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Hard Drive Recovery – Great Hard Disk Data Recovery Software Reference

Always keep your System backed up. Software tools can not always recover lost data. Please read our post on how to backup your computer (disks). You can even take a backup on a cloud storage which is reliable too. Read How to backup your files using online backup services.

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Bootable Live Disks

Linux Live CD/DVD (such as Knoppix/Ubuntu Live) – When the Hard Drive is non functioning, your system will not boot. If you have stored or want to access files that are there on the drive, the first thing to do is, boot your computer using Live CD/DVD distributed by Linux (Knoppix or any other Live OS CD). Live CD/DVD can boot your computer via CD/DVD and installing RAMDISK image (on RAM of course). Advantage here is, Live CD/DVD can mount your internal Hard Drive and you could explore files that are recoverable. This is really helpful and we have used this technique in the past with great success.

Hard Drive Consistency Checkers

If your Hard Drive is able to boot but you feel or see some disk related errors, it would be worthwhile to run Disk consistency checking software such as;

CHKDSK – A DOS/Windows utility that can find disk errors and fix.

Disk Utility – A Disk related tool for MAC OS X that can verify the integrity of the Disk.

fsck – a Disk consistency checker for the UNIX.

These software tools are capable of finding disk errors and possibly fix them. But, it should be noted that not all errors can be fixed by these tools, they are not miracle tools anyways :)

Data Files Recovery

Sometimes we accidentally delete important files only to regret later. Fortunately there are some free data recovery tools that can just undo deleted files.

Recuva recovers files deleted from your Windows computer, Recycle Bin, digital camera card, or MP3 player.

PhotoRec is another such tool.

Data Forensics

After a break-in or seizure of computer systems or disks, forensic analysis can happen on the disk to understand the data or recover data from the disk. There are tools that can perform forensic analysis of the recovered disk from criminals etc.

The Coroner’s Toolkit (TCT) – TCT is a collection of programs by Dan Farmer and Wietse Venema for a post-mortem analysis of a UNIX system.

Forensic Toolkit (Commercial) –  Data forensic software created by AccessData.

EnCase (Commercial) – Disk security and recovery experts.

 

Are there better tools? Did we miss any tool? Please have your comments below.

Free Data Recovery and Data Backup Tool – Easy Way to Backup Your PC Data

We had featured 9 Free Data Backup and Recovery Software Apps earlier. Here is another FREE one, EASEUS TODO Backup. We tried it on one of our old IBM Thinkpad Laptop running on Windows XP Pro. We just loved it and it was so simple that any non technical person can easily do it. What does EASEUS TODO Backup do? EASEUS Todo Backup is a capable and FREE backup software providing system mediumbackup & restore, hard disk or partition backup & restore, disk clone to protect your Windows system and disk. It can back up the whole PC, including the operating system plus your data, applications, settings and everything! What else you need if your disk is fried? There is one more use of it, very important one. Say you have an older PC with lesser Disk space like 80GB or something. If you are worried that migrating to a larger capacity disk is a problem, then think again. It is so simple with EASEUS TODO Backup! Just take a complete PC Backup, and restore it on the newer Disk. No need to install the OS again, drivers everything will be just fine. This is really a cool thing we liked in it. 

Anyways, here are the features and all that you can do with it.

  1. Backup the entire system partition, including the system state and all files to an image file. Easy to store and restore.
  2. Backup the whole disk including the operating system and all data to an image file. Easy to restore or migrate to other disks.
  3. All the previous backed up disk and system image can be restored within minutes.
  4. Clone disk to another one with fast file-by-file clone method. This helpful to upgrade your Disk.
  5. Backup Image can be split in to different size based on whether you want to store it on CD or DVD etc.
  6. Create a bootable CD/DVD and restore when there is a boot failure.
  7. Allows you to compress the image file.
  8. and much more.

EASEUS TODO Backup has a very nice and simple User Interface

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Backup Wizard

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Restore Wizard

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All the operations are very easy and EASEUS TODO Backup has a very detailed step by step guide on how to use it effectively. Read here for more. EASEUS Todo Backup works on Windows 2000 Professional/XP/Vista and Windows Server 2000/2003/2008 and can create bootable CD.

Download EASEUS TODO Backup here.

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