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#1 copiman

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Posted 24 August 2013 - 04:28 PM

Not sure if I am in the right forum. Point me in the right direction if not. The OS is Vista Business.

 

I need to recover deleted files from the hard drive. Someone suggested Recuva, which is a free recovery tool, but my scan says its not safe. Then i found StellarPhoenixWindowsDataRecovery, which is free download until you actually tell it to recover the file, then you have to buy it. This is the first time I had to use this type of tool.

 

Can you give me input and recommendations as to recovery tools that actually work, both free and paid for? I prefer free since I may not ever need to do it again. If I have to pay, I have to pay.



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Posted 24 August 2013 - 05:22 PM

I have used Recuva in the past with no problems.


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Posted 24 August 2013 - 07:32 PM

Recuva is perfectly safe...I don't know what "scan" you refer to but I advise disregarding it.  I'm assuming that you downloaded from the Piriform Website,  nirsoft.com website, I don't vouch for anything occurring from any other site.  The free version, of course.

 

Other techniques you may be interested in:

 

Data Recovery , GParted, AA - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic474881.html

 

Data Recovery Using Puppy Linux, Brooks - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/489067/dual-boot-system-bluescreens-1-of-my-startup-choices/

 

Partition Find and Mount — free partition recovery software - http://findandmount.com

 

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 09:28 AM

Thanks everyone. I will give Recuva a shot. The scan was from Norton. Over time I have heard negative things in regards to Norton, so I think I will use Recuva anyways. You got to love this forum!!



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Posted 25 August 2013 - 10:05 AM

:thumbup2: , let us know how it goes.

 

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 11:03 PM

Generally speaking, the free data recovery tool has limited function, but I never try Recuva. Most data recovery tool are paid version, so it may be not easy to find a good one. I suggest you to purchase one, but it is up to you. :)



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Posted 26 August 2013 - 10:13 AM

Generally speaking, the free data recovery tool has limited function, but I never try Recuva. Most data recovery tool are paid version, so it may be not easy to find a good one. I suggest you to purchase one, but it is up to you. :)

 

That's a matter of opinion....your comments re free data-recovery tools.

 

The links I posted are all free tools and members have reported success using each of them to recover data from hard drives, in varying situations.

 

I have a paid data-recovery program (purchased more than 5 years ago) which worked well for me...but since I purchased it, I have also used Recuva's free version with success.

 

I would not dismiss any tool automatically because it requires no outlay of cash...any more than I believe that I need to pay for an AV program, when there are various free AVs that do the job quite well.

 

Paying...doesn't make the tool better...just reflects a different developer philosophy, IMO.

 

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Posted 26 August 2013 - 09:13 PM

 

That's a matter of opinion....your comments re free data-recovery tools.

 

The links I posted are all free tools and members have reported success using each of them to recover data from hard drives, in varying situations.

 

I have a paid data-recovery program (purchased more than 5 years ago) which worked well for me...but since I purchased it, I have also used Recuva's free version with success.

 

I would not dismiss any tool automatically because it requires no outlay of cash...any more than I believe that I need to pay for an AV program, when there are various free AVs that do the job quite well.

 

Paying...doesn't make the tool better...just reflects a different developer philosophy, IMO.

 

Louis

 

Really? I have never tried free data recovery program, because most of program I saw are paid versions, but we can try with trial version. I will have a look at Recuva.

 

Thanks Louis.






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