. i’ll also suggest using ccleaner. it has all in one and it is very reliable to use. thanks
Nwosu Mavtrevor says
Thanks for your comment.
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It is a great informative article that finally includes also LINUX as OS and make it less unknown to computer users. Thank you very much on behalf of the Penguin !