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Doctors using virtual reality breathe new life into the technology

Earlier this year, inside a cramped, windowless corner office at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, I put on a virtual reality headset and tried to save a little girl’s life.

It wasn’t real, of course, but it sure felt like it was. The blotchy, wheezing, seven-year-old struggling to survive while suffering from anaphylactic shock was nothing more than a bunch of digital polygons. Still, the experience triggered every real human reaction you’d expect, flooding my brain with fear, stress, and anxiety.

Once I slipped the VR goggles off of my head, one other emotion struck me too: excitement. After a few tough years for the virtual reality industry, a wave of medical VR programs are breathing new life into this cutting-edge technology.

Just this past week, VR made headlines for helping surgeons separate conjoined twins in Minnesota. The National Institutes of Health Vaccine Research Center uses it to find weak spots on viruses. Virtual reality also made remarkable headway treating PTSD in soldiers, educating pediatric heart patients and their families, and speeding up rehab in stroke victims.

“The medical uses are pretty amazing,” says Unity Technologies’ Tony Parisi, one of the early pioneers of virtual reality. “We’re seeing the perfect confluence. Anything you can do to train people more quickly, effectively, and cheaply is a boon to the healthcare industry. VR is a rapidly evolving technology that solves a lot of problems here.”

VR has yet to find the right problem to solve for mainstream consumers, and has suffered for it. The technology that powers high-priced headsets like the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR — and even portable VR gadgets like Google’s DayDream and Samsung’s Gear VR — is undeniably impressive, but hasn’t lived up to the hype.

In 2016, analysts at Super Data Research predicted as much as $5.1 billion dollars in sales of VR hardware, software and accessories for the year. The reality was actually around $1.8 billion. Even those companies that bet big on virtual reality have recently slashed prices, too, throwing in freebies, and doing just about anything to get VR gadgets off the shelf and into the hands of everyday people.

Does that mean VR is a flop, akin to Google Glass? That augmented reality predecessor to VR was met with jeers and criticism by the general public, and Google shelved the product before announcing its reboot as a business device earlier this month. 

Not a consumer flop, says Tirias Research principal analyst Kevin Krewell, but rather "over-inflated and over-hyped."

"When Facebook bought Oculus for two billion dollars everyone said, Mark Zuckerberg just bet two billion on it, ‘Oh, this is going to be huge,'" Krewell notes. 

"It will be, just not overnight.”

VR gadgets such as the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Sony’s PSVR are well liked, and receive positive reviews from the tech community. Yet they've yet to strike a nerve with the masses, likely due to a combination of cost, content and comfort.

The deep-pocketed backers of virtual reality have faith it will happen. Until then, it's gaining momentum in business and science applications.

“The heart is a complicated three-dimensional organ, and it’s really hard to describe what’s going on inside of it — especially when something is going wrong,” says David M. Axelrod, MD. The clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine is spearheading the development of a new virtual reality program called Stanford Virtual Heart.

Through a VR headset, the program gives medical trainees the freedom to explore and manipulate a lifelike human heart as it hovers in front of them, spotting defects and becoming more familiar with the issues heart patients experience. “Virtual reality eliminates a lot of that complexity by letting people go inside the heart and see what’s happening themselves — it’s worth way more than a thousand words.”

The freedom that VR affords is priceless, but it’s also helping to reduce cost. At Children’s Hospital L.A., doctors are trading high-priced training mannequins for VR headsets, ditching the cost of purchasing and maintaining plastic models, which can top $430,000 every year, and adopting a virtual trauma center where lifelike virtual patients are fighting for their lives.

“The VR patient changes color of skin, monitor changes, the sound of the monitor changes, those are all cues to us that okay, I have to do this now or else I’m going to be in trouble,” Dr. Joshua Sherman, a pediatric emergency medicine specialist at CHLA, says. “And when you make that action, you watch it change and that gives you positive reinforcement that you did the correct thing, or the incorrect thing, if the situation gets worse. VR is amazing for that.”

Wisconsin company announces it will be installing MICROCHIPS in their employees – but insists there’s no GPS tracking

  • Three Square Market will become first in US to implant microchips in employees 
  • Employees will be able to make purchases in their break room micro market, open doors, login to computers and use the copy machine, by scanning chip
  • Chip will be implanted between the thumb and forefinger under the skin 
  • Each chip costs $300 and company CEO said 'there's no GPS tracking at all'.

A Wisconsin company announced this week that it plans to install microchips in employees, but they are insisting there will be 'no GPS tracking'. 

Three Square Market, a company that designs software for break room markets, is about to become the first in the US to offer microchip implants to its employees.

According to their press release, the program will be optional for employees and the company will begin implementation on August 1. 

The implanted Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) chip will allow workers to make purchases in their break room micro market, open doors, login to computers, use the copy machine, among other things. 

Wisconsin company, Three Market Square announced this week that it plans to install microchips (file image) in employees to use in break room markets

 

'Eventually, this technology will become standardized allowing you to use this as your passport, public transit, all purchasing opportunities, etc,' Three Market Square CEO, Todd Westby, said. 

The company is expecting over 50 staff members to be voluntarily chipped with the technology that is no larger than a small grain of rice. 

Employees will have the chip implanted between the thumb and forefinger underneath the skin. 

Westby explained that users of the chip will scan their items at a break room market kiosk and hit pay with a credit card. 

Chip users will then hold their hands up, similar to how consumers pay for products using their cellphones, and it'll pay for the product.

Each chip costs $300 and the company will pay for them. Westby said the data is both encrypted and secure and for those wondering, 'there's no GPS tracking at all'.

The company is expecting over 50 staff members to be voluntarily chipped (file image) with the technology that is no larger than a small grain of rice. Each chip costs $300 and for those wondering, 'there's no GPS tracking at all'

6 Teenagers On African Robotics Team ‘DISAPPEAR’ From Washington D.C., 2 Spotted Crossing into Canada

Police are investigating the sudden disappearance of six teens from the D.C. area after they competed in an international robotics competition this week, NBC reports.

The teens, aged 16-18, vanished Tuesday after participating in the FIRST Global Challenge.

 

The D.C. Police Department identified them on Twitter as: Audrey Mwamikazi, 17; Aristide Irambona, 18; Kevin Sabumukiza, 17; Don Ingabire, 16; Nice Munezero, 17; and Richard Irakoze, 18.

Two of the teens, Audrey & Don, were seen crossing into Canada on Thursday, according to Washington police.

No foul play is suspected early on in the investigation.

President Joe Sestak of the FIRST Global competition was the first to call the police after the team’s mentor disclosed they could not find the students. A statement from the compeition speaks to the safety practices of the organization.

 

“Security of the students is of paramount importance to FIRST Global,” the statement says. “FIRST Global ensures that all students get to their dormitories after the daily competition by providing safe transportation to the students staying at Trinity Washington University who are always to be under close supervision of their adult mentor and are advised not to leave the premises unaccompanied by the mentor.”

The students, who came to America from Burundi, were granted one year visas to stay in the U.S.

This is an ongoing investigation.

TEDCO is Offering $40K in Funding to Black-Owned Tech Startups in Maryland, USA

TEDCO employees McKeever E. “Mac” Conwell II, deal team coordinator and Angela Singleton, deal team member/ portfolio manager. 

A new program called Minority Business Pre-Seed Fund (MBPF) is promising to make investments of up to $40,000 to qualifying tech start-ups owned by African American entrepreneurs. The funding, provided by Columbia, MD-based TEDCO (Technology Development Corporation), will allow these entrepreneurs to reach a critical development milestone, and advance their ideas to the next level.

Who is eligible?

There are three main requirements:

#1 – Entrepreneurs may apply to the program, but a company will need to be formed prior to receiving an investment.

#2 – Companies receiving an investment must have a principal place of business in Maryland. See the TEDCO Policy for more details.

#3 – The idea must be at the concept or prototype development stage. Ideas for which the entrepreneur has already performed technology or market validation should consider applying directly to TEDCO’s Seed Investment Funds.

How to apply

It is easy to start the application process for the Minority Business Pre-Seed Fund. Entrepreneurs can simply use TEDCO’s on-line submission system to complete an application form. While an individual can apply for an investment, a company will need to be formed prior to receiving an investment.

 

Applications for MBPF investment will be reviewed at four separate times each year – April 1st, July 1st, October 1st, and January 1st.

For more details and/or to apply, visit http://tedco.md/program/minority-business-pre-seed-fund-mbpf/

Bill Gates’ New Population Control Microchip Due For Launch In 2018!!

Multi-billionaire Bill Gates has developed a new microchip, along with researchers at MIT, that will allow for adjustments to be made to a person’s hormone levels via remote control, in a bid to reduce the planet’s population.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been working in conjunction with a small Massachusetts startup to develop the “digital pill” that will enable women’s fertility to be switched on or off, remotely, with the touch of a button.

The new “digital version of the contraceptive” pill will be tested in Africa this year where the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has spent years developing vaccination and family planning programs.

Following testing, the microchips are due to be rolled out globally in 2018 with “every woman in America” replacing their regular contraceptive pill with the new remote-controlled chips, according to Gates.

 

According to the Guardian, the chip is implanted under the skin and releases small doses of the contraceptive hormone levonorgestrel on a daily basis, with enough capacity to last 16 years.

About the same size as a Scrabble tile, it houses a series of micro-reservoirs covered by an ultra-thin titanium and platinum seal.

The hormone is released by passing a small electric current from an internal battery through the seal, which melts it temporarily, allowing a 30 microgram dose of levonorgestrel to seep out each day.

And it can be simply switched off by a wireless remote, avoiding the clinical procedures needed to deactivate other contraceptive implants.

Meet The World’s Top Infectious Killer- This Year’s G20 Summit Made This Discovery

Global health experts have repeatedly warned of the growing threat of drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis, which are responsible for around 580,000 cases annually. Typical cases of TB have a cure rate of over 90 percent, but MDR-TB cases have a cure rate of around 50 percent.

 

 

Advocates in the fight against tuberculosis are pleased that the top global infectious killer is mentioned by name in this year’s G-20 Leaders’ Declaration.

“The specific inclusion of TB on top of the priority pathogens listed by World Health Organization to be addressed by new efforts in R&D against [antimicrobial resistance] is a great victory of the TB community against many odds,” Dr. Mario Raviglione, director of WHO’s Global TB Programme, told HuffPost in an email.

 

We get almost 2 million deaths, 11 million cases a year in a disease that we can diagnose, treat and cure. The world needs to be outraged more than it is.Dr. Eric Goosby, United Nations special envoy on tuberculosis

By 2050, drug-resistant forms of the airborne disease are expected to account for a quarter of the 10 million deaths due to AMR each year, according to the final report of the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance, a U.K. committee chaired by the economist Jim O’Neill. More than 75 million people are expected to die of multidrug-resistant TB by 2050.

 

Lucica Ditiu, executive director of the international Stop TB Partnership, was thrilled that tuberculosis made the final draft of the leaders’ declaration.

“I think we are going to a place we’ve never been,” she said of the momentum in the fight against TB. “This is the first time that it’s come up at this level of heads of state.”

Know Your Blood Group, Your Compatibility And That Says A Lot About Your Health

Blood is made up of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets in a liquid called plasma. Your blood group is identified by antibodies and antigens in the blood.

Antibodies are proteins found in plasma. They’re part of your body’s natural defences. They recognise foreign substances, such as germs, and alert your immune system, which destroys them.

Antigens are protein molecules found on the surface of red blood cells.

The ABO system

There are four main blood groups defined by the ABO system:

  • blood group A – has A antigens on the red blood cells with anti-B antibodies in the plasma
  • blood group B – has B antigens with anti-A antibodies in the plasma
  • blood group O – has no antigens, but both anti-A and anti-B antibodies in the plasma
  • blood group AB – has both A and B antigens, but no antibodies

Blood group O is the most common blood group. Almost half of the world’s population (48%) has blood group O.

Receiving blood from the wrong ABO group can be life threatening. For example, if someone with group B blood is given group A blood, their anti-A antibodies will attack the group A cells.

This is why group A blood must never be given to someone who has group B blood and vice versa.

As group O red blood cells don’t have any A or B antigens, it can safely be given to any other group.

The NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) website has more information about the different blood groups.

The Rh system

Red blood cells sometimes have another antigen, a protein known as the RhD antigen. If this is present, your blood group is RhD positive. If it’s absent, your blood group is RhD negative.

This means you can be one of eight blood groups:

  • A RhD positive (A+)
  • A RhD negative (A-)
  • B RhD positive (B+)
  • B RhD negative (B-)
  • O RhD positive (O+)
  • O RhD negative (O-)
  • AB RhD positive (AB+)
  • AB RhD negative (AB-)

 

In most cases, O RhD negative blood (O-) can safely be given to anyone. It’s often used in medical emergencies when the blood type isn’t immediately known.

It’s safe for most recipients because it doesn’t have any A, B or RhD antigens on the surface of the cells, and is compatible with every other ABO and RhD blood group

Microsoft Is Giving Away Millions Of E-Books For Free, Download Them Right Now

It’s July again and Microsft’s Director of Sales Excellence, Erice Ligman, is back with the annual free e-book giveaway. Just like the last year, this year’s giveaway also includes tons of free Microsoft e-books.

 

Ligman says it has been several years since he started giving e-books for free and the response has been quite good. This year’s giveaway includes more e-books, and he has also streamlined the list to make it easier for the users to find relevant ones and their download links.

There are approximately 300 titles which are meant for various Microsoft products and services including:

  • E-Books For Windows 10, Windows Server
  • E-Books For PowerShell
  • E-Books For Azure
  • E-Books For Cloud
  • E-Books For Microsoft Office 2013, 2016, and 365
  • E-Books For Power BI
  • E-Books For Microsoft SharePoint
  • E-Books For SQL Server
  • E-Books For Microsoft System Center

How to download the free Microsoft e-books?

There are two ways to download the free e-books available as a part of the giveaway. They can be downloaded individually in PDF, EPUB, and MOBI formats. So, scroll through the list and download the ones you like in the format that suits you best.

If you want to download all of them at once, there is no direct option given on the website. “Since the eBooks and resources themselves have been put together and are distributed by some incredible authors and publishers, ultimately, they have the rights to update, distribute, and manage their IP as they see fit,” Ligman says.

As a workaround, Ligman has made available at list of the e-books he has shared as a part of the giveaway. It’s in the form of a text file which you can find after scrolling down, under the subheading HOW TO DOWNLOAD ALL E-BOOKS. Right-click the icon and click “Save Target As” to get the text file.

You can use a download manager or a browser extension to download all the files at once. Also, there is a Windows PowerShell script which allows you to download all the e-books at once.

World’s First Wireless Charging Laptop Launched By Dell

The first laptop in the world to feature the wireless charging feature is the Dell Latitude 7285 which is now available with a price tag of $1,199.99 for the starting model and $2,139 for the highest priced.

 

The 2-in-1 hybrid device was first announced at the CES 2017 event in January earlier this year. The company had partnered with the American company WiTricity whose wireless charging tech has been included in the device.

 

Although, the laptop can be charged without wires but requires an external detachable keyboard unit and a wireless charging mat achieve the functionality. These accessories are sold separately and put an extra burden of $549.99 in your pocket.

The specification for $1,199 Latitude 7285 include an Intel Core i5-7Y54 processor, 128GB SSD, 8GB RAM, 12.3-inch (2880 x 1920) display, Windows 10 Home, WiFi-AC, Bluetooth 4.2, etc.

You can buy Latitude 7285 from Dell’s website.

Top 15 Best Free Data Recovery Software Of 2017

We lose our important data from hard disk by accidentally pressing the Delete key. Sometimes, a software bug or virus can also corrupt your hard disk. In that case, you need the best data recovery software or a recovery tool to recover your important data back at any cost.At this point of time, a data recovery software comes in handy. We have compiled a list of best free data recovery software considering factors such as whether the software can recover RAW, Unallocated, Corrupt or Formatted Hard Disk; its ability to recover from different file systems such as FAT, FAT32, HFS, NTFS etc.; the array of devices supported; time taken for file recovery and user friendliness to name a few.

 

At this point of time, a data recovery software comes in handy. To answer your query, we have compiled a list of best free data recovery software considering factors such as whether the software can recover RAW, Unallocated, Corrupt or Formatted Hard Disk; its ability to recover from different file systems such as FAT, FAT32, HFS, NTFS etc.; the array of devices supported; time taken for file recovery and user friendliness to name a few. Let’s take a look at some of the best data recovery software you can use to recover lost data:

15 Best Data Recovery Software Of 2017 For Free:

1. Recuva:

Recuva-Best Free Data Recovery Tools

The fact that Recuva is on the top of the best data recovery software list, may not come as a surprise to the most of you. This data recovery tool has the ability to restore files from hard drives, DVD or CDs, memory cards, and external drives.

Some of the features that bring Recuva on top of the list of Best recovery software are:

  • Superior file recovery
  • Advanced deep scan mode
  • Secure overwrite feature that uses industry & military standard deletion techniques and,
  • Ability to recover files from damaged or newly formatted files
  • Easy User interface

Supported Platforms: Recuva data recovery software for PC can be used on Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, Vista, XP, and older versions of Windows.

2. TestDisk:

TestDisk-Best Free Data Recovery Tools

A list of best data recovery software can hardly be termed as being complete without a mention of TestDisk recovery software. It’s an open source software that was created with an aim to get back lost partitions and fix non-booting disks. Packed with features and a file recovery system that can easily overshadow that of any other data recovery software, TestDisk has a lot to offer for both novices and experts. Here are some of the TestDisk’s features:

  • Allows users to recover/rebuild the boot sector
  • Fix or recover deleted partition table besides being able to reliably undelete files from FAT, exFAT, NTFS and ext2 file systems.
  • Available on all major platforms such as Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X etc and is in fact quite popular as it can be found on various Linux Live CD’s.

Being a command line tool, TestDisk hard drive recovery tool may not be suitable for some users for data recovery.

Supported Platforms: TestDisk can run on Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, Vista, XP, and older versions of Windows, Linux, BSD, macOS, and DOS.

3. Stellar Data RecoveryStellar-phoenix-windows-Data-Recovery

Living up to its name, Stellar Data Recovery performs a stellar job in recovering your data from your Windows PC and Mac. If you are regretting your decision of deleting recent files, Stellar Data Recovery tool is here to help you in an effective way.

  • Risk-free program recovers data from different types of storage devices like memory cards, smartphones, USB drives, hard disks etc.
  • Using Stellar Data Recovery program is simple. Just download it, start the scan, and you are able to recover from the past data disasters.

4. Undelete 360:

Undelete360-Best Free Data Recovery Tools

With the looks of a typical Office application, the Undelete 360 is built on a fast yet efficient algorithm which enables the user to undelete files. Here are some of the features of Undelete 360:

  • Works on a variety of devices such as Digital cameras, memory cards, smartphones, computer hard drives, USBs etc.
  • It includes a data-wiping tool, a Hex Viewer along with the ability to preview files before recovery.
  • Does a great job in recovering recently deleted files as compared to other free data recovery software
  • Also able to recover files of a wide variety of types such as DOC, HTML, AVI, MP3, JPEG, JPG, PNG, GIF, etc.

However, scanning speed needs major improvement and this tool also lags out its competition in terms of recovering data.

Supported Platforms: Undelete 360 can run on Windows 8, 8.1, 7, Vista, XP, and older versions of Windows.

5. PhotoRec:

PhotoRec-Best Free Data Recovery Tools

Definitely one of the best data recovery software out there, PhotoRec is widely acclaimed for its powerful file recovery over a wide variety of devices ranging from digital cameras to hard disks. It’s specially created to recover data like pictures, videos, documents, etc., from hard disks, CD-ROMs. Here are some of the features of PhotoRec recovery tool:

  • Compatible with almost all major platforms such as Microsoft Windows, Linux, Mac OS X etc.
  • Comes packed with the ability to recover more than 440 different file formats.
  • Features such as the ‘unformat function’ and the ability to add your own custom file types do come in handy.

Although I wouldn’t advise this free data recovery software to beginners as it is completely devoid of a GUI and uses a command line interface which may intimidate some users.

Supported Platforms: PhotoRec recovery program can run on Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, Vista, XP, & older versions of Windows, Linux, BSD, DOS, macOS.

6. Pandora Recovery:

PandoraRecovery-Best Free Data Recovery Tools

Pandora recovery is one of the most reliable and effective best free data recovery software out there. Pandora recovery tool has a lot to offer to its users. Here are some of the features of this tool:

  • Ability to recover deleted files from NTFS and FAT-formatted volumes
  • Preview deleted files of certain types (image and text files) without performing recovery
  • With surface scan (which allows you to recover data from drives that have been formatted) and the ability to recover archived, hidden, encrypted and compressed files, it packs quite a punch.
  • Its interface is very easy to get a hang of and provides an explorer-like view along with color coded and recovery percentage indicators.

However, its file detection system is not that reliable and needs to be improved further. This excellent data recovery software could be made portable as well so that it doesn’t consume any space on the hard disk and thereby not consume space that a file which we wish to recover once consumed.

Supported Platforms: Pandora data recovery can run on Windows 8, 8.1, 7, Vista, XP, and older versions of Windows.

7. MiniTool Partition Recovery:

Standard undelete programs like Recuva, Pandora etc. are perfect for recovering a few deleted files, but what if when you have lost an entire partition? Then you will probably need a specialist application like MiniTool Partition Recovery. Here are some of the great features of this recovery tool specialized in partition recovery:

  • An easy wizard-based interface
  • Specialized in data recovery on an entire partition
  • Point MiniTool Partition Recovery tool at the problematic drive and it will scan for the missing partition
  • Generates a recovery report which will let you know what the program has found to help you in data recovery
  • Can’t use data recovery on a bootable disc here.

Supported Platforms: MiniTool Partition Recovery software can run on Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, Vista, XP, and older versions of Windows.

8. Wise Data Recovery:

Wise data recovery tool is one of the fastest undelete tools among the best data recovery software. Besides being faster, it also comes with some nice features. Here is a list of its features:

  • Easy and an intuitive interface
  • Can recover deleted files from local drives, USB drives, cameras, memory cards, removable media devices etc.
  • Faster search filter by selecting inbuilt file extension groups using the file’s type.
  • Compatible from Windows XP to Windows 8.
Wise data recovery tool is quick at performing file scans during recovery process but the availability of a deep scan mode would have been better. There’s also a Wise portable data recovery software version available, so you don’t need to install it.
 
Supported Platforms: Wise data recovery software can run on Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, Vista, XP, and older versions of Windows.

9. Puran file Recovery:

Puran file recovery works in 3 main recovery modes. These recovery modes are:

  • Default Quick Scan (It simply reads the FAT or NTFS file system for deleted files from the recycle bin etc.)
  • Deep Scan (includes scanning all available free space) and,
  • Full Scan (checks all space on the device for the best chance of recovery)
  • Works from Windows XP to Windows 8

Using the “Find lost files” option turns Puran File Recovery into a tool to recover all files from a lost or damaged partition. Something else you can do is edit the custom scan list which stores file signatures for more accurate recovery of badly damaged data.

Supported Platforms: Puran file recovery software can run on Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, Vista, XP, and older versions of Windows.

10. PC Inspector File recovery

PC Inspector File Recovery works well on both FAT and NTFS drives even if the boot sector has been erased or damaged. Here are some of the features of this recovery tool.

  • Simple search dialog can help locate files by name.
  • Recovered files can be restored to a local hard disk or network drives.
  • Can recover image and video of several types of files in different formats such as ARJ, AVI, BMP, DOC, DXF, XLS, EXE, GIF, HLP, HTML, JPG, LZH, MID, MOV, MP3, PDF, PNG, RTF, TAR, TIF, WAV and ZIP.
  • Can scan just specific areas of the disc with the Cluster scanner
  • Works perfectly from Windows XP to Windows 7

However, the interface is a little confusing mess of tabs. So, be careful with this tool. Also, note that if your hard disk is has faced some mechanical damage, you need to look for some specialist.

Supported Platforms: PC Inspector file recovery software can run on Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, Vista, XP, and older versions of Windows.

After top 10, here are 5 more bonus file recovery software:

11. Restoration

Restoration data recovery program takes the 10th position in the list of top 15 best data recovery tools. It is no different and is similar to the other free undelete apps on this list. Even if it is in the tenth position, here are a few things that we liked about this data recovery tool:

  • Very simple and easy to use
  • No confusing and no cryptic buttons or any complicated file recovery procedures
  • It can recover data and files from hard drives, memory cards, USB drives, and other external drives as well.
  • Does not need to be installed and can run data recovery from a USB drive.

Supported Platforms: Restoration runs on Windows Vista, XP, 2000, NT, ME, 98, and 95 and also, successfully tested Windows 7 and Windows 10. Sometimes, runs into a problem with Windows 8

12. DMDE

It is one of the most feature-rich data recovery software I have ever seen. But the unending list of various options actually complicates the recovery process.

  • It is portable.
  • Supports deep scan. It literally squeezed the flash drive for any sort of deleted data.
  • Can save logs to avoid rescan at the later stage.
  • Detailed information about the device from which data is to be recovered.
  • Doesn’t display original folder names but displays original file names.
  • File search option available.
  • Multiple filters available.
  • Copy sector option to create disk image files.
  • Tool to construct RAID.

13. Glary Undelete

The file recovery software provides a clean yet convenient interface for first-time users. It doesn’t have much visual appeal but it can be a good solution to get back your deleted files.

  • Quick file scan with Folder and File Types view options.
  • Multiple filter options include date, time, file type, file size, etc.
  • Preview option available.
  • Multiple language options.
  • Supports various Windows versions including Windows 10.
  • Includes search bar.
  • Shows recovery status – Good, Poor, Overwritten, etc – in the scan result
  • Does not show original folder names.
  • Tries to install companion software from the vendor.

14. Disk Drill

Seriously, if you’re looking for a data recovery software that also looks good then Disk Drill is your shot. But you will have to pay for the visuals by downloading a 15 MB setup file.

  • Displays literally all the storage present on your machine, even the unallocated space.
  • Displays scanned data in All files, Pictures, Video, Documents, Archives options.
  • Allows filtering of scanned files by files and date.
  • Includes search bar.
  • Can save the recovery session for later use.
  • Can recover data in the form of a disk image (ISO).
  • Preview option available.
  • Deep scan mode available.
  • Retains original folder names.
  • Restart required after installation.
  • Scan time more than average.
  • Only 500 MB space can be recovered in the free version. It is the biggest disadvantage.

15. SoftPerfect File Recovery

This data recovery software is ideal for those users who don’t want the hassles of installing a software. It’s tiny solution which offers a minimalistic interface.

  • Set up size is just 0.5MB.
  • Easy to use.
  • Includes search bar.
  • Can’t recover corrupted or overwritten files.
  • Preview not available.
  • Multiple languages available.
  • Doesn’t show the health of the files to be recovered.
  • Doesn’t allow restoration of recovered files on the same disk. Better run it from a flash drive.

Editor’s Recommendation for best data recovery tool: 

I would personally recommend Piriform’s Recuva data recovery program to all our readers, hands down. With superior file recovery, an advanced deep scan mode, a secure overwrite feature that uses industry & military standard deletion techniques and the ability to recover files from damaged or newly formatted files, Recuva is undeniably one of the best free data recovery tools out there. Its portability (the ability to run without installation) is one feature that sets it apart from others.

The User Interface of this free tool wouldn’t let you down either with a file-recovery wizard and an application manual mode available to your disposal which provides color coding (indicating the probability of the recovery of a file) along with the ability to preview files before undeleting them. Recuva’s data recovery solution is definitely a notch above all others and undoubtedly the most complete and reliable free data recovery software available today.