The free program Recuva from Piriform ranks as one of the best values for data recovery software, followed by the paid program, R-Studio. Other highly rated paid options include Wise Data Recovery and ArtPlus Digital Photo Recovery. Puran File Recovery and Pandora Recovery round out the list of free software.
Piriform's Recuva provides users with multiple tools for file recovery, including options for pulling data from damaged disks, deep system scans to discover hidden files, and secure deletion of files in need of destruction. While this program offers a powerful free version, upgrading to the professional version costs $24.95, as of October 2015. The paid version provides users with advanced hard drive support and automatic updates. Piriform's official website has both options available for download.