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5 Great Data Recovery Tools That Can Recover Corrupt Files

5 Great Data Recovery Tools That Can Recover Corrupt Files

If you want to protect your important files from a potential disaster, it is essential to find the best tools that can effectively and quickly recover your data. Many people use external hard drives or rely on DVD’s and CD’s to back up their media libraries, but what happens if you accidentally scratch one of these disks? In this situation a specialised data recovery tool for recovering data from damaged CD’s would be very handy. The following article lists our top five recovery programs that will recover damaged files or extract data from damaged media.


Avira Unerase1. Avira UnErase Personal

This application is a simple and easy-to-use tool that restores personal files. It has user-friendly features and you can restore and retrieve any lost data from FAT32 or NTFS4 file systems, in addition, Avira also supports other types of file encryptions. One of the main features of this software is that it generates a list of deleted files and provides the user with the functionality to only recover the files they want recovered.

2. CD Recovery Toolbox

CD Recovery Toolbox is free compact disk recovery software that is compatible with Windows. Its simple interface conveniently allows you to select the files that you wish to recover. This software reads the information that is stored on any corrupt optical media such as DVD, CD, or Blu-ray. For example, if you have a scratched CD that your internal drive is unable to read, this tool will likely be able to successfully recover your files. The length of time the tool takes to recover your data is dependant on two factors, the amount of damage the media has susstained, and the amount of data to be recovered. In the case of severe damage all of the files may not be recoverable but the toolbox will recover those that can be recovered.

3. Wise Data Recovery

This tool lets you recover Word documents, emails, videos, and photos. One of the unique features of Wise Data Recovery is that it indicates the current condition of the corrupted file. You will get instant feedback after a scan is done to indicate whether the file is poor, good, or lost. This app is easy-to-use and the interface is clean and user friendly. Wise Data Recovery not only provides a complete set of corrupt data recovery features, but it is also very convenient and quick. The software has a step-by-step wizard that lets the user perform a single action on each page. Even beginners can easily use this wizard based program without needing any assistance.

4. Recuva

Recuva offers a lot of different features for a portable recovery application. Users can easily undelete files, and recover them from a corrupted disk. Regardless of whether you wish to recover your iPod music, or restore unsaved documents from Word, you can do it all with Recuva. This is a user-friendly tool with a quick start wizard. It also has the capability to scan files.

5. IsoBuster

The free version of IsoBuster has a vast amount of options that specialise in extracting information from CD, DVD, HD-DVD, and many others. If for any reason you are unable to gain access to an optical disk, you can use this useful tool to read the data and recover it.

It should be noted that whilst free recovery tools can be helpful in some cases, if your data loss is caused by bad sectors on your hard drive then contacting a specialist data recovery firm like Easy Recovery Edinburgh is the best option. In this situation using a free program can actually cause more damage and can lead to previously recovable data being lost forever.

By Nick Davison



Edinburgh Data Recovery, provide hard drive repair, disaster planning, and data recovery services to companies across the UK. For more storage and data related tips, check out our blog.

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