All "free" solutions I find aren't free, usually you can only recover 500MB of data or something similar. I also find old threads about software that used to be completely free but aren't anymore.

Is there any truly free program that accomplishes data recovery available in 2021?

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TestDisk and PhotoRec are free and OpenSource.

  • Thanks, are these command line only? (vs. gui I mean)
    – drake035
    Jan 20, 2022 at 20:19
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    PhotoRec existist in a GUI version. Testdisk has as far as I remember a text based UI.
    – Robert
    Jan 20, 2022 at 20:34

It doesn't really compete with Robert's answer as their suggestions are open source but Recuva has always worked well for me and an additional feature is that it can do secure delete (writes a bunch of random data over the space).


DMDE is a great solution. The free version is limited to one folder at a time.


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