Sometimes you may delete something on your PC accidentally and realize later that you still need the file(s) that you've deleted. Its easy to recover them if the data is still in your recycle bin, but you need special tools to recover files that have been deleted permanently either by holding down Shift before executing the delete command or by deleting the files in the recycle bin.
All three Smart PC tools are freeware and have been designed for this special purpose. Smart FAT Recovery enables you to recover files that have been deleted on storage devices using that file system. It's similar for Smart NTFS and Smart Flash Recovery. Just scroll down on the page a little bit to reach the freeware tools.
Update: The tools are no longer freely available. All three tools mentioned in the article are now commercial. We have therefore removed the link to the developer site, and added alternatives at the end of this post:
Since this is all about recovering files, you can take a look at the free recovery tools that we have reviewed in past years.
Free Recover is an open source data recovery software for Windows, that can recover deleted files on the hard drive. Chance of recovery is better the sooner the program is run after the deletion.
Then there is Recuva, a popular file recovery program that can be used to scan a hard drive for deleted files that can be recovered. Recuva displays a success chance for each file that was discovered.
Then there is Pandora Recovery which comes with a deep surface scan option which can be quite useful if the other programs can't find the deleted file anymore.
All three programs let you scan a connected hard drive or storage device for deleted files that can't be recovered by normal means anymore. Normal means in this case means restoring them from the recycle bin for instance.Advertisement
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