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I am looking for a Windows tool that tries to find & recover all deleted files on a NTFS hdd (including healthy parts of partially overwritten files).

From my experience, results greatly vary.
What undelete software have you achieved the best recovery rates with ?

(freeware preferred, payware also acceptable)

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I have used Recuva to recover deleted files on Windows boxes.

It generally works well. It's easy to use, and has a minimal learning curve.

My big complaint with it is that for years they offered a portable version. Without notice, they pulled the portable version from their website.

Hopefully someday they will come to their senses and release a portable version again. This is especially important for undelete software, since you don't want to have to run an installer that may write to the media on which you want to recover data.

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  • thanks. +1. tip: you can extract the files from setup.exe with 7-zip. Other solution: Once installed you can copy the install dir to an USB stick: recuva.exe runs without installation.
    – summerrain
    Jan 15 at 18:02
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    @summerrain You're welcome, and thank you for the tips! Note that it will not likely affect recovery, but IIRC, the non-portable version of Recuva will write to the Windows registry. That's not desirable for many people, but it can only affect recovery in the exceptionally rare case of those registry writes increase the number of clusters occupied by the registry and overwriting clusters containing data you want to recover. Jan 16 at 3:44
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getdataback for ntfs could be helpful. An other solution could be EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. but don´t expect a 100% recovery from both. Also the files that can be recovered should be big enough, some small text file both programms were unable to recover.

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