It can happen to everyone to delete a file by mistake or remember not to have saved important data only after formatting the PC. Fortunately, however, there are applications that allow you to limit the damage and recover files that have not yet been overwritten on the hard drive. And do you know what the most beautiful thing is? They are free (at least in their basic version) and can be used on both Windows and Mac (as well as Linux).
If the topic interests you (and considering the fact that now you are here and you are reading these lines I would say yes), let's do one thing: take a few minutes of free time all for yourself and try to follow the instructions I am about to give you. Or rather, try downloading one of the programs for the data recovery from hard disk that you find indicated and explained below and immediately test its capabilities on your computer. You will see that you will not regret it!
How do you say? You are not very experienced in computer science and new technologies and are you afraid that using the tools I am about to suggest is out of your reach? Come on, don't be a coward! Apart from the fact that they are very easy to use but then I don't see what you worry about if I'm here with you, ready and willing to provide you with all the instructions you need. Come on then, let's not delay any longer and let's get to work immediately. Are you ready? Yes? Great! Let's begin. Enjoy the reading!
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard (Windows / MacOS)
If you are looking for an advanced, but at the same time easy to use, solution to recover deleted data from your hard drive, I can only recommend. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard: it is a program, compatible with both Windows that with MacOS, which allows you to restore any type of deleted file (photos, videos, music, documents, compressed archives, etc.) from hard disks and SSDs (both internal and external), but also from pen drives, memory cards, cameras, smartphones , tablets and other storage devices. It also supports formatted disks, damaged disks, deleted partitions and RAW partitions.
Its operation is extremely intuitive and its interface is fully translated into Italian. It is available in two versions: EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free, which is free and allows you to recover up to 500MB of data (which can be increased to 2GB, sharing the software online), and EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro which, on the other hand, has prices starting from 66,69 euros and has no limits for the export of data. The Pro version can be downloaded at no cost from the website of EaseUS but, if you do not purchase the license, it only allows you to find out which files can be recovered, it does not allow you to export them.
Detto questo, passiamo all'azione. Per scaricare EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Professional to Windows, linked to this web page and click on the button Free trial. If, on the other hand, you prefer to download EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free, you have come to this page of the EaseUS site and click on the button Scarica free.
When the download is complete, regardless of the version of EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard you have chosen to download, open the file .exe you 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, to start downloading all the components necessary for the software to function.
If you don't want to send anonymous statistiche d'use at EaseUS, click on the entry Personalizza l'installazione (bottom right) and uncheck the relevant box. At the end of the procedure, the automatic installation of the application will start automatically. Then click on the button Sign up now, to close the window and run the program.
Once you have started EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, you just have to click onicona dell’hard disk from which you intend to retrieve the data and press the button Scan, at the bottom right, to start scanning the drive.
At the end of the procedure, use the side navigation bar to "browse" the folders in which the program has found recoverable files, select the ones you want to restore (by checking the relevant boxes) and press the button Recover, at the bottom right, to choose the folder in cui salvali.
If you want to filter the scan results to identify specific types of files, click on the item Filterat the top and choose which file types to display: Graphs, Documents, Video, Audio, Email etc. through the menu that is proposed to you. If, on the other hand, you want to preview a file before recovering it, select it and click on theicona dell'occhio located at the top right.
If you use a Poppy, you can download EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard by visiting the pages that I linked to you previously, by clicking on the item relating to Mac version of the software and then pressing the button download for free present in the new page opened.
When the download is complete, open the package .dmg you obtained, drag the EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard icon to the folder Applications of the Mac and you will have installed the program on your computer: quick and easy!
DMDE is an excellent program that works both on Windows (the version on which I will focus in this paragraph) and on Linux (but only from the command line), it is free (but eventually it is also available in a paid variant that allows you to intervene on multiple file types) and requires no installation. It allows you to work on both internal and external disks and the results are guaranteed, at least in most cases.
To download it to your computer, connect to the program's website and press the button Download DMDE for Windows which is high up.
When the download is complete, extract the ZIP archive obtained in any Windows location, then start the .exe file inside it and click on Si.
Now select the Italian language through the window appeared on the desktop and click on OK. Then accept the conditions of use of the software by checking the appropriate box and clicking on the button To accept.
Now that you finally see the main window of DMDE, select the type and unit for which you are interested in going to act and click on the button OK. Now, click on the button Full scan which is down and up Scan.
At the end of the process, select the reference volume from the left, press the button Menu, select Open volume from the menu that appears and press on OK.
Then explore the various positions of the chosen unit. When you locate the files that you had accidentally deleted from your hard disk and that you want to recover, select them using the relevant box, press the item Means which is at the top, select Return… and click on OK. The recovered files will be saved in their original location.
By proceeding as I have just indicated you haven't been able to find the elements of your interest? If so, you can help you search by clicking on the menu Means, Selecting Search in found (to name) and setting specific filters as needed.
If the hard disk data recovery tool I mentioned in the previous lines did not convince you in a particular way and you are looking for a valid alternative, I can not help but advise you to try Recuva. It is a completely free and specific application for Windows operating systems that allows you to recover photos, documents, videos and many other types of files that have been accidentally deleted or lost following crashes, viruses and other problems that have occurred to the computer. Note that it was made by the same developers of the famous CCleaner (for more info, read my tutorial on how to download and use CCleaner).
To download Recuva on your PC, connect to the program's website and click on the link CCleaner.com collocato sotto the dicitura Recuva Free. If the download does not start automatically, press the button Start Download to force it.
When the download is complete, open the .exe file obtained and, in the window you see appear on the desktop, select Italian from the drop-down menu for choosing the language at the top right, uncheck the box located at the bottom relating to the installation of other non-essential programs (eg. Chrome) and first click on install and then Run Recuva, to complete the installation process and start Recuva.
Nella finestra che si apre, click on your button forward and put the check mark next to the entry for the type of file you want to recover. If, on the other hand, you want to view the complete list of all recoverable files on the hard disk, leave the check mark on All files. Then click forward to go to the next step.
At this point, select the item In a specific position from the screen that opens and set the unit C: (or the letter relative to the disk of which I will retrieve the file) in the field below, after clicking on the adjacent button Sfoglia ....
Now, click on forward and then starts, wait for the list of recoverable files to appear and put the check mark next to what you want to restore. The files that can be recovered without problems are those marked with a green light, the others are partially damaged (those with a yellow light) or almost irrecoverable (those with a red light). Finally click on Recover, select the destination folder and that's it.
If then before recovering specific files you want to see a preview (if available), press the button Passa a modalità Avanzata which is in the upper right part of the program window. The preview will be shown to you on the right after selecting the reference item from the list on the left. Also on the right, you can view more info about the selected file on the Info tab.
If among the recoverable files that are shown you are unable to view those of your interest, before starting the recovery procedure as seen above, check the box next to the item Enable in-depth scan to, in fact, perform an even more in-depth scan hard drive.
Wise Data Recovery (Windows)
Another great free hard drive recovery solution on Windows is Wise data recovery, which allows you to restore data not only from the local disk but also from memory cards, USB sticks, multimedia players and other drives. Put it to the test now and I'm sure you won't regret it.
To use it, connect to its official website and click on the button free Download which is located at the top, in order to start the download of the program on your PC.
When the download is complete, open the .exe file you just downloaded and click on Run and Yes. In the window that appears on the desktop, select the item I accept the terms of the license agreement and click on forward twice in a row, then on Install and end, but will conclude the setup.
Then click on Si and, in the Wise Data Recovery window displayed, select the local disk from the drop-down menu located at the top left and click on the button Scan next to it, so that the drive scan starts.
At the end of the procedure, put the check mark next to the files you want to recover and click on the button Recover located at the bottom right to choose the folder in which to copy them.
Also in this software, the files are distinguished by various indicators: the green dot indicates the data that can be restored without problems, the yellow one the recoverable but probably damaged files, while the red dot indicates the files that cannot be recovered (if not minimally).
If, before recovering a specific file, you want to preview it to make sure that it is the correct element of your interest, select it from the list in the center of the window. The preview will then be visible on the right.
Lazesoft Mac Data Recovery
I use a Poppy? No problem! Also for macOS there are free and extremely easy to use solutions for recovering data from hard disk. One of the most valid is Lazesoft Mac Data Recovery. It is quite effective and allows you not only to recover data from the internal hard drive of the Mac but also from external ones.
To use it, go to its website and click Free Download Now!, in order to download the application to your computer.
When the download is complete, open the .dmg package you just obtained and drag the icon Lazesoft Mac Data Recovery in the folder Applications macOS, via the Finder appeared on the screen, to install the software on the Mac. Then go to the folder Applications, right click on the program icon and select apri from the menu that appears, in order to start Lazesoft Mac Data Recovery, however, going around the limitations of Apple towards non-blessed developers.
Then type the password of your user account on macOS and click on the button OK. In the window that opens, select the option Undelete, click on the item relating to the external disk in relation to which you are interested in going to act, press the button Start Search and waits for the disk analysis procedure to start and complete.
To recover the deleted items found, expand the folder Lost File Results located in the left sidebar and select the type of file you want to restore. If a file you want to recover is not in the folder Lost File ResultsTry to fence it in. Lost or in its source folder, by selecting the respective paths from the program sidebar.
Finally, put the check mark next to the names of the files to restore and click on the button Save Files to choose the folder to copy the selected items to.
By going to the tab File type you can browse files directly based on their extension, while using the search bar located at the top you can quickly search for items to be recovered based on their name. If you want to retrieve the preview of specific files instead, just click on them.
Additional Useful Tools
Didn't the tools for data recovery from the hard disk that I mentioned in the previous lines convince you in a particular way and are you looking for further solutions suitable for the purpose? Using it, you haven't been able to recover your files yet and would you like me to propose alternative resources? Then try to take a look at my post on how to recover deleted files, maybe there is some tool that can help you.
Other solutions that may be useful for the purpose in question are then indicated in my tutorial on programs to recover deleted files and in my article focused on hard disk data recovery.
If, on the other hand, the hard disk on which you want to intervene is damaged and using the programs I have already recommended you have not managed to "get a spider out of the hole", try to follow the instructions I gave you in my guide focused on recovery data hard drive damaged. I am sure that you will be able to cope with it by doing this.
Are you using a Mac? In that case, you can get acquainted with other programs to take advantage of to recover deleted files from hard drive by reading my guide on how to recover deleted files on Mac.
Articolo realizzato in collaboration with EaseUS.