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Recuva (pronounced “recover”) is a free and lightweight file recovery utility for Windows, developed by Piriform a trusted and well-known software company, the creators of CCleaner. Recuva allows you to restore files that Windows can’t recover. Files that have been accidentally deleted from your computer, you can get them back rapidly, securely, and effectively.

This includes files emptied from the Recycle bin, through Windows Explorer or using Shift-Delete keys ('weak' deletion types which are not safe from hackers) as well as files that have been deleted by user error from digital camera memory cards, iPod or MP3 players, external hard drives or any other rewritable media you have. Recuva can significantly restore documents you’ve erased utilizing industry-standard secure erasure techniques.

Screenshot of Recuva's Main Interface

Recuva is an easy-to-use undeletion software, featuring a simple interface with List and Tree view. Just click ‘Scan’ and choose the files you want to recover and filter for results based on file name/type. Recuva comes with many settings that you can use to tweak it to work just the way you want (for example, an advanced deep scan feature that scours your drive to locate any traces of files you have deleted).

Recuva’s default scan will run through a large hard drive for deleted files in seconds. If you’re searching for a record you recently deleted, or a document that is not on a harmed or ruined drive, you should attempt the default scan first. It's quick, and you will discover your documents 90% of the time. On the off chance that time is basic, this is the decision for you.

Screenshot of Wizard FileType Window

On the other hand, not every deleted or damaged file is easy to find. Some of them take a bit more digging. Recuva’s Deep Scan alternative causes you to find significantly more records covered on your hard drive or removable drives. It takes longer, but it’s worthwhile despite all the trouble (by finding absolutely everything that can be recovered).

Recuva supports safe and quick recovery of numerous file types including photographs, audio, documents, videos, and even emails. Moreover, it can also recover files from damaged or newly formatted drives. Recuva also has the special ability to securely delete recovered files, making sure it's erased once and for all.

Recuva is offered in three editions: Free, Professional and Business. All editions of Recuva's scan for and recover files in the exact same way, however, the paid editions add some more features: Ability to create and manipulate VHD hard drive images to "freeze" the data and prevent further damage; Priority technical support and Automatic updates.

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Key Features:

  • Simple to use interface
  • Superior file recovery
  • Restore-and-securely-delete functionality
  • Four different levels of secure deletion
  • Recover files that Windows can’t
  • Recovery from damaged or formatted disks
  • Recover files from your iPod, iPod Nano, or iPod Shuffle
  • Recover Canon RAW (.CRW) format image files
  • Restores files from external ZIP drives, Firewire and USB hard drives
  • Recover files from removable media (such as memory sticks)
  • Supports FAT12/FAT16/FAT32/exFAT/NTFS/NTFS5/
  • Can be run from a USB thumb drive
  • Advanced deep scan mode

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Last Update: June 26, 2024

Current Version: 1.54.120

License: Freeware

Languages: Multiple Languages

Supported Operating Systems:
Windows 98 / 2000 / XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10 / Windows 2003 / Server 2008 (32-Bit, 64-Bit)

Developer: Piriform Ltd.


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