12 best free file recovery software for Windows and Mac

Data can be deleted accidentally from your computer. You, however, can get back your files using free file recovery software.  If you can’t afford to buy professional hard drive recovery software, one of the following free data recovery programs can help you to get back the files you deleted from the computer even from formatted hard drive and partitions.

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Recuva free file recovery software

Recuva is one of the best free file recovery software that can recover deleted files from Windows computer, Recycle Bin, digital camera card, and MP3 player.

Features of Recuva

  • Recover files from computer, USB drive, camera or iPod (works on any rewriteable media)
  • Can recover from damaged or formatted disks
  • Recover deleted emails and iPod music
  • Recover unsaved Microsoft Word Documents
  • Has quick start wizard
  • Remove files Securely and permanently
  • Available portable versions
  • Support 37+ languages

Compatibility: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Server 2003/2008, Windows 8 (32 and 64bits)

Website: Recuva free file recovery software

Glary Undelete

Glary Undelete is another good free file recovery software that can get back data from emptied Recycle Bin, in a DOS Window, SHIFT key held down deleted files. Files deleted due to bugs, crashes and viruses are recovered with Glary Undelete. The program works on FAT and NTFS file systems.

Main features of Glary Undelete

  • Recover any type of data including photos, documents, music files, etc.
  • Recover files from Camera SD card
  • Recover data from both local Disks and External hard disk
  • Shows lists of deleted files and estimate of the probability of success of restoring them such as “very good”, “Good”, “Medium” and “Poor”
  • Support recovery of compressed, fragmented and encrypted files on NTFS
  • Support Basic and Dynamic volumes
  • Filter by file name, size, file date, recovery state
  • Support FAT, FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, NTFS + EFS file systems

Compatibility: Windows 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP, Vista, Server 2003 and Windows 7

Website: Glary Undelete recover software

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free

EaseUs Data Recovery is a free data recovery software built in with more advanced recovery features. Other than recovering files emptied from Recycle Bin, formatted or damaged hard drive and lost partitions, it can recover data from formatted partitions with original file names and storage paths. The free edition lets you recover up to 2GB Data.

Key features of EaseUS Data Recovery

  • Recover all lost data including photos, videos, documents, emails, etc
  • Recover files from Hard disks (IDE, SATA, SCSI, FireWire, SSD), RAID, dynamic disks, USBs, external hard drives, memory cards, digital camera, MP3/MP4 players and more storage media
  • Recover files from formatted, lost or deleted partitions
  • Recover FAT and NTFS files as well as EXT2/EXT3 files
  • Recover up to 2GB file size
  • Support file systems including FAT12, FAT32, FAT16, NTFS, NTFS5, EXT2, EXT3
  • Support large disks
  • Can preview before recovery
  • Create disk image of the current status of the hard drive
  • Support file search after scanning
  • Support Multi-language
  • Easy to use Wizard and interface

Compatibility: Windows 10 and older versions

Website: EaseUs Data Recovery Free Edition

Pandora Recovery

Pandora Recovery is also a free file recovery software that allows you find and recover files from both FAT and NTFS formatted volumes. It can recover different file types including pictures, songs, movies or documents. The software is available into two version, Pandora recovery and Pandora mobile recovery (portable version of Pandora Recovery).

Main features of Pandora Recovery

  • Browse, search, preview and recover deleted files such  as images, documents, movies or any other type of files
  • Recover archived, hidden, system, encrypted, compressed files
  • Support browsing the hierarchy of existing and delete files
  • Allows to preview deleted files including image files types, text file types
  • Recover deleted files without any limitations on application’s end
  • Recover to local hard drive, network drive, or flash drive
  • Support FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, NTFS5 and NTFS/EFS file systems

Compatibility: Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Server 2003

Website: Pandora Recovery

MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition

MiniTool Power Data recovery is an all in one free file recovery software capable of recovering deleted data from a formatted/deleted partition, recycle bin, corrupted hard drive, virus infection, software failure, etc. The software comes with five data recovery modules each focus on a different data loss scenario.

Key features of MiniTool Power Data Recovery

  • The Undelete recovery module recover deleted files and folders from Recycle Bin and Shift+Delete files
  • Supports IDE, SATA, SCSI, USB hard disks, memory sticks, flash drives, memory flash cards
  • The Damaged Partition Recovery module allows you to recover data from damaged or formatted partitions. It supports Dynamic disk volume (simple, Spanned, Stripped and RAID)
  • If the partition is lost or deleted, the Lost Partition Recovery module enables you to recover the partition
  • Support data recovery from Flash drives, flash cards, memory cards, memory sticks and iPods using the Digital Media Recovery module. The file types include photos, music and video files
  • Support recovering data from CD and DVD disks. It can recover files from damaged, scratched or defective discs. It supports all CD and DVD disc types.

Compatibility: Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Server 2003, 2008, Windows 7/8, Mac OS X 10.5 and above

Website: MiniTool Power Data Recover

Wise Data Recovery

Wise Data Recovery is free file recovery software that can recover files deleted from hard drive, USB flash drives, memory cards or MP3 players.

Key features of Wise Data Recovery

  • Search and recover lost data
  • Able to recover many types of data including  images, document, audio, video, compressed file and email
  • Supported devices include hard drive, USB, camera, memory card, removable devices
  • Support instructive scan result that indicate the data as “Good”, “Poor”, “Very Poor”, or “Lost”
  • Multilanguage support
  • Easy and simple interface

Compatibility: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and 8 (both 32 and 64-bits supported)

Website: Wise Data Recovery

Orion File Recovery Software

Orion File Recovery software is another free file recovery software that tries to recover and undelete lost files, photos and folders. Other than recovery function, Orion File recovery can overwrite deleted files to prevent further recovery.

Main feature of Orion File recovery

  • Scan hard drive, memory cards, USB flash drives for deleted files
  • Support filter based on criteria such as file location, subfolder, file type, and filename
  • The recovered data can be saved to any attached drive
  • Support both NTFS and FAT file systems

Compatibility: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and 8 (support 64-bit)

Website: Orion File Recovery Software


PhotoRec is data recovery software designed to recover deleted files from hard disks, CD-ROMs, and digital camera memory cards. This free hard drive recovery software a multi-platform application distributed under GNU General Public License. It is a companion program to TestDisk.

Key features of PhotoRec

  • Recover many file formats including documents, ZIP, Office, PDF, HTML, video, pictures and other graphics file formats (support 440 file extensions)
  • Support file systems including FAT, NTFS, exFAT, ext2/ext3/ext4, HFS+, etc.
  • Support hard disks, CD-ROMS, memory cards, USB memory drives, DD raw image, iPod and Digital Cameras
  • Support Multilanguage

Compatibility: Windows DOS, 9x, NT 4, 2000, XP, Vista, Server 2003/2008, Windows 7, Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Sun Solaris, Mac OS X

Website: PhotoRec Free File recovery

Puran File Recovery

Puran File Recovery is a free hard drive recovery software used to recover lost files and partitions even from formatted disks. The software supports numerous storage medias and file formats.

Key features Puran File Recovery

  • Support Quick Scan and lists lost files in a click
  • Support Deep Scan that can list much more deleted and lost files
  • Support Full Scan which enables you to detect lost partitions and recover from formatted drives
  • Include more than 50 formats/data patterns
  • Save files in their path structure
  • Can preview files before recovery
  • Include search box to find files quickly
  • Support FAT12, FAT16, FAT32 and NTFS

Compatibility: Windows XP/2003/Vista/2008/7/8 (support 64 bit versions)

Website: Puran File Recovery

7-Data Recovery Suite Free

7-Data recovery is all-in-one data recovery program capable of recovering lost files from different medias. This free hard drive recovery software comes in different editions: Free, Home, Pro, Enterprise. However, the free edition is still powerful even though it lacks some of the features found in the commercial version.  For example, the free edition recovers only 1GB data.

Key features of 7-data recovery

  • Recover deleted and damaged files from hard drive, memory card, SD cards, camera and mobile phones and many more storage devices.
  • Recover from the inaccessible or formatted memory card
  • Recover file types including documents, emails, photos, videos, audio files and more
  • Can recover data from formatted hard drive and lost/deleted partitions
  • Support data recovery when hard drive crashed, MBR corrupted, disk repartitioned and overwritten partitions
  • Support EXFAT, NTFS5, NTFS, FAT32, FAT16, FAT12
  • Supported file formats include graphic file formats such as .max, .ani, .ai, .bmp, .cdr, .dwg, .JPG, .JPEG, .DXF, etc. Document file formats: .doc, .html, .mof, .mpp, .pdf, .ppt, .rtf, .ttf, .xls, etc. Archives file formats: .cab, .csl, .gz, .lzh, .rar, .tar, .ZIP, etc. Multimedia file formats: .mp3, .mp4, .3gp, .swf, .wmf, etc. Email File formats: .dbx, and .pst. Database and Financial File formats: .mdb and .adp.
  • Support File Search Parameter such as File Name, File extension, File type, File location, Date modified, accessed and created, etc.

Compatibility: Windows XP, Vista, Server 2003/2008, Windows 7 and 8

Website: 7-Data Recovery


FreeUndelete is also a free hard drive recovery software that can restore deleted files including Recycle Bin. The software is free for personal use.

Main features of FreeUndelete

  • Recover files from hard disks
  • Supported file system include FAT12, FAT16, FAT32,NTFS 2.0, NTFS 1.0

Compatibility: Windows XP, 2000, NT 4 (SP2 or higher), Windows 7, Windows 2003 Server, Windows 2008 Server

Website: FreeUndelete Recovery Software

ADRC Data Recovery Tools

ADRC Data Recovery Tools is a small size (130kb) but powerful and free hard drive recovery software. Using this mini-software, you can recover deleted data from hard drive and other storage devices. It also recovers files from physically damaged disks. It doesn’t require installation.

Key features of ADRC

  • Support wide variety of drives and file systems
  • Support hard drives, floppy disks, ZIP drives, basic or dynamic volumes, compressed/fragmented files, compact flash, smart Media, USB drives, MP3 players etc.
  • Support creating and writing disk images files
  • Import or export the boot sector of a drive
  • Transfers binary raw image from one drive to another directly

Compatibility: Windows 95, 2000, XP

Website: ADRC Data Recovery

  1. Ray

    Thanks very much for your sharing best data recovery tools. Last night, I did have tried several ones your mentioned and found not all of them were completely free. But, luckily, I finally took most of my Seagate USB hard disk files with data recovery software called iCare Data Recovery Free (https://www.icare-recovery.com/). The Recuva was really free, but, only retrieved not all my desired information.
    Thanks for your suggestions.

    • freesoftware

      Hello Ray,

      Thanks for your comment. And good to hear that you finally recovered your files back
      Can you mention the recovery software that is not free from the list?
      I will also review icare recovery and add it to the list.


    • Ray

      Hello, from my tests, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free can only help recover 500MB data for free. And, MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition doesn’t work on my PC due to some incompatible errors and also is not completely free. And, 7-Data Recovery Suite Free also offers only 1GB free data recovery.

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