A little problem on a server of the community I manage caused a so much little data loss (luckily!), but it also caused bad problems for me and for a collegue of mine, recovering the lost data that was recoverable. Data recovery is one of the problems of our computer age.
Even if in my personal story I didn’t get help from them, this event made me remember how much softwares for desktop PC data recovery are important. I already appreciated features in Ontrack EasyRecovery and Active Undelete, but they’re commercial softwares (the first one is expansive, less the 2nd); there are also several, very similar, free softwares for executing the same “magical” operations: recovering lost or deleted files:
- PC Inspector File Recovery is a german software, it’s multilanguage and well-done, even if it’s not so intuitive to use;
- Drive Rescue comes from Italy, and it seems to share the PC Inspector engine. The application is, anyway, more light and functional;
- Disk Investigator is a tiny app, hard to manage, that reads the disk in a deeper and physical mode, and it allows a low-level access to the data. It can be used in “extreme” cases and it can be intended for experts;
- Ultimate Boot CD is a suite of selected softwares, grouped in a single ISO file and burnable into a CD: it can be used to boot a PC that endured a data loss. It has a lot of applications for data and settings recovery, useful if you’re in trouble for a data disaster.
- TestDisk is good to recover entire partitions, deleted by an error. It can recover and make them bootable again.