There are times when people get some jobs for data recovery which are difficult, where your software of choice simply does not cut it. With data recovery you can't settle for good, you need the best; especially when you have all of those irreplaceable baby pictures stuck on your broken hard drive.
On the web, you will find many tools claiming to be the best. Most of them are just trying to sell, and you can't really tell if the product is reliable until you purchase it. In this list you will get the mostly non-commercial software, however, the fact that these tools are free does not mean they are of lesser quality than comparable commercial products; some of these are equal if not better than their commercial counterparts. Most of the software in the list either freeware or open source. There are two exceptions. Spinrite which is one-of-a-kind on what it does and Recover my files which is just an exceptional product.
The list was compiled in order of importance. I took into account the programs usefulness, quality of results, etc.
And without further discussion. Here is the list:
These are all the tools people mostly use for all the data recovery jobs. All the software on this list is critical in any data recovery specialist's arsenal. If you want to find out more about what each software is about to read my data recovery software top 10 list.