Programs to Recover Deleted Files

Have you accidentally deleted some very important files that you had on your PC or smartphone? It happens to everyone, do not worry, however, know that the last word is not yet said. If the portion of memory on which the files were hosted has not yet been overwritten by other data, you can still hope for their recovery.

There are software, even free, that allow you to scan any type of drive (mechanical hard drives, SSD, microSD, USB sticks, etc.) and to recover files that have been deleted by them. Obviously these are not miraculous products: if the portions of memory on which the files were hosted have been occupied by other data, there is nothing to do, except contact specialized centers, but we will be able to talk about this in other occasions.

For now let's focus on programs to recover deleted files and try to find out which one is best for you. There are really something for all tastes and needs. Whether you have a Windows PC, a Mac, a computer equipped with Linux or a smartphone / tablet of any brand, you will surely be able to find something that suits you. Happy reading and good luck in recovering your data!

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard (Windows / MacOS)

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is one of the best programs to recover deleted files available for Windows e MacOS. It supports many different types of files (from photos to videos, from Office documents to compressed archives, without forgetting emails and much more) and allows you to operate on any type of drive: hard disk, SSD, memory card, USB memory, cameras, smartphones, tablets and other storage devices.

To distinguish the software of EaseUS, then there is an extremely intuitive user interface (fully translated into Italian) and the ability to recover files even in critical conditions, such as following malware infections, system crashes or formatting / deleting a partition.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is available in two versions: EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free, which is free and allows you to recover up to 500MB of data (2GB, if you share the program online), and EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Professional, with prices starting from 66,69 euros, which allows you to recover data without any limit.

To download EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Professional su Windows, connected to the EaseUS website and click on the button Free trial: The software download is free, however if you do not activate your copy by purchasing a license, you will only be able to see which files to recover and you will not be able to export them. To download, instead, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free and thus have the possibility to recover up to 2GB of data for free, you must connect to this other page of the EaseUS site and click on the button Scarica free.

When the download is complete, regardless of the version of the program downloaded, open the file .exe got and answer Yes all'avviso che compare sullo schermo. Dopodiché assicurati che la casella relative alle EaseUS license (in basso a sinistra) sia spuntata e premi sul pulsating Install now, in order to start the download and installation of all the components necessary for the operation of the software. If you don't want to send anonymous statistiche d'useclick sulla voce Personalizza l'installazione (bottom right) and uncheck the appropriate box.

At the end of the setup, click on the button Sign up now, to close the window and start EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Then select therelative icon all'unità which contains the files you want to recover and start scanning them by clicking on the button Scan located at the bottom right.

Once the search results appear, "browse" the folders in which the program has found files to recover, using the left sidebar and, if you think fit, use the option Filter (above) to limit the search results only to certain types of files (eg. Graphs, Documents, Video, Audio, Email etc.).

Once you have identified the files to restore, select them (by checking the boxes relating to them) and click on the button Recover, at the bottom right, to indicate the folder in which to save them. If, before saving a file, you want to view a preview, click on theicona dell'occhio, located at the top right.

I use a Poppy? Then know that you can download EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard using i link che ti ho fornito in precedenza e cliccando sulla voce relative alla Mac version of the program. When the download is complete, open the package .dmg ottenuto e trascina l'icona di EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard in the folder Applications computer in order to install the software. Simple, right?

PhotoRec E TestDisk (Windows / MacOS / Linux)

PhotoRec and TestDisk are two data recovery software, both free and open source, which come in pairs. The first is a very easy to use data recovery software that supports all major file systems and all storage drives (hard disk, SSD, microSD, USB devices, etc.); the second is also a data recovery software but it works only from the command line and is especially indicated in situations where you want to recover lost partitions or you want to make bootable disks that are no longer so.

The two software are multi-platform. This means they work on Windows, macOS and Linux, but sadly PhotoRec comes with a ready-to-use graphical interface only in its Windows version. On macOS and Linux it should be used from the command line.

Having made these necessary clarifications, let's see in more detail how PhotoRec works (the program that, between the two, I recommend you try). After downloading the software and extracting it to a folder of your choice (it does not require installations to work), launch the executable qphotorec_win.exe.

In the window that opens, use the drop-down menu located at the top to choose the drive from which to recover data, then select its primary partition (or in any case the partition from which you intend to recover deleted files) and presses the button KATEGORIEN, to select the folder in which to save the data recovered by the program.

At this point, metti il ​​segno di spunta accanto alla voce Whole, click the button File Formats, to select the types of files to be recovered and presses on Search, to start the data recovery. All files found by PhotoRec will be automatically saved in the folder you indicated by clicking on the "Browse" button.

For more information on PhotoRec and how it works, see my tutorials on how to recover deleted files from mobile phones in which I explained how to use the program to recover data from hard drives and microSD.

Recuva (Windows)

Recuva is one of the programs to recover deleted files most used in Windows. It is free and is available in two versions: a "traditional" one that provides a standard installation procedure (and offers the download of additional software, such as CCleaner which is made by the same manufacturer) and a portable one that, instead, can be used without carrying out installation procedures. The program supports all devices: mechanical hard drives, SSDs, microSDs, smartphones, tablets, MP3 players, USB sticks etc. and all file systems and is extremely easy to use. In fact, it allows you to choose, through a convenient wizard, the types of files to be recovered and the drives to be scanned.

To go into more detail, after starting Recuva you have to click on the button forward and you have to choose the types of files to recover: all files, images, music, papers, video, compressed files o e-mail. Next, you have to choose whether to recover data from all drives connected to the PC (choosing the option I'm not sure), gives multimedia cards or iPods, from the folder of papers, from basket, from CD / DVD or from one specific location to be indicated using the appropriate button.

After this step too, he presses the buttons forward e starts and wait for the list of recoverable files to be shown. The files marked with the green dot are those that can be recovered at 100%, those marked with the yellow dot can be recovered but are probably damaged, while those with the red dot next to them cannot be recovered. Once you have selected the files to restore, click on the button Recover, select the folder to export them and that's it.

If the normal scan does not return satisfactory results, you can try enable deep scan by selecting the appropriate item in the initial Recuva procedure. For more info take a look at my tutorial on how to recover files deleted from the recycle bin where I told you in more depth about the software.

Disk Drill (Windows / MacOS)

Disk Drill is one of the best data recovery applications available on Mac. Unfortunately it is not free, it costs 79 euros, but you can download it for free and test its functionality (in the sense that the files that can be recovered but cannot be exported are displayed ). There is also a version of the software for Windows, but personally on Microsoft systems I tend to recommend other solutions, such as those we have analyzed previously.

Disk Drill's operation is quite intuitive. After starting the program, uncheck all the options that are proposed to you, click on the button Continue and enter the MacOS admin password. Then click on the button Recover located next to the name of the drive from which you intend to recover deleted files and wait for the scan to complete.

At this point, select the type of file you want to recover (eg. DocumentsImagesVideo) and scroll through the list of all the files that Disk Drill was able to find. To preview the files, click on theeye placed next to their names.

For more detailed instructions on how Disk Drill works, see my tutorial on recovering data from damaged hard drives in which I have dealt with the program in depth.

MiniTool Power Data Recovery (Windows/macOS)

Another data recovery software that is definitely worth considering is MiniTool Power Data Recovery, which is compatible with both Windows and macOS. It is available in two versions: a free one that allows you to recover up to 1GB of data and a paid one ($ 69, for personal use only) which, on the other hand, has no such limits.

The program is really very intuitive. On its home screen there are five options: Undelete recovery, to recover deleted files; Lost partition recovery, to recover lost partitions; Digital media recovery, to recover photos and videos from external drives; CD/DVD Recovery, to recover data from damaged diskettes e Damaged partition recovery, to recover data from damaged partitions.

After scanning the drive from which to recover data, to restore the files, all you have to do is put the check mark next to their icons, press the button Save and choose a folder to export them to.

To underline the availability of a bootable version of MiniTool Power Data Recovery that can be copied to a floppy disk or a USB key and used on those systems that no longer boot correctly.

DiskDigger (Android)

If you need to recover deleted files from an Android smartphone or tablet, you can rely on DiskDigger: it is a data recovery application that works directly from Android and allows you to restore both files deleted from the device's memory and from the microSD (in the case of devices that support memory expansion). It is available in two versions: a free one that allows you to recover only images in JPG and PNG format and videos in MP4 format and a paid one (€ 3,37) that also allows you to restore documents, applications, compressed archives and music tracks. In both cases, for the application to work properly, you need to root Android.

After downloading DiskDigger on your device, grant it root permissions by pressing the appropriate button that appears in the center of the screen and refuse the transition to the Pro version of the application (if you are using the free one). At this point, choose to scan the internal memory device or microSD, put the check mark next to the types of files you want to restore and press on OK, to start scanning the drive.

When the scan is complete, select the files to be recovered, press the button Recover which is located at the top and choose whether to export the items to a cloud storage service, whether to auto-send them via email or whether to store them on the smartphone / tablet memory (not recommended). If you need more info on how DiskDigger works, see my guide on how to recover deleted files from Android in which I told you in more detail about the app.

Articolo realizzato in collaboration with EaseUS.