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  1. TestDisk can convert dynamic disks to basic disks.
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    • Windows
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    Accidentally deleted an important file? Lost files after a computer crash? No problem - Recuva recovers files from your Windows computer, recycle bin, digital camera card, or MP3 player!.

    Bundleware

    Be careful during installation, the installer will promote you to install CCleaner.



  2. **Not to be confused** with the newer [Hiren’s BootCD PE](https://alternativeto.net/software/hiren-s-bootcd-pe/about/)
  3. Hiren’s BootCD PE (Preinstallation Environment) is a restored edition of Hiren’s BootCD based on Windows 10 PE x64. PE version is being developed by Hiren’s BootCD fans. it supports UEFI booting and requires minimum 2 GB RAM.
  4. Disk Drill is a data recovery software that easily protects your files from accidental deletion with Recovery Vault and recovers lost data from disks. Disk Drill supports most of storage drives, file types and file systems.
  5. Deep Freeze Reboot Restore Software prevents any changes made on your system making PCs indestructible. Reboot Restore software is a comprehensive Windows System Restore solution that empower end users with each reboot.
  6. GetDataBack, for FAT or NTFS drive and partitions, will recover your data if the hard drive's partition table, boot record, FAT/MFT or root directory are lost or damaged, data was lost due to a virus attack, the drive was formatted, fdisk has been run, a power failure has...
  7. Advanced data recovery software to do format recovery, unformat and recover deleted files emptied from Recycle Bin or lost data due to partition loss or damage, software crash, virus infection, unexpected shutdown or any other unknown reasons under Windows operating system.
  8. GNU ddrescue is a data recovery tool. It copies data from one file or block device (hard disc, cdrom, etc) to another, trying hard to rescue data in case of read errors.
  9. RollBack Rx client is a system restore utility that enables home users and IT professionals to easily restore a PC to a time before certain events occurred.
  10. Gandalf’s Windows 10PE is a bootable CD that contains a load of useful tools you can make use of in a variety of situations like analyzing, recovering and fixing your computer even if the primary operating system can not be booted.
  11. Low cost utility to recover data from damaged, scratched, or otherwise defective discs. Highly specialized but still easy to use to read damaged CDs, DVDs, Blu-Ray or HD-DVD media. Free version has some limited functionality but is worth it to attempt data recovery.
  12. Active@ File Recovery recovers data as a result of having been accidentally deleted, formatted or otherwise lost, includes a Partition Recovery tool.
  13. WinHex is a hexadecimal editor capable of opening disks, sectors, files (native support for FAT, NTFS, Ext2/3, ReiserFS, Reiser4, UFS, CDFS, UDF) and physical memory (RAM). It can read, write and extract data for a further forensic analysis.
  14. From the site: "I have been a field service technician for many years, which means that I am out on my own fixing computers on-site and don’t always have the support of a shop or colleagues to help.

    Warning

    Download reportedly includes a cryptominer and VirusTotal seem to corroborate that. See https://www.virustotal.com/gui/file/48d8212a2e7df3fc882eef5a222899c4c8a0dbcab110d29a4eece0f12a903bf0/detection