External Drive

R-Drive Image6.0 build 6012

A program for Windows that can create a recovery drive image for external device storageĀ 

PRO: Cheaper and simpler than Norton
CON: Interface is basic
Vote: 9.7/10 (4 votes) Platform: Windows

PDF Viewer Plus1.2.3.0

View and browse PDF documents stored on your system's hard drive or an external drive

PRO: Helpful zooming feature for full browsing
CON: Limited amount of options available
Vote: 4.0/10 (3 votes) Platform: Windows

Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool8.00.7600.16385

Well-designed program for creating an external bootable drive for a PC

… it for installation via a USB flash drive or DVD disc. The Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool is a program developed …

PRO: Consistently updated
CON: Not available on all Windows operating systems
Vote: 7.2/10 (178 votes) Platform: Windows

Free External Drive Data Recovery1.1.5.8

Find data you thought you had lost with this excellent tool

Vote: 0.0/10 (0 votes) Platform: Windows

HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool2.2.3

Excellent freeware that cleans thumb drives and creates boot drives

… operating systems, but it works with most flash drives, external hard drives, and disks too. When you plug …

PRO: Trusted developer
CON: Needs to be run as an administrator
Vote: 6.6/10 (151 votes) Platform: Windows

Free External Hard Drive Data Recovery9.0

Utility to recover files from removable media

PRO: Retrieves files well
CON: Upgrading requires another download and installation
Vote: 8.0/10 (19 votes) Platform: Windows

Recover My Photos6.2.0.1843

Record lost, hidden or damaged files on internal and external storage drives and other devices

Vote: 6.9/10 (35 votes) Platform: Windows

Hetman Partition Recovery4.4

Great tool that mends bad sections on a variety of drives

… that if it happened once, it will never happen again. Backing up your files in the cloud or on an external hard drive

PRO: Clearly marks recovered files
CON: Total novices may still be overwhelmed
Vote: 7.8/10 (58 votes) Platform: Windows

Any Data Recovery9.9.9.8

Utility that can retrieve files from a variety of drives

… Free Any Data Recovery works with both computers and external devices like flash drives and external

PRO: Preview data before recovery
CON: Not much difference between scan modes
Vote: 8.0/10 (1490 votes) Platform: Windows

Free USB Flash Drive Data Recovery8.8.9.1

Retrieve a variety of lost files from any thumb drive

… on any external hard drive or USB flash drive. If you're like many people, you probably have a few …

PRO: Affordable but still, world-class service
CON: No technical support service for free version
Vote: 10.0/10 (37 votes) Platform: Windows