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2 years 42 weeks ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility MidnightCowboy

Sure. Not disagreeing with that at all, Just think it's important to flag these things (as we have above) before folks end up with it on their system.

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2 years 42 weeks ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility Anupam

Agree to that :)

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2 years 42 weeks ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility George.J

Is it possible to recover a file after full format of the hard drive and partitioning it again from scratch.

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2 years 42 weeks ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility danielchurchwell

It is, your best choice will be mini tool for that. with it being a had drive chances are you are going to need to recover more that 1Gb so you may have to buy it. The only reason you may not be able to recover files is if they have been copied over by other files or you have o-filled (Low level format)your drive.

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2 years 42 weeks ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility danielchurchwell

You could look at it that way, The reason for it being my top choice is it does the very best job by far. Most of the folks are usually looking to recover some photos or Documents lost on Flash.

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2 years 42 weeks ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility danielchurchwell

Lets keep the external links off the posts please. You can email me the link for review. With that said EaseUS is a great tool I installed it last night and found it to be no better than MiniTool. I will ad it as a note but there is no need to have 2 tools with a 1GB limit that perform the same.

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2 years 41 weeks ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility Banner (not verified)

I just used Recuva to recover images from my laptop C drive. After identifying the ones I wanted to delete I attempted to do so with the Secure Overwrite Checked option Recuva provides.However the notice that "Overwritten 0 files in 0.01 seconds" is given after attempting to delete....Can someone explain why? And how do I actually delete these?

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2 years 41 weeks ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility danielchurchwell

Try just checking the files, the right click on one of them and choose Secure overwrite highlighted

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2 years 41 weeks ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility Banner (not verified)

I did just that before my original post but the results were as I stated. :-(

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2 years 41 weeks ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility danielchurchwell

Try as I might, I can not replicate your problem. You may find other with the same problem and the Recuva forums here http://forum.piriform.com/ . Also if securely erasing files is what you are after you may want to head over to the Best free secure erase utility page http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-secure-erase-utility.htm

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2 years 37 weeks ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility Remah

I like that you've put the last release date in the additional info. Good idea.

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2 years 34 weeks ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility gab (not verified)

I recovered my photos but I can't see them. What can I do?

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2 years 34 weeks ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility danielchurchwell

Not knowing your technical expertise. Do you know what drive/Folder you saved the files in.. If you make sure you can see all files and folder eg: Hidden and system, Why it would be there Im not sure, If the files are not there you may have failed to recover correctly. Also to better help please tell me What software you used to recover your lost files. as well as the method used and make sure you always save your files in a separate drive ( External )

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2 years 33 weeks ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility nikolas (not verified)

hello, i recoverd some files from my camera which by mistake i deleted but the videos dont play :( .. bsplayer says that it need codecs but it cant find them .. quickplayer says that their an error, does any1 know whats wrong?? thanks

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2 years 33 weeks ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility danielchurchwell

Please refer to this page http://www.techsupportalert.com/understanding-codecs.htm for codec issues. You could also try playing with VLC media player http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-windows-media-player-replaceme...

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2 years 33 weeks ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility gab (not verified)

well...I tried with Recuva and I couldn't see the photos and than I tried with RecoverMyFiles and the same problem...:|:( Thank you for helping me

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2 years 33 weeks ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility danielchurchwell

Give it a go with MiniTool Power Data Recovery. This is the most reliable tool I have...

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2 years 24 weeks ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility Joshua Foreman

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition 5.5.1 is available for download from Major Geeks

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2 years 24 weeks ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility MidnightCowboy

The free version can only be used to aid the recovery of up to 1G of data.

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2 years 24 weeks ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility danielchurchwell

Thanks for the heads up. Though Im not going to give it its own slot as it is not any better than mini-tool, nor is it any easier to use. I have however added the link for direct download..

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2 years 20 weeks ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility ou812 (not verified)

I have been trying to recover files on a RAW hard drive using MiniTool Power Data Recovery (must have done something wrong when merging partitions on the drive). The drive is 2 TB (only a fraction of the space was used up by files). So far, the Damaged Partition Recovery mode of MiniTool has been running for 20 hours, but is only 65% complete. Is it typical for it to take this long?

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2 years 14 weeks ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility Calidore (not verified)

Hi. Thanks for the useful article! My only question is regarding TestDisk: You don't mention how it did on the post-format MP3 recovery. I'm willing to learn my way through the higher difficulty if the power's worth it

[Moderator's note : Reference to commercial software with its price, removed.]

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2 years 14 weeks ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility ike (not verified)

Same here. I'd also like to know how much time it would take to recover a 250G hard disk.
It seems by the progress bar that it will take like a month to finish.
Hope the progress bar is mistaken too.

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2 years 8 weeks ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility gann (not verified)

I found mini-tool impossible/difficult at best. It doesn't have a check box for .txt files. I have created a USB with each file type on it. Then quick formatted it, so I could find a tool that works. I want a good tool in my tool box. Yuck for mini-tool, it found nothing.

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2 years 4 weeks ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility ValiantSaint (not verified)

Hi, I need a program that will save "increments" of a file that I'm trying to recover (PST file) from a damaged external HD.

I can get the drive the work over small periods of time, but not long enough to pull the whole 500mb PST file. If I could grab it in small pieces, maybe I could then repair the file into the total size? (If you see what I mean? - just like how a download manager take small pieces of a file, then rebuilds it)

Will any of these programs fulfill the task?

Cheers : )

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2 years 3 weeks ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility kendall.a

I just wanted to add a very positive comment about Recuva. My wife inadvertently deleted a zip file from her thumb/flashdrive. I couldn't find the file in the Recycle Bin or anywhere for that matter. I told her to try an undelete program. Before I knew it, she had downloaded and installed Windelete. She had no luck with it.

So, I tried an old standby that had never failed me before called "Restoration". But, it found nothing as well. So, I then came here and tried MiniTool Power Data Recovery. It found a ton of stuff but not the zipped file we were looking for. So, I then downloaded and installed Recuva. Upon the first pass, it didn't find the file, and I about gave up. Then, I remember a checkbox for something called a "deep scan". I didn't try it at first because it said it could take up to an hour. I decided to go for it this time. It finished in about 3-4 minutes and it found the zipped file that she was looking for!

So, it took me 4 programs to find the one that worked. Hat's off to Recuva! A great product.

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2 years 5 days ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility angga (not verified)

at first i thought recuva cant view in tree, but i was wrong, i can even recover deleted with exact same tree.

in recovery, recuva doing its job better than minitool in my pc, i can even see the file info/header deleted files before recovering process, i only want to recover files that are not overwritten.

also, i can recover my movies that are 1,4 - 2,5 GB in my HDD, minitool cant do that in free mode.

this is my view about which is better recovery tool and it seems the writer here had different result in his PC.

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2 years 5 days ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility MJ (not verified)

I tried MiniTool Power Data Recovery and it hardly recovered any files at all. I then tried Recuva and that quickly started displaying thousands of deleted files and folders. Much better!

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1 year 51 weeks ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility George.J

Pandora Recovery
Rated 5/5 at Softpedia, 4.5/5 at CNET and Best Data Recovery Software 2012 at http://data-recovery-software.findthebest.com/l/19/Pandora-Recovery

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1 year 48 weeks ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility SmileLeaf (not verified)

I deleted a file. Wanted to restore. MiniTool Failed Recuva did it and easily

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1 year 47 weeks ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility jimmytech

I have used Recuva data recovery software, it is simple awesome. It recovers large amount of deleted data.

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1 year 37 weeks ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility Panzer

UndeleteMyFiles PRO:

Features:

* File Rescue - The File Rescue Wizard is a quick and easy way to find and recover deleted files from PC. It employs a simplified two-step process that enables you recover any files that used to reside on your system.
* Media Recover - Recover media files in a couple of easy steps.
* Deleted File Search - Provides a great variety of specialized filters that allow you to find and work closely with specific deleted information and files.
* Files Wiper - The Security Tools allow you to delete any files permanently without recovery.
* Mail Rescue - Mail Recovery Wizard.
* Free - Absolutely free, no joke.

http://seriousbit.com/undeletemyfiles/

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1 year 35 weeks ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility binny

Pandora Recovery is of the major players in recovery utilities. It offers you five major modules that recovers your lost, deleted and corrupted files. It recognizes FAT16/32 and NTFS that recovers formatted files also.

Pandora Recovery
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Pros:
Easy to use Pandora Recovery Wizard and step-by-step guide
Cons:
Searching for significant deleted file from the long roll of detected files.
Download page: http://www.pandorarecovery.com/download

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1 year 25 weeks ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility Panzer

Undelete Navigator:

Features:

Finds and recovers accidentally deleted files
Supports FAT, FAT32 and NTFS file systems
Builds a folder tree to explore deleted files and folders
Detailed and Iconic views for deleted files
Shows thumbnails of deleted images
Searches for specific files among the detected deleted files

http://4r-soft.com/undelete-navigator/

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1 year 22 weeks ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility exbioman

Just tried to recover encrypted 25kb *.pdf file that I didn't remember the password for. Recuva found it but couldn't recover it.

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1 year 22 weeks ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility Som

Success in recovery depends on several things; to mention few of them, the most important thing is to react as soon as possible - the chances of recovery are great if software was installed *before* deletion happens.

Restarting computer with option "Delete Pagefile" enabled will almost for sure overwrite "free space" where deleted files still existed before reset. Running programs that produce huge temporary files are next on list of "destroyers". The amount of free space on partition is important too - less free space leads to sooner overwriting of free space.

Safety rule is - have recocery programs installed *now* (or use portable versions from USB) and use it immediatelly.

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1 year 17 weeks ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility crombierob

Does anyone provide a program that can be run from a bootable CD.
I have just deleted a folder that I use to collect all my downloads (few months of downloading).
I did not have one of your reviewed programs pre-installed, and I would have to have a gun held to my head to install one now (as you correctly warn against).
I don't know if there are technical limitations preventing what I am looking for (bootable CD). If there are not, then Surely (Airplane) that would be the way to go ?

Rob
PS I normally do the hold shift key down trick, to delete stuff that I am positive that I don't need. I virtually never use the Recycle bin.
I got caught out this time, when I had highlighted 4 files on the right side of my File Manager. Actually I had dragged those 4 files to another partition, intending to move them. Windows smiles at you, and copies them, so they remained in my Downloads folder, and were still highlighted. So idiot Crombie comes back to the still highlighted 4 files and does his Shift Delete trick. The File Manager notices that the Folder name on the left is also highlighted, and proceeds to delete months of data. If I were an Analyst (I was), I would design such programs to notice the possible confusion (Folder highlighted on the left, and multiple files highlighted on the right), and I would just delete the files highlighted on the right, NOT EVERY FILE in the flippin folder.
Note to myself - Pry the Shift keys from my keyboard, to prevent me ever avoiding the Recycle Bin again.

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1 year 17 weeks ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility Anupam

You must be having a pen drive. Just download Recuva portable to the pen drive, and run it from there itself.

And yea, using Shift+Del to get rid of files/folders instantly can be dangerous as you have now experienced. Try not to do that :).

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1 year 17 weeks ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility crombierob

Thanks for quick response.
My PCs are 2004'ish, as is the one in question.
I have never had much luck getting them to boot from USB drives, but I will give it a go.
Thanks,
Rob
PS It is not this PC. The main one is turned off, to avoid overwriting any data.

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1 year 17 weeks ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility Anupam

Rob, it is not necessary to boot the PC from a USB drive. You can boot it normally, and then run Recuva from the pen drive.. it won't write anything to the system.
Good luck :)

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1 year 17 weeks ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility crombierob

I am a bit (actually a lot) of 'an old woman' (aka nervous/careful).
I do not want to boot into that drive, until I have recovered the Folder (or it's contents).
I am afear'd that the act of booting Windows (and the programs that auto start) could overwrite some of my deleted files.
I am surprised that there is not more demand for what I am attempting. Mind you I am surprised in many areas relating to Windows software, that people are not as careful as this 'old woman'.

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1 year 17 weeks ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility Anupam

Don't worry about that too much. Booting the system shouldn't cause much changes to the system.. very negligible. So, you can overlook that. Just try not to save/create any new files. Other than that, it should be fine. Go for it :D

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1 year 17 weeks ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility crombierob

Good news, I believe.
I have been Googling for the last couple of hours, searching for a bootable CD.
UBCD4Win has Recuva on it.
I am old, so my memory is rs, and I don't remember being brave enough to build it (has to be done using your own Windows XP). But I dug through my pile of CDs and there it is. The portable version of Recuva on it is 1.37.0.488
I will create a folder on this PC, and do a similar mass deletion. Then I will boot into the CD, and do a wee practice run.

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1 year 17 weeks ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility crombierob

All done.
Recuva is terrific.
Running it from the UBCD4Win bootable CD was great.
I set Recuva to show it's results in Treeview, and it presented my Downloads folder, and it's sub folders perfectly. All I had to do was copy that to my external drive.
Thanks for the assistance,
Rob

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1 year 11 weeks ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility Misty27

The review for Minitool Power Data Recovery mentioned there was a portable version available - but not from the developer. Who would have an authorized portable version & what reputable, trusted site would have it for download?

Did you just search for the terms "Minitool Power Data Recovery" + portable, & see there were some hits?

There are portable versions out there. Some sites are known illegal software sites. Most I've never heard of. I wouldn't trust anything coming from sites that aren't well known & even then, you have to be careful.

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1 year 4 hours ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility baladio2745

Undelete 360 is on the top of the list at thefreecountry.com for file recovery. I wonder if it recovers as much as the good ones listed here.

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47 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility Bluesmanuk

Recuva has often been touted on the web as being a good product and I had a chance to really test it.

I deleted all the files from a 2Gb SD card and then immediately ran the recovery.

It failed miserably, where I would have expected 100% success rate, so not one that I will trust again for anything serious.

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34 weeks 9 hours ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility briantw

Love your work; just a punctuation note: "all it's content" shouldn't have an apostrophe in "its".

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34 weeks 9 hours ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility MidnightCowboy

Now corrected. Thanks for pointing it out. MC - Site Manager.

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32 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility Peter_K

I used Recuva on my accidentaly erased not overwritten files. It worked partialy good: found all removed files in few seconds, but after claiming all was recovered, many of the media files ended unusable (broken).

I dont understand why does the "restoration proces" need to copy all the data to new location even if they were not overwritten. Why the need to write them again, if they actualy could keep laying completly intact on the same place they once were (just marked "free for write")? I thought the data should just need to get back their old "label" on them, while remaining in the given place.

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32 weeks 13 hours ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility govil_143

hi sir its working but i have deleted after recovery what to do & also increase limit data up to 20 gb y because my data is almost 130 gb sir.wil you please modify the software.

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23 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility Kayla_Harris_0909

I found two totally free data recovery tools on the following website:
http://www.free-data-recovery.com/
However, note that only the first two data recovery tools on the home page are completely free. All the tools behind the two are not free.

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6 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility astomlimio

I have searched some advance tool to recover lost data, you can easily recover data from formatted or lost partitions. Visit more data recovery tool http://www.softwarereview.in/pc-file-recovery.html

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4 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility sicknero

I appreciate there's no editor for this thread right now but for anyone reading I just wanted to mention Puran File Recovery (http://www.puransoftware.com/File-Recovery-Download.html) which is part of the Puran Utilities suite but can be downloaded as a separate portable program.

I used it over the weekend to recover almost 2 terabytes of accidentally deleted videos (don't ask...) and I was very impressed.

Firstly, it scanned the 2TB USB drive in about a minute (on standard as opposed to deep scan... deep scan is a lengthy process) and then it presents the results with each file being given a likelihood of how recoverable it is. What immediately made Puran stand out for me was that the scan results can be displayed in Explorer "tree view", i.e. with their original directory structure as opposed to the list of single files that other recovery programs offer. This made it very easy to sort through the results and select what data I wanted to recover.

Recovery speed seemed pretty good - one 25GB folder took about half an hour while the entire 2TB drive took around 28 hours in total. Resource usage on my low-end laptop was excellent I thought - CPU usage fluctuated between 10% and less than 1%, with RAM fairly steady at about 25meg. Good news because it meant my laptop wasn't tied up for the weekend with that one task.

Results also seem very good. Obviously I've not yet watched the entire 2TB of recovered videos, but some fairly extensive random testing indicates that Puran did a good job ... everything I've tried so far plays perfectly.

Lastly, Puran ran for the entire 28+ hours without a glitch or hang.

Granted, this was a fairly ideal scenario (i.e. accidental deletion and drive not used since) and neither have I tried the alternatives for such a large job but I just wanted to mention this program as being well worth a try-out.

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4 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility Anupam

Thanks for sharing your experience. Always nice to know about good software.

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4 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility crombierob

Thanks for 'heads up'
The folder structure got my attention, as getting recovered files without the folder structure is 'wrist slashing'

I have downloaded the three versions.
Can any of those be run from a bootable CD ?

Rob

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4 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility sicknero

Hi Rob,

Yes ... most recovery software as far as I know has the option to recover files to their original directory structure but Puran's option to display the initial scan results in their original stucture is a definite plus and a huge time saver.

Booting from CD ... I don't think many (any?) freeware recovery programs have an option to create a bootable CD or flash drive, with the exception of MiniTool which is somewhat crippled by the data limit.

However, there is a solution which will work for a lot of portable software in general. You need to get Hiren's Boot CD which includes "MiniXP", a stripped down version of Windows XP which will run directly from a CD or USB drive. (HBCD itself has an impressive collection of freeware included - description here; http://www.hiren.info/pages/bootcd and download links here; http://www.hirensbootcd.org/download/ )

Once you've booted into MiniXP, then you can navigate to wherever your portable software is and (in my experience) quite a lot of it will run with no problems. I've not tried that yet with Puran but I will do later just out of interest.

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4 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility sicknero

The portable versions of Puran and Recuva both seem to run fine in MiniXP. Recuva will run as it is while for Puran you need to find gdiplus.dll and riched20.dll on your system drive and copy them into Puran's folder.

I also discovered that Recuva does have a tree view for the scan results which I hadn't noticed before (or had forgotten about). It's in Advanced - Options and Recuva actually seems to detect more files than Puran as well.

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3 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility kastaldi

If you don't mind getting your hands dirty, stick to Test Disk. I overwritten a 750GB USB external drive with a 2GB Raspberry Pi image file because I didn't pay attention to the drive letter. Test Disk was the only one to find the NTFS partition and getting (almost) all my data back.
Another powerful and user friendlier text utility is DMDE, unfortunately it is limited to files in its free version (no multiple directories) but it works very well.

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21 hours 53 min ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility storyreadin

I don't know who is the best data recovery tool for all users but i have used Kernel for windows Data Recovery software, It recovered my all data without taking long time. It is available here www.en.windowsdatarecovery.net

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6 years 14 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Stitcher Anonymous

For a different kind of stitching, you might want to include Microsoft's GroupShot. This allows you to stitch together the best portrait from a series of similar portrait shots.

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6 years 7 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Stitcher Anonymous

I have recently discovered Hugin, a very nice piece of work, fully automatic, and also all the techinical stuff transparent to you if you like playing with the numbers.

http://hugin.sourceforge.net/

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6 years 6 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Stitcher tony

Hugin, is a good Open scource stitch program. It is however a very difficult program for most to get to grips with. It does have a few WYSIWYG aspects to it, but much of the information it requires needs a lot of knowledge more than the average user would possibly know. I do use it on odd occasions. But, then I sometimes get my lens info all up the creek.

Tony

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5 years 42 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Stitcher Arithmomaniac

I vote for Hugin, too.

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5 years 42 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Stitcher marcdarkin

Gosh, it looked so promising!

I installed ICE and proceeded to test it right away with four 10mpx uncompressed TIFs. I know that's a bit demanding but modern stitching programs should handle it with no problems.

Well, after loading the pics it read 'solving...' and was like that for so long I thought my PC had hanged, until I clicked on cancel and the process was stopped. I tried again and had the same result. I thought it could be because of the number of photos or their size, so I tried just two 3mpx JPGs. The same thing again. At my fourth attempt I happened to click on the cube in the toolbar while the operation was still displaying the 'solving' message and... at last! The thing isn't obvious at all, if that's the way it's intended to work. Probably it isn't.

Then I was able to go through the functions and I really understand why you're so enthusiastic about it, Tony. Really nice capabilities, though I miss a color matching option. However, that's not much to complain about in a free program.

But... something went wrong. I clicked on the 'exit' button and the program closed after prompting to save the project. A minute later I tried to open it again and the typical 'ICE has found a problem and must be closed...' appeared on screen. And that was so for as many times as I tried. I thought I'd better reinstall it and went to the program folder just to find there's no uninstaller.

I'll try overwriting the old folder, but that'll be tomorrow. We'll see.

These issues might be specific to my setup, but they shouldn't be there. Yes, I know it's a beta, but I don't know whether to think Microsoft are again neglecting basic aspects or they are unaware of them. Anyway, I think it's best if I report the bugs. Hopefully they'll fix them.

Marc

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5 years 42 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Stitcher tony

Actually Marc I had a few problems and uninstalled it with Revo and then reinstalled it. I would suggest you do that first rather than over write it, it should work fine then, it is a BETA. There is one more bug and that is if it doesn't appear click on the image area and it will come up. As you say these will be fixed. But, don't let this put you off the results are the best I have seen from a free panoramic software that is easy to handle. I am not aware of a free program straight off the top of my head that does colour matching. Freeware panoramic software is a bit thin on the ground, especially anything that produces anything worth while and that is not complex.

Tony

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5 years 42 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Stitcher Anonymous

What the heck is MS doing in the visual design area ?!? If they are creating a market beyond Adobe they have my support...

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5 years 42 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Stitcher marcdarkin

I did as you advised, Tony, but the issue remains. After using Revo I reinstalled ICE and had no poblems working with it, except for the 'solving' bug. But then I closed it and it won't start again. The error window appears every time I try.

Sad, because I agree the results are very good.

Marc

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5 years 42 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Stitcher Anonymous

WOT addon for Firefox tells me that Panorama Perfect lite site is a dangerous one for reliability and privacy. That may or may not be the case but use precaution. Based on comments on Firefox web site, reliability problems may be due to fact WOT does not like some sites which are actually ok.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/search?q=wot

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5 years 42 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Stitcher Anonymous

As of October 7th and 8th, I am NOT ABLE to download this Beta program from the links posted to Microsoft's Research Center.

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5 years 42 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Stitcher Anonymous

October 8. I just downloaded and installed it. No problem.

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5 years 42 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Stitcher mikedutch (not verified)

Microsoft Labs also offers a 3D stitcher: http://photosynth.net/

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5 years 41 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Stitcher tony

Sorry Anonymous have been away and am catching up. WOT is not always right, so common sense has to prevail here I am afraid. I have loaded it several tomes on a few computers and it is fine. Hope that helps

Tony

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5 years 41 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Stitcher tony

Hi Mike, as I see it photosynth is made up of global images and from that it creates on on-line image of a building, statue or what ever. Its very clever technology but from what I see not one you create for your computer, but I will get some time to assess and see if my understanding is correct.

Tony

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5 years 41 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Stitcher tony

Glad to see you had no problem

Tony

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5 years 40 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Stitcher Anonymous

MS said that the evaluation period for GroupShot is over, and I can't get it to run anymore. Do you know how to tweak it to ignore the "do not run after XX"??

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5 years 40 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Stitcher tony

Actually I had nothing to do with the GroupShot edit but I will have a look at it later and see what MS are doing with it.

Tony

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5 years 40 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Stitcher tony

Just a note if you are trying to download ICE that people are getting difficulties in accessing the Microsoft site. If this is the case then go to this location and downloaded if from here
http://www.photo-freeware.net/microsoft-image-composite-editor.php

Tony

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5 years 39 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Stitcher tony

Ok, for those who could not load this up onto their computers I suggest you try again. They have another update that they loaded on the 17th Oct. Worth downloading again even if you have it on your computer for the update

Tony

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5 years 20 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Stitcher Anonymous

I am using Windows Live Photo Gallery.
I have had no problems with it though it can be slow.
It handles hand held shots well, i did a 12 photo 360 deg. pan and a 180 deg over the top of my head.
It colour matches very well.
Photoshop CS3 is good if you have it - I don't.
However it successfully joined two photos that were taken at 28 and 40mm (effective focal lengths.
Bockey.

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5 years 20 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Stitcher tony

Thats great to hear. I have had nothing but success with this.

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5 years 17 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Stitcher Anonymous

"... but a little-publicised feature is available in the Make menu: "Panorama Stitcher"."

It's not little-publicized any more, if you've been watching any network TV at all in recent months.

Also, is this critter ad-supported, or what? What's Microsoft's expected revenue stream from this? They wouldn't be paying the big bucks for prime-time national advertising (for several apps in the Live suite) unless they had solid expectations of making some money from it. Clearly "free" isn't really very free with Windows Live Photo Gallery, so what's the catch? I started skimming the "service agreement" for it, and it's got more than one paragraph dealing with charges and fees... though NOTHING SPECIFIC, of course.

Call me paranoid, but I don't trust what Microsoft is up to with this whole "Live" program, and I won't use it. Frankly, I suspect they hope to get people hooked, at which point they'll change the service agreement and start CHARGING A SUBSCRIPTION for them. That's the Holy Grail: being able to charge people every month for software instead of just once for a license.

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5 years 12 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Stitcher Anonymous

For what it's worth, I just generated a a couple of panoramas from the same images (made by rotating the camera in a slightly haphazard fashion :-) using ICE and Autostich by way of comparison.
The results from Autostich were far superior (ie. much more natural looking) in both cases.

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5 years 12 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Stitcher tony

Interesting, I shall have a go at that myself. The only thing I find with autostitch is that it tends to be more rotund, if thats the phrase and I have always a lot to crop and alter. Thanks for your input

Tony

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5 years 7 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Stitcher Anonymous

I vote for hugin !

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5 years 7 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Stitcher tony

Hugin is fine, just very complex and I never always find I get results. Some of the results have been weird to say the least. I am surprised the Hugin people haven't developed further as it has so much more potential and to reduce the input factors that it really relies on. Maybe its time I have another go with it, but for most my top choice is still easy to use and gives good results. I use ICE all the time and I am not complaining about the results

Tony

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5 years 6 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Stitcher gwiz

I needed to join 20+ images from a large map that I scanned in. I used Autostich, Hugin, and Microsoft ICE. ICE was the best out of the three. Autostich transition between all of the images was ok, but you could clearly see the over lap. To be fair to Hugin, I only spent about 30 minutes trying to figure it out, and it seems like a very powerful program, but I could only match the quality of Autostich. Microsoft ICE stiched the images almost perfectly, and you can't tell where the transition is. Although, ICE has more limited options, it worked the best.

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5 years 6 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Stitcher Anonymous

The best and easiest to use "free" panoramic image stitcher is Canon Photostitch, available on the CD that comes with Canon digital cameras. Beware though, everything else on the CD sucks, but fortunately the setup program allows you to pick which programs to install.

Richard

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5 years 1 week ago Best Free Digital Image Stitcher Anonymous

I have been seeking a good simple panorama stitch ap for a while now. I tried the Microsoft ICE link on this article but could not bring the page up. Perhaps the link is bad? Let me know if the link or my computer is the problem.

I have a Canon camera and have been using Canon Photostitch. On wayyy too many pix it did a lousy job joining and blending; the stitch seam was obvious and straight lines often looked like bent or fractured bones.

Anywayyy...I just did a Google search for a decent freeware/shareware photo stitcher with good enough quality to use for my real estate marketing media needs. In my search I luckily happened upon the Pixtra site. Blind luck led me to it and blind luck led me to choose to download Pixtra PanoStitcher 1.6.

WOWWW is all I can say! This one WORKS! And using the blend button has created perfect blends from formerly unusable picture pairs I tried to join with Canon PhotoStitch. And the create perspective option turns the curvilinear perspective to perfect straight perspective photos. And it also blends uneven lighting very well.

I would urge folks here to try it as I had tried several others before and decided to give my search for a usable program one last try.

The shareware version is not in any way disabled that I can see but you are limited to joing just two shots without watermarks being placed on the result. But this is fine for my needs for the most part. Rarely do I need to join three or more shots. The vast majority of my pix are simple two photo joins to get a wide angle shot in close quarters. It does a great job on multi-shot joins and has lots of extras and editing options.

I will keep on using it and if it continues to work as well as it has for me today, I WILL buy it! I will be intersted to read what others here think about it.

Here is the URL to the Pixtra site: http://www.pixtra.com/Downloads/Download.htm

Good luck!

DJMK

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5 years 1 week ago Best Free Digital Image Stitcher Anonymous

I just posted the comment about Panostich here earlier.

I searched and here is an working Microsoft ICE URL:
http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/groups/ivm/ICE/

I am disappopinted that I cannot use ICE because my OS is Windows 2000 Pro... but hope the M/S ICE URL works for ya!

Good luck!

DJMK

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4 years 50 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Stitcher Anonymous

Hugin is for professionals. It has a learning curve, but once you get how it works, it's the most complete and powerful option out there. It'as also fast and its quality is unsurpassed. You can even blend HDRI's (high dynamic range images) with it, and have a myriad of projection options.

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4 years 33 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Stitcher Anonymous

I was browsing for panorama maker software and came across Hugin. In 30 seconds I had stitched 3 photos together in a flawless panorama and I'm no pro. It's seems great
http://hugin.sourceforge.net/tutorials/index.shtml

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4 years 31 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Stitcher Anonymous

Quick note:
I get this with programs from time to time (Firefox especially). You get the error because part of the program is still running in the background even though you can not see it. Ctrl-Alt-Del to your task manger and end the program from there. You should then be able to run it again. I have also found sometimes that after you do this the problem goes away.

Philip

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4 years 31 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Stitcher Anonymous

I've use auto-stitch and it's amazing.
Although limited to jpg images it' still a great package, small simple and fast.

Mike D

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4 years 31 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Stitcher Anonymous

Wow, I tried Microsoft ICE by throwing panoramic images at it that I took just by pivoting my body and it stitched them together without zero input from me. It did great job too!

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4 years 30 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Stitcher Anonymous

I have great respect for Gizmo recommendations, and was all set to try the top pick, Microsoft's ICE. It didn't seem too large a download... but then when I came to install it, the setup warned that I would need Microsoft's .NET Framework version 2 or later as well. So I went to download that too - but paused when I saw how huge it was. Do I really want such massive apps on my XP laptop?

Which led me to look again at alternatives. What do Gizmo experts think of the (free) Serif software PanoramaPlus - which hasn't been mentioned so far?

br1anstorm

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4 years 30 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Stitcher tony

Hi br1anstorm, you will find that most of the MS software is supported .Net Framework. Its unfortunate that its a large download, but its the only way this is supported for it to work. It is an excellent stitcher, I used it today and it was just amazing how well it worked

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4 years 30 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Stitcher Anonymous

I've used it this way also, with great results. The most amazing stitch done so far was of an entire hemisphere of the sky - 27 pics shot in 3 hand-held rows. I just dumped 'em in & let her rip. Amazing. Your PC's speed and memory seem to be its only limitations. More pictures always help.

Only once did I ask too much - just 20' away from a 65' schooner - shot in hand-held rows again, but at 28mm. Way too fish-eyed & it couldn't join the rail in the center. The only way to do a pic like this is to move from end to end instead of panning from the middle.

Oh, and it's fun to get the same person in 2 places.

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4 years 29 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Stitcher Phylis Sophical

Fantastic that ICE. Don't even have to determine which photo goes on the right or left. Can't even tell where it was stitched.

Can't find the post now but someone back in '08 wondered what the catch was from MS. No ads at all. Only catch, you have to allow them to run Windows Genuine Advantage. As far as needing .NET framwork 2.0, it's worth it. There are new programs other than MS that require it.

A bit of the subject of this section, but I also highly recommend MS PhotoStory for making a slide show with music, titles and much more.

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4 years 28 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Stitcher tony

Glad you like it. I have had success after success with this stitcher, it really is excellent. Here is my latest
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tony_photoplus/4240964630/
Have you any you show on the internet?

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