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Data Recovery Programs -- Undelete Programs

Undelete 360 (Portable) (==> First Choice)

Restoration (==> Softpedia Editor Pick)

Pandora Recovery (Portable)

DiskGetor Data Recovery FREE 2.1

WinUtilities Free Undelete

EaseUS® Data Recovery Wizard® Free Edition

Recuva (from Piriform)

PC Inspector File Recovery (Portable)

To recover files from removable media only (CD/DVD, USB Flash Drive etc…):

Roadkil’s Unstoppable Copier (tool for recovering files from scratched CDs/DVDs)

Abyssal Recovery

PhotoRec (tool for recovering pictures from memory cards and USB flash disks)

PhotoRec Step By Step guide
Full Ashraf’s review:

IsoBuster (tool for recovering data/files/movies/music from CD, DVD, BD and HD DVD)

CD Recovery Toolbox

To recover entire partitions and restore damaged boot sectors/MBR/BCD:

UBCD (Ultimate Boot CD),

Paragon Rescue Kit Free Edition


MiniTool Power Data Recovery
This is a terrific all in one data recovery tool designed to recover data even from formatted, deleted or corrupted partitions.
The only downside is that the free version limits restoration only to a size of 1GB.

EASEUS Partition Recovery with Bootable Disk based on WinPE

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