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 leaving all precious data inaccessible? We've 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 we've tried and highly recommended.

Please note: all the software listed below need to be installed and run on a computer (PC or 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. Due to the nature of data recovery, it's not 100% guaranteed you'll retrieve all your files. See FAQs for more.


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

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To recover deleted files from a PC hard drive, or from a removable flash drive/card that is connected to a Windows computer, we recommend Data Recovery Pro.

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To recover lost data on a Mac hard drive, or from an external drive connected to a Macintosh computer (iMac, MacBook Pro, etc.), we recommend Remo Recover Mac.

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To recover data from an iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch such as messages, photos, videos, contacts, notes, etc., we recommend Stellar Data Recovery for iOS.

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To recover deleted or lost pictures, videos, messages, etc. from an Android phone or tablet, we recommend Dr.Fone.

Get Dr.Fone for Android (PC)          Get Dr.Fone for Android (Mac)


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?