Remo Recover Free Edition is great at finding lost files, but it only lets you recover a rather small amount of lost data in the free version and makes you wait a while to do it.
Remo Recover Free Edition sports a nifty interface that looks like it was made for Windows 8's smooth, tiled layout. In order to find your lost files, the program has to create a disk image file and then scan that file separately to find your lost data. The whole process took about an hour for a 250GB drive that was one-third full. The program found some lost files, but it only let us recover 1GB of them -- which isn't much if you're looking for lost music, video, or photo files. You have to upgrade to the paid version to get more. We were able to preview the lost files prior to recovery and sort them based on their name, size, date, and file type. Apart from being able to efficiently restore files on a hard drive, the program supports a multitude of other devices you can restore files from, such as external USB drives, FireWire drives, memory cards, digital cameras, and mobile devices. Recovering files deleted from the command prompt, as well as those deleted using "Shift + Delete" is no problem, either. Remo can also help in situations where you lost files due to an improper PC shut-down, too -- something that can happen even to the best of us. The program does take time to search for lost or deleted files, but you can always save the current recovery session and continue at a later time.
Even though Remo Recover Free Edition is super limiting, it can still be useful if you need to urgently retrieve some important files that you lost. If you need to retrieve more than 1GB worth of data and don't mind paying for it, you should look into upgrading to one of the paid versions of this program.