Free and/or Opensource Software Links


Data Recovery Programs -- Undelete Programs


Undelete 360 (Portable) (==> First Choice)
http://www.undelete360.com/

Restoration (==> Softpedia Editor Pick)
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Back-Up-and-Recovery/Restoration.shtml

Pandora Recovery (Portable)
http://www.pandorarecovery.com/

DiskGetor Data Recovery FREE 2.1
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Back-Up-and-Recovery/DiskGetor-Data-Recovery-Free.shtml

WinUtilities Free Undelete
http://www.ylcomputing.com/content/view/350/153

EaseUS® Data Recovery Wizard® Free Edition
http://www.easeus.com/datarecoverywizard/free-data-recovery-software.htm

Recuva (from Piriform)
http://www.piriform.com/recuva

PC Inspector File Recovery (Portable)
http://www.pcinspector.de/default.htm?language=1

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)
http://www.roadkil.net/program.php/P29

Abyssal Recovery
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Back-Up-and-Recovery/Abyssal-Recovery.shtml

PhotoRec (tool for recovering pictures from memory cards and USB flash disks)
http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec

PhotoRec Step By Step guide
http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec_Step_By_Step
Full Ashraf’s review: http://dottech.org/freeware-reviews/10756/

IsoBuster (tool for recovering data/files/movies/music from CD, DVD, BD and HD DVD)
http://www.isobuster.com/isobuster.php

CD Recovery Toolbox
http://www.oemailrecovery.com/cd_recovery.html

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

UBCD (Ultimate Boot CD),
http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/

Paragon Rescue Kit Free Edition
http://www.paragon-software.com/home/rk-express/

TestDisk
http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk

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.
http://www.powerdatarecovery.com/

EASEUS Partition Recovery with Bootable Disk based on WinPE
http://www.easeus.com/partition-recovery/

See also:
http://www.hungry-hackers.com/2010/05/how-to-recover-important-data-after-your-system-is-crashed.html