Recuva: Recover Your Deleted Files

It happens to all of us. Maybe you delete a file you need back, or clicked “Yes” when you should’ve clicked “No”. Usually the solution is simple, i.e. restore the file from the Recycle bin but what if you’ve already emptied the Recycle bin? In that case, a file recovery program like Recuva can be very helpful.

Features of Recuva File Recovery

Recuva is a small freeware program you can use to recover pictures, music, documents, videos, or any other types of files on your hard drive or memory card or flash drive or even on your iPods. It has a nice-looking, simple interface along with a wizard and advanced option-perfect for everyone that will walk you through the recovery process. It offers an option for what type of file to search along with a deep scan enable option that find files on damaged or reformatted disks. It works on both FAT and NTFS file system. Recuva supports Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows vista, XP and even server versions of Windows. The 64-bit version of Recuva is also available for 64-bit Windows users.


Recuva comes in two versions– a normal to be installed in your system and a portable one that you can install on a USB stick. The main advantage of portable version is that it gets installed on an external drive without overwriting any of the free space on your drive that may contain exactly the data you’re trying to recover.

Un-Recuva Your Files

Recuva includes a useful feature that does the opposite of recovering a deleted file- a feature that deletes the file securely making it impossible for anything to recover it. The option menu allows you choose different kinds of secure deletion ranging from single pass overwriting to options that tell the program to overwrite the data three or seven times.

Recuva Usage Guide

Both versions of Recuva work the same way. A file recovery program can only recover a file deleted from your computer if the same space on the hard drive hasn’t already been used by another file. Every time something is saved or installed, the chance that your file will be recoverable decreases. When Recuva starts a wizard interface appears asking you whether you want to recover specific type of deleted files or you want program to find all deleted files. When the scan is complete a list of deleted files appears in the main window. Each file is flagged with a green, yellow or red light indicating whether file is recoverable, probably not recoverable, or gone forever.


Here select the files you want to restore and click on Recover selecting a location on your computer. At any time you can switch to Advanced Mode which reveals a number of options and additional sorting abilities. Just remember to untick the files in Recuva before you close the program because Recuva remembers those files next time and will keep on downloading them over and over again! So untick them once you have recovered them.

If a file has gone missing, either from your mistake or even from a virus infection or system crash and if you just want a good recovery program with a small disk footprint at no charge, then Recuva is what you should look for. Although Recuva cannot recover all the files, it is still my favorite choice.

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