Best data recovery software for 2013

Accidental loss of data may land you haywire sometimes and can spoil your entire project or game plan. Nowadays Data Recovery Software is a must be it an individual or an organization. In this article, I am discussing about top 10 file or data recovery software for 2013. Please read on and comment.

What is a data recovery software?

A data recovery software or file recovery software is an application meant to recover or undelete your lost data or files from you system. The data recovery software are available in two kinds viz., Licensed software and freeware. In this article, I have discussed about top 10 data recovery freeware for 2013. Let us discuss about one by one.

TOKIWA DataRecovery:

This is a freeware data recovery application presented by TOKIWA. It can recover or undelete the lost files from your system or even from your recycle bin. The data recovery by TOKIWA DataRecovery depends on the configuration / system and there may not be 100% results you can expect out of it. It is very easy to use as it has a single program window. Through this window, you can scan the files for undelete / recover, sort etc. The procedures in this application are simple. This software can recover files from external HDD, USB or Flash drives, memory cards and HDD etc. It is a 412 KB standalone file so that it is portable and fit for a Flash or USB drive too. This application is compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP / 2000 / NT / Me / Windows 9x.

The salient features of TOKIWA DataRecovery are:
  • It supports Windows 7 Operating System

  • It does not require DLL or installation

  • You can rename any file for recovery just by right-clicking on the said file in the list

  • Just be clicking the column headers, you can sort items displayed

  • Multiple files can be undeleted by selecting them using Shift / Ctrl key

  • You can undelete the entire files in a directory

  • You can also search any file by partial string of the file name

  • This application can be run from a floppy disk or USB drive

  • The files which are not permanently required can be wiped out

  • EFS encrypted files can be undeleted

  • NTFS compressed files can also be undeleted

  • Undeletion can be done on NTFS, FAT32, FAT16, FAT12 etc.

  • This software has got simple user interface. Also, it can be updated using the Version info in the system menu of the application.

    Precautions for using TOKIWA DataRecovery:

    You need to login as administrator to use DataRecovery in Windows 7 / Vista / XP / 2000 / WinNT. In order to protect the OS, in Windows 7 / Vista, the files in system drive can never be wiped out by DataRecovery. This software cannot scan system files if you use Norton UnErase. Fatal error can occur if you try out total wiping on any system. Full Scan on NTFS can really take very long time. This software works when you unpack the downloaded archive and it does not install any files, hence there may not be any registry entry or initialization files. Therefore, the DataRecovery directory can be deleted once you don't need it.

    Also See: Review of MiniTool Power Data Recovery Boot Disk

    CD Recovery Toolbox:

    This application is also a freeware. This application is primarily meant for recovery of lost data from different types of disk storage devices viz., Blu-Ray, DVD, HD DVD, CD and Optival drive. This software is mainly used to recover information from disks damaged due to mechanical issues like spots, chips or scratches on the surface of the disk or due to incorrect reading of the disk. CD Recovery Toolbox scans the disk and find the folders / files located on it. Please remember that depending upon the extent of damage done to the disk, the recovery can be determined. This software displays list of all possible folders / files for recovery from a disk and user can pick up the entity for recovery from the list. In this process, only specific entities can be recovered and other information will be left out. It can recover files bigger than 4GB also. It can detect the lack of free space in your HDD for storing the recovered data. Besides having many data recovery options, this application is convenient and user friendly. The program interface is a step by step wizard and user can exercise only one action per page in this wizard. Even a beginner in data recovery can utilize this program easily. It is compatible with Windows Vista / 2003 / XP SP2 / XP / 2000 / NT 4.0 / Me / 98. The scope for improvisation in this software lies in the point that it can't recover lost data from a HDD or a USB drive.

    ADRC Data Recovery Tools:

    This freeware is actually a collection of DIY data recovery tools. It supports many varieties of file systems and drives. Keeping in mind about the beginners, this application uses simple GUI. You can perform copying files, restoring a backup image, disk image back up, undelete files, edit or restore boot parameters, backup, disk cloning from any hard disk with bad sectors. There is no danger of installation of any adware or spyware with this application. This program can also be called as a green-ware, since it does not require any installation. The probably size of this application is below 130 Kb which even fits in to your USB drive.


    As the name suggests, it is a freeware available to undelete your lost data. It restores the lost files even from the Recycle Bin. You can use this software on FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, NTFS [1.0 AND 2.0] [which is default for Windows NT, 2000, XP and Vista] file systems. FreeUndelete allows the user to store the recovered in a new destination to avoid overwriting the lost data on the original location. Usually the lost data lies in the hard disk which may be designated as free and ready to accept further data ready to overwrite. If the vacant area is not overwritten, you can recover the contents of lost data there. This process is known as undelete. This program can be used from a USB drive, if the user has only a single drive viz., C: in his system. FreeUndelete supports the following OS: Windows 2008 Server / 2003 Server / 7 / NT 4 / 2000 / XP. There is a full install / uninstall support provided. It does not support Windows ME / 98SE / 98. The other system requirements are: 256 – 1024 MB RAM, 10 MB free space for installation and 256 colors – 640 X 480 or higher resolution. It has got "folder drill down" functionality which reduces the need of big list of files or data to be recovered. You can recover data using this software from PC, memory cards and other storage devices, HDD etc.

    Avira UnErase Personal:

    Avira UnErase Personal is also a freeware meant to recover lost data from file systems like NTFS5, NTFS4, FAT32, FAT16 etc. It can also recover multiple entities with same file name, streams, compressed data and encrypted data. Just a scan will do to find the data ready for recovery. The data recovery action may take longer time too depending upon the size of the source partition. This software displays a list of data ready for recovery after the scan of the designated drive. It is a intuitive and simple application and does not need any complex setting up or configuration. Commercial use of this software requires a license. It works with Windows Vista / XP / 2000 Pro.


    Restoration is free files undelete utility by Brian Kato. It can recover data from recycle bin or directly deleted one too. Like other recovery applications referred above, this application too scans and lists out recovery data items. It also provides for wipe out option after recovery. It is a standalone program. File systems supported are NTFS and FAT and digital camera cards. The disadvantage of this program is that it offers promotional stuff during installation of which the user should be aware of and pay proper attention during installation. The program has no complex procedures or cryptic buttons. The restoration supported OS are: Windows 95 / 98 / ME / NT / 2000 / XP / Vista.

    SoftPerfect File Recovery:

    This is another fine freeware to restore the lost data from CF & SD cards, USB flash drives, HDD, floppy disks and other storage media. It supports NTFS5 with compression and encryption, NTFS, FAT32, FAT16 and FAT12. No installation is required and it is easy to use. It supports the following OS viz., Windows 7 / 2008 / 2003 / XP / 2000. It may not support external storage devices like CD or DVD. It also supports Windows operating system with 64-bit. It is a 500 KB small program that can be run from a USB drive or floppy disk.

    Pandora Recovery:

    It is a freeware used for recovery of lost data. It provides main window's tree view to locate the items meant for recovery. It can even recover severely damaged data. This program needs installation in your system. Probably it has got one of best wizards for installation and recovery. A advanced feature viz., Surface Scan which recovers wide range files than the normal standard search but the file format needs to be a common one. It can recover data from almost all data storage devices. It supports OS like Windows 2000 / Server 2003 / XP / Vista. However, there are instances where it worked successfully with Windows 7 too.

    Glary Undelete:

    Glary Undelete is a powerful data recovery solution and its free. It can be used for NTFS and FAT file systems. It can even recover data deleted by viruses, crashes or bugs. It can recover photos, music files, documents and what not! It takes very less time to scan and find the data ready for recovery. This software is excellent in the sense that it ranks the data for recovery as "Poor", "Medium", "Good" and "Very Good" by using the option viz., "State". This helps the user to choose from better options. This application also got an option viz., File Filter Function, using this you can sort the data ready for recovery. It supports the Operating Systems like Windows Vista / 2003 / XP / 2000 / NT / ME / 98 / 95. It supports the following file systems viz., NTFS5 / NTFS / FAT 32/16/12, EFS. Data recovery can also be done from Secure Digital cards, MultiMedia, SmartMedia and CompactFlash. You can also recovery fragmented, compressed, encrypted files on NTFS. It also supports Dynamic and Basic volumes. The con is that it requires installation and user has to be careful while installation so as to avoid installing other items likes toolbar. Some reports say that it is even successful with Windows 7.


    Recuva is a top class data recovery tool and freeware from Piriform and used to unerase, undelete disk and file recovery. Using Recuva, you can undelete files on your computer, recover from damaged or formatted disks, recover deleted emails, and recover deleted iPod music, restore unsaved word documents. It has also got Quick Start Wizard for easy installation. It has got options for Deep Scan, secure deletion of files etc. It has got a portable version too. It fully supports Windows OS in all versions and in more than 37 languages. The 64-bit version of Recuva is also available for installation. Recuva is considered a complete file / data recovery tool and it is the most prominently used software all over the world. Piriform duly supports Recuva by duly providing updates and newer versions online.


    From various online sources, the information available shows that the Data Recovery Software Recuva tops the list of file recovery software because of its unique distinction in data recovery and ability to perform efficiently and duly supported by Piriform by updates and newer versions. Piriform is also better known for its freeware applications like CCleaner. Therefore, experience tells us to go by Recuva but depending upon your requirements, you may choose any model i.e. standalone or installation for your use.

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    Guest Author: Ehsan16 Nov 2013

    Well according to my listing and rating 2013 four best data recovery software's are:

    Stellar Phoenix 5:
    Data Rescue PC 3:
    Recover My Files 5.2:
    R-Studio Windows:

    Author: Calvin Marky27 Feb 2014 Member Level: Bronze   Points : 2

    You can be capable to recover deleted data from Mac system as long as the original data is not overwritten. The best way to do this is by using Kernel data recovery for Mac software. This program allows you to restore deleted data.

    Author: Chemline cdorno15 Apr 2014 Member Level: Bronze   Points : 0

    I have used Kernel for Windows Data Recovery software. It is effective and user-friendly tool and it is best data recovery tool. Get detail

    Author: robertrudolphs14 Oct 2016 Member Level: Bronze   Points : 2

    Efficient Windows data recovery tool, all kind of damaged, corrupt and accidentally deleted data can be effectively recollected from the corrupt or damaged device/partition.See full details at:

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