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10 Best Free Data Recovery Software Tools

Updated By Tom On Nov 20, 2022, 7:19 pm

Method 1: Restore data using backup data

Theoretically, recovering accidentally deleted data/files should not be a problem. The Recycle Bin can help some users recover deleted files freely and easily from laptops or desktops. If the deleted files cannot be found in Recycle Bin, you can also use the data recovery software to recover. This article will summarize the 10 best free data recovery software tools for you.

There are many free data recovery programs available that can help recover or "undelete" accidentally deleted files. Normally the files you have deleted are still on your hard drive (or USB drive, media card, smartphone, etc.) and can be recovered using data recovery software. Using any of the free data recovery software, it is possible to retrieve your deleted video, image, music/audio and other files.

1.4DDiG Data Recovery

If 4DDiG data recovery is your first attempt to retrieve the deleted file/data, please follow the recovery method below until you find the lost file/data. All the steps here apply to restoring deleted files/data from Windows 11, 10, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 7, Windows XP or earlier.

What we like

Provide many advanced options to make it easy to use.

Suitable for most Windows operating systems.

What we don't like

Update infrequently

4DDiG Data Recovery is the best free data recovery software. It is easy to use and offers many optional advanced features.

It can recover files from hard disk drives, external drives (USB drives, etc.), BD/DVD/CD discs and memory cards. The program can even cancel deleting files from the iPod!

Undeleting a file is as simple as deleting a file! If you need to recover a file, we strongly recommend that you try it first.

This program can be used to undelete files in Windows 11, 10, 8 and 8.1, 7, Vista, XP, Server 2008/2003 and older versions of Windows (such as 2000, NT, ME and 98).

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The following steps are used to restore files using the 4DDiG Data Recovery software:

1. Start the 4DDiG Data Recovery software.

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2. Select the disk location where you want to restore files. Click Scan to start scanning.

3. After scanning, you can preview the file.

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4. Then you can select the files you need and click Restore.

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5. Select a location to save the recovered file.

2.EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is another great file program to cancel deletion. Files can be easily restored with just a few clicks.

The user interface of the EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is similar to the Windows Explorer, which is very familiar to many users.

The EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard can undelete files from hard drives, optical drives, memory cards, iOS devices, cameras, and almost all other devices that Windows considers as storage devices. It can also perform partition recovery!

Please note that the EaseUS Data Recovery wizard can only recover 500 MB of data. To recover more data, you will need to upgrade the software. (If you use the share button in the program to post information about the software on social media, you can recover up to 2 GB of data).

EaseUS Data Recovery wizard supports macOS 12 to 10.9; Windows 11, 10, 8, and 7; And Windows Server 2022, 2019, 2016, 2012, 2008 and 2003.

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What we like

You can store the scan results without having to rescan the entire drive before restoring. It allows you to sort files by file type, delete date, and name, making it easier.

What we don't like

Only 500M data can be recovered for free, and no portable version is available.

3.Puran File Recovery

Puran File Recovery is another good data recovery program. It is simple to operate, and can scan any drive seen by Windows, and provides many advanced options.

Puran File Recovery recognized a decent number of files on our test machine, so if the first two methods didn't find what you were looking for, you can give it a try.

It is compatible with Windows 10,8,7, Vista and XP.

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What we like

The list of deleted files is displayed.

Support scanning NTFS and FAT12/16/32 format disks.

What we don't like

What we don't like

Free for home use only, and the non-commercial/commercial version has not been updated since 2016.

4.Disk Drill

Disk Drill is an excellent free data recovery program. It is not only versatile, but also very simple in design.

Disk Drill can recover data (up to 500 MB) from "virtually any storage device", such as internal and external hard drives, USB devices, memory cards, and iPods.

Disk Drill also provides the ability to preview files before restoring them.

This program is applicable to Windows 11, 10, 8 and 7 and most versions of macOS.

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What we like

Filter results by file size/date.

Support fast scan and deep scan modes.

What we don't like

You can only recover 500 MB of data.

5.Glarysoft Free File Recovery

Glarysoft Free File Recovery is a user-friendly program to cancel deleting files.

Select the deleted files during the scan, and then select the files you want to restore. So you don't have to wait.
You can filter by file type, deletion time, size, and keyword.

It applies to FAT, NTFS, and EFS file systems.

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What we like

View the list of deleted files, simple and friendly.

What we don't like

You need to install another program before you can use it.


SoftPerfect is another excellent file recovery program. You can search for files for recovery.

It supports restoring files from hard disk drives, memory cards, and other devices.

Windows 11, 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP, Server 2008 and 20032000, NT, ME, 98 and 95 should be able to run this program.

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What we like

It's really easy to use.

You can search for deleted files from any portable device, such as a flash drive.

What we don't like

Only two system file formats are supported.


Its restoration is similar to the other free restoration applications in this list.

You can recover files from hard drives, memory cards, USB drives, and other external drives.

The software is small enough that no additional auxiliary programs need to be installed, making it flexible enough to run from a floppy disk or USB drive.

It supports for Windows Vista, XP, 2000, NT, ME, 98 and 95.

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What we like

The method of sorting the results is very convenient.

What we don't like

You cannot restore an entire folder at once, only individual files can be restored.


FreeUndelete is free, and it can cancel deleting files! It is very similar to the other recovery programs in our list.

It has easy-to-use interface (but can't be managed in the list).

It can recover files from hard disk drive, memory card and PC.

It supports many operating systems include Windows 7, XP, and some Windows Server versions.

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What we like

You can undelete files from various storage devices.

It has a simple user interface.

What we don't like

Intended for home users only, not for commercial/commercial environments.

9.iCare Data Recovery

iCare Data Recovery Free Edition has two scan options: quick scan and deep scan.

Ability to preview text and image files.

It supports hundreds of file types, and the free version of iCare data recovery can recover any content you delete.

It can be used with Windows 11, 10, 8, and 7.

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What we like

Provid a portable version that allows you to preview files.

What we don't like

Unable to pause recovery scan.

10.Winfr File Recovery

This is a data recovery tool provided by Microsoft, but it is not as easy to use as most other data recovery programs. It needs to be run on the command line.

To recover a file in this way, you need to download and install Windows File Recovery, and then search for it in the Start menu to open it. After finding the startup program, you can enter a command (such as: winfr C: Images/n Users jonfi Downloads * PNG) to restore PNG images from the Downloads folder of drive C, and copy them to the Images folder on drive E.

Only Windows 10 and Windows 11 users can download and use this tool.

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What we like

The method provided by Microsoft. Applies to internal and external drives (SD cards, etc.).

What we don't like

What we don't like

Only works from the command line on Windows 11 or 10.