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A file recovery explorer utility that is easy to use and has impressive capabilities is HandyRecovery by Softlogica. This software lets you browse for lost files in a Windows Explorer like interface, giving you the chance to reclaim them even if they haven't gone to the Recycle Bin.
As you browse, you see selected files and folders along with the files and folders that remain on your drive, so you know exactly where to look for the files that have been erased from your drive.
HandyRecovery will work with NTFS file systems to restore data from multiple streams and it will work with FAT file systems that characterize older Windows versions. This easy recovery explorer installs from one Windows setup file, automatically adjusting for your version.
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SysDev Laboratories has what is billed as the ultimate file recovery explorer, the UFS Explorer. This is a utility that works on multiple platforms from Linux and MacOS to Windows and a variety of other operating systems that are in use. Recover files from RAID drives, and removable drives as well as drives formatted with CD and DVD file systems.
With the rise of the virtualization, the UFS easy recovery explorer is even more important because it works to recover files lost on virtual drives and partitions, as well as all common traditional drive types.
For those working in RAID-intensive environments, a professional version with additional capabilities for file recovery is available.
The UFS software can be downloaded online for either 39 euros for the standard version or 49 for euros for the professional edition.
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Stellar Phoenix Macintosh Data Recovery
Made especially for the Macintosh, the Stellar Phoenix Macintosh Data Recovery is an easy recovery explorer used to recover deleted files and corrupted files on all types of Macintosh drives, external drives, flash drives, and other removable media (it even will restore files on your iPod!). It works with all forms of HFS file systems as well as FAT to give the Apple user a powerful file recovery explorer to use in the even of accidental or malicious file loss. In all, this powerful software works with 60 different formats for files.
Crashed systems can often corrupt files that were open at the time of the crash, leaving users out of luck when the system reboots. With Stellar Phoenix Macintosh Data Recovery, you have hope that you can reconstruct corrupted files and use them again.
The Stellar Phoenix Macintosh Data Recovery software itself runs on Mac OS X 10.3.9 and newer operating systems. This software comes with several licensing flavors beginning at $99.
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Each file recovery explorer mentioned here has its own strengths. Be sure to consider each one and then buy the one that best suits your situation. With easy recovery explorer tools like these, you never have to lose important files again.
Image Credits: Screen shots taken by Bruce Tyson