You might delete your important files by accident, or your computer crash and you lose your treasure photos or videos. Don't panic, deleting files or emptying your recycle bin does not mean those files are gone forever. And if you act quickly then you may be able to recover everything. I collected the best 5 data recovery software for you, they are free and safe.
Tips: The following data recovery software is for Windows system, if you are a Mac user, please refer to this Data Recovery for Mac.
Here is the index of the free Data Recovery I'm goanna to introduce to you. And I will attach the Video Guide and Text Guide for you as well.
Recuva is a free Windows utility to restore files that have been accidentally deleted from your computer. This includes FAT, NTFS and exFAT file systems, and files emptied from the Recycle bin as well as images, music, video and other files that have been deleted by user error from digital camera/phone memory cards or MP3/MP4 players.
Here is a video guide about how to use Recuva
Simple text guide of how to use Recuva
Step1. Download and install Recuva, double click the shortcut to launch Recuva. If the Wizard doesn't appear, click the Options button. Select the Show Wizard at startup button, and then click Run Wizard.
Step2. Click Next on the Recuva Wizard page.
Step3. Select the type of files you want to recover, then click Next. If you're not sure what type of files you're looking for, select Other.
Step4. Select the location where you want to search, and then click Next.
Step5. On the Thank You page, you can optionally choose to run a deep scan. This advanced scan can take several hours, but has a better chance of finding your files.
Step6. Click Start. Recuva displays the progress of the scan, and then shows its search results in the main window.
Step6. Click Recover. Select a destination for the recovered files. Click OK.
2 Free Data Recovery Software - PC INSPECTOR File Recovery
PC Inspector File Recovery did well in my tests, correctly locating the full set of missing files on both FAT and NTFS drives. These are clearly presented in a simple folder view, there's also a simple search dialog to help you locate files by name, and the program can then restore them to local or network drives.
Here is a video guide about how to use PC Inspector File Recovery
Simple text guide of how to use PC Inspector File Recovery
Step1. Download and install PC inspector File Recovery, and then run it.
Step2. Create a new folder on your desktop and name it "Recovered Files", you will save your restored files in that folder.
Step3. Click the icon on the top left of PC inspector File Recovery, which shows a green arrow over a disk drive, to begin recovering files. In the dialog that appears, select the logical drive containing the file(s) you wish to recover.
Step4. A tree view of the folder structure on the selected drive is shown. Navigate the directory structure and locate the folder where the deleted files was last present.
Step5. Highlight the file(s) you wish to recover click the right mouse button and choose Save To.
Step5. In the left hand directory structure, locate and click the new folder you created in Step 2, then click the green tick icon to proceed with the recovery.
Step6. When the recovery is complete, locate the recovery folder on your desktop, and you will find all the files recovered by PC inspector.
3 Free Data Recovery Software - Disk Drill
Disk Drill is an excellent free data recovery program not only because of its features but also due to the very simple design, making it almost impossible to get confused.Disk Drill can also preview image files before recovering them, pause scans and resume them later, perform partition recovery, back up an entire drive, filter files by date or size, run a quick scan versus a full scan for faster results, and save scan results so you can easily import them again to recovery deleted files at a later time.
Here is a video guide about how to use Disk Drill
Simple text guide of how to use Disk Drill
Step1. Download and install Disk Drill, and then run it.
Step2. A window will appear with a list of hard drives partitions that are available for file retrieval. Select the proper drive in which you believe the original file was initially located.
Step3. Right click the drives partitions and choose the Scan mode.
Step4. After the scan, you will see a list of files that were detected to have previously existed on the drives partitions.
Step5. Select the files you want to recover, select a location where you want to save the recovered data.
4 Free Data Recovery Software - Puran File Recovery
Puran File Recovery is a utility helps you to retrieve important work documents, photos, videos or music from both local drive on your computer or external storage devices. It offers you with 3 scanning methods: Quick Scan, Deep Scan and Full Scan. After scanning, you can sort files in file types such as "Pictures", "Music", "Documents", etc. You will also be able to save recovered files with their path structure intact. In all, Puran File Recovery's clear interface helps you to recover all lost data with ease.
Here is a video guide about how to use Puran File Recovery
5 Free Data Recovery Software - Undelete 360
Undelete 360 is a user-friendly and useful utility that suits for all versions of Windows and Windows file systems. It effectively recovers files lost due to many reasons like intentional or unintentional deletion, software or hardware failure, Trojan infection, or even unexpected system shutdown. You can sort found file by "Type" or "Folder". You can tell how damaged the file is according to "Status" column in the window.
Here is a video guide about how to use Undelete 360
Simple text guide of how to Undelete 360
Step1. Download and install Undelete 360, and then launch it.
Step2. Click the "Search" button, a window will be poped up. This window performs a scan to identify the devices (hard drives, digital camera, USB drive etc) that are connected to your computer. Select the device you want to recover your files.
Step3. Click the "Start" button to run the search process.
Step4. After the search. Files found are grouped by file type in the left hand column. Click on the file type in the left and column to display the files found for that type in the right hand column.
Step5. Select the files you want to recover, click "Recover" and select a folder where you want to save the files. And then click "Start", done.