1. DMDE Free Edition
The most effective way to recover files from a dead hard drive
Our favourite free data recovery tool is often overlooked.DMDE Free Edition scores major points because it’s capable of recovering data from a wide array of drives, including 2TB+ drives rescued from a fried external drive enclosure with proprietary formatting (it’s a long story).
DMDE may not be the simplest tool to use, but it’s one of the most effective, and our step-by-step file recovery guide will help you with the basics.
DMDE works by letting you select a drive and then identifies all mountable partitions, with the most obvious choices highlighted. If successful, you’re then shown a File Explorer-like view to browse the drive and recover what data you need from it.