Recover My Files
Unfortunate events happen all the time, especially when it comes to computers, as your important files can get infected by a virus or get accidentally deleted.
Retrieving them can be a great problem, especially when you don't have them backed up. A solution to this situation can be Recover My Files, a dedicated utility for finding and restoring deleted items.
Recover deleted or infected files
This thorough application is meant to bring back deleted files (e.g. documents, images, video, archives, emails), even if they have been infected or permanently removed from your Recycle Bin.
Recover My Files can also recover documents after a hard disk crash or partitioning error, from external local drives (e.g. camera card, USB), and restore formatted hard drives. You can choose to scan for all erased files, or you can enter a keyword to restrict the search and the processing time.
On smaller files, Recover My Files works quite fast. But if you choose to perform a complete format recovery, it could take some while. Also, be careful not to open multiple instances, because the overlapping may result in errors.
Preview mode and other handy features
The interface of the tool is both intuitive and well-organized, leaving plenty of room for previewing the files, or navigating around the files that have been found and analyze their MD5 hash. The search time is typically short, but if you don't have the patience to see the whole drive scanned, then you can just cancel the operation.
Another function provided by Recover My Files is exporting the file list to a standalone file that you can read at a later time to see if your most valuable files can be retrieved.
The unregistered version does not allow you to save the recovered files, so if you are satisfied with the files it detects, you can purchase a license for Recover My Files and unlock its full functionality.