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Recuva undeletes files; recovers data from corrupted, damaged, and reformatted discs; restores unsaved Word documents; and securely deletes files so they're unrecoverable, even by Recuva. Fast, focused scans find just the files you want and deep Scans find lost, damaged, and deleted files anywhere in your system, including portable, removable, and unmounted drives and even CDs and DVDs.


Wizard: The Recuva Wizard dialog let us scan All Files or just Pictures, Music, Documents, Video, Compressed, or Emails. We could also scan by File Location ranging from "I'm not sure" to CD/DVD and enable the Deep Scan option.

Context menu integration: The Advanced Options include adding "Scan for deleted files" to Explorer and Recycle Bin context menus.

Portable version: Recuva includes a fully portable version that fits on a USB drive. It runs without an installer, so it can find and recover files in damaged systems.


Advanced Mode switchback: The Advanced Mode shows file paths, info, and headers in a list view instead of thumbnails, which is fine, except there's no way to toggle back to the normal view.

Online help file: Recuva's Web-based Help file supposedly keeps the download smaller, but including a Help file would take up less space than the portable version that's supposedly useful when Internet connections are down. To us, that seems like a good time to have a local copy of the Help file.

Bottom Line

Like CCleaner, Recuva is fast, reliable, and delivers a lot for freeware. Try it before buying a recovery tool.

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"This is more like a virus"

July 16, 2016  |  By whitefeather700

2016-07-16 22:45:56  |  By whitefeather700

 |  Version: Recuva 1.53.1087


There are none


I tried running this program but the hard drive was unresponsive so I canceled the scan. Then I checked another drive in my computer and noticed that some folders now had nothing on them (this was a different hard drive then the one I tried to check). So I rebooted my computer and it had the windows logo and then went to a black screen. After several attempts at booting in safe mode to figure out the problem I did a system restore. It still wouldn't boot in normal mode so I tried safe mode and a system restore again. I finally have my computer back but I can't find this program on my system to remove it.


This program does more damage than good.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.53.1087
  • Improved Ext4 and Ext3 file system support.
  • Improved Fat32 partition file scanning.
  • Optimized Secure Overwrite on Windows 10.
  • Enhanced drive and partition detection.
  • Improved keyboard navigation.
  • Minor GUI improvements.
  • Minor bug fixes.
Publisher Piriform
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Release Date June 08, 2016
Date Added June 08, 2016
Version 1.53.1087
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Backup Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 5.22MB
File Name rcsetup153.exe
Total Downloads 1,498,614
Downloads Last Week 1,012
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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