Best Free Data Recovery Software for Windows and Mac

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Data is one of the most valuable assets in today’s digital era. Whether it’s private information or personal files, losing data can be a gut-wrenching experience. That’s when data recovery software can come to your rescue. Let’s look at various scenarios in which data can be recovered when files go missing or are accidentally deleted.

Accidental Deletion

Most times, deleted data will remain in the Recycle Bin, which means it can be retrieved to its old location without a problem. But if your system is set to empty the bin periodically, precious files that you require could disappear without a trace. Since native recovery systems aren’t all that robust, a purpose-built software such as EaseUS will be required to do the job. No matter whether it’s a Windows 10 machine or a computer running macOS Mojave, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard will dive deep and retrieve your files if you accidentally deleted them.

Disabled Device or Damaged Memory

 

In certain cases, water damage or impact damage may have disabled your device, which means its memory cannot be accessed without the right tools. EaseUS offers a great solution to retrieve data under practically any situation, including hard drive damage. It also has the ability to get back your data after an OS crash or virus attack, or even when specific hard drive partitions have been lost.

Formatted Media

Most storage media needs to be formatted before use, especially if you’re going to create installation media from ISO and DMG files. In such cases, using a disk image authoring software will often format the disk or drive you use for the bootable media. That means any existing data on that drive or disk is gone forever. Actually, it’s not. The data loss only happens after the formatted media is overwritten. Even then, if you have a deep-scanning software utility like EaseUS, the job can be done in just a few minutes.

Unformatted RAW Partition

 

A RAW partition is one that hasn’t been formatted with one of the commonly used file systems such as NTFS or FAT32. In this type of situation, you won’t be able to access your hard drive so your data is essentially ‘locked’ to you. That’s where EaseUS can come to the rescue and retrieve your files before you format the drive with NTFS. Remember, you may not be able to recover the data after you format the RAW partition with NTFS, so the data recovery process has to be executed first.

 

Other Considerations

 

Does your file recovery software have the ability to extract lost data from a wide range of storage media, such as camcorders, memory cards, pen drives and more? That’s an important question to ask because you don’t want to be spending money on something with limited applications. In addition, ask yourself if your recovery application can handle multiple file types for audio, video, documents and other data. A robust application will be able to recover all the commonly used data formats for files and media.

 

Another factor is how good the deep scan is. Most applications will be able to spot the easy ones, but EaseUS has the ability to thoroughly scan your chosen drive or device and recover every piece of lost or deleted information. The scan time will depend on the size of the drive being scanned, but we’ve found that EaseUS identifies more recoverable files than most other similar programs that were tested.

Yet another major consideration is how good the preview function is. A robust tool will let you preview all kinds of media files before you hit ‘Recover’. Such a feature lets you save time by deselecting the files you want to leave deleted. A lot of applications out there offer a preview function, but most often it does not support a wide range of media types, especially, audio and video formats.

The final acid test, however, is the effectiveness of the recovery utility. Does it preserve data integrity or do you often see files being corrupted after recovery? After all, what is the point in recovering data if the file is unusable when you get it back? EaseUS will recover the data to the same state and location it was before it got lost or deleted. That’s why the software is trusted by more than 70 million users around the world.