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.
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.
To recover data on a Mac hard drive, or from an external drive connected to a Macintosh computer, I recommend Remo Recover Mac.
To recover iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch messages, photos, videos, contacts, notes, etc., I recommend Stellar 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.
This is due to how file systems work in your storage device. Simply put, when you delete something, the data contained in the files are not immediately remove. Instead, they are marked as free which means to be occupied by new saved data. Before your old data are written over, theoretically it's totally possible to get them recovered.
Yes, you have to. So far, there is no such app that can be installed on your phone for data recovery purposes.
They all provide trials or demos that allow you to test drive the software for free. However, they have functional limitations such as you can use them to scan and preview the found files. But in order to recover them, you'll have to get a license code to activate the software.
Unfortunately no. The mechanism SSDs use to manage data is different from traditional HHDs. Once you delete files off an SSD, chances to recover them are slim if not none.
The reasons vary. Most of the case, it's because they've got overwritten due to additional data writing activities generated after you deleted them.
Take your computer or device to a data recovery center and request experts for services. Warning: this option is expensive and be sure you do your own due diligence before you send out your device. Also, do this only if your lost data is super important.