Sunday, December 28, 2014

Media Recovery Wizard Fixes Corrupted Flash Memory Cards and Recovers Pictures, Audio and Video Content From any Media - Free as in Freeware Only Today From Giveaway of the Day
"Media Recovery Wizard fixes corrupted flash memory cards and recovers pictures, audio and video content from any media. The recovery tool supports all formats of memory cards, USB drives and hard disks, and can work with digital cameras and MP3 players that are connected to the computer via a USB cord.
Recover music and audio in MP3, WMA, ASF, WAV, OGG, WV, RA, RM, VQF, MID, and VOC formats. Restore photos from corrupted memory cards and hard drives in JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIF, and many other formats. Recover RAW files from digital SLRs in CRW, CR2, RAW, TIFF, TIF, NEF, PEF, and X3F formats. Get back your collection of movies and videos in AVI, WMV, MPG, ASF, MP1, M1V, MP2, M2V, M2A, VOB, DAT, MV, and MOV formats. Media Recovery Wizard is compatible with all revisions of FAT and NTFS file systems."
At 51% thumbs up, this software is pretty well rated for data recovery ones from Giveaway of the Day. 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Raidlabs File Uneraser Reliably Recovers Deleted Files and Documents - Free as in Freeware - Only Today from Giveaway of the Day
"RaidLabs File Uneraser reliably recovers deleted files and documents, undeletes digital pictures, music, videos, RAR and ZIP archives. This file recovery software can help in cases when anything else is helpless. File Uneraser can undelete files from all types of storage media including memory sticks, digital cameras, flash drives, USB drives and pretty much any other type of a storage device you can connect to your PC and access as a drive letter.
In addition, this undelete software works with NTFS-encrypted and compressed files, and can help you recover files lost from a virus attack, malicious or accidental user activities. No special skills and no information recovery training are required! Try File Uneraser free with full pre-recovery preview."
This software has a 58% thumbs up rating, which is high for data recovery apps but may be par for the course for undeleters. 

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

MiniTool Power Data Recovery Boot Disk - Free as in Freeware Only Today From Giveaway of the Day
"MiniTool Power Data Recovery Boot Disk facilitates data recovery for users when operating system is damaged. You can start computer as well as run Power Data Recovery via boot disk.
Our data recovery boot disk can start through not only CD/DVD but also USB flash drive. Thus, you can recover data with USB flash drive in the case that your computer or laptop doesn’t have
CD/DVD driver."
Raters give this software a 56% thumbs up, which is quite good for a data recovery application. 

Monday, December 01, 2014

Easy Drive Data Recovery - Free as in Freeware Only Today From Giveaway of the Day
"Easy Drive Data Recovery is a solution for anyone’s data recovery needs, no matter what level of computer literacy you have, you can restore your files in a couple of mouse clicks without thinking too much or reading endless manuals. Its algorithms scan the storage media thoroughly in order to find all recoverable data.
Raw Search is capable of finding and restoring over 90 file formats. There’s a preview and various filter options."
This program only has a 32% thumbs up, but that is par for the course with data recovery software. It is made by Munsoft, a Russian company that I like. I think there corrupt file recovery software works well. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Tenorshare Samsung Data Recovery 1.1.0 - Free As in Freeware - Only Today From Giveaway of the Day

"Tenorshare Samsung Data Recovery is a piece of easy yet professional data recovery software that help you recover photos, contacts, text messages, videos, music and other files on your Samsung phones and tablets. It supports all Samsung devices running Android 5.0 and under, including the latest Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 4. No matter how you lost your data like accidental deletion, formatting SD card, rooting, factory reset, this software can be always helpful and useful.
Key Features:
  • Recover 8 types of files: Photos, contacts, SMS, music, etc.
  • Recover all data lost due to deleting, rooting, factory resetting.
  • Supports all Samsung phones and tablets.
  • Connect your device via either Wi-Fi or a USB cable.
  • Offer 2 recovery modes: Quick Recovery and Deep Recovery."
With 36% thumbs up, this a little higher positive feedback than normal for a data recovery app from Giveaway of the Day 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Jihosoft File Recovery 6.4 - Free As in Freeware, Only Today From Giveaway of the Day
"Jihosoft File Recovery is advanced data recovery tool that helps you recover deleted/formatted/lost photos, videos, audio files, emails, and more documents from Windows based hard drives or any other storage devices. The application provides you with three recovery modes to help you retrieve files quickly. You are allowed to preview all recoverable files to get what you exactly want back.
Key Features:
  • Recover various files like documents, archives, photos, videos, music, etc.
  • Recover files from PC as well as many other external storage devices.
  • Three file recovery modes available: Deleted File Recovery, Formatted File Recovery and Deep Recovery.
  • Read-only and risk-free Windows file recovery software."
The usual only 19% or so thumbs up for data recovery programs. 

Sunday, November 09, 2014

1st File Undelete 3.1 - Free as in Freeware Only Today From Giveaway of the Day

1st File Undelete is a professional-grade file recovery tool. Combining sophisticated data recovery algorithms with carefully thought user interface, 1st File Undelete is just the right tool for the home user to recover files that were deleted or lost due to a disk corruption. 1st File Undelete recovers erased files of all types, and undeletes documents, archives and digital pictures with full previews.
1st File Undelete treats the most important files in a special way, and includes special low-level algorithms that can find and recover lost archives, Office documents, multimedia files, digital pictures and email databases even if the disk that contains them is badly damaged, formatted or completely inaccessible. The low-level scan algorithm reads the hard drive sector by sector, detecting the beginning and end of each file by characteristic signatures. This allows surefooted recovery under the most difficult circumstances.
Only 22% thumbs up, which is not so good, but heh, it's free. 

Saturday, November 08, 2014

M3 Bitlocker Recovery Free 4.5 - Free Bitlocker Data Recovery Software - First 1 GB of Data is Recoverable for Free
"World's 1st Bitlocker data recovery software to recover/decrypt data from damaged, corrupted, failed or inaccessible Bitlocker drive, recover lost or deleted Bitlocker partition, recover deleted data from Bitlocker drive, etc.
  • An easy-to-use wizard, no prior recovery skills needed
  • Recover file types including: photos, videos, emails, documents, music
  • Recover data from both hard drive and removable storage device
  • Recover 1GB data with the Free Edition..."
Looks good if you only have 1GB of good data. 

M3 Data Recovery Standard - Free as in Freeware From Bits Du Jour - Today Only

"Face it, you have a habit of losing things. Most of the time, they turn up eventually, but when it comes to data, the likelihood is that they’re probably gone forever! Except, of course, when you have a copy of today’s discount software promotion, M3 Data Recovery Standard!
M3 Data Recovery Standard recovers more than 600 unique file formats from all types of storage media. With M3 Data Recovery Standard, you’ll be able to safely recover data previously thought lost due to deletion, formatting, loss or partition, or a number of other reasons! Even if you have absolutely no prior experience using data recovery software, M3 Data Recovery Standard will amaze and astound you with intuitive wizard interfaces that walk you through the simple process of rescuing your files.
When you have M3 Data Recovery Standard by your side, you aren’t just able to recover files from your hard drive – you’ll have a brilliant data recovery solution that’s perfect for USB drives, external hard drives, SD cards, CompactFlash cards, and a full spectrum of other storage devices! Best of all, M3 Data Recovery Standard works in a read only mode that means your data is never at risk of being damaged!"
Looks good. 

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Hard Reset - "A Fast and Easy Way to Wipe All of Your Personal Data from Your Device and Make It 100% Clean"
"Hard Reset is a fast and easy way to wipe all of you personal data from your device and make it 100% clean. Get your phone ready for next owner :)"
They have 6873 phone types in their database. You search for your model which pulls up the reset guide

Easy Digital Photo Recovery - Free as in Freeware - Only Today From Giveaway of the Day
"Easy Digital Photo Recovery is photo recovery application that works with many picture formats, including BMP and RAW. The fully automated recovery engine locates and restores as much data as possible. The program is equipped with a preview that shows the potential results beforehand.
Easy Digital Photo recovery works with all types of storage and is designed for Windows environment."
This program has only a 22% thumbs up, but I like Munsoft, a Russian company, and I recommend their software, so if you lost your photos, in your camera, give it a try. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Tenorshare WhatsApp Recovery - Free as in Freeware Only Today from Giveaway of the Day
Accidentally wiped WhatsApp chat history and contacts on your iPhone? Lost WhatsApp messages after iOS upgrade? No matter how you lost WhatsApp chat history and contacts, Tenorshare WhatsApp Recovery can easily recover them. This program works excellently for all iOS device, including iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPhone 5S/5C/5, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 3/2, iPod touch 5G, etc.
Key Features:
  • Quickly recovers both WhatsApp chat history (like photos, videos, and other message attachments) and contacts saved on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
  • Works for any data loss scenarios including iDevice loss, iOS upgrade, formatting and factory setting restore.
  • Lost WhatsApp chat history and contacts can be restored both from iOS device itself and from iTunes backup.
  • Can transfer WhatsApp texts, photos, videos and contacts to computer for backup, which allows you to view these items freely.
  • Supports all iDevices, such as iPhone 6/ 6 Plus, iPhone 5s/5c/5, iPhone 4s/4, iPhone 3GS, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPad 4, iPod touch 5G/4G/3G, etc.
Yikes! Only 16% thumbs up, but better than nothing I guess if you are in the situation where you need What'sApp recovery. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Flash Drive Recovery 3.0 - Free as in Freeware Only Today From Giveaway of the Day
"SoftOrbits Flash Drive Recovery is a data recovery utility. It can restore data from any type of storage media (memory sticks, USB drives, PC cards, flash drives, digital cameras, etc). This software recovers all corrupted and deleted documents, photos, mp3 and other files even if a memory card was re-formatted. You do not need to set any restoration options – the entire process is done automatically with a built-in data recovery wizard.
SoftOrbits Flash Drive Recovery allows you to:
  • Restore files from various storage media including: xD Picture Card, Smart Media Card, Zip Disk, Sony Memory Stick, Floppy disk, Secure Digital Cards, Compact Flash card, Digital camera, Flash Card, MicroDrive, USB disks and many others;
  • Preview and restore JPEG, JPG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PNG, TGA and other images;
  • Preview and restore RAW images (PEF, CRW, RAF, CR2, NEF, RAW and other formats)."
Par for the course 28% thumbs up. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Accent ZIP Password Recovery 4.70 Basic - Free as in Freeware Only Today From Giveaway of the Day
"Really quick search of lost Zip/WinZip passwords (.zip and .zipx files). Supports various types of encryption: ZIP/Classic and WinZip AES. Striking code optimization for Intel and AMD processors. Uses GPU computing – works applying AMD and NVIDIA video cards. The rate of searching is dozens times higher!
Easy-to-use for novice users – there is an automatic searching according to preset scenarios. Has different options for professionals."
The rating right now is only 19% thumbs up which is abysmal but heh it's free.... 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

DataNumen Outlook Password Recovery
"DataNumen Outlook Password Recovery(DOPR)is a free and powerful tool to recover password from encrypted Outlook PST files. If you forget the password of an encrypted Outlook PST file, then with this tool, you can easily recover the password and access the contents in the PST file.
Main Features in DataNumen Outlook Password Recovery v1.0

  •  Support Microsoft Outlook 97 to 2013 encrypted PST files.
  •  Support to recover passwords for a batch of encrypted PST files.
  • Integrated with Windows shell, so you can recover the password for an encrypted PST file with context menu in the Explorer easily.
  • Support drag & drop operation.
  • Support command line parameters. "

This is permanently freeware, i.e. not freeware for just one day. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery for iOS - Free as in Freeware Today Only From Bits du Jour
"You thought your iPhone was invincible until it wasn’t. And now you’re scrambling to get back something critically important that was either lost or accidentally deleted. Time to step up and get a copy of today’s discount software promotion Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery for iOS!
Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery for iOS recovers lost or deleted data from your iPhone, including documents, messages, contacts, notes, and calendar items. With Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery for iOS, you’ll be able to get back your entire call history in case your entire alibi depends on proving you were (or weren’t) somewhere or with someone. You can even use Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery for iOS to recover bookmarks in Safari, which is handy for those of us who never remember the actual URL of any site we visit.
Perhaps the greatest benefit of Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery for iOS is its flexibility. The program is cross-compatible with Windows and runs on multiple versions of the operating system going back to XP. And since Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery for iOS can also recover data from iTunes backups, you may even be able to grab once-lost files from old computers!"
Stellar Phoenix is a prestigious brand in data recovery.  

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Mareew Media Recovery - Free as in Freeware Only Today from Giveaway of the Day
"Mareew Media Recovery automatically recovers and undeletes multimedia files such as pictures, music and videos completely automatically from all types of flash memory cards. System crashes, damaged flash cards and corrupted file systems are no longer a problem!
The tool supports all popular types of memory cards, and recovers digital pictures, music and videos in a wide range of formats. Direct recovery mode is available for digital cameras and MP3 players connected over a USB cord."
Only has a 24% thumbs up rating. This seems to be a pattern with Media recovery software but I'm not sure. 

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Easy File Undelete - Free as in Freeware - Only Today From Giveaway of the Day
"Easy File Undelete is a solid tool for recovering deleted files. The program works with Recycle Bin deleted files, formatted data and accidental file deletion. It works with over a 100 types of files, supports Raw Search, Unicode and lets a user preview the recoverable data beforehand.
The program is designed for Windows and supports all types of storage devices."
At the moment, the software only has a 22% rating, but that is from just 8 reviewers. This software is from Munsoft, a Russian company that I like. I think the ratings are bound to go higher. In general their interfaces are not as attractive as other data recovery software, but they get the job done. 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Retrieving the Windows 8 Key
"When Windows 8 machines started hitting shelves without the previously common license key label on the side, it removed the possibility of using those stickers to activate installations on the same computer after recovery or repair. If you’ve been handed a Windows 8 machine and you need to replace the hard drive and get Windows 8 installed and activated again, here’s a simple process to get the system back up and activated again.
There have been workarounds before Windows 8 if you lost your license sticker or can’t find where you stored your key. Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder has been able to extract keys from Windows 7 and previous operating system versions for some time now. However, the Windows 8 key is now tied to the original machine instead of having the ability to be installed on other machines if that machine bites the dust. So if you’ve been handed a Windows 8 machine for recovery, here’s how to get the key and get it activated again."

Thursday, September 25, 2014

7-Data Recovery Suite - Free as in Freeware Only Today From Giveaway of the Day
"All-in-one data recovery software to recover lost or deleted photos, videos, files, partition, documents from hard disk, memory cards, flash drives on Windows and mobile phones. Five different data recovery modes are integrated to recover files under almost any conditions including: accidentally deleted files, damaged or formatted hard drive; lost or deleted partition; photo or video lost from local drive, memory card, camera; files lost from mobile phone etc.Key Features:
  • Recover accidentally deleted data and files emptied from Recycle Bin and files deleted by using SHIFT+DELETE key, etc.
  • Data recovery from damaged or formatted hard drive or the hard drive that is inaccessible for unknown reason.
  • Data recovery from the partition or external storage devices like memory stick, memory card and flash drive.
  • Recover lost images, audio, and video files from hard drives, USB drives, SD cards, Camera, and other memory cards.
  • Recover deleted data, photos, videos from the inaccessible or formatted memory card of your mobile phone."
50% voted this software with a thumbs up, which is good for data recovery software from Giveaway of the Day. 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

7-Data Recovery Suite [1 Year] Easily Recover Deleted Files From Multiple Sources - Free as in Freeware Only Today From Bits du Jour
"There are a number of ways that your data can be lost – accidental deletion, hard drive corruption, lost partition, willful acts of wrongdoing. No matter how it happened, the result is always the same – stress, frustration, sheer panic at the notion that you’ve lost something valuable that can never be retrieved. But today’s discount software promotion, 7-Data Recovery Suite, is here to save your day!

7-Data Recovery Suite can rescue files lost or deleted under a variety of conditions, from local drives,
memory cards, mobile phones, and other storage devices. With 7-Data Recovery Suite, you don’t have to pull your hair out over a lost document, email, photo, video, or audio file ever again, thanks to advanced scanning technology and directory restructuring algorithms that dig deep and pull your stuff back from the abyss. 7-Data Recovery Suite even works to recover files deleted from the Recycle Bin or by using Shift+Delete. Local drive, external drive, it doesn’t matter, as long as the partition exists, 7-Data Recovery Suite can pull from it.

Actually, even if a partition is lost or deleted, 7-Data Recovery Suite can still get the job done. This is commonly the case when your hard drive gives up the ghost, with corrupted sectors, a messed up Master Boot Record, and more. And if you work primarily with media, you’ll love the fact that 7-Data Recovery Suite features a special media recovery option that specifically scans storage sources for any traces of images and media files!"

This program looks good. As always with a deleted or partition recovery program, install the program on a different disk than the one from which you are trying to recover the data from.

Friday, September 19, 2014

TogetherShare Data Recovery - Free as in Freeware - Today Only From Giveaway of the Day
"TogetherShare Data Recovery Professional does an amazing job on format recovery, unformat, deleted files recovery, raw file recovery or lost data due to partition loss or damage, software crash, virus infection, unexpected shutdown or any other unknown reasons when the data loss disaster strikes, especially when you want to recover data from formatted drive.
Best Undelete, Unformat, Partition Recovery, File Recovery utility for FAT and NTFS file systems. It provides the most comprehensive data recovery solution for computer users to recover lost data. Apart from regular data recovery, TogetherShare Data Recovery will help you recover lost or damaged partitions in a number of file systems (from FAT12 to NTFS/NTFS5) and recover compressed or encrypted files in NTFS."
This is highly rated as data recovery programs go, with a 46% thumbs up. It may be a good program to use for recovering files when you format over a disk. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Flash Drive Recovery - Free as in Freeware - Only Today From Bits du Jour
"You’ve taken hundreds of photos on the best vacation in your life, but when you plug your flash drive or memory card into your computer, none of the files are readable because the media is corrupt! Are your precious memories lost forever? Not if you get a copy of today’s discount software promotion, Flash Drive Recovery!
Flash Drive Recovery lets you recover files from damaged and corrupted flash drives and memory cards. With Flash Drive Recovery, you’ll be able to pull information off of USB flash drives and the majority of memory cards in multiple formats, including SD, SDHC, SDXC, CompactFlash, and even proprietary media like Sony Memory Stick. And if you can mount your digital camera or music player as an external drive, you can use Flash Drive Recovery to pull files directly from your gadget.
All of the usual suspects are recoverable from your flash media when you use Flash Drive Recovery, including photos, documents, music files, and more. A handy instant preview lets you see what you’re recovering, letting you pick the least corrupted or latest version of a file from the preview list. Getting started with Flash Drive Recovery is easy – just select the drive and let the program handle everything else from there!"
Looks good.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

DataNumen NTFS Undelete - Permanently Freeware
"DataNumen NTFS Undelete (DNTU) (formerly Advanced NTFS Undelete) is the best tool to recover deleted files and folders on NTFS systems. It uses advanced technologies to scan and find the deleted files and folders, and then recover all of them so to get back your most important data.
Note: DataNumen Disk Image is freeware. You can download, use and re-distribute it freely.
Free Download
DataNumen NTFS Undelete

Main Features in DataNumen NTFS Undelete v2.0
  • Support to all versions of NTFS formats.
  • Support to recover deleted files.
  • Support to recover streams associated with the deleted files.
  • Support to scan raw disk data exhaustively and search for deleted files of more than 70 known types, by using an internal expert system with extensive knowledge about the characteristics and structures of the file type specifications.
  • Support to recover deleted files from recycle bin.
  • Support to recover deleted folders and the whole folder hierarchy recursively.
  • Support to rename files and folders automatically when duplicate exists.
  • Use a simple wizard interface to instruct you go through the recovery process easily and efficiently.
  • Support to filter and sort the deleted files and folders according to various criteria.
  • Can be used as a computer forensic tool and electronic discovery(or e-discovery, eDiscovery) tool."
These undelete freeware programs are always popular. 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Stellar Phoenix iOS Data Recovery - Free as in Freeware - Only Today from Giveaway of the Day
"Here is world’s best iOS data recovery software coming to you free of cost, only for today. The software makes data recovery easy from your iPhone 5c, 5s, 4, 4s, and 4.
Recover your lost Documents, Pictures, Songs, Videos, Contacts, Messages, Calendar Entries, Notes, and also from iTunes backup files in no time. Grab your free iOS data recovery software, now."
At only 14% thumbs up, this software has abysmal ratings. However that might be a reflection of data recovery under iOS. Maybe once data is gone in iOS it is much harder to recover than in Windows. I don't know. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Very Nice DIY Recovery Video of Hard Disk Crash - You May not Need a Clean Room or Hood After All
"Does your hard drive make a buzzing noise when you turn it on? Or does it make clicking noises or not spin up? Well, in this video I will show you how to fix this fairly common problem which is caused by the drive's heads getting stuck on the platters.

Want to be extra safe? You can build a clean air enclosure. Here's a video all about that:"

I thought you needed a clean room or hood before this video but apparently not. The presenter has made another video showing how make a homemade clean box. I actually tried this once with a cousin's hard drive. I failed but if I had seen this video and maybe spun the platters while parking the arm (if that was the problem) maybe I would have succeeded. I don't remember what the issue was.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Aidfile Format Drive Recovery 3.66 - Free as in Freeware Only Today from Giveaway of the Day
 "Aidfile Format Drive Recovery is the best recovery software for recovering files, photos, documents after formatting flash drive, external hard drive, pen drive, usb drive. Format drive data recovery software can help you recover photos, pictures, videos, Word documents, Excel, PDF and other files from formatted flash drives, pen , thumb , memory sticks, SD cards, USB , CF cards or other external hard drives.
Key Features:
  • Recover data after accidental format, even if you have reinstalled Windows.
  • Recover the files deleted from the Recycle Bin.
  • Recover formatted lost MS office Word, Excel documents, photos, images, videos, music, email.
  • Recover from hard drive, USB drive, memory stick, camera card, floppy disk storage media.
  • Supports FAT32, NTFS, ExFAT file systems."
Only rated 34% thumbs up but that is par for the course for data recovery applications. 

Monday, September 01, 2014

Solution to Data Being Recoverable From Android Phones
"The Solution: Encrypt Then Wipe
The iOS operating system on Apple iPhones and iPads has to deal with a similar problem. To ensure a user’s data can be quickly and completely wiped when the device is factory reset, it has a trick up its sleeve. All data on the device is encrypted by default using the hardware encryption feature. When you choose to set up encryption, the device is protected with your own encryption key. Even if you never set up encryption, the files are stored on the device in encrypted form so any bits of deleted files appear as random gibberish on the device’s storage after it’s reset. The data can’t be recovered.
Android won’t automatically do this for you, but you can do it for yourself. To do this, just encrypt your device’s storage before you perform a factory reset. Open the Settings app, tap Security, and tap Encrypt phone or Encrypt tablet to encrypt your device. This will take an hour or more, depending on how much data your device has on it. Afterwards, open the Settings app, tap Backup & reset, and tap Factory data reset to wipe the device normally. The device will be wiped. Any bits of leftover files will be encrypted, so they’ll appear as random gibberish and their data can’t be recovered.
If your device’s storage is already encrypted, you can just factory reset it...
This is a problem with Android, but it can be easily bypassed by encrypting your device’s storage before wiping it. Google will hopefully fix the problem in the future by making Android’s factory reset feature more comprehensive.
Until then, just remember: encrypt and then reset."

Fascinating Article About How Avast was Able to Recover Vast Amounts of Data from Phones it Purchased From eBay

"Introduction to Android forensics (aka CSI: Android)
Digital forensics is a branch of science which deals with the recovery and investigation of materials found in digital devices. Forensics is usually mentioned in connection with crime, vaguely similar to criminal investigations on TV shows like CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and NCIS. However, several experiments (1, 2), including this one, use methods of digital forensics as proof that people do not pay attention to what happens with their personal data when replacing their digital devices (computers, hard drives, cell phones). In this blog post series we will reveal what we managed to dig out from supposedly erased devices. The sensitive information includes pictures (even very private ones!), videos, contacts, SMS messages, Facebook chat logs, Google searches, GPS location coordinates, and more.
What happens to the file when it is “deleted”
When people want to delete a file, most will use the standard features that come with their operating system. After it’s done, they consider the unwanted data to be gone forever. However, this is not true. When a file is deleted, the operating system merely deletes the corresponding pointers in the file table and marks the space occupied by the file as free. The reality is that the file is not deleted and the data it contained still remains on the drive. With regular usage of the drive, the remaining data will sooner or later be overwritten with different data. The same thing happens on your PC.
The following screenshots show the scenario. We used the program FTK Imager to mount the image of a partition containing user data. The first figure shows a [root] directory followed by [unallocated space]. Although all the sensitive files were deleted in the regular way, something still remained in unallocated space. In this particular example, we managed to dump 251 blocks of unallocated data and to recover interesting messages, for example from a Facebook chat. The seller of this HTC Sensation cell phone thought that his personal was cleared out, but the figures below show that he/she was tragically mistaken..."
Here are excerpts from the second article:
"Tens of thousands of Americans sell themselves online every day
The Internet has become a virtual flea market, with online consumer-to-consumer sites like Amazon, eBay, and Craigslist selling millions of products every day. Used smartphones are a popular sales item on eBay – more than 80,000 people list their phones for sale each day. It seems like a smart way to make some extra money, but AVAST has found out that many fail to protect their identity in the process. 
AVAST recovers an abundance of personal data from used smartphones
Most sellers delete all of their personal data prior to selling their used devices… or so they think. We purchased 20 used Android phones off eBay and used simple and easily available recovery software to restore deleted files. The amount of data we were able to retrieve was astonishing and proves that simply deleting is not enough.
Our analysts found the following:
  • More than 40,000 stored photos
  • More than 1,500 family photos of children
  • More than 750 photos of women in various stages of undress
  • More than 250 selfies of what appear to be the previous owner’s manhood
  • More than 1,000 Google searches
  • More than 750 emails and text messages
  • More than 250 contact names and email addresses
  • Four previous owners’ identities
  • One completed loan application..."

Easy Office Recovery by MunSoft - Free as in Freeware- Only Today from Giveaway of the Day
"Easy Office Recovery by MunSoft is a program for recovering Office documents with ease. The simplicity of the interface and the complicated algorithms together create the most pleasurable data recovery experience for both seasoned and novice users alike.
Easy Office Recovery supports all kinds of Office documents, deleted or damaged and works on Windows."
I personally recommend this program. I find it works very well with corrupt Word files, even the dreaded "Unspecified Error" ones. It does not get a good rating on Giveaway of the Day which might be a reflection of its less attractive interface and the often futile nature of corrupt file recovery. Giveaway of the Day has featured this before but snap it up now.It's useful to have.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Jihosoft Mobile Recovery - Giveaway of the Day - Free as in Freeware for the Rest of the Day Only

"Jihosoft Mobile Recovery for iOS helps you recover all sorts of data like contacts, messages, photos, call history, notes, reminders, etc from your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. It provides you with two modes to get back the lost data: recover directly from iOS device and recover from iTunes backup file.
You can preview photos and videos, read text or iMessages, view contact details, and view call history in the scanning result. Mark only the items you want and retrieve them selectively. Whether you accidentally deleted the files or your OS was corrupted with a software update, this program can restore your most valuable data easily and quickly."
This software only has an 18% thumbs up rating. As usual keep in mind, that attempts at data recovery are often futile and good software gets blamed. This rating is the lowest I've seen but mobile recovery is generally a new kind of software.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

NTFS Mechanic Standard 2.1.1Free as in Freeware Only Today from Giveaway of the Day

"The innovative NTFS recovery tool can undelete files and folders, recover files from corrupted and re-formatted NTFS disks, unformat partitions and fix corrupted and inaccessible disks in just a few clicks. Full live preview for every recoverable file is available in both full and evaluation versions.
The preview displays formatted documents, plays back video and music, enters compressed archives, and displays images of various formats. More than 220 types of files can be previewed."
The software has a 50% rating from users which is quite decent for a data recovery tool on the Giveaway of the Day site. 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Free Way to Decrypt the Files From Some Drives That Have Been Encrypted With CryptoLocker
"...After Kyrus Technologies reverse engineered CryptoLocker, the next thing they did was to develop a decryption engine.
Files encrypted with the CryptoLocker malware follow a specific format. Each encrypted file is done with an AES-256 key that is unique to that particular file. This encryption key is then subsequently encrypted with a public/private key pair, using a stronger near-impervious RSA-2048 algorithm.
The public key generated is unique to your computer, not the encrypted file. This information, in conjunction with an understanding of the file format used to store encrypted files meant that Kyrus Technologies were able to create an effective decryption tool.
But there was one problem. Although there was a tool to decrypt files, it was useless without the private encryption keys. As a result, the only way to unlock a file encrypted with CryptoLocker was with the private key.
Thankfully, FireEye and Fox-IT has acquired a significant proportion of the Cryptolocker private keys. Details about how they managed this are thin on the ground; they simply say they got them through ‘various partnerships and reverse engineering engagements’.
This library of private keys and the decryption program created by Kyrus Technologies means that victims of CryptoLocker now have a way to get their files back, and at no cost to them. But how do you use it?..."
Here is the site that let's you do the decrypting:

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Power Data Recovery - Free as in Freeware Only Today from Giveaway of the Day
"Power Data Recovery is a risk-free and all in one data recovery software that helps you in recovering your all important data lost after accidental format, virus problems, software malfunction, file/directory deletion, or even sabotage!It is an easy to use data recovery software that examines your inaccessible hard drives, CD/DVD disk, memory card, memory stick, and other digital media for damages and corruptions and recovers the data.
MiniTool Power Data Recovery Personal License contains 5 functional modules, including “Undelete Recovery”, “Damaged Partition Recovery”, “Lost Partition Recovery”, “Digital Media Recovery”, and “CD/DVD Recovery”.

MiniTool Power Data Recovery is the best tool to solve your data recovery problem."

This tool has a 65% thumbs up rating on the site which is quite good for a data recovery tool as things go on this site. It's free as in freeware only today from Giveaway of the Day. It is a disk recovery tool.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Simple Program to Edit and Fix EPUB Files More Quickly Than in Sigil or ViewPorter
This program is a simple fixer for epub files. It allows you to reorder chapters, split files, change the cover, remove margins and a few other things, without having to open Sigil or ViewPorter.

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Jihosoft Mobile Recovery for iOS v5 free Today Only from Bits du Jour

"As advanced and sophisticated as iOS devices are, they sure are prone to being damaged or corrupted, aren’t they? Who among us has not disconnected our phone before an update was finished, leaving it wiped or in a semi-wiped status? And who among us hasn’t physically damaged their iOS device to the point where it can’t even turn on? That’s why we all need today’s discount software promotion, Jihosoft Mobile Recovery for iOS!

Jihosoft Mobile Recovery for iOS lets you recover lost data from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, or from backups if the device is lost or destroyed. With Jihosoft Mobile Recovery for iOS, you’ll be able to get back your contacts, text messages, photos, videos, notes, and more! Lost, stolen, or busted iOS device? Jihosoft Mobile Recovery for iOS comes to the rescue, allowing you to extract this same information from your iTunes backup file!

A handy preview function lets you see and recover selected files, just in case you’re like everyone else and have 4000 photos of cats on your phone. So whether your data is lost due to deletion, system crash, restored factory settings, or your device being crushed, burned, tossed in a river, Jihosoft Mobile Recovery for iOS is guaranteed to make your day better!"

Bits du Jour used to extend their offers more than one day. However I haven't seen it lately. There aren't many free iOS recovery software out there, so I would snap this up.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Here's a List of Most of My Data Recovery Bookmarks

I will try to sort them at a later date. By the way, I define data recovery software as software that recovers data lost to file corruption, file deletion, failing disks and lost passwords:

Eassos Recovery 4.2.1 - Free as in Freeware - Only Today from Giveaway of the Day Eassos Recovery is professional data recovery software which provides complete soluti...