Get Back Your Lost Files: File Recovery Software

By Michael W. Muchmore  |  Posted 2006-08-18 Print this article Print

Review: Whether your hard disk partition disappeared or you've just accidentally deleted some pictures from your digital camera, these three software tools—Search and Recover, Undelete, and Digital Photo Recovery—can make your day.

Of course, prevention (in this case read "backup") is the best medicine when it comes to lost files, whether as a result of disk malfunctions or your mistakenly deleting them. But for those of us with less foresight, theres utility software that can save our skins when it comes disappeared files.

Today, we investigate three leading software products that claim to be able to find and recover files youve deleted or lost to a bad disk drive or media: iolo technologies Search and Recover 4, Executive Softwares Undelete 5, and Digital Photo Recovery 2.0.3 from Galaxy.

Even here in the ExtremeTech fold, we have experienced our share of lost work from hard disk failure. Check out our own Jeremy Atkinsons experience and eventual
You may say: "If the disk has failed, theres no way outside of super-expensive recovery services to get back the lost files." Not so fast. In actuality, it turns out that a large percentage of hard drive failures are recoverable via software. At this years Def Con hacker convention, Scott Moulton of Forensic Strategy Services made a presentation stating that 85% of hard disk recovery can be accomplished through software. And there are many instances when youve simply deleted a file, only to find out that you really need it later. The software we review here is designed for just such circumstances

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Michael W. Muchmore Michael W. Muchmore is Senior Producer for ExtremeTech. He also covers software and web services for the site.

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