Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery Solutions has been one of the best when it comes to recovering photos, files and all kinds of data from HDD and other Disk Storage devices.

I came to know about it many years ago and also won a legal copy in one of the several giveaway. It has been a life saver since then. The result with this very file undelete solution has always come out on top when compared with the others.

It can also recover very large amount of data [in terabytes ( TB ) ] and works with various popular operating systems out there.

Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery is a premium software with only trial versions. You can read more about them from their official page here.

Disk Drill is a brilliant, reliable and very efficient data recovery solution for  Mac OS X. The tools lets you backup failing disks, scan, preview and recover lost data from storage devices.

It is also a great utility software for maintaining stability and well-functioning of hard disk drives; can be used effectively for data protection and disk optimization.

Disk Drill for Mac OS X can recover from various types of storage devices including Micro-SD Cards and pen drives. I was able to view lost (deleted) photos from an SD card connected to a Mac OS X during the preview of this awesome tool.

Once the storage disk drive can be connected to a Mac OS X computer, there’s always the possibility of Disk Drill software recovering lost data and images from the drive.

It is always advisable to try the free (basic) version first to see the preview of your data(s) before going for one of the other premium versions of the software.

See their official website for more.

VeraCrypt is a fork of and a successor to TrueCrypt, which ceased development last year (more on them later.) The development team claims they’ve addressed some of the issues that were raised during TrueCrypt’s initial security audit, and like the original, it’s free, with versions available for Windows, OS X, and Linux. If you’re looking for a file encryption tool that works like and reminds you of TrueCrypt but isn’t exactly TrueCrypt, this is it. VeraCrypt supports AES (the most commonly used), TwoFish, and Serpent encryption ciphers, supports the creation of hidden, encrypted volumes within other volumes. Its code is available to review, although it’s not strictly open source (because so much of its codebase came from TrueCrypt.) The tool is also under constant development, with regular security updates and an independent audit in the planning stages (according to the developers.)

Those of you who nominated VeraCrypt praised it for being an on-the-fly encryption tool, as in your files are only decrypted when they’re needed and they’re encrypted at rest at all other times, and most notably for being the spiritual (if not almost literal) successor to TrueCrypt. Many of you praised them for being a strong tool that’s simple to use and to the point, even if it’s lacking a good-looking interface or tons of bells and whistles. You also noted that VeraCrypt may not support TrueCrypt files and containers, but can convert them to its own format, which makes moving to it easy.

Dashlane launched in beta back in 2012, and has risen to prominence since largely because of its attention to its interface (which is sharp and easy to use), simple security, easy auto-login, form auto-fill, and logging of purchases and orders from online shops. It’s picked up a number of updates since then, including support for two-factor authentication, the ability to share passwords with emergency contacts in case you can’t access your accounts, and most recently, the ability to change multiple passwords on dozens of websites with a few clicks. Dashlane will also notify you if you have an account on a site that’s hacked, and with its built-in password changer, you can have Dashlane reset the password to a new, unique, strong one without leaving the interface. If you want to change all your passwords at once, you can do that too. The purchase tracking and digital wallet features make it easy to make online purchases even at retailers you don’t have accounts with, and search all of your online orders in one place, while secure note and document sharing gives you a place to store passwords that can’t be automatically filled in. Dashlane also gives you the option to store your passwords locally only in an encrypted vault (where only you have the master key), or to sync them to your devices and access them on the web. Dashlane supports Windows, OS X, Android, and iOS, and has plugins for Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer. It’s free to download and use, but if you want your passwords synced across devices, you’ll need Dashlane Premium, at $40/yr.

Dashlane’s nomination thread was also pretty popular, with many of you praising the tool for making password management simple and easy to do—almost an inviting task that you’ll actually want to do, which is an accomplishment on its own. Making people actually want to take control of their security because the interface is easy enough to use is a big deal, and Dashlane’s UI shows you right up front what your overall security “score” is, and gives you easy tips to improve it right then and there. Those of you who use it praised it for its seamless syncing, digital wallet, auto-fill across all of your devices, and its new multi-site password changer. It’s not perfect though—a number of you noted that it’s great…as long as you were grandfathered into its free plan (when syncing was still free), and noted that $40/yr was steep considering the competition is generally less and on-par feature-wise.

In trying to keep your Windows PC clean, it’s easy for you (or your cleaning software) to get overzealous. Sooner or later, you’re going to delete something you meant to keep, and salvaging data from beyond the Recycle Bin can be a challenge.

That wayward file is not necessarily gone forever, though. Windows machines do not permanently erase data until new files overwrite the space on the hard drive allotted for deleted ones. So if your deletion was recent, you stand an excellent chance of recovering your files. The easiest solution is to arm yourself with data recovery software.

Additional Considerations

Help and Support

While data recovery programs are fairly self-explanatory, the process can be a tricky business, and it’s good to have a resource if things go wrong (well, wrong-er). The best companies will have tech support available by phone — 24/7, if possible, as the odds of your big data emergency happening during normal business hours are slim. If not, see if the company offers live chat, email addresses, website query forms or active social media pages.

Recovery from Unbootable Drives

If you lose data due to a virus, hard drive corruption or good, old-fashioned gremlins, you may not be able to launch Windows at all. In that case, you’ll have to hook up your hard drive to another machine and try to recover files secondhand. Most data recovery software offers this feature, but some charge extra for it, so be sure to research this functionality before purchasing a program.

Bottom Line

Data recovery software can be an invaluable tool, whether you’re dealing with accidental deletions, hard drive reformatting or the results of a virus. You can count on these robust tools to save those important files from oblivion.

iMyfone D-Back is an efficient iPhone data recovery software that allows you to recover files deleted by mistake from iPhone, iPad, or iPod. If you have any problems and lose or damage the content of your iphone, you can use this app to try to recover these data. It works in a simple way and you can choose exactly the item types you want back.

It is able to recover photos, videos, text messages, notes, bookmarks, calendar appointments, contacts and call history, and Whatsapp. According to the developers, the future versions also will support memos, voice messages and Facebook chat. iMyfone D-Back search in the internal memory of the device, iTunes, and iCloud.

Main Features:

  1. Restore iPhone Data No Matter How You Lost Them;
  2. Supports 22+ Different File Formats for Recovery on All iOS Devices;
  3. Four Recovery Modes to Find Your iPhone Data Quickly;
  4. Preview Function to Recover Data Selectively;
  5. Totally Repair Your iOS System at Home without Data Loss.

System Requirements:

Supported OS: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP (SP2 or later)

Supported OS: Mac OS X 10.5 or above (Mac OS X 10.11 Capitan)

In our test, iMyFone D-Back offers fast and reliable recovery options for iOS devices with only several mouse clicks. It is a light and quite a useful app to have. Once launch this software, you would see a well-designed and easy-to-navigate interface. His recovery characteristics are listed on the left, and the icons are easy to understand. As soon as you install the app you will be prompted to download the latest version of iTunes if you do not already have it installed. If you have bought and posted this software, you will be prompted to connect your iOS device using a USB cable. Here we tested the full version of iMyFone D-Back:

I deleted multiple contacts, messages, pictures and call history from our iPhone, and directly connected it to the computer. The software starts to scan the iPhone and minutes later, the scan is done, this app allows me to recover all lost media files, messages and Contacts, call history, and even help me find out some data I deleted long time ago. With checkbox, I can easily select which types of files we need to recover.

To conclude, iMyFone D-Back proves to be a light, fast, and easy to use solution if you need to recover deleted files and data from your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, as well as its iCloud and iTunes backups.

Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS are capable of recovering data lost on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with the capability of retrieving data directly from iPhone and other iOS devices, iTunes backup as well as iCloud backup, which mean that you can get your precious data back even you lost or damaged your iPhone. It fully works with all iOS from old to the latest iOS 9. With this program you can easily recover your phonebook contacts, SMS and MMS messages, call history, camera roll, videos, music library, voice memos, calendar, notes, reminders and even Safari bookmarks.

Once you connect the device to the computer, the data recovery tool would automatically scan for all types of lost files for recovery. Besides, the ability to preview all lost data from iPhone, iTunes/iCloud backup before you recover them is also an advantage, after all, gives more security for you before the final data recovery. But it needs to be mentioned that the free version only shows you all the recoverable files and lists, but does not empower you to retrieve anything.

Main Features:

  1. Recover data from iOS devices/iCloud backup/iTunes backup;
  2. Available to recover iphone imessages, contacts, photos, videos, notes, call history, calendars,voicemail ,voice memos, reminders, bookmarks, etc;
  3. Recover App data like WhatsApp, Instagram, Flickr, iPhoto, iMovie, Kindle, etc;
  4. Compatible with the latest iOS 10;
  5. Supports iPhone 7/6/6S/5s/5c/5/4s/4/3GS, all iPads and iPod touch;
  6. Retrieve lost data due to deletion, device crashed or broken, device loss, jailbreak, iOS upgrade,factory reset.

System Requirements:

Supported OS: Window 10,8.1,8,7,Vista,XP (32-bit & 64-bit)

Supported OS: Mac OS X 10.11, 10.10, 10.9, 10.8, 10.7, 10.6

In our tests, the program could recover files successfully. The whole process was simple and quick, which allows any user to be able to rescue your files without having to understand complex systems. All you need to do is scan the device and wait, since the program does everything automatically.

The program has a very easy to use interface. You can choose the recovery mode that fits your need, since the application provides a short explanation of each mode. Besides, this iPhone data recovery is extremely fast. As he reads, already displays all documents that may be recovered. In addition, the program is well organized, because can it automatically categorize your files, besides, the preview and retrieval system also facilitate the work for users. To conclude, the program is really efficient and a great ally for those who lost their files.

Many of you would have stopped using Internet Explorer a long time ago, but it remains one of the most used web browsers around the globe. This could be easily attributed to the business customers and office users. For such users, Microsoft has issued a deadline to upgrade their browsers to the latest version i.e. Internet Explorer 11.

Microsoft’s step to end support for the older versions is an obvious one as it is looking to make Microsoft Edge its primary browser. According to Microsoft advisory, the older versions of Internet Explorer have January 12, 2016 to upgrade.

“Internet Explorer 11 is the last version of Internet Explorer, and will continue to receive security updates, compatibility fixes, and technical support on Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10,” said Microsoft in a statement.

It means that after January 12, 2016, only Internet Explorer 11, the most current version of IE will be supported by Microsoft. So after this date, Microsoft is not going to release security updates and technical support for the older versions.

Microsoft, in its statement, also points out the potential risks of using the outdated versions of Internet Explorer. “Without critical browser security updates, your PC may become vulnerable to harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software,” Redmond writes.

Well, if you are wondering how long will the Internet Explorer 11 be supported? Microsoft has an answer and it says that IE 11 will be supported for the “the life of Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.”

In its official statement, Microsoft repeatedly mentions Microsoft Edge and urges the users to try out its latest browser. However, the adoption rate of Edge has been low and the extension support in the next Windows 10 update is expected to give it some boost.

Source: Microsoft 

If you shudder to think what would happen if you lost your iPhone files, this application might help: it promises to recover everything that was deleted by mistake. There are 19 types of documents that can be recovered, among them photos, contacts, iTunes songs, text messages, calendar history, browser favorites, and many more.

With this program installed, all you have to do is plug an iPhone, iPad, or iPod and run recovery. It shows all the items that can be saved again to avoid complete loss; after that, you choose exactly what you wish to recover, since it offers a preview of images and data.

Main Features:

  1. Recover iOS data from iPhone 7/6s/6/5s/5c/5/4S, iPad 4/3/2/Air, iPad mini/mini 2 and iPod touch 5;
  2. Recover lost data from iPhone 4/3GS, iPad 1 and iPod touch 4;
  3. Retrieve and extract iTunes backup files in formats you can open;
  4. Preview the iOS file before recovering.

System Requirements:

Supported OS: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP (SP2 or later)

Supported OS: Mac OS X 10.5 or above (Mac OS X 10.11 Capitan)

Tipard iOS Data Recovery is an interesting application to recover iPhone, iPad, and iPod files. It brings the possibility of choosing only certain types of files to recover, being a very simple alternative. If you have ever used one of these programs on pc, for instance, you will not have any difficulty doing the same to find the items on iPhone.

All you have to do is plug in the phone and begin! There is no advanced configuration and it does all the process automatically, without your needing to have any great knowledge on the subject. The only thing that is important to stress is that this type of tool works best if you do not take long: as soon as you realize the mistake and want to run recovery, install the application and do a sweep.

This scan can take a while, but it won’t slow down the pc nor make it impossible to use it. Thus, you can keep using it normally while the application finds the files on your iPhone, iTunes, and iCloud.

iMobie PhoneRescue is a program you can use to recover lost or deleted files on your iOS devices. Here we list some main features of PhoneRescue.

It is capable of running on Macs as well as PCs, also recovering files on iTunes, in addition to the iOS devices. In total, there are 22 different file types from different applications that PhoneRescue can recover, such as Contacts, Call log, SMS, Notes, Reminders, Safari history, Photos, Music, Video, Playlists, and many others.

If you’re afraid of losing files from your iPhone or iPad, PhoneRescue is a program developed for you. With this service, you can recover several data from your Apple devices and transport them to a computer.

Main Features:

  1. Focuses on analyzing and recovering the most important 22 types of iOS content;
  2. Retrieves all your valued information via 3 safe and reliable ways;
  3. Extracts photos and voicemails from iTunes backup, even it’s an encrypted one;
  4. Saves messages and call history to HTML format or simply copies them to the clipboard;
  5. Exports music, movies, Skype chat history and books to the computer even when you cannot access your iPhone;
  6. Fully support recovering data from iPhone 7 (Plus) and the latest iOS 10.

System Requirements:

Windows OS: Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP, both 32bit and 64bit

Mac OS: Mac OS 10.11, 10.10, 10.9, 10.8

PhoneRescue is an interesting application to recover files on iPhone, iPad, and iPod. It allows you to choose only certain file types you want back, which it is a simple alternative. If you have ever used a program like these on computer, for example, you will have no difficulty to do the same to find the items on your iPhone.

Just plug the phone and start! There are no advanced settings and it runs the whole process automatically, so you do not need a deep knowledge about the subject. It is important to highlight just one point: this kind of tool works best if you do not take long, in other words, as soon as you notice an error and want to recover, install the application and scan.

This scan may take long. Despite this, it does not slow down your computer or make it impossible to use. This way, you can continue using it normally while the application try to find the files on your iPhone, iTunes, and iCloud.