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Recuva is hand down the best and easiest to use software recovery program. It far exceeds the ability of other recovery software.

This software is a freeware Windows utility program and very easy to use. If you have deleted files and have emptied your recycle bin then Recuva will be able to recover the files.

The software can recover data from a number of sources included SDCards and cameras. There are two options with this software. The first being a faster easier recover option which does not take long to recover the files. If it cannot find the files there is another option called deep scan and this is used to run a second scan of the hard drive to see if the files are recoverable.

When it is done it will show you which files can be recovered and which cannot be recovered. You can then decide which files you want recovered and where you want the files recovered to. This can be to another hard drive, SDCard or any other connected device on your computer. It can also be used on an IPod to recover files which you had deleted.

Install: Recuva

The software is easy enough to install like much of the products which are brought out from Piriform the developer. The one nice thing about the developer is the amount of languages they offer in the software so it has been well ported.

Running: Recuva

The interface is very good and there are two options when it comes to file recovery. The first screen opens and it will ask what type of files you are looking to recover. If you want to recover everything then it is going to take a while to get all of it done.


Once you have made your selection you will now have to make a choice as to where and what to search. The options are a directory or a hard drive. The hard drive search will take a while to bring back any files. Note that you cannot recover files onto the hard drive you are recovering from. Maybe set the recovery to a USB drive or another drive.


Once this has been selected the next screen is very important. There is the normal scan and there is a “Deep Scan” which is another option. Deep scan takes much longer but you are more likely to recover the file than not. This would always be a good option if you might have saved other files on the drive since then.


This was the version used during the testing. I do not update the files once I have tested it so you will need to search the internet for the latest files. This is the file that was used for the screenshots above.

Title: Recuva 1.52.1086
Filename: rcsetup152.exe
File size: 4.11MB (4,112,416 bytes)
Requirements: Win2000 / XP / Vista / Win7 / XP64 / Vista64 / Win7 64 / Win8 / Win8 64
Languages: Multiple languages
License: Freeware
Date added: April 8, 2015
Author: Piriform









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