Some people have local drives in FAT format and some in NTFS format. NTFS format is far better because of improved metadata support and is also faster and more reliable than FAT because of the use advanced data structures. We will cover ways to recover files from both FAT and NTFS formatted drives.
FAT Deleted File Recovery and NTFS Deleted File Recovery are two different software from same developer. Both are given in separate files and can be downloaded from the links given at the bottom. It is quite annoying that the developer has provided two different apps, as it was possible to merge them both into one simple app.
In NTFS Deleted File Recovery’s case, you just need to hit Select Drive button, then select the NTFS file system drive from where you want to recover deleted files, and hit OK. It will scan all files and folders and list the ones that are recoverable. You can then select those files and folders and hit Recover button to recover them all.
In FAT Deleted File Recovery’s case, you need to right-click the drive in FAT file system format, and hit Recover Files. Since I have no drive that is formatted to FAT, I was shown an Invalid Drive Format dialog.
Download NTFS Deleted File Recovery
Download FAT Deleted File Recovery
Both work on Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003/2008, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. Enjoy!