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Data recovery software

Losing data from a computer can be very frustrating. And there are lots of ways it can happen. Program crashes can corrupt files. Computer viruses can erase files. And then there’s human error: it’s easy to accidentally delete information. Data recovery software helps in these situations, by recovering lost or damaged information.

Data recovery software comparison chart for 2017

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Iolo Search & Recover
O&O DiskRecovery 11
Handy Recovery Data
Disk Doctors Windows Data Recovery
Quick Data Recovery Pro
Excellent
Five stars means excellent
Very good
Four stars means very good
Good
Three stars means good
Average
Two stars means average /
Poor
One star means poor
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Ratings
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Overall
systweak advanced disk recovery has a rating of five  overall recover my files data recovery has a rating of five  overall paretologic data recovery pro has a rating of four  overall digital rescue premium has a rating of four  overall iolo search & recover has a rating of four  overall o&o diskrecovery 11 has a rating of three  overall handy recovery data has a rating of four  overall disk doctors windows data recovery has a rating of four  overall quick data recovery pro has a rating of three  overall
Setup
systweak advanced disk recovery has a rating of five for setup recover my files data recovery has a rating of five for setup paretologic data recovery pro has a rating of four for setup digital rescue premium has a rating of four for setup iolo search & recover has a rating of four for setup o&o diskrecovery 11 has a rating of three for setup handy recovery data has a rating of four for setup disk doctors windows data recovery has a rating of four for setup quick data recovery pro has a rating of three for setup
Data recovery
systweak advanced disk recovery has a rating of five for data recovery recover my files data recovery has a rating of five for data recovery paretologic data recovery pro has a rating of five for data recovery digital rescue premium has a rating of five for data recovery iolo search & recover has a rating of four for data recovery o&o diskrecovery 11 has a rating of three for data recovery handy recovery data has a rating of four for data recovery disk doctors windows data recovery has a rating of three for data recovery quick data recovery pro has a rating of three for data recovery
Effectiveness
systweak advanced disk recovery has a rating of five for effectiveness recover my files data recovery has a rating of five for effectiveness paretologic data recovery pro has a rating of four for effectiveness digital rescue premium has a rating of five for effectiveness iolo search & recover has a rating of three for effectiveness o&o diskrecovery 11 has a rating of three for effectiveness handy recovery data has a rating of four for effectiveness disk doctors windows data recovery has a rating of four for effectiveness quick data recovery pro has a rating of three for effectiveness
Features
systweak advanced disk recovery has a rating of five for features recover my files data recovery has a rating of five for features paretologic data recovery pro has a rating of four for features digital rescue premium has a rating of four for features iolo search & recover has a rating of four for features o&o diskrecovery 11 has a rating of three for features handy recovery data has a rating of three for features disk doctors windows data recovery has a rating of three for features quick data recovery pro has a rating of three for features
Ease of use
systweak advanced disk recovery has a rating of five for ease of use recover my files data recovery has a rating of five for ease of use paretologic data recovery pro has a rating of four for ease of use digital rescue premium has a rating of four for ease of use iolo search & recover has a rating of four for ease of use o&o diskrecovery 11 has a rating of three for ease of use handy recovery data has a rating of three for ease of use disk doctors windows data recovery has a rating of four for ease of use quick data recovery pro has a rating of three for ease of use
Help & support
systweak advanced disk recovery has a rating of five for help & support recover my files data recovery has a rating of four for help & support paretologic data recovery pro has a rating of four for help & support digital rescue premium has a rating of four for help & support iolo search & recover has a rating of three for help & support o&o diskrecovery 11 has a rating of three for help & support handy recovery data has a rating of four for help & support disk doctors windows data recovery has a rating of three for help & support quick data recovery pro has a rating of three for help & support
Data recovery
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File recovery
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Damaged files
systweak advanced disk recovery recovers damaged files recover my files data recovery recovers damaged files paretologic data recovery pro recovers damaged files digital rescue premium recovers damaged files iolo search & recover recovers damaged files o&o diskrecovery 11 recovers damaged files handy recovery data recovers damaged files disk doctors windows data recovery recovers damaged files quick data recovery pro recovers damaged files
Encrypted files
systweak advanced disk recovery recovers encrypted files recover my files data recovery recovers encrypted files paretologic data recovery pro recovers encrypted files digital rescue premium recovers encrypted files iolo search & recover does not recover encrypted files o&o diskrecovery 11 recovers encrypted files handy recovery data recovers encrypted files disk doctors windows data recovery recovers encrypted files quick data recovery pro recovers encrypted files
Compressed files
systweak advanced disk recovery recovers compressed files recover my files data recovery recovers compressed files paretologic data recovery pro recovers compressed files digital rescue premium recovers compressed files iolo search & recover does not recover compressed files o&o diskrecovery 11 recovers compressed files handy recovery data recovers compressed files disk doctors windows data recovery recovers compressed files quick data recovery pro recovers compressed files
Drive recovery
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Drives
systweak advanced disk recovery  drives recover my files data recovery  drives paretologic data recovery pro  drives digital rescue premium  drives iolo search & recover  drives o&o diskrecovery 11  drives handy recovery data  drives disk doctors windows data recovery  drives quick data recovery pro  drives
Recovers data from
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Recycle bin
systweak advanced disk recovery recovers data from recycle bin recover my files data recovery recovers data from recycle bin paretologic data recovery pro recovers data from recycle bin digital rescue premium recovers data from recycle bin iolo search & recover recovers data from recycle bin o&o diskrecovery 11 recovers data from recycle bin handy recovery data recovers data from recycle bin disk doctors windows data recovery recovers data from recycle bin quick data recovery pro recovers data from recycle bin
Power failures
systweak advanced disk recovery recovers data from power failures recover my files data recovery recovers data from power failures paretologic data recovery pro recovers data from power failures digital rescue premium recovers data from power failures iolo search & recover recovers data from power failures o&o diskrecovery 11 recovers data from power failures handy recovery data recovers data from power failures disk doctors windows data recovery recovers data from power failures quick data recovery pro recovers data from power failures
Formatting
systweak advanced disk recovery recovers data from formatting recover my files data recovery recovers data from formatting paretologic data recovery pro recovers data from formatting digital rescue premium recovers data from formatting iolo search & recover recovers data from formatting o&o diskrecovery 11 recovers data from formatting handy recovery data recovers data from formatting disk doctors windows data recovery recovers data from formatting quick data recovery pro recovers data from formatting
Bad sector disk areas
systweak advanced disk recovery recovers data from bad sector disk areas recover my files data recovery recovers data from bad sector disk areas paretologic data recovery pro recovers data from bad sector disk areas digital rescue premium recovers data from bad sector disk areas iolo search & recover recovers data from bad sector disk areas o&o diskrecovery 11 recovers data from bad sector disk areas handy recovery data recovers data from bad sector disk areas disk doctors windows data recovery recovers data from bad sector disk areas quick data recovery pro recovers data from bad sector disk areas
Unbootable hard drives
systweak advanced disk recovery recovers data from unbootable hard drives recover my files data recovery recovers data from unbootable hard drives paretologic data recovery pro recovers data from unbootable hard drives digital rescue premium recovers data from unbootable hard drives iolo search & recover recovers data from unbootable hard drives o&o diskrecovery 11 does not recover data from unbootable hard drives handy recovery data recovers data from unbootable hard drives disk doctors windows data recovery recovers data from unbootable hard drives quick data recovery pro recovers data from unbootable hard drives
Partition problems
systweak advanced disk recovery recovers data from partition problems recover my files data recovery recovers data from partition problems paretologic data recovery pro recovers data from partition problems digital rescue premium does not recover data from partition problems iolo search & recover recovers data from partition problems o&o diskrecovery 11 does not recover data from partition problems handy recovery data recovers data from partition problems disk doctors windows data recovery recovers data from partition problems quick data recovery pro recovers data from partition problems
Malware / virus attacks
systweak advanced disk recovery recovers data from malware / virus attacks recover my files data recovery recovers data from malware / virus attacks paretologic data recovery pro recovers data from malware / virus attacks digital rescue premium recovers data from malware / virus attacks iolo search & recover recovers data from malware / virus attacks o&o diskrecovery 11 recovers data from malware / virus attacks handy recovery data recovers data from malware / virus attacks disk doctors windows data recovery recovers data from malware / virus attacks quick data recovery pro recovers data from malware / virus attacks
Software failure
systweak advanced disk recovery recovers data from software failure recover my files data recovery recovers data from software failure paretologic data recovery pro recovers data from software failure digital rescue premium recovers data from software failure iolo search & recover recovers data from software failure o&o diskrecovery 11 recovers data from software failure handy recovery data recovers data from software failure disk doctors windows data recovery recovers data from software failure quick data recovery pro recovers data from software failure
Scans
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Quick scans
systweak advanced disk recovery provides quick scans recover my files data recovery provides quick scans paretologic data recovery pro provides quick scans digital rescue premium provides quick scans iolo search & recover provides quick scans o&o diskrecovery 11 provides quick scans handy recovery data provides quick scans disk doctors windows data recovery provides quick scans quick data recovery pro provides quick scans
Deep / full scans
systweak advanced disk recovery provides deep / full scans recover my files data recovery provides deep / full scans paretologic data recovery pro provides deep / full scans digital rescue premium provides deep / full scans iolo search & recover provides deep / full scans o&o diskrecovery 11 provides deep / full scans handy recovery data provides deep / full scans disk doctors windows data recovery provides deep / full scans quick data recovery pro provides deep / full scans
Automatic scans
systweak advanced disk recovery does not provide automatic scans recover my files data recovery provides automatic scans paretologic data recovery pro does not provide automatic scans digital rescue premium provides automatic scans iolo search & recover does not provide automatic scans o&o diskrecovery 11 does not provide automatic scans handy recovery data does not provide automatic scans disk doctors windows data recovery does not provide automatic scans quick data recovery pro does not provide automatic scans
Devices
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Hard drives
systweak advanced disk recovery recovers from hard drives recover my files data recovery recovers from hard drives paretologic data recovery pro recovers from hard drives digital rescue premium recovers from hard drives iolo search & recover recovers from hard drives o&o diskrecovery 11 recovers from hard drives handy recovery data recovers from hard drives disk doctors windows data recovery recovers from hard drives quick data recovery pro recovers from hard drives
CD/DVD
systweak advanced disk recovery recovers from cd/dvd recover my files data recovery recovers from cd/dvd paretologic data recovery pro recovers from cd/dvd digital rescue premium recovers from cd/dvd iolo search & recover recovers from cd/dvd o&o diskrecovery 11 recovers from cd/dvd handy recovery data recovers from cd/dvd disk doctors windows data recovery recovers from cd/dvd quick data recovery pro recovers from cd/dvd
Partitions
systweak advanced disk recovery recovers from partitions recover my files data recovery recovers from partitions paretologic data recovery pro recovers from partitions digital rescue premium recovers from partitions iolo search & recover recovers from partitions o&o diskrecovery 11 recovers from partitions handy recovery data recovers from partitions disk doctors windows data recovery recovers from partitions quick data recovery pro recovers from partitions
Floppy disks
systweak advanced disk recovery recovers from floppy disks recover my files data recovery recovers from floppy disks paretologic data recovery pro recovers from floppy disks digital rescue premium recovers from floppy disks iolo search & recover recovers from floppy disks o&o diskrecovery 11 recovers from floppy disks handy recovery data recovers from floppy disks disk doctors windows data recovery recovers from floppy disks quick data recovery pro recovers from floppy disks
Removable devices
systweak advanced disk recovery recovers from removable devices recover my files data recovery recovers from removable devices paretologic data recovery pro recovers from removable devices digital rescue premium recovers from removable devices iolo search & recover recovers from removable devices o&o diskrecovery 11 recovers from removable devices handy recovery data recovers from removable devices disk doctors windows data recovery recovers from removable devices quick data recovery pro recovers from removable devices
Supported drives
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IDE
systweak advanced disk recovery supports drives for ide recover my files data recovery supports drives for ide paretologic data recovery pro supports drives for ide digital rescue premium supports drives for ide iolo search & recover supports drives for ide o&o diskrecovery 11 supports drives for ide handy recovery data supports drives for ide disk doctors windows data recovery supports drives for ide quick data recovery pro supports drives for ide
SCSI
systweak advanced disk recovery supports drives for scsi recover my files data recovery supports drives for scsi paretologic data recovery pro supports drives for scsi digital rescue premium supports drives for scsi iolo search & recover supports drives for scsi o&o diskrecovery 11 supports drives for scsi handy recovery data supports drives for scsi disk doctors windows data recovery supports drives for scsi quick data recovery pro supports drives for scsi
ATA
systweak advanced disk recovery supports drives for ata recover my files data recovery supports drives for ata paretologic data recovery pro supports drives for ata digital rescue premium supports drives for ata iolo search & recover supports drives for ata o&o diskrecovery 11 supports drives for ata handy recovery data does not support drives for ata disk doctors windows data recovery supports drives for ata quick data recovery pro supports drives for ata
RAID
systweak advanced disk recovery does not support drives for raid recover my files data recovery supports drives for raid paretologic data recovery pro supports drives for raid digital rescue premium supports drives for raid iolo search & recover supports drives for raid o&o diskrecovery 11 supports drives for raid handy recovery data does not support drives for raid disk doctors windows data recovery supports drives for raid quick data recovery pro supports drives for raid
File systems
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FAT32
systweak advanced disk recovery supports fat32 recover my files data recovery supports fat32 paretologic data recovery pro supports fat32 digital rescue premium supports fat32 iolo search & recover supports fat32 o&o diskrecovery 11 supports fat32 handy recovery data supports fat32 disk doctors windows data recovery supports fat32 quick data recovery pro supports fat32
FAT16
systweak advanced disk recovery supports fat16 recover my files data recovery supports fat16 paretologic data recovery pro supports fat16 digital rescue premium supports fat16 iolo search & recover supports fat16 o&o diskrecovery 11 supports fat16 handy recovery data supports fat16 disk doctors windows data recovery supports fat16 quick data recovery pro supports fat16
FAT12
systweak advanced disk recovery supports fat12 recover my files data recovery supports fat12 paretologic data recovery pro supports fat12 digital rescue premium supports fat12 iolo search & recover supports fat12 o&o diskrecovery 11 supports fat12 handy recovery data supports fat12 disk doctors windows data recovery does not support fat12 quick data recovery pro does not support fat12
NTFS
systweak advanced disk recovery supports ntfs recover my files data recovery supports ntfs paretologic data recovery pro supports ntfs digital rescue premium supports ntfs iolo search & recover supports ntfs o&o diskrecovery 11 supports ntfs handy recovery data supports ntfs disk doctors windows data recovery supports ntfs quick data recovery pro supports ntfs
Help & support
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Telephone support
systweak advanced disk recovery offers telephone support recover my files data recovery does not offer telephone support paretologic data recovery pro does not offer telephone support digital rescue premium does not offer telephone support iolo search & recover does not offer telephone support o&o diskrecovery 11 does not offer telephone support handy recovery data offers telephone support disk doctors windows data recovery offers telephone support quick data recovery pro offers telephone support
Email support
systweak advanced disk recovery offers email support recover my files data recovery offers email support paretologic data recovery pro offers email support digital rescue premium offers email support iolo search & recover offers email support o&o diskrecovery 11 does not offer email support handy recovery data offers email support disk doctors windows data recovery offers email support quick data recovery pro offers email support
Live chat
systweak advanced disk recovery offers live chat recover my files data recovery offers live chat paretologic data recovery pro offers live chat digital rescue premium does not offer live chat iolo search & recover does not offer live chat o&o diskrecovery 11 does not offer live chat handy recovery data does not offer live chat disk doctors windows data recovery offers live chat quick data recovery pro offers live chat
Manual
systweak advanced disk recovery offers manual recover my files data recovery offers manual paretologic data recovery pro offers manual digital rescue premium offers manual iolo search & recover does not offer manual o&o diskrecovery 11 does not offer manual handy recovery data offers manual disk doctors windows data recovery offers manual quick data recovery pro offers manual
Tutorials
systweak advanced disk recovery offers tutorials recover my files data recovery does not offer tutorials paretologic data recovery pro offers tutorials digital rescue premium offers tutorials iolo search & recover offers tutorials o&o diskrecovery 11 offers tutorials handy recovery data does not offer tutorials disk doctors windows data recovery offers tutorials quick data recovery pro offers tutorials
FAQs
systweak advanced disk recovery offers faqs recover my files data recovery offers faqs paretologic data recovery pro offers faqs digital rescue premium offers faqs iolo search & recover offers faqs o&o diskrecovery 11 offers faqs handy recovery data does not offer faqs disk doctors windows data recovery offers faqs quick data recovery pro does not offer faqs
Operating systems
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Windows 10
systweak advanced disk recovery  windows 10 recover my files data recovery  windows 10 paretologic data recovery pro  windows 10 digital rescue premium  windows 10 iolo search & recover  windows 10 o&o diskrecovery 11  windows 10 handy recovery data  windows 10 disk doctors windows data recovery  windows 10 quick data recovery pro  windows 10
Windows 8
systweak advanced disk recovery  windows 8 recover my files data recovery  windows 8 paretologic data recovery pro  windows 8 digital rescue premium  windows 8 iolo search & recover  windows 8 o&o diskrecovery 11  windows 8 handy recovery data  windows 8 disk doctors windows data recovery  windows 8 quick data recovery pro  windows 8
Windows 7
systweak advanced disk recovery is compatible with windows 7 recover my files data recovery is compatible with windows 7 paretologic data recovery pro is not compatible with windows 7 digital rescue premium is compatible with windows 7 iolo search & recover is compatible with windows 7 o&o diskrecovery 11 is compatible with windows 7 handy recovery data is compatible with windows 7 disk doctors windows data recovery is compatible with windows 7 quick data recovery pro is compatible with windows 7
Windows Vista
systweak advanced disk recovery is compatible with windows vista recover my files data recovery is compatible with windows vista paretologic data recovery pro is compatible with windows vista digital rescue premium is compatible with windows vista iolo search & recover is compatible with windows vista o&o diskrecovery 11 is compatible with windows vista handy recovery data is compatible with windows vista disk doctors windows data recovery is compatible with windows vista quick data recovery pro is compatible with windows vista
Windows XP
systweak advanced disk recovery is compatible with windows xp recover my files data recovery is compatible with windows xp paretologic data recovery pro is compatible with windows xp digital rescue premium is compatible with windows xp iolo search & recover is compatible with windows xp o&o diskrecovery 11 is compatible with windows xp handy recovery data is compatible with windows xp disk doctors windows data recovery is compatible with windows xp quick data recovery pro is compatible with windows xp

Data recovery software explained

Data recovery software can help in all kinds of difficult situations. For instance, if you need to:

  • Recover lost images or family videos
  • Reconstruct important pieces of work
  • Salvage your financial spreadsheets
  • Undelete an email message you wanted to save

It works by sifting through data on your computer and reassembling it, looking for the imprints of deleted information, and tracing how files were corrupted in order to reconstruct them.

If you regularly back up your files, you shouldn’t need data recovery software very often. It’s really intended as a last resort. But when you do call on it, you’ll appreciate its capabilities!

Getting started with data recovery software

Different data recovery software may use different techniques to rescue data – making it more effective in certain situations. It’s therefore important you choose data recovery software that can operate in the kind of situations you may need it.

Similarly, you can lose different kinds of data. Not all packages will be able to recover compressed or encrypted files, emails, or data saved to a network drive. Think about the data you work with, and where it’s kept. Then choose recovery software that can handle the scenarios you’re most likely to face.

Basic software may simply offer ‘undelete’ functions, to recover files which have been accidentally erased. However, this won’t help if your file is still there, but has been damaged or corrupted. Look for more advanced features if possible.

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Systweak Advanced Disk Recovery
Recover My Files Data Recovery
ParetoLogic Data Recovery Pro
Digital Rescue Premium
Iolo Search & Recover
O&O DiskRecovery 11
Handy Recovery Data
Disk Doctors Windows Data Recovery
Quick Data Recovery Pro