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12 Free and Useful Data Recovery Utilities

12 Free and Useful Data Recovery Utilities
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Never say never, especially about recovering lost data

As the need for computers at work, home, and school has grown, so too has the amount of data we produce. Many times we consider the information we store on our PCs more important than actual physical objects. And why not, when the files we work with on the computer represent many long hours of hard work?

Still, it's amazing how many users take a flippant approach towards backing up important data—if they bother maintaining any backups at all. The following software won't replace any good backup regime, but they do offer a chance to successfully retrieve information lost through human or computer error. You may also want to check out these recommendations for data backup tools.

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    Screed , December 29, 2011 7:07 PM
    Been using Hiren's for quite a while now. Invaluable tools that make life easier as an IT professional.
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    wingartz , December 29, 2011 9:37 PM
    ScreedBeen using Hiren's for quite a while now. Invaluable tools that make life easier as an IT professional.

    i cant agree more, very useful boot cd
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    rsh007 , December 30, 2011 6:49 AM
    Recuva is the best...
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    marciocattini , January 2, 2012 1:04 PM
    I like UBCD for Win, its got a very extensive set of tools!
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    WyomingKnott , December 19, 2012 6:25 PM
    Not one but two password breakers. I thought that this was against policy at Tom's
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    nukemaster , December 19, 2012 7:34 PM
    Forum policy :p 
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    Anonymous , December 20, 2012 5:31 AM
    ScreedBeen using Hiren's for quite a while now. Invaluable tools that make life easier as an IT professional.

    i love hirens, one easy tool that has everything, i use parted magic the most
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    youssef 2010 , January 18, 2013 2:44 PM
    You just can't beat Hiren
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