1. Joined : Jul 2015
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    Posts : 291
    Win10 x64 Pro -2 desktops, 1 laptop
       4 Weeks Ago #1

    Good data recovery tool for deleted files?


    I ran an Acronis "Cleanup" utility that supposedly completely removes Acronis products from a computer. Either I had a serious disk problem at the same time, or it also deletes backup files ... including non-Acronis backup files. Is there a good, safe, reputable data recovery tool for recovering deleted files and directories? I know there are programs advertised as doing that, but I don't know if they really work.
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  2. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 833
    Windows 8.1, Win10Pro
       4 Weeks Ago #2

    Try the MiniTool Data Recovery tool -- it's free: http://minitool.com/data-recovery-so...very-free.html

    I used this just the other day to restore a deleted partition.

    Good Luck
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  3. Joined : Jun 2015
    Kansas
    Posts : 11
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       4 Weeks Ago #3

    I use Recuva Recuva - Free Data Recovery tool - Free Download. It is from the same company that created ccleaner. I used it over the weekend after accidentally deleting folders with photos. I recovered everyone successfully. I restored them to an external drive.
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  4. Joined : Jun 2016
    Los Angeles
    Posts : 379
    Windows 10 Pro
       4 Weeks Ago #4

    Recuva is great for recovering Deleted Files and Folders. But in some cases, you need stronger software.
    MiniTool is great I have had the best luck with GetDataBack.
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  5. Joined : Jun 2014
    Posts : 4,337
    Windows 10 Pro
       4 Weeks Ago #5

    Try not to write anything to the drive you are trying to recover your files from. You chance writing over your files every time you write to that drive.
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  6. Joined : Jul 2015
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    Posts : 291
    Win10 x64 Pro -2 desktops, 1 laptop
       4 Weeks Ago #6

    Thanks for the replies. I've tried Recuva. It did a good job of finding deleted files, but (at least when recovering to a different drive - the only safe way to do it) it ignored the directory structure. I now have a directory with 45,717 recovered files. It reported the original file path but ignored that on recovery. And if I tried recovering only a specific folder it still ignored subfolders, and also included files from unknown folders - over 4000 files. Ugly! The free MiniTool Power Data Recovery has a 1GB limit and I have over 21GB of deleted files I don't need to recover all of them, but the really important files - some backups - total well over 1GB. Ran it's scan and it was very fast, but I could not see the recovery options (like if it would recover to a different drive, whether it recovers the deleted directory structure, etc.). If it recovers the directory structure I'm willing to buy the full product, but I want to have that confirmed before I waste money on it. I tried, gave up on, and am trying again the Puran File Recovery product. Judging from it's progress bar it's going to be another 4 or 5 hours before I have any results from it.
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  7. Joined : Nov 2016
    Posts : 2
    Windows 10 1607
       4 Weeks Ago #7

    Recuva for deleted files , Partition recovery and data would require a partiton data recovery tool such as EaseUS data recovery. whilst many of these tools are are free they normally limit the amount you can recover to 1GB
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  8. Joined : Oct 2016
    Posts : 9
    Win7
       4 Weeks Ago #8

    besides recuva, easeus data Recovery is also very good! the free version can restore 2GB data
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  9. Joined : Jul 2015
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    Posts : 291
    Win10 x64 Pro -2 desktops, 1 laptop
       3 Weeks Ago #9

    It turns out the recovery exercise is moot. Some of the files -critical files - "recovered" by multiple products were empty. I'm not sure how to interpret that. I guess the paths to the files were there and a valid file (rather than the middle of some other file) was at those locations, but the files were zero bytes long. Since the only important lost files were backups of existing data I'm just taking new backups. Thanks to all those that responded.
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