Monday, May 07, 2007

Dude, Where's My Data? Ten

Ten Things to Help With Data Recovery

Freeware caution: always scan free downloads of anything for bugs and other threats before dumping the programs into your hard drive.

1. Are you always forgetting to backup your data? Automatic Backup freeware may be the help you need.

2. Backup2Net offers free online and offline backup software.

3. Backup to Email freeware will allow you to back up your file to your e-mail account with one click.

4. Get your deleted pics back with MJM's Photo Recovery freeware.

5. Recover text from damaged or corrupt documents that Microsoft Word won't access with Repair My Word freeware.

6. For those who have data that MUST be destroyed,'s Smart Data Scrubber freeware will make sure no one can recover it.

7. SoftPerfect File Recovery freeware allows you to "restore accidentally deleted files from hard and floppy disks, USB flash drives, CF and SD cards and other storage media."

8. Retrieve accidentally deleted files with Undelete Plus V.2.8 freeware.

9.'s Unstoppable Copier freeware for Windows & Linux will recover data from damaged (scratched, bad sectors, constant errors) disks for you.

10. Need a simple backup utility that "guards your personal data by making real-time copies (whenever you make changes to your documents) to almost any destination you choose"? Try Yadis! Backup V.1.6.5 freeware.

For those who want to safeguard their data a little better, has a trio of free security softwares.


  1. Anonymous2:13 AM

    I'm a big fan of email ing myself. It actually helps me keep things pretty organized too because then it's all dated and has a subject header. *grin*

  2. You can also use OpenOffice to repair bad Word documents. I have yet to find a Word document that OpenOffice couldn't repair, (that doesn't mean those documents aren't out there).

    Also good if you can't afford the MSOffice package. There are versions for Windows, Mac and Linux.

  3. I also suggest backing up your USB stick if you use one. I sync mine with my office and my home computer, which means my data is in three places. Microsoft's SyncToy is free and easy to use.

    Like Sasha though, I often email myself. Gmail's capacity means I don't have to worry about my box filling up and their search features make everything easy to find.

  4. Crystallyn,

    Good that you also gmail yourself--I've had two USB sticks fail.

  5. I store just about everything on my usb stick, and then back up everything on the stick onto a second stick. Learned this trick the hard way after the hard drive crashed (ouch). Now if I could just get my Internet back up and running I'd be in business (I'm not saying where this is coming from- I'm pleading the fifth *g*).

  6. Ah, I needed this post yesterday when one of my files came up corrupted and I couldn't find any backup. My husband was able to restore it in Wordpad and we went from there. Now its saved in many many places and I have set up a special email acct for it.

    That would've been 18k words down the drain.

    Thanks for this!

  7. I'm giving Yadis! a try. It should keep all my key stuff backed up in real time on my Maxtor external drive. That way I don't kick myself when the power supply decides to die again -- or worse.

    Thanks for posting.


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