It often happens that you have deleted a file unintentionally or you have formatted your hard disk or any other storage medium by accident. You may think that these files have been lost forever, but you are dead wrong. With the software below, you can easily recover your lost data, painlessly. However, we recommend you to backup your computer and use this a last resort to recover lost data. If you continue to use your computer after you have noticed the loss of the data, you run the risk of overwriting the lost file by other files. Therefore, to maximize your data recovery chances, we recommend you to cease using the drive, mount it on another computer and salvage the lost data.
ADRC Data - Recovery Software Tools
Free data recovery tool for the Windows platforms with several other functions apart from the recovery option itself.
Avira Unerase Personal - Recovery Software Tools
Yet another file recovery tool, which is for non-commercial use only and runs under Windows.
Octanesoft EDATA Unerase Personal Edition - Recovery Software Tools
This software can recover files from the following file systems: FAT12, FAT16, FAT32 and NTFS. It is for non-commercial use only and cannot recover any graphic files. Works on Windows ME, NT, 2000, XP and 2003 only.
Disk Investigator - Recovery Software Tools
Another free recovery tool which enables you to see the sectors of the disk to find lost data.
FlopShow - Recovery Software Tools
A file recovery tool and file undelete software for the FAT12 partitions. It can also create and restore floppy disks image. Works on Windows.
FreeUndelete - Recovery Software Tools
Free recovery tool for the Windows platform and can recover from NTFS, FAT32 or FAT16 file systems.
ISOBuster Recovery - Software Tools
This tools is a really good one to recover files from damaged CD-ROMS and DVD-ROMs. It tries to access the damaged area repeatedly until it recovers the data, and is unlike Windows, which stops after a while.
NT File Recovery - Recovery Software Tools
As its name says, it salvages data from NTFS file systems. Works on Windows NT, 2000, XP, Vista.
PC Inspector - Recovery Software Tools
The best among free file recovery software. Can recover data from every drive you have and restores theme to your selected location with time stamp and all. Recommended.
PhotoRec - Recovery Software Tools
This ones specializes in recovering files from the computer, while skipping the system files.
Recuva - Recovery Software Tools
A good Windows freeware to recover files from your computer's drives, which includes flash drives and more, and runs on Windows 2000, XP, 2003 and Vista.
R-Linux - Recovery Software Tools
Retrieves data from Ext2FS file system, on Linux computers.
RoadKil's Undelete - Recovery Software Tools
This is a file recovery software which can recover files from the FAT12, FAT16, FAT32 and NTFS file systems and runs under Windows.
SoftPerfect File Recovery Software Tools
This software runs without the setup and supports the NTFS, NTFS5, FAT32, FAT16 and FAT12 file systems and can access a variety of drives to recuperate
the lost data. It also can recover data from compressed and encrypted volumes and runs on Windows 95, 98, NT, 2000, XP and Vista.
TestDisk - Recovery Software Tools
A good software to rescue data, with loads of supported file systems like NTFS, FAT, FAT32, BeFS, BSD, CramFS, HFS, JFS, Ext2, Ext3, ReiserFS, Linux Swap and more. TestDisk can run on numerous platforms, among which are: DOS, Windows, Linux, BSD, SunOS and MacOS.
Undelete Plus - Recovery Software Tools
This software retrieve delete file from your drives. It current supports the NTFS, NTFS5, FAT32, FAT16 and FAT12 file systems and runs under all Window versions from Windows 98 and upwards.
Unstoppable Copier - Recovery Software Tools
This software can salvage files from damaged disks and can reassemble files.
For more information con how to recover your files safely and effectively, you can visit the S2 Services Data Recovery Freeware List, a place which holds information about freeware and commercial softwares to recover your data.