Free Data Recovery

Free Data Recovery 5.8

Free
Recovers data lost due to different accidental and even intentional reasons
4.1  (28 votes)
5.8.8 (See all)

Free Data Recovery can help you recover data lost due to different accidental and even intentional reasons. In this respect, it supports retrieving lost files from various types of storage devices, like hard disks, SSDs, memory cards, USB sticks, cameras and smartphones. Likewise, it allows rescuing formatted, deleted and lost partitions as well.

The utility is extremely easy to use, as the recovery process is wizard-assisted. There is a welcome menu that prompts you to pick one of the main functions: Data Recovery and Lost Partition Recovery. Additionally, the program supports two scan modes: Standard and Deep, with different times and accuracy in the results. Unluckily, setting a filter for quicker results is not allowed.

Once the results are over, they are presented in their original folder structure, which definitely helps a lot in finding the desired files. Similarly, it is possible to show either the deleted or the existing files only. Luckily, the program supports recovering any file irrespective of its type. Besides, it lets you preview the contents of common file types.

All in all, Free Data Recovery may be not the best data recovery program out there: It does not have a built-in hexadecimal editor and neither does it support taking proactive measures, like making backups of critical data. However, it may come in handy in everyday data-loss situations. The product can be used for free but it will not recover more than a GB of data. So, to remove the restrictions, you need to buy its full version.

Pedro Castro
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Review summary

Pros

  • Supports rescuing partitions
  • Supports multiple types of storage media
  • Wizard-assisted recovery process
  • Two scan modes
  • Keeps the original folder structure
  • Lets you filter by deleted and existing files
  • Supports recovering any file type
  • Can preview the contents of most popular file formats

Cons

  • Does not support searching for specific files
  • Does not have a built-in hexadecimal editor
  • Cannot make data backups
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