Hard Drive Data Recovery Software

Recover all types of deleted files in Windows in a matter of seconds. Disk Drill is a reliable hard drive recovery solution that enables you to restore lost data from HDD, SSD, USB drives, and more with a few clicks. Recover up to 500 MB with the app’s free trial.

Recover Data From Hard Drives in Any Data Loss Situations

Data loss occurs for a variety of reasons that demand a versatile recovery tool. Disk Drill helps you recover lost and deleted files in almost any data loss scenario.
  • Formatted Hard Drives
    Formatted Hard Drives
    It’s easy to accidentally format the wrong hard drive or partition. Disk Drill can easily recover data from a formatted hard drive or partition saving you from extensive data loss.
  • Accidental Data Deletion
    Accidental Data Deletion
    Everyone inadvertently deletes a file at one time or another. Disk Drill will retrieve data from a hard drive even if it was deleted and you emptied the Recycle Bin.
  • Filesystem Problems
    Filesystem Problems
    When faced with a disk that suddenly shows up as a RAW filesystem, this hard drive recovery tool can scan the device and get your valuable data back intact.
  • Mechanical Failures
    Mechanical Failures
    A failing hard drive can result in deleted data that Disk Drill attempts to recover. In cases of severe damage, you may need to engage a hard drive recovery service.
  • Hard Disk Not Showing Files
    Hard Disk Not Showing Files
    You might have a hard drive that suddenly stops displaying files that should be there. This hard drive recovery tool finds those lost files so you can use them again.
  • Other Software Hardware Issues
    Other Software & Hardware Issues
    Viruses and malware can cause data loss on your hard drives and storage media. Disk Drill will quickly recover your lost files no matter what type of software deleted them.

Your Best Solution: Disk Drill Hard Drive Recovery Tool

Disk Drill is hard drive recovery software that can help you recover from virtually any type of data loss scenario. If you have deleted an important file or document from your computer or laptop, Disk Drill can get it back quickly and easily. Some of the tool’s benefits include:

  • Intuitive and user-friendly interface;
  • Sophisticated scanning algorithms;
  • Wide storage device and filetype support;
  • Free data protection tools;
  • Free data recovery up to 500 MB
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Recover Data From Any Storage Media

Disk Drill’s versatility enables you to recover deleted and lost files from virtually any type of disk-based storage device. Its scanning algorithms search your device sector-by-sector to recover files on Windows 7 through Windows 10 systems.
  • Internal hard drive
    Internal Hard Drive
    Seagate®, Western Digital®, Toshiba®, G-Technology®
  • External hard drive
    External Hard Drive
    Maxone®, KESU®, Silicon Power®, LaCie®
  • Hybrid Hard Drive
    Hybrid Hard Drive
    Seagate®, WD®, Fantom Drives®, Dell®
  • USB Flash Drive
    USB Flash Drive
    Samsung®, SanDisk®, Kingston®, Corsair®
  • SD CF Card
    SD / CF Card
    Lexar®, Hoodman®, Delkin®, Lexar®
  • Other
    Sony®, Transcend®, LG®, ADATA®
Tip: In cases of dead or severely damaged hard drives, contact Cleverfiles Data Recovery Center.

Recover Any Type of Files

Disk Drill’s deep scanning algorithms recognize over 400 different file signatures and can reconstruct files from fragments scattered across your hard drive. Lost photos, videos, documents, and many other types of data are supported by this flexible recovery solution. During a hard drive restore, files are conveniently organized so you can find the data you need.
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    AVI, FLV (Flash video), M4V (iTunes video), MP4 (MPEG-4 video), MPG (MPEG video), WMV (Windows Media Video)

    3G2 / 3GPP2 / 3GP / 3GPP (Videos for 3G UMTS services), BIK (Bink Video), CRM (Canon raw movie file), DIR (Adobe Director Movie), DV (Digital Video), DXR (Protected Adobe Director Movie), FCP (Final Cut Pro), FLA (Editable Adobe Flash movie), FCPEVENT (Final Cut Events), M2T (HDV video), M2TS (Blu-ray BDAV Video), M4B (iTunes audiobooks), M4P (iTunes Music Store audio), MKV (Matroska Video), MLV (LabVIEW mathscript file), MOV (Apple QuickTime movie), MPA (MPEG-2 Audio File), MTS (commonly called AVCHD, a high-def MPEG Transport Stream video format; recovered as M2TS), MXF (Material Exchange Format), OGM (Oog Media), R3D (Redcode Raw video image), RM (RealMedia), RMVB (RealMedia Variable Bitrate), SWF (Flash movie), TOD (JVC Everio Video Capture), TS (Video Transport Stream File), WEBM (HTML5 WebM Videos)

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    MP3 (MPEG Audio Stream, Layer III), AIF, AIFC, AIFF (Audio Interchange File), WMA (Windows Media audio files)

    AA (Audible Audio Book), AAC (Advanced Audio Coding), ALP (Ableton Live Pack), AMR (Adaptive Multi-Rate audio codec), ASF (Advanced Audio Streaming Format), AU (Audacity audio files), AWB (Adaptive Multi-rate Wide Band), CAF (Core Audio File), CDA (CD Audio Track), CPR (Cubase Project), DS2 (Digital Speech Standard Pro), ENS (REAKTOR Ensemble), FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec), FLP (FruityLoops Project), IDF (MIDI instruments Definitions File), M4A (Apple Lossless Audio), MID (MIDI), MP2 (Audio file format used with MPEG Audio Stream; recovered as MPA), MPA (Audio file compressed with MPEG Layer II compression), MPC (Musepack Compressed Audio File), MUS (Finale Notation), NGRR (Guitar Rig sound files), OGA (audio extracted from OGG; recovered as OGG), OGG (Ogg Vorbis Compressed audio file), PTF (Pro Tools Session File), RA (Real Audio), RFL (Reason ReFill Sound Bank), RNS (Reason Song File), RPP (REAPER Project Files), RX2 (REX2 Audio Files), SIB (Sibelius Score), VOC (Creative Labs Voice), WAV (DTS-WAV), ZRV (Philips Voice Traver), SESX (Adobe Audition CC Session File)

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    BMP, JPEG, JP2, GIF, TIFF, PSP. Polaroid/Sigma: X3F. Pentax: PEF. Adobe: AI, APM, IDML, INDB, INDD, INDL, INX, LRCAT, PSB, PSD.

    DJVU, TGA, PGM, DNG, PNG, HEIC, WMF, APM, DPX, JNB, JPG, KEY, WEBP, PCX, MPO, AFPHOTO, ALBM, ANI, DXF. Fujitsu: RAF. Fujifilm: RAF. GoPro: GPR. Leica/Panasonic: RW2, RAW, RWL. Leica X2: DNG. Leica M (typ240, typ246): DNG. Leaf/Aptus: MOS. Leaf and Phase One: IIQ. Sony: ARW, SRF, SR2. Samsung: SRW. Canon: CR2, CR3. Epson: ERF. Kodak: DCR, KDC. Konica Minolta: MRW. Nikon: NEF, NRW. Olympus: ORF. Mamiya: MEF. Hasselblad: 3FR,FFF. After Effects Project: AEP. Blender 3D Data file: BLEND. ArchiCAD Backup: BPN. Cinema 4D Model: C4D. CorelDRAW: CDR. FreeHand Drawing file: FH3, FH8, FH10, FH11. Maya Project: MA, MB, MP. Enhanced Windows Metafile: EMF. Encalsulated PostScript file: EPS. Mac OS X Icon: ICNS. Windows Icon: ICO. Luxology Modo: LXO. Autodesk 3ds Max Scene: MAX. ArchiCAD Project: PLA, PLN, TPL. PostScript File: PS. SketchUp: SKP. Scalable Vector Graphics: SVG. Visio Drawing file: VSD. VectorWorks Design File: VWX

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    DOCX (Microsoft Word), PDF (Portable Document Format), PPTX (Microsoft PowerPoint), XLSX (Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet)

    AAF (Advanced Authoring Format), ABCDDB (Apple Address Book Database), AFDESIGN (Affinity Designer document), APK (Android Package), BKF (Windows Backup Utility File), CS (Visual C# Source Code File), CST (Adobe Director External Cast File), CWK (ClarisWorks Document), DB3 (SQLite3 Database), DGN (MicroStation Design file), DWG (AutoCAD), EMF (Enhanced Windows Metafile), EMLX (Apple Mail Message), EPUB (Open Ebook file), FDR / FDX (Final Draft), FP7 (FileMaker Pro 7+ Database), GP3/GP4/GP5/GPS (Guitar Pro documents), H (C/C++ Header File), IBANK (iBank 5 app), iCash files. ICS (iCalendar), IPA (iPhone or iPod Touch Application), ITL (iTunes Library File), JKS (Java KeyStore), KEYCHAIN (Mac OS X Keychain File), LNK (MS Windows Link), MDB (Microsoft Access Database), MSG (Outlook Mail Message), ODG (OpenDocument Graphics), PSS (Password Saver), RP (Axure RP Project File), RTF (Rich Text), SXC (OpenOffice Calc), WEBLOC (Mac OS X Website Location), WPS (Microsoft Works Word Processor Document), XML, XMP (Adobe Extensible Metadata Platform)

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    ZIP (Extended Zip File), RAR (WinRAR Compressed Archive), DMG (Mac OS X Disk Image), 7Z (7-Zip Compressed), CAB (Windows Cabinet File)

    ARJ (ARJ Compressed File Archive), ISO (ISO-9660 CD Disc Image), JAR (Java Archive), MBX (Apple Mail mailbox file), PST (Microsoft Outlook Personal Folders), RDB (Retrospect Backup Set), TAR.XZ (XZ Compressed Tar Archive)

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    Other Files
    Other Files
    ACCDB (Microsoft Database), DB (Paradox), SQL (bundled SQL queries), MYO (MYOB Limited Windows File), OTF (OpenType Font)

    RAW (Raw disk images), DD (Forensic DD images), IMG (Sector-by-sector disk images), ISO (Uncompressed disk images), DSK (Byte-to-byte disk images), BIN (Generic disk images), DAT (Legacy binary images), VMDK (Virtual VMWare disks) and more

5 Easy Steps

How to Recover Files From a Hard Drive

Here are the simple steps needed to recover lost and deleted files using Disk Drill for Windows.

Download & Install Disk Drill Hard Drive Data Recovery Software for Windows

Download and install Disk Drill for Windows. Do not use the disk that experienced that data loss for the download to avoid overwriting files you wish to restore. Use a USB drive for the download and install if your main hard drive has lost data. You will need to provide Administrators credentials during the install process.
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Choose the hard drive partition and recovery method you need

Connect an external storage media and launch the program. The application presents you with a list of disks that the software has discovered and are available for use. Select the one that you will use for recovery. You can also choose the specific recovery method to be used or let the software run through all of its scanning algorithms in the optimal order.
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Start scanning for lost hard drive data

Click the Search for lost data button to start the scanning process. You will see a status bar at the top of the app’s main window that displays the status of the scan. Scans can be paused and resumed whenever you desire to facilitate a more convenient recovery procedure. Scan at your leisure and recover the files when you are ready.
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Select which files you want to recover from your hard drive

You can stop the scan at any point, but you will get the best results by letting complete. If you pause the scan, you can restore any files the software has already identified as being recoverable. This can be helpful if you are in a hurry and don’t want to let the process finish. Check the box to the left of a file or folder to make your recovery selections.
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    Use "filters" for a faster search or to select a specific file type
    Recovered files are filtered and displayed in folders to make it easier to find exactly what you need. Select from these categories when searching for data: Pictures, Video, Audio, Documents, Archives, and other files. This feature saves a lot of time, allowing you to focus on the recovery results that matter to you without needing to go through the whole recovery report.
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    Search for files
    You can search for files in the app’s display or perform a search using the search bar at the top of the program’s main window. This lets you directly look for a specific filename no matter what type of file it is. When you go into the window of a particular file type you will see a list of recoverable files as well as those that have been reconstructed by a deep scan.
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    Check the Reconstruction section
    Reconstructed files are those that have been recovered by Disk Drill but have not provided enough metadata to obtain a filename. The files are reconstructed through deep scans based on their file signatures, and will usually have a valid file extension displayed. You can preview the files to see if you want to recover them and then rename them when recovery is complete.

Recover the deleted hard drive data

Click the Recover or Recover all button to perform the recovery. You will be prompted to provide a safe storage location where you want the data to be restored. Stay clear of the device which lost data so you don’t overwrite files before they can be recovered. When recovery is complete you can go to the designated folder and move the files wherever you want. Some reconstructed files may need to be renamed.
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Not Only Hard Drive Recovery - Active Data Protection

Disk Drill does not only offer data recovery but includes a free data protection tool that helps keep your important files and folders safe. Recovery Vault acts as an extension to your Recycle Bin and allows you to recover designated files that are deleted without performing a full recovery. It supports hard drives running the FAT32, NTFS, and HFS+ file systems with no overhead. When a file goes missing, simply use the Undelete Protected Data feature to get it back fast.
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When Software Recovery Isn’t Enough

Damaged hard drives may not be able to have their data recovered with a software solution. A professional hard disk recovery service may need to be engaged to physically recover data from the damaged device. Here’s how to find a recovery center that can restore your data.

  1. Search Google for a recovery center near you. Most reputable recovery centers will have you ship them your device no matter where you are located.
  2. You may be able to get a cost estimate before shipping. Once the center receives the drive and can determine the extent of damage, they will provide a recovery price.
  3. Most data recovery services will not charge you for failed recoveries. Make sure the one you select follows the policy.
  4. When recovery is complete, pay the center and your drive will be shipped back so you can use your data again.
We suggest trying Cleverfiles Hard Drive Data Recovery Center to get data back from a broken hard drive.

Keys for Increasing Your Hard Drive Recovery Success

Here are some tips that can help increase the chances of a successful data recovery. Failure to follow these suggestions may lead to permanent data loss.
  • Stop using the device
    Stop using the device
    Stop using the device as soon as you determine it has experienced data loss to prevent the deleted files from being overwritten by Windows, making them unrecoverable.
  • Don’t ignore strange sounds
    Don’t ignore strange sounds
    Strange noises coming from the drive indicate you may soon be performing a hard drive crash recovery. If you hear strange sounds, get your data to a safe place.
  • Back up the drive
    Back up the drive
    Create a byte-level backup to reduce the stress on a failing drive. Disk Drill provides this functionality which allows you to save data from the device before it fails.
  • Use a different drive
    Use a different drive
    Use a different drive for downloading and installing Disk Drill. Using the device that lost data runs the risk of overwriting the files you want before you restore them.
  • Use reliable software
    Use reliable software
    You may only get one chance to recover your valuable data. Don’t leave it to chance with an unreliable software tool. Disk Drill Hard Disk Recovery Software has a proven record of recovery success.
  • Recover to a new location
    Recover to a new location
    You don’t want to recover your data to the same device that experienced the data loss. This could overwrite your data and make it impossible to ever recover it.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Follow these steps to recover deleted files from a hard drive:

  1. Download, install and launch Disk Drill.
  2. Select the hard drive from the list.
  3. Click Search for lost data to start scanning for lost files.
  4. Review the files that have been found and select those you wish to restore.
  5. Click Recover all and retrieve the files to your selected location.
Here is a list of the best hard disk recovery software solutions in 2020:

  1. Disk Drill
  2. R-Studio
  3. PhotoRec
  4. TestDisk
  5. Stellar Data Recovery
  6. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard
  7. Wise Data Recovery
  8. Data Rescue 5
  9. OnTrack EasyRecovery

Disk Drill can recover data from virtually any hard disk brand. This includes providing support for drives manufactured by Seagate, Western Digital, Toshiba, Hitachi, Kingston Technology, Samsung, and Iomega. If your storage device is disk-based, then there is an excellent chance that Disk Drill supports it and can be used to successfully recover and data that is accidentally lost.

Yes, you can. Disk Drill for Windows enables users to recover up to 500 MB of data using the free trial version of the application. Give the tool a test drive and perform data recovery to evaluate its functionality. See how the combination of powerful technology and an intuitive user interface makes it easy for anyone to restore deleted data from a hdd.

These are the signs that your hard drive might be getting ready to fail:

  1. Strange clicking and grinding noises coming from the hard drive;
  2. Unexpected program crashes and disk access errors;
  3. Persistent error messages while running software applications;
  4. Inconsistent computer performance with slower than normal response time;
  5. Unexplained missing files.
Yes, you can recover files from a failed hard drive. Your operating system needs to be able to recognize and access the device for software to work. The software needs to be able to scan the disk to perform its recovery functions. If this is not the case, your best bet is to use a data recovery center that can physically recover your data.

To Restore deleted files from an external HDD:

  1. Download and install Disk Drill.
  2. Connect the external hard drive to your computer and launch the app.
  3. Select the drive from the list.
  4. Click Search for lost data to scan for files.
  5. Preview the recoverable data.
  6. Select the files for recovery and click Recover all to restore your data.

Data recovery software can be used to recover data from a formatted hard disk. The act of formatting a disk simply informs the operating system that its space is available for use. Access to the files is logically removed but the data is still physically present on the disk until it is overwritten by new information and can be recovered.

Yes, it is. The first place to look for deleted files is the Windows Recycle Bin. If the files you are looking for are in the Bin it’s a simple matter to restore them. You can also use previously created backups of the data to restore deleted files. This highlights the importance of taking regularly scheduled backups of your data.

Top 13 Hard Drive Recovery Software for Windows:

  1. Disk Drill for Windows
  2. Recuva
  3. MiniTool Power Data Recovery
  4. Stellar Windows Data Recovery
  5. Data Rescue 5
  6. OnTrack EasyRecovery
  7. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro
  8. Wise Data Recovery
  9. UnDeleteMyFiles Pro
  10. TestDisk and PhotoRec
  11. WonderShare Recoverit
  12. R-Studio
  13. Prosoft Data Rescue

Cleverfiles Data Recovery Center is the best data recovery service and is within reach of everyone with a simple phone call or email. All recovery services require you to ship your device, so their physical location is somewhat irrelevant. Cleverfiles offers customers reliable recovery services with no charge for unsuccessful recoveries. A free cost estimate is available through their website.

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