What are the best resources to recover data from unreadable drive?

asked by shikhar jat
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    #1iData Recovery Wizard

    iData Recovery Wizard

    iData Recovery Wizard is a data recovery software which will retrieve unlimited lost and deleted types of files from your USB drive, hard drive, memory card, mobile phone and more. 

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free- $89.99

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    #2Green Hard Drive Data Recovery Pro

    Green Hard Drive Data Recovery Pro

    Green Hard Drive Data Recovery Pro is a software offered by Data Recovery. It is a tool for retrieving deleted, formatted, and corrupted files. It works on most files and can work on both internal and external drives.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $69- Free trial available

    bowen david
    Written on November 14, 2018
    "Hard Drive Recovery helps undelete files and recover disks and data in many situations that involve damaged disks or corrupted media. It features recover your files and data from inaccessible and damaged disks and corrupted file systems, undelete accidentally deleted files and documents, locate and recover lost partitions automatically, recover deleted partitions even if the hard drive has been repartitioned, MBR Recovery to recover boot sector, restore disks after the system crash, unformat NTFS and FAT drives, and recover digital pictures from hard disks, digital cameras or memory cards."
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    #3iLike Any Data Recovery Pro

    iLike Any Data Recovery Pro

     iLike Any Data Recovery Pro is an easy-to-use recovery tool which will retrieve files that have been accidentally deleted or lost from your desktop computer, laptop or other storage media. No configurations are necessary to use this. 

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $99.99- Free trial available

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    #4Free Any Data Recovery

    Free Any Data Recovery

    Free Any Data Recovery is a 100% free software which can retrieve deleted or lost files from your hard drive that has three modes. It can also perform a deep scan recovery with high data recovery rate. 

    Software

    Windows

    Free

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    #57thShare Data Recovery

    7thShare Data Recovery
    7thShare Data Recovery is a retrieval tool offered by 7thShare. It is used to recover all kinds of files, including images, videos, documents, and even email files. Also works in retrieving tools from external storage devices.
    Software

    Windows

    $89- Free trial available

    bradley hogann
    Written on July 16, 2019
    "Get back your lost files, emails, and any other data from laptop, PC, SSD, flash drive, memory card, and other external storage with help of 7thShare Data Recovery Software. Besides, this software enables you to recover any files on your local hard drive for free."
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    #6Enigma Recovery

    Enigma Recovery

    Enigma Recovery is an easy-to-use data recovery software and app for smart devices. It will allow you to recover lost data such as iMessages, contacts, call history, calendar events, and more.

    Software

    iOS, Windows, Mac

    Free

    Esperanza Varela
    Written on January 16, 2018
    "Very handy little tool when you realized you just lost your music or you photos. It will help you restore these items very easily from your iPhone, ipad etc.."
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    #7EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard

    EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard

    EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is a professional data recovery software used to backup solutions, partition manager & other PC utilities. It has a partition tool that allows you to erase, format and create a partition for your hard drive or storage data system.

    Software

    Mac, Android, Windows

    Free- Varies by plan

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    #8Recuva

    Recuva
    Recuva is a data recovery software for Windows that can recover lost data on hard drives, DVD or CDs, memory cards, and external drives.
    Software

    Windows

    Free- Varies by plan

    Ann Gu
    Written on November 2, 2017
    "Recuva being a free and open source program has an exceptional ability for data recovery. "
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    #9Cisdem Data Recovery

    Cisdem Data Recovery

    Safely recover photos, documents, videos, music and archives. Truly recover data from Mac hard drive & external drive, memory card, MP3 player, etc.

    Software

    Mac

    Varies by plan

    Jonathan Pearson
    Written on January 12, 2018
    "Cisdem Data Recovery is great if you need to get back some stuff you accidentally erased. I've used it when I deleted a file I needed on my Mac and it found it for me! It also works on external drive, memory card and other stuff. "
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    #10[TUTORIAL] Repairing Corrupted Files using CMD

    [TUTORIAL] Repairing Corrupted Files using CMD

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    Repairing Corrupted Files using CMD is a video by C For Click that teaches you how to use CMD to restore or fix any a storage device along with any other files that may have been lost or deleted within it.

    Videos
    Lauren Sanders
    Written on November 11, 2017
    "This is a great resource for both professionals who are used to using command line and beginners who have likely never seen a terminal. Easy to use and understand."
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    #11Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery

    Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery

    Data recovery software to restore documents, photos, music or videos lost due to deletion from any HFS, HFS+, FAT, ExFAT and NTFS format based file system. Recover data and pics from your phone and more.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free- Varies by plan

    Namrata Sengupta
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "The software is capable of getting back data from formatted drives. It has 3 steps recovery process - scan, preview and recover. The professional edition is priced at $99."
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    #12Data Rescue 4

    Data Rescue 4
    Data Rescue recovers your files for you. The data recovery process is made easy and reliable with our one-click scan.
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $99- Free trial available

    Gregory May
    Written on November 9, 2017
    "Data Rescue has been an invaluable tool for me. The hard drive I was using to store all my personal files recently broke and I was unable to access my files anymore. I used Data Rescue 4 and it was able to recover all my files without difficulty. The seamless software design was a great plus and it was very easy to use"
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    #13TestDisk

    TestDisk

    TestDisk is an open-source software which can run under almost any operating system and allows users to recover lost data and restore deleted files. The software can also recover files from hard disks and digital cameras.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Albert Chavez
    Written on November 9, 2017
    "TestDisk is a professional software to help you recover data whether deleted, corrupted, lost or even locked partition. The most amazing thing about is that its free."
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    #14Wondershare Data Recovery

    Wondershare Data Recovery

    Wondershare Data Recovery is a data recovery for iPhone, Android data recovery, Mac, Pc and photo recovery utilities.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free- Varies by plan

    Ernesto Salinas
    Written on November 12, 2017
    "This program helps you recover data you may have lost by accident. This is very useful and something everyone should keep on hand. the one thing that's great about this is that it works for phones as well. That's just amazing."
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    #15DoYourData Recovery

    DoYourData Recovery

    DoYourData Recovery provides safe & effective data recovery and data erasure solution for Windows, Mac, iPhone users.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Patrick Ramirez
    Written on November 6, 2017
    "It's not bad, but there are free alternatives, unless you have no idea what you're doing. I find a lot of these commercial "solutions" to be overly bloated for something that does not have much overhead behind the scenes, so while this seems to work on a basic level, I feel like it's a bit showy for a simple thing: find my broken files. "
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    #16DiskWarrior

    DiskWarrior

    DiskWarrior is a disk utility software for Mac that allows you to recover and repair data and files. If you deleted something by mistake, of somehow the file got damaged, this tool will help you restore it.

    Software

    Mac

    $119.95

    Betty Hou
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "I tried DiskWarrior when I lost a lot of data on my Mac recently. A damaged drive became inaccessible and I was sure I lost everything. This program helped fix the damage and got me all the files back!"

Summary

Best What are the best resources to recover data from unreadable drive
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1iData Recovery WizardSoftware 24 Free
2Green Hard Drive Data Recovery ProSoftware 24 Paid
3iLike Any Data Recovery ProSoftware 23 Paid
4Free Any Data RecoverySoftware 12 Free
57thShare Data RecoverySoftware 11 Paid
6Enigma RecoverySoftware 5 Free
7EaseUS Data Recovery WizardSoftware 4 Free
8RecuvaSoftware 3 Free
9Cisdem Data RecoverySoftware 3 Paid
10[TUTORIAL] Repairing Corrupted Files using CMDVideos 3 Paid
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