Top Free File Recovery Programs

Recover Your Music After it Has Been Deleted

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Whether you’ve accidentally deleted music files from your hard drive, iPod, MP3 player, or have had virus/malware infections that have deleted some of them, there’s a good chance of getting them back by using file recovery software.

Even if you’ve emptied the Recycle Bin, file recovery software can be a quick and easy way to save you the pain of purchasing the same songs again; it also works for any other types of files. This article lists some of the best free file recovery software to quickly get your data back with the minimum of fuss.

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Recover Files 3

Recover File 3 is a powerful undelete program that is compatible with all versions of Windows (95 and higher). It allows you to recover files from a multitude of sources, including USB flash drives and storage cards. It has a user-friendly interface and has a handy filter box if you’re looking for a particular file type.

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Pandora Recovery

Using several recovery methods, Pandora Recovery can find files that have been lost on various types of storage media. The deep scan mode is particularly useful if you’ve got a storage device that you have recently formatted, or has a corrupt file system. The program has an intuitive interface and is quite quick to recover files. You’ll need Windows 2000, XP, 2003, or Vista to be able to install the free version. Overall, an excellent free recovery tool for data recovery.

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PC Inspector File Recovery 4

PC Inspector File Recovery 4 has been around for a while now but is still an excellent program due to its array of powerful features. As well as the normal undelete function you would expect, there are also options to recover files from drives that have been damaged due to corrupt partition information, boot sector corruption, etc.

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Recuva is a light-weight, but powerful tool that can even recover files from an iPod. If you’ve got an MP3 player or another external storage device then Recuva can also scan these. The program has a nice wizard-driven interface that makes it easy to search for common file types such as music, video, pictures, etc. If you’re looking for a user-friendly recovery program that can scan your iPod or media player then Recuva is certainly worth a look.

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Glary Undelete

This file recovery program is compatible with FAT and NTFS file systems and can be installed on all versions of Windows (95 and higher). Although Glary Undelete isn’t as feature-rich as some of the other programs, it is very thorough when scanning for deleted files.

If you want to recover music files from a connected MP3/media player then Glary Undelete can be used. The tool also has a filter box where you can type in wildcards (e.g. - *.mp3 ) to find a specific type of file. Glary Undelete is a good program to choose if you’re looking for a simple data recovery tool to quickly get your files back.