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Simple Undeleters

There is a high likelihood that you will be able to recover your accidentally deleted files without resorting to commercial solutions. Please see the Full Featured undeleters if the simple ones don't work.

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  • Avira UnErase Personal - "What is gone is gone? Far from it!

    Avira UnErase recovers data that have been deleted from the hard drive - either accidentally or as a result of a virus infection, an uninstaller or defective software. The danger of important data being lost forever is averted with Avira UnErase.

    Avira UnErase Personal was designed to help you recover deleted files from your computer."

  • Glary Undelete - "Glary Undelete is a free and easy-to-use yet powerful file recovery solution for FAT and NTFS file systems. It will get data back emptied from the Recycle Bin, in a DOS window, from Windows Explorer with the SHIFT key held down. It will even recover files that have been deleted by bugs, crashes and viruses!"

  • Test Disk Assistant - "TestDiskAssist is designed to sort the thousands of files recovered by TestDisk so that the end user can find desired files quickly with ease, as well as dispose of unnecessary files."

  • http://www.free-av.com/antivirclassic/avira_unerase.html - "What is gone is gone? Far from it! Avira UnErase recovers data that have been deleted from the hard drive either accidentally or as a result of a virus infection, an uninstaller or defective software."

  • http://www3.telus.net/mikebike/RESTORATION.html - "Restore files which are deleted from the recycle bin or deleted while holding down the Shift key by mistake. Conversely, this program has another function that makes it almost impossible to restore all deleted files. You can use it after deletion of confidential documents, embarrassing files and so on."

  • http://tokiwa.tomato.ne.jp/EN/dr.html - "DataRecovery is freeware and written by TOKIWA to undelete accidentally deleted files even from recycle bin. But DataRecovery doesn't assure that all files deleted can be recovered successfully. It mostly depends on your system/configuration and we can't support each of all that
    varieties."

  • http://filerecovery.biz/files/hosted-freeware/ntfsundel.exe - "Small, simple but effective file undeleter for NTFS. DOS program, can mount NTFS volumes and extract deleted files. Run from a pure DOS prompt or a Windows 9X/ME DVM (does NOT run from a DVM on any version of NT). Also available on a FreeDOS formatted boot diskette, pre-configured for optimal operation."

  • http://officerecovery.com/freeundelete/ - "FreeUndelete is a freeware data recovery program for deleted files. In case of accidental deletion of files on a NTFS file system (used by default in Windows XP, 2000 and NT) FreeUndelete is the utility to help."

  • http://www.octanesoft.com/
    data_recovery_free_edition.html - "eDATA Unerase Personal Edition is software used to restore files that have been deleted through normal methods, including accidental deletions from the recycle bin. With powerful scanning/restoring features, quick scan facility and an easy-to-use interface, anyone can use eDATA Unerase. No Risk No Cost!"

  • http://www.smartpctools.com/fat_recovery/ - "Smart FAT Recovery is a data recovery tool for Windows operating system that supports the FAT 12/16/32 file system. The software easily recovers data from hard disks, digital cameras, and any type of storage media - flash drives, USB drives, memory stick, PC card, multimedia card, secure digital card and diskette."

  • http://paradiseprogramming.tripod.com/uw.html - "Undeletion Wizard is a file undeletion program for Windows. It can recover (undelete) deleted files from your hard disk. Currently Undeletion Wizard supports undeletion only from fat 32 partitions. It can search your hard disk for undeletable files. Advanced Search options allows you to search deleted files by specifying their file names (whole or part) or by their extensions. Undeletion Wizard can also undelete files from deleted directories. It can scan recursively your disk's directory structure. Undeletion Wizard uses low level disk access for reading the contents of the deleted file from the file system. All disk writes are done through standard file IO functions. So Undeletion Wizard had no chance to damage your fat 32 file system. Undeletion wizard is free for non-commercial use."

  • http://www.roadkil.net/undelete.html - "Allows you to undelete files that you have accidentally deleted from your drives."

  • http://www.smartpctools.com/fat_recovery/ - "Smart FAT Recovery is a data recovery tool for Windows operating system that supports the FAT 12/16/32 file system. The software easily recovers data from hard disks, digital cameras, and any type of storage media - flash drives, USB drives, memory stick, PC card, multimedia card, secure digital card and diskette. Smart FAT Recovery can recover any deleted files, including MS Office files, photos, mp3 and zip files, even if the partition table is lost!"

  • http://www.smartpctools.com/ntfs_recovery/ - "Smart NTFS Recovery is a data recovery tool for Windows operating system that supports the NTFS file system. The software easily recovers data from hard disks and any type of storage media - flash drives, USB drives, memory stick, PC card, multimedia card, secure digital card with NTFS file system. Smart NTFS Recovery can recover any deleted files, including MS Office files, photos, mp3 and zip files, even if the partition table is lost!"

  • http://www.undelete-plus.com/download.html - another simple undeleter:

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Name - Avira UnErase Personal

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Download URL - http://www.softpedia.com/
progDownload/Avira-UnErase-Personal-Download-82776.html

Developer - Avira

OS - Windows 2K / XP / Vista

File Size - 402.71 KB

Developer Provided Description - "What is gone is gone? Far from it!

Avira UnErase recovers data that have been deleted from the hard drive - either accidentally or as a result of a virus infection, an uninstaller or defective software. The danger of important data being lost forever is averted with Avira UnErase.

Avira UnErase Personal was designed to help you recover deleted files from your computer."

Comments - None Yet


Name - Glary Undelete

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Download URL - http://download.glarysoft.com/
gunsetup.exe

Developer - Glarysoft Ltd

OS - Win 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista

File Size - 1.16 MB

Developer Provided Description - "Glary Undelete is a free and easy-to-use yet powerful file recovery solution for FAT and NTFS file systems. It will get data back emptied from the Recycle Bin, in a DOS window, from Windows Explorer with the SHIFT key held down. It will even recover files that have been deleted by bugs, crashes and viruses!"

Comments - None Yet


Name - Test Disk Assistant

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Download URL - http://sourceforge.net/projects/
testdiskassist/files

Developer - James Deckert

OS - NA

File Size - 13.12 KB

Developer Provided Description - "TestDiskAssist is designed to sort the thousands of files recovered by TestDisk so that the end user can find desired files quickly with ease, as well as dispose of unnecessary files."

Comments - None Yet


Name - Kickass Undelete

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Download URL - http://sourceforge.net/projects/
kickassundelete/files

Developer - Joey Scarr / Josh Oosterman / Lukas Korsika

OS - Windows All

File Size - 591.50 KB

Developer Provided Description - "Kickass Undelete is a free, fully featured, file recovery tool for Windows. Accidentally deleted a file? Never fear; the data is probably still on your drive and may be recoverable. Kickass Undelete finds all of the deleted files on your hard drive, flash drive or SD card and allows you to recover them."

Comments - None Yet


Name - Restoration

Screenshot of the software in action.

Download URL - http://www3.telus.net/mikebike/
RESTORATION.html

Developer - Brian Kato

OS - Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP

File Size - 556 KB (zipped)

Supported Software Versions or File Systems - FAT12/FAT16/FAT32/NTFS. Compressed files of NTFS are supported. However, encrypted files of NTFS are not supported so far.

Developer Provided Description - "Restore files which are deleted from the recycle bin or deleted while holding down the Shift key by mistake. Conversely, this program has another function that makes it almost impossible to restore all deleted files. You can use it after deletion of confidential documents, embarrassing files and so on."

Comment - May be the simplest undelete freeware. Great for quick jobs. Extremely popular.


Name - DataRecovery

Screenshot of the program in action.

Download URL - DataRecovery_EN.zip

Developer - Tokiwa

OS - Windows95/98/Me/NT4.0/2000/XP/2003

File Size - 149 KB

Supported Software Versions or File Systems - FAT12/16/32/NTFS

Developer Provided Description - "DataRecovery is freeware and written by TOKIWA
to undelete accidentally deleted files even from recycle bin. But DataRecovery doesn't assure that all files deleted can be recovered successfully. It mostly depends on your system/configuration and we can't support each of all that varieties.

Key-features

1 FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, NTFS undeletion
2 undelete whole files in a directory in a single click
3 search by partial string in the file name
4 runnable from floppy disk
5 undelete NTFS compressed files
6 undelete EFS encrypted files"

Comment - Seemed to work fine with floppy but said there were'nt enough resources for the C: drive.


Name - NTFS File Undeleter

Screenshot of the software in action.

Download URL - http://filerecovery.biz/files/
ntfsundel.exe

Developer - Robert Green

OS - DOS, Windows 9X/ME

File Size - 291 KB

Supported File Systems - NTFS Only

Developer Provided Description - "Small, simple but effective file undeleter for NTFS. DOS program, can mount NTFS volumes and extract deleted files. Run from a pure DOS prompt or a Windows 9X/ME DVM (does NOT run from a DVM on any version of NT). Also available on a FreeDOS formatted boot diskette, pre-configured for optimal operation."

Comment - If you like DOS programs try this one. It's more an advanced level program.


Name - FreeUndelete

Screenshot of the software in action.

Download URL - http://officerecovery.com/
freeundelete/download.htm

Developer - Recoveronix (OfficeRecovery.com)

OS - Windows NT/2000/XP

File Size - 757 KB

Supported file Systems - NTFS Only

Developer Provided Description - "FreeUndelete is a freeware data recovery program for deleted files. In case of accidental deletion of files on a NTFS file system (used by default in Windows XP, 2000 and NT) FreeUndelete is the utility to help."

Comment - Program seems to not list al possible files that are undeletable although this is perhaps due to my machine having just been defragmented.


Name - eDATA UnerasePersonal EditionRatings Explanation

Screenshot of the software in action.

Download URL - http://www.octanesoft.com/
download.html#edata

Developer - Octane Soft

OS - 9 Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP /2003

Supported file Systems - FAT12/16/32 and NTFS

File Size - 2.03 MB

Developer Provided Description - "eDATA Unerase Personal Edition is software used to restore files that have been deleted through normal methods, including accidental deletions from the recycle bin. With powerful scanning/restoring features, quick scan facility and an easy-to-use interface, anyone can use eDATA Unerase. No Risk No Cost!"

Comment - Will not recover images unless you buy the professional version, otherwise a quite impressive program. Note the program has a field for file condition but didn't seem to be able to determine it for any of the 4800 deleted files it found.


Name - Turbo File UneraserRatings Explanation

Screenshot of the software in action.

Download URL - http://www.fdrlab.com/
software/tfu.html

Developer - FDR Labs

OS - Microsoft Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP /2003

File Size - 556 KB (zipped)

Description - "Turbo File Uneraser is a data recovery program that will recover:

  • - Files and Folders emptied from the Recycle Bin.

  • - Files and Folders deleted from network drives

  • - Files and Folders deleted using DOS commands (via the command line).

Turbo File Uneraser can recover data from Hard Drives; Floppy disks; Zip Disks; Digital camera cards; USB Drives; or any other storage device."

Comment - May more properly fit under the full featured undeleters. Software looks good. Generous company. They offer another useful piece of freeware, TURBO ZIP CRACKER. They have a file corruption recovery service for an excellent price of $25.


Name - Smart FAT RecoveryRatings Explanation

Screenshot of the program in action.

Download URL - http://www.smartpctools.com/
fat_recovery/download.html

Developer - SmartPC Solutions

OS - Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003File Size - 647 KB

Supported Software Versions or File Systems - FAT12/16/
32 systems only

Developer Provided Description - "Smart FAT Recovery is a data recovery tool for Windows operating system that supports the FAT 12/16/32 file system. The software easily recovers data from hard disks, digital cameras, and any type of storage media - flash drives, USB drives, memory stick, PC card, multimedia card, secure digital card and diskette.

Smart FAT Recovery can recover any deleted files, including MS Office files, photos, mp3 and zip files, even if the partition table is lost!"

Comment - FAT12/16/32 systems only


Name - Undeletion Wizard

Screenshot of the software in action.

Download URL - undelwiz.zip

Developer - Sreejith S

OS - Windows 9X/MEFile Size - 89 KB

Supported Software Versions or File Systems - FAT32 only

Developer Provided Description - "Undeletion Wizard is a file undeletion program for Windows. It can recover (undelete) deleted files from your hard disk. Currently Undeletion Wizard supports undeletion only from fat 32 partitions. It can search your hard disk for undeletable files. Advanced Search options allows you to search deleted files by specifying their file names (whole or part) or by their extensions. Undeletion Wizard can also undelete files from deleted directories. It can scan recursively your disk's directory structure. Undeletion Wizard uses low level disk access for reading the contents of the deleted file from the file system. All disk writes are done through standard file IO functions. So Undeletion Wizard had no chance to damage your fat 32 file system. Undeletion wizard is free for non-commercial use."

Comment - Only works with the FAT32 file system.


Name - Roadkil's Undelete

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Download URL - Undelete.zip

Developer - Roadkil.net

OS - Windows

File Size - 51.74 KB

Supported Software Versions or File Systems - FAT12, FAT16, FAT32 and NTFS file systems

Developer Provided Description - Allows you to undelete files that you have accidentally deleted from your drives.

Comment - Not currently available. May be added later.


Name - Smart Fat Recovery

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Download URL - Smart Fat Recovery

Developer - Smart PC Solutions

OS - Windows NT/2000/XP/2003

File Size - 660 KB

Supported Software Versions or File Systems - Any files that are deleted

Developer Provided Description - Smart FAT Recovery is a data recovery tool for Windows operating system that supports the FAT 12/16/32 file system. The software easily recovers data from hard disks, digital cameras, and any type of storage media - flash drives, USB drives, memory stick, PC card, multimedia card, secure digital card and diskette. Smart FAT Recovery can recover any deleted files, including MS Office files, photos, mp3 and zip files, even if the partition table is lost!

Comment - Not currently available. May be added later.


Name - Smart NTFS Recovery

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Download URL - Smart NTFS Recovery

Developer - Smart PC Solutions

OS - Windows NT/2000/XP/2003

File Size - 680 KB

Supported Software Versions or File Systems - Any files that are deleted

Developer Provided Description - Smart NTFS Recovery is a data recovery tool for Windows operating system that supports the NTFS file system. The software easily recovers data from hard disks and any type of storage media - flash drives, USB drives, memory stick, PC card, multimedia card, secure digital card with NTFS file system. Smart NTFS Recovery can recover any deleted files, including MS Office files, photos, mp3 and zip files, even if the partition table is lost!

Comment - Not currently available. May be added later.