Recover deleted data: software that recovers photos, music, and videos

With the right software, you can recover deleted photos, music, videos, and documents. These special programs search USB flash drives, memory cards, and hard drives to recover data and restore files as best as possible. We’ll show you the best software programs for recovering lost data.

Free software

Undelete 360 – filters and batch processing

The free Undelete 360 program recovers and restores files from hard drives, USB flash drives, floppy disks, and memory cards. Filter and preview functions help sorting the search results. A function for batch processing organizes large numbers of recovery tasks. Unfortunately, in our tests Undelete 360 couldn’t recover any of our files.

These file formats can be restored with Undelete 360: DOC, XLS, RTF, PDF, PPT, MDB, HTML, CSV, TXT, PAS, CPP, EML, AVI, MP3, WAV, WMA, MPG, MOV, ASF, JPEG, JPG, PNG, BMP, GIF, TIF, TGA, EML, RAW.

Undelete 360 can handle files deleted from these data storage types: Hard drives, SD memory cards from digital cameras, USB drives.

Undelete 360 supports these file systems: NTFS, NTFS5, FAT12, FAT16, FAT 32.

Recuva – the all-rounder

Recuva is the star among the free programs for recovering your data. This freeware recovers accidentally deleted files as well as files from formatted disks, deleted emails, and unsaved Word documents. In addition, Recuva can also work in reverse to delete data that the user wants to completely remove. The recovery software is easy to use and the results are good. Recuva Portable also supports USB flash drives.

These file formats can be restored with Recuva: JPG, PNG, RAW, GIF, JPEG, BMP, MP3, WMA, OGG, WAV, AAC, M4A, DOC, XLS, PPT, ODT, ODS, PDF, DOCX, XLSX, PPTX, AVI, MOV, MPG, MP4, FLV, WMV, ZIP, 7Z, RAR, BZIP2, GZIP, TAR, WIM, XZ, UDF and more. In addition, it can recover deleted emails from Thunderbird, Outlook Express and Windows Live Mail.

Recuva recoveres deleted files from the following data storage types: Hard drives, USB sticks, SD memory cards.

Recuva supports these file systems: NTFS, FAT, exFAT.

Paid tools

7-Data Recovery Suite – this freeware supports many file formats

With the free and complete 7-Data Recovery Suite, you can recover files the user deleted including photos, videos, music files, and office documents, from a PC. The software works fast and is easy to use. In our test, the free version of 7-Data Recovery Suite found and restored all of our deleted files. The free version only lets the user find the files. To actually restore the files from their digital grave, you have to buy the full version.

These file formats can be restored with the free version of 7-Data Recovery Suite: MAX, ANI, AI, BMP, CDR, CLK, CMX, CRW, CUR, DWG, DXG, DXF, EPS, FH11, GIF, ICO, JPG, JPEG, PNG, PSD, PSP, QPW, SHW, TIF, DOC, HLP, HTM, HTML, MOF, MPP, ONE, PDF, PPT, PUB, RTF, TTF, VSD, WPD, WPG, XLS, 3DS, CAB, CHM, CSL, GZ, LZH, RAR, TAR, ZIP, 3GP, ASF, AU, AVI, MID, MOV, MP3, MP4, SWF, WAV, WMF, DBX, PST, ADP, MDB.

The free version of 7-Data Recovery Suite supports these data storage types: DE HDD, SATA HDD, SCSI HDD, FireWire HDD, SSD, USB HDD, External HDD, Hardware RAID, Floppy drives, USB flash drives, Compact flash cards, Secure Digital cards, Memory cards/Memory sticks, Micro cards, Zip drives, iPods.

The free version of 7-Data Recovery Suite supports these file systems: exFAT, NTFS5, NTFS, FAT32, FAT16, FAT12.

RS FAT Recovery – includes a sophisticated search feature

For a large number of deleted files, RS FAT Recovery provides a sophisticated search function and a practical preview of your disk image. As your files are found, the software creates a restore list and immediately begins restoring the files. In the test, the software was able to correctly restore almost all of the files. However some image files were corrupted. The demo version has all the features of the full version, but doesn’t restore the deleted data. For the restore feature, the user has to sign up for the paid version.

These file formats can be restored with RS FAT Recovery: No information from the manufacturer.

RS FAT Recovery restores deleted files from these data storage types: No information from the manufacturer.

RS FAT Recovery supports these file systems: FAT, FAT 32.

Formatted SD Card Recovery Pro – for almost all SD cards and cameras

Formatted SD Card Recovery Pro lets you restore deleted files from a SD card, mobile phone or hard drive. The software supports all popular file types and countless SD card and camera brands such as Nikon, Canon, and Kodak. Other file types such as office documents or system files can’t be restored using Formatted SD Card Recovery Pro. It also couldn’t handle large amounts of data. The free trial version displays deleted files that have been recovered. To recover the files, you have to buy the full version of Formatted SD Card Recovery Pro.

These file formats can be restored using Formatted SD Card Recovery Pro: PNG, TIFF, INDD, JP2, PSD, Paint Shop Pro Image File (PSP), Mamiya (MOS), Picture File (PCT), DV, M4V, 3G2, M4B, AVCHD Video File (MTS), Divx Encoded Movie File (DIVX), Matroska Video File (MKV), MOI Video File, OGG Media Player (OGM), Video Object File (VOB), 3G2, ASX, M4P, RPS, AIFF, MIDI, M4A, AU, OGG, WMA, RM, Real Audio (RA), SR2, ARW, SRF, NEF, NRW, CR2, CRW, ORF, MRW, K25, KDC, DCR, RAF, PEF, X3f, ERF, RAW, MEF, MOS.

Formatted SD Card Recovery Pro can recover files from these data storage types: SD cards, SDHC cards, microSD cards, MMC cards, xD cards, miniSD cards and CF cards, hard drives, mobile phones, MP3 players.

These file systems are supported by Formatted SD Card Recovery Pro: FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, ext2, ext3, ext4, exFAT, BeFS, BSD disklabel, CramFS, HFS, HFS+, HFSX, JFS, btrfs, LUKS, RAID, LVM, LVM2, Linux Swap, Mac partition map, NSS, ReiserFS, Sun Solaris i386 diskabel, UFS, UFS2, XFS, SGI.

All recovery tools were tested by the Softonic Editorial team. The information on file formats, file systems, and storage media was taken from the manufacturer web sites.

Original article published on Softonic DE.

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