Best free programs to recover deleted or damaged files

Recuva recovers files deleted from a computer, Recycle Bin, digital camera card, or MP3 player. You can use this program if you accidentally deleted an important file or lost something important when your computer crashed. Deep Scan mode is very slow if you have a large disk (about an hour for a 320 GB disk), but you will need it, if in quick mode you don’t find your deleted file. The less data you wrote on your disk after you accidentally deleted your file, the more chances you have to find it and restore it with Recuva or similar programs.

You don’t need to be a computer expert to use EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard. As you guess by the name, it features a convenient wizard that will guide you in configuring your recovery project, selecting the damaged drive, if you have several drives, as well as filters by which to locate particular file types to recover. You don’t need to specify extensions, only broad families, such as “graphics” or “documents”.

Unstoppable Copier recovers data from damaged disks. Allows you to copy files from disks with problems such as bad sectors, scratches or that just give errors when reading data. The program will attempt to recover every readable piece of a file and put the pieces together. Using this method most types of files can be made useable even if some parts were not recoverable in the end. Multiple directories structures or single files can be dragged and dropped onto unstoppable copier for transfer.

Get My Videos Back will let you recover video or audio files from scratched CDs or DVDs. If you are in trouble, because Windows can not read your disk, give this tool a try. Get My Videos Back automatically identifies the source media type. Working in “byte mode” it will try to read the source byte to byte. This might be helpfull if the source media has lots of small scratches. The “byte mode” may use a large amount of your system resources and the restore procedure may take a lot of time. However this way it is more likely to recover data from greatly damaged disks.

PhotoRec recovers lost files, video, documents and archives from Hard Disks and CDRoms. It will also let you recover lost pictures (thus, its ‘Photo Recovery’ name) from a digital camera’s memory. PhotoRec ignores the filesystem and goes after the underlying data, so it will still work even if your filesystem has been severely damaged or re-formatted. PhotoRec uses read-only access to handle the drive you are about to recover lost data from. As soon as a picture or other file is accidentally deleted, do NOT save any more files to that device or hard disk drive or you may overwrite the lost data. Even using PhotoRec, you must not choose to write the recovered files to the same partition they were stored on. PhotoRec works with HardDisks, Cdrom, memory card (Compact Flash, Memory Stick, SecureDigital/SD, SmartMedia, Microdrive, MMC…), USB Memory Drives, DD raw image, EnCase E01 image…

Restoration restores files which are deleted even from the recycle bin or deleted while you were holding down the Shift key. Please note that even if a file seems to have been restored, its contents may not be correct. Restoration is more effective if you have not let a lot of time pass by after the deletion of the files you need to restore. You can use Restoration to recover photos from a Flash card and removable drives. You can search for specific files to restore by using a search term or file extension. Restoration works also with digital camera cards.

Undelete 360 will help you restore files accidentally deleted from your Computer even after you emptied your Recycle Bin. It can also restore files and folders lost due to Trojan infections, software or hardware failures, an unexpected system shutdown or hard drive corruption. The program recovers data from hard drives, music sticks, cameras, flash and USB drives. Scan results are displayed in both a file type and a folder view. You can preview files before recovery. The filter feature allows the users to perform a search for certain files instead of scanning the entire volume. A Hex viewer is also included.

PC INSPECTOR File Recovery supports the FAT 12/16/32 and NTFS file systems. It cannot help if you have mechanical problems with the disk drive.

RouterPassView will help you retrieve the forgotten password of your router, provided you have a backup. You can also use RouterPassView to grab the password from your browser if you open the router web interface. However, some routers deliberately store a wrong password in this field, in which case RouterPassView won’t be able to recover your real password.

Repair My Word allows you to recover text from damaged or corrupt MS Word files (.doc) that will not open normally. The recovered text can then be saved as an error free Microsoft Word document. Some common error messages which can prevent a user opening a Microsoft Word document include: “The document name or path is not valid. Try these suggestions. Check the file permissions for the document or drive. Use the File Open dialog box to locate the document.” “Word cannot open the document.” “Word cannot open the document: user does not have access privileges.”