It could be due to a software error; incorrect handling of the hardware; or a combination of the two. But whatever the cause, losing photos and other important personal data on your digital camera, PC, or smartphone is frustrating. All is lost!
Or is it?
Fortunately, in most cases, you can restore the data using recovery tool known as Recuva. The tool allows you to save and recover data from your PC as long as it’s from sources that are recognized by Windows as a path or drive.
If you have lost data on your Windows computer, it is very important not to install Recuva on the hard drive where data has been lost. Doing so could overwrite the lost data during setup. Instead, use a secondary computer and connect the disk with damage the unit. Chances are, you’ll need an HDD-USB adapter, which you can easily get from your local electronics store or from eBay.
Using Recuva is self-explanatory. First, install the software and let it perform a thorough analysis of the drive where data has been lost.
At the end of the analysis, the software will list all of the files that can be restored. Select the desired content, press the “Restore” button and select the location where it will be restored. Again, you should point to a different disk like, say a USB stick.
But what if Recuva can’t find the files you’re looking for because it doesn’t recognize the file format?
Yes, that happens. And if that’s true for your case, you can use Easeus Data Recovery Wizard as it has more supported file formats as well as the option to search lost data in partitions and clusters. It’s a lot more extensive than Recuva, but the free version of Easeus has limitations.
The free version of this tool can also recover data at a maximum of 1 GB, and for users who rely on their PC for work, this might not be enough. The full version for $55, however, doesn’t limit the amount of data you can recover with Easeus. Whether your files are worth $55 or not, that is for you to decide.