10 Best Free Data Recovery Software [2020 Edition]

In this article, we’re going to list the free and best data recovery software for 2020 that can help you undelete your important files if you delete some of them by accident. In such cases, these free programs can recover the data back on your PC. Most of the tools mentioned in the list here are simple to use and anybody with a basic knowledge of operating a computer can use them to get back the lost data. So let’s get started —

Free Data Recovery Software For 2020

1. Recuva:

Recuva-Best Free Data Recovery Tools

The fact that Recuva is on the top of the best data recovery software list may not come as a surprise. This data recovery tool has the ability to restore files from hard drives, DVD or CDs, memory cards, and external drives. There are tons of free file recovery software around but few of them come close to Recuva when it comes to hard drive and photo recovery actions. This recovery perform does its work by searching for unreferenced data.

Features of Recuva recovery software:

  • Superior file recovery
  • Advanced deep scan mode
  • Secure overwrite feature that uses industry & military standard deletion techniques
  • Recovers files from damaged or newly formatted drives
  • Easy User interface
  • Preview screen before final recovery
  • Free/Inexpensive data recovery software
  • Works both on FAT and NTFS systems

Supported Platforms:

Recuva data recovery software for PC can be used on Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, Vista, XP, and older versions of Windows.

2. Disk Drill

disk drill data recovery software

Seriously, if you’re looking for a data recovery software that also looks good then Disk Drill is your best short. Please note that only 500 MB files can be recovered in the free version of the software. You can grab the pro version (Mac, Windows) if you wish to recover the files without any restriction.

Best features of Disk Drill:

  • Displays literally all the storage present on your machine, even the unallocated space.
  • Displays scanned data in All files, Pictures, Video, Documents, Archives options.
  • Allows filtering of scanned files by files and date.
  • Includes search bar.
  • Can save the recovery session for later use.
  • Can recover data in the form of a disk image (ISO).
  • Preview option available.
  • Deep scan mode available.
  • Retains original folder names.
  • Restart required after installation.
  • Scan time more than average.

3. Stellar Data Recovery

Stellar 4

Living up to its name, Stellar Data Recovery (Windows, Mac) performs a stellar job in recovering your data from your Windows PC and Mac. If you regret your decision to delete recent files, Stellar Data Recovery tool is here to help you in an effective way. Stellar also has many other tools for home and business applications but here we’ll be focusing on software for photo, USB, and hard drive recovery.

Features of Stellar Data Recovery:

  • Risk-free program recovers data from different types of storage devices like memory cards, smartphones, USB drives, hard disks etc.
  • Using Stellar Data Recovery program is simple
  • Full of advanced features and fast drive file recovery
  • Suitable for beginners and non-technical users
  • In-app preview of files available before making the final recovery attempt
  • Try before Buy feature

Supported Platforms:

Recuva recovery program can run on Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, Vista, XP, and, macOS.

4. TestDisk:

TestDisk-Best Free Data Recovery Tools

A list of best data recovery software can hardly be termed as being complete without a mention of TestDisk recovery software. It’s an open source software that was created with an aim to get back lost partitions and fix non-booting disks. Packed with features and a file recovery system that can easily overshadow that of any other data recovery software, TestDisk has a lot to offer for both novices and experts.

Best features of TestDisk’s:

  • Allows users to recover/rebuild the boot sector
  • Fix or recover deleted partition table
  • Undelete files from FAT, exFAT, NTFS and ext2 file systems

Being a command line tool, TestDisk hard drive recovery tool may not be suitable for some users for data recovery. If you’re a fan of GUI, I would recommend you to go with Recuva or Stellar for file recovery.

Supported Platforms:

TestDisk can run on Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, Vista, XP, and older versions of Windows, Linux, BSD, macOS, and DOS.5. 

5. DoYourData

do your data recovery software

Do Your Data recovery tool is a professional solution for all those who are a victim of some kind of data loss or the other. In the basic scanning process, the software lets you choose two options: Quick Recovery and Advanced Recovery. After the scan, you can preview the files and finally recover your lost data. Just like other software, first you are advised to use Quick Recovery method.

The major features of this recovery software are:

  • File preview before recovery
  • Sorting on basis of file types, time, and path
  • Exporting scan result database for later usage
  • Very easy to use

Supported Platforms:

You can use Do Your Data on Windows 10, 8.1, 7, and macOS.

6. PhotoRec:

PhotoRec-Best Free Data Recovery Tools

Definitely one of the best data recovery software out there, PhotoRec is widely acclaimed for its powerful file recovery over a wide variety of devices ranging from digital cameras to hard disks. It’s specially created to recover data like pictures, videos, documents, etc., from hard disks, CD-ROMs.

Features of PhotoRec recovery tool:

  • Comes packed with the ability to recover more than 440 different file formats.
  • Features such as the ‘unformat function’ and the ability to add your own custom file types do come in handy.
  • This photo recovery software supports lots of file systems, including FAT, NTFS, exFAT, ext2/ext3/ext4 and HFS+.

Although I wouldn’t advise this free data recovery software to beginners as it is completely devoid of a GUI and uses a command line interface which may intimidate some users.

Supported Platforms

PhotoRec recovery program can run on Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, Vista, XP, & older versions of Windows, Linux, BSD, DOS, macOS.

7. Pandora Recovery:

PandoraRecovery-Best Free Data Recovery Tools

Pandora recovery is one of the most reliable and effective best free data recovery software out there. Pandora recovery tool has a lot to offer to its users.

Pandora Recovery Best Recovery:

  • Ability to recover deleted files from NTFS and FAT-formatted volumes
  • Preview deleted files of certain types (image and text files) without performing recovery
  • With surface scan (which allows you to recover data from drives that have been formatted) and the ability to recover archived, hidden, encrypted and compressed files, it packs quite a punch.

However, its file detection system is not that reliable and needs to be improved further. This excellent data recovery software could be made portable as well so that it doesn’t consume any space on the hard disk and thereby not consume space that a file which we wish to recover once consumed.

Supported Platforms:

Pandora data recovery can run on Windows 8, 8.1, 7, Vista, XP, and older versions of Windows.

8. MiniTool Power Data Recovery

minitool data recovery software

Standard undelete programs like Recuva, Pandora etc. are perfect for recovering a few deleted files, but what if when you have lost an entire partition? Then you will probably need a specialist application like MiniTool Power Data Recovery.

Features of MiniTool recovery tool:

  • An easy wizard-based interface
  • Specialized in data recovery on an entire partition
  • Point MiniTool Partition Recovery tool at the problematic drive and it will scan for the missing partition
  • Can’t use data recovery on a bootable disc here.

Supported Platforms:

MiniTool Power Data Recovery software can run on Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, Vista, XP, and older versions of Windows.

9. Puran file Recovery

puran FileRecovery software

Puran file recovery works in 3 main recovery modes. Using the “Find lost files” option turns Puran File Recovery into a tool to recover all files from a lost or damaged partition. Something else you can do is edit the custom scan list which stores file signatures for more accurate recovery of badly damaged data.

Puran File Recovery features:

  • Default Quick Scan (It simply reads the FAT or NTFS file system for deleted files from the recycle bin etc.)
  • Deep Scan (includes scanning all available free space) and,
  • Full Scan (checks all space on the device for the best chance of recovery)

Supported Platforms:

Puran file recovery software can run on Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, Vista, XP, and older versions of Windows.

10. PC Inspector File recovery

pc inspector file recoveru

PC Inspector File Recovery works well on both FAT and NTFS drives even if the boot sector has been erased or damaged. However, the interface is a little confusing mess of tabs. So, be careful with this tool. Also, note that if your hard disk is has faced some mechanical damage, you need to look for some specialist.

PC Inspector Features:

  • Simple search dialog can help locate files by name.
  • Recovered files can be restored to a local hard disk or network drives.
  • Can recover image and video of several types of files in different formats such as ARJ, AVI, BMP, DOC, DXF, XLS, EXE, GIF, HLP, HTML, JPG, LZH, MID, MOV, MP3, PDF, PNG, RTF, TAR, TIF, WAV and ZIP.
  • Can scan just specific areas of the disc with the Cluster scanner

Supported Platforms

PC Inspector file recovery software can run on Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, Vista, XP, and older versions of Windows.

Editor’s Recommendation for best data recovery tool

I would personally recommend Piriform’s Recuva data recovery program for 2020 to all our readers, hands down. With superior file recovery, an advanced deep scan mode, a secure overwrite feature that uses industry and military standard deletion techniques and the ability to recover files from damaged or newly formatted files, Recuva is undeniably one of the best free data recovery tools out there. Its portability (the ability to run without installation) is one feature that sets it apart from others.

Have some other data recovery software in mind? Give us your suggestions in the comments below. You can also read some useful FAQs on the next page as well.

Navanshu Agarwal

Navanshu Agarwal

Ready to blow the world with crazy ideas.

0 thoughts on “10 Best Free Data Recovery Software [2020 Edition]”

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    Stellar Phoenix Recovery Tool isn’t free but always works great in similar situations. Thanks for sharing this great list of freeware Navanshu.

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    Recuva is not free. Free trial only allows recovery of first 100mb. Need to pay if you want to recover more than that. May be good software (uninstalled before trying as I disapprove of their marketing tactics).

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    Just so to be clear, data recovery software works only if the storage works. In cases of malfunctioning, damaged storage or evev infected one with virus or crypto locker, you will need some data recovery professional service.
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    I haven’t tried most of them. I tried Recuva and it works! But for larger files and retrieval needs I use Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery software for reinstating my lost photos and videos collection.

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    Although the scanning is fast, the program has no deep scan mode which it could mean a slightly reduced chance of recovering the most hard to recover files.

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    Stellar Phoenix Recovery Tool isn't free but always works great in similar situations. Thanks for sharing this great list of freeware Navanshu.

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    What is about you people.
    Do they pay you to advertise these things or do you just google and post what’s current.
    I’ve tried every single one of these and they don’t do the job especially when the file is fragmented on an NTFS machine. Heck, some of these even pass over or rename .MKV files to MPG.

    How about actually test these programs out before you try and con people.

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      Hi Arch,

      Sorry for the hassles but it’s how data recovery software reacts as per the corruption level. Free tools are just to recover permanently deleted or formatted files (there wouldn’t be lot more delay to recover files). If you are more cautious about deleted files, professional utility is strongly recommended.

      It’ll ask you for money only after assuring yourself that deleted files would surely be recovered once you’ve upgraded to premium. Go ahead and try Stellar Phoenix software, as I’ve recommended above and it’ll surely help you getting your files back.

      Good luck!!

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        Arch Stanton

        I already have gotten 99% everything with R-Studio.
        EaseUS found a lot but could not cover fragmented and the continue feature does not work. After 13 hours of scanning and save the damn save and resume does what!

        R-Studio was the only one and I tried at least 12.
        Stellar Phoenix was really no better than Seagate recovery and a lot of them looked and felt exactly the same as if one code was sold and their brand label was slapped on it.

        You should put a disclosure as to who you got paid before you ran the story because after a real world scenario I can write an unbiased review of what worked and how BS the article was.

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          Glad you’ve recovered your files. I’ve been previously a customer of Stellar Data Recovery and it did recovered 100% of hard drive data where other software fails.

          If you talk about better, Stellar was established back in 1993 as I can see on their website and have some really powerful tools. Other utilities were introduced little lately such as Seagate, introduced last year.

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