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  1. Mussels

    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

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    We get heaps of threads on this, so lets make a nice organised list of programs people can use for backing up, restoring, and recovering data.




    For a quick start to this, some pointers.

    1. If you formatted a drive and did NOT write to it, recovery is possible. If you installed any data over it (such as windows, or copying files to it) then you need to restore a backup, or accept that you will have lost some, most, or all of your data.

    2. Backups are not perfect - for example, a virus that killed your machine could also be in your backup. try and backup your important data first, not your operating system and useless files - and store it in more than one place if possible (for example, an external hard drive AND on DVD)




    Now to the programs:

    Free Data recovery software
    Piriform Recuva - Highly recommended by TPU users, myself included.


    The following were listed by 95viper in another thread, i dont know if he's reccomending them or just listed them.
    Roadkil's Unstoppable Copier A nice one.:)
    UNDELETE 360
    Free File Recovery 1.1
    Glary Undelete
    UndeletePlus[/QUOTE]

    Paid Data recovery software



    Free backup/restore software


    Paid backup/restore software
    Acronis True Image Home
    Paragon Hard Disk Manager Suite 2011 (Paid)[/QUOTE]


    please people, help me fill in the blanks so i can request this to get stickied. :)
     
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    Roadkil's Unstoppable Copier... I have used before and it worked nicely on some dvd/cds that the files refused to be read normally.

    The rest of that listing was just to give the op of the thread a shot at other free ones to use.

    Paid Data recovery software
    Paid software(well, I got it for free)... I use Iolo Search and Recover Does what is supposed to.

    Paid backup/restore software
    +1 on the Acronis True Image
    Paragon Hard Disk Manager Suite 2011 (Paid)
     
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    This will be mega useful! Im sure you already know I feel that way though...
     
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    File Scavenger - works for:
    Accidental deletion, removal from the Recycle Bin.
    Corrupt disk,reformatted or deleted volume or partition.
    Partially damaged disk with bad spots.
    Broken RAID or spanned volume.

    Norton Ghost - works for:
    full and partial image back up and restore

    SyncBack - works for:
    Copy locked or open files (not Windows 2000)
    • Fast Backup and Smart Synchronization
    • Versioning (keep previous backup versions)
    • Powerful FTP engine & AES encryption

    free

    GImageX from AutoIt - works for:
    image back ups
     
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  5. Mussels

    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

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    try editing them so that the name has the link, its easier for me to copy paste then.


    also, try and get only the best - we only want 2-3 options in each category for simplicity, so the best paid and free is all we need.
     
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    Best software i've ever used is "Active @ Undelete" its paid for but amazing bit of kit.
     
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    When people use the SEARCH function on TPU, we need to make sure this thread appears. Therefore here is a string of tags. I hope it helps the vBulletin search function.

    HELP
    LOST FILES
    RECOVER RECOVERY
    DELETE DELETED FILE
    UNDELETE
    FORMAT FORMATTED UNFORMAT
    FIND SEARCH DISCOVER
    GET BACK RECYCLE BIN SAVE BACKUP
    ACCIDENT ACCIDENTALLY IDIOT GEEK SQUAD
    FLOPPY HARD DISK DRIVE HDD SSD PARTITION

    For Mussels OP
    Free Backup software
    Cobian Backup
    COMODO Backup
    MS SyncToy Sync Toy
    rsync

    Free for limited use applications
    Syncrify
    Delta Copy
     
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    done


    i think norton ghost speaks for itself.
    file scavenger saved my live before, it finds stuff i never thought was still there. thats just my personal experience.
    Syncback is mostly free and it's a pretty decent backup tool and it has a pretty nice scheduler.
    GImageX, if norton is out of price range that would be my next option for image back ups
     
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    Excellent thread.

    The free and open source solution that gets about is TestDisk and its sister PhotoRec.

    Pros for testdisk:
    Recover formatted disks (aka. deleted partitions)
    Windows and Linux disk formats
    Fix boot sectors, file tables, etc.

    Pros for photorec:
    Picks out 100s of types of files - photos, Office docs, zips...

    Cons:
    They are "scary" text-only styled - though you don't type commands, it's all "press Enter to..." so that may put people off.
     
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    Wrigleyvillain PTFO or GTFO

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    R-Studio is one of the better commercial solutions as well. Know about it from enterprise IT work.
     
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    Buy a copy of Windows Home Server, set it to do automatic backups of your pcs and files, then you can do restores direct from the server, works quite well for me at home.

    At work we use Symantec Backup Exec, thats an impressive bit of software.
     
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    Free
    Gparted
    Hirens This is a complementation of pretty much every tool needed, but has a lot of data recovery tools both in the DOS and Bootable Windows section, found on most torrent sites.
     
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    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

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    bump, thread fell off the face of the forum for some reason.
     
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    i have another good one for this:
    Macrium Reflect
    has a paid and a fully free version

    this lets you create a image of the disk. the image can later be accessed and individual files can be recovered, incremental back up's are supported and a scheduler is included.
    also has a standalone recovery cd.
     
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    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

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    whats the key changes between paid and free?
     
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    i haven't used the paid version yet and i am missing nothing in the free version, so really i couldn't tell. all the features i mentioned thou are fully available in the free version :)
     
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    can you sticky this?
     
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    qubit Overclocked quantum bit

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    +1

    Backups are really important, so a help thread for backups should always be readily available.
     
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    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

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    not a mod of this section, so no i cant.
     
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    cadaveca My name is Dave

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    you need to ask Sneekypeet about the software I pointed him to, and how he recovered near 2x the data the drive could actually hold. I'll let him tell the story, though.:laugh:
     
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    qubit Overclocked quantum bit

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    Now that I'd like to hear about!

    I'll bet the capacity was simply limited in firmware.
     
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    Dave is spot on! He listened to me go at this hard drive for two days with various freewares and out of the blue on the last day of my tinkering, he mentions this software called iCare data recovery.

    Issue with most of the freeware is thew amount of data that it will allow you to recover or back up, that wasn't the case with iCare. Granted I had to pay $70 for the iCare app, but it is fully supported and mine forever. If I want to upgrade the software to the next series I wold have to pay again, but unless it has something you really must have over the old version, there really is no need.

    Back to the drive. So I had this 2.5" 320GB drive that just dropped from windows and was not accessible. So after Dave watched me fail for hours, and I took his advice to look into iCare, once installed it saw not only my 280GB of info, but the actual backup file from using iCare came up with roughly 490GB of info that it dropped in a folder for me to use again. Not only did I gain access to all of my work information (280GB of info is a bit rough to loose when your job depends on it), but the software pulled info from the last 17 installs on that drive.

    In the end color me impressed and very happy. Granted not everyone wants to shell out $70 for backup software, but in my instance, that $70 investment saved my ass right when I was about to take a hammer to that drive in frustration.

    Thanks again Dave!!!!!:toast::respect:
     
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    Sneeky can you please sticky this, loads of people will benefit :)
     

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