Data Recovery Software: The Best Options + FAQs

Have you ever accidentally removed something important (e.g. photos, videos, documents, contacts, emails, etc.) from your computer, USB flash drive or digital camera? Or your mobile phone got damaged, broken or stolen leaving all precious data inaccessible? I've either personally experienced or witnessed friends suffering some of the situations. What a bummer!

The good news is that your data may be still recoverable, thanks to data recovery software with sophisticated technology that can help bring your files back from the dead. Below is a list of such programs I've tried and highly recommended.

Please note: all below software need to be installed and run either on a PC or a Mac. If your deleted or lost files were stored on a mobile device such as phone, flash card, external HDD, etc. Make sure you connect the device to your computer first. Also, due to the nature of data recovery, it's not 100% guaranteed that you'll be able to retrieve all your files. See FAQs for more.

​To recover photos from a digital camera, or a formatted/corrupted memory card, I recommend Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery.

Download Stellar Photo Recovery for Windows          Download Stellar Photo Recovery for Mac

To recover deleted files from a PC hard drive, or from a removable flash drive connected to a Windows computer, I recommend Data Recovery Pro.

Free Download Data Recovery Pro Here

To recover data on a Mac hard drive, or from an external drive connected to a Macintosh computer, I recommend Remo Recover Mac.

Free Download Remo Recover Mac Now

To recover iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch messages, photos, videos, contacts, notes, etc., I recommend Stellar Data Recovery for iOS.

Get Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery for iOS

To recover deleted or lost pictures, videos, messages, etc. from an Android phone or tablet, I recommend Enigma SmartPhone Recovery PRO.

Get Enigma SmartPhone Recovery PRO for Android

Data Recovery Related FAQs

Why is it possible to recover files even if they got deleted?

Do I need a computer to recover data off an iPhone?

Are the above software free?

Possible to recover data from a solid state drive?

Why can't I retrieve some files?

What if the above data recovery software don't work?