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Recovering from a hard fail

Posted on Jan 28, 2016 in Backups, Recovery

We’ve all been there. Something is supposed to be on your hard drive, in the cloud, on a usb stick, storage media, or whatever other container you though you would never have to worry about and before you know it, everything’s gone. And in retrospect you (or your client), have conceded that you really only need 1 file, not the entire contents that are missing.

It’s impossible to reacquire what’s lost via the standard interface which is what got you to this point to begin with. What you need to do right now, is work on recovering the disk as an image, and then cull the available data from, the headers.

If you think that’s confusing imagine learning an application like Oracle’s data recovery for block level media. While this might be the right way to do things in code, it is probably not the most convenient.

That’s why user-driven software applications are a must in this situation. Of the many out there, my personal favorite has always been GetDataBack. However, it is not designed for the non-sysadmin. But if you take the time to learn it, what it does, and how it can help you, it is undoubtedly the best free tool anywhere. Coming in a close second is Recuva, made by the same crew that supported an earlier version of recovery software called diskdoctor that no longer exists. However these guys have also made it very easy to navigate and find what’s missing.

There are many others out there listed on numerous sites, here’s a quick list of our ratings, which since we run no affiliate links you will see that we don’t give preference to trash applications.

Data Rescue EasyRecovery Stellar Phoenix Seagate Recovery R-Studio
data rescue ontrack stellar phoenix seagate R-Studio
Data Recovery Recover My Files GetDataBack Power Data Salvage Data
Data Recovery Recover My Files GetDataBack Power Data Salvage Data