A feeling of panic arises when you realise a file that you urgently need has been deleted. All hope is lost if the file has been erased from the Recycle Bin.

Luckily, there’s still a way to restore deleted files. Data recovery tools can help to recover any deleted files from your laptop or PC, due to the fact that in many cases deleted files will still be present in the hard drive or USB.

Whether it's documents, photos, videos or audio files, there are several data recovery tools to help restore them again. However, it is important that you get a decent software for the best chance of success.

We’ve listed some of the best data recovery tools for you to take your pick. You should also take a look at our guide on how to recover deleted files.

Recuva

Piriform Recuva

Recuva is the go-to recovery tool for many people. It offers a free version that allows you to recover files from hard drives, USB drives, DVD/CD discs and memory cards.

This means that it not only has the features to recover data from your PC but also on smartphones and tablets as well.

The software also includes an advanced deep scan feature that searches all drives to recover the deleted file.

All features are available in the free version, but if you want premium support and automatic updates go for the paid version.

Paragon Rescue Kit

Paragon Backup & Recovery

Paragon’s Rescue Kit offers free backup and recovery of lost files. It includes backup access to any location or virtual disk.

It also has a fast and easy recovery of files from any virtual disk. The software is available on Windows and Mac operating systems.

Users can also benefit from scheduled backups, which can prevent the chances of unintentionally deleted files.

Although it is free for home users, there is a cost of £39.99 for business users with Paragon Hard Disk Manager Advanced.

PhotoRec


PhotoRec is an open-source data recovery tool for restoring photos, video and documents from hard drives, CDs and digital camera memory.

PhotoRec targets the underlying data rather than the file system to recover files, so it isn't troubled if that system has been damaged or reformatted.

It is available on Windows, Linux and Mac operating systems. 

OnTrack EasyRecovery

Kroll Ontrack EasyRecovery 10 Home

OnTrack EasyRecovery is a simple-to-use tool that can recover files deleted from SSDs, hard drives, memory cards and optical media.'

Available for Windows and Mac operating systems, the tool is also able to repair damaged photos and video files.

The free version allows you to recover up to 1GB of data from your PC, but for more space and unlimited recoveries, you will need to opt for the Home for Windows option.

TestDisk

TestDisk

TestDisk is a free data recovery tool that can be used to restore partitions lost through human error or malware. It can also fix disks that won't boot.

Available for Windows, Mac and Linux, it is suitable for both novice and expert IT users.

Stellar Data Recovery

Stellar Data Recovery Professional

Stellar Data Recovery offers unlimited recovery of documents, photos, videos and emails.

It enables files to be recovered from any storage medium, such as hard drives, SSD, USB and SD cards.

Stellar can fix damaged or corrupted photos and videos and includes a password-recovery feature.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard

EaseUS

EaseUS provides a free recovery tool for lost and corrupt files that works in just a few clicks. It supports the restoration of audio, photo and video files from hard drive, USB drives, memory cards and camera, music and video player files.

In four easy steps you can select the location the file was deleted from, initiate a quick scan and then preview and recover the files.

It is available on Windows and Mac operating systems. Although it is free to download, you will need to pay for the pro package for a single licence, which includes 1 year of free upgrades.