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Recuva

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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.52.1086
  • Total Downloads:
    1,408,173
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 08, 2015
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    4.22MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    2,831
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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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.

Pros

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.

Cons

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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.7

    out of 6 votes

    • 5 star 3
    • 4 star 0
    • 3 star 1
    • 2 star 2
    • 1 star 0
  • All Versions

    4.1

    out of 229 votes

    • 5 star 122
    • 4 star 63
    • 3 star 14
    • 2 star 11
    • 1 star 19
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5 stars

"Recuva can be a life saver if something goes wrong."

January 12, 2016  |  By neplusultraomni

2016-01-12 12:28:38  |  By neplusultraomni

 |  Version: Recuva 1.52.1086

Pros

I uninstalled HP Smart Web printing and it deleted all my settings, documents, most of my music files, downloads, etc. Using Recuva and my backups I was able to restore almost all of my files. Just make sure you restore files as soon as possible because they will get overwritten as you use your computer. I had to do a system restore to get my system working again, and Windows overwrote a lot of the files in reconfiguring my system.

Cons

None at all.

Summary

This program can really be a life saver if something goes wrong.

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5 stars

"Really helpful app"

December 10, 2015  |  By Nikolai P

2015-12-10 16:08:35  |  By Nikolai P

 |  Version: Recuva 1.52.1086

Pros

I thought I was out of options, helped me resolve my issue of unrecoverable files fairly easily once I figured it out. Terrific result and a life saver.

Cons

I did have to look up a few guides to using it, but overall it is as straightforward as something like this could be.

Summary

Great.

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2 stars

"Not worth the money"

September 01, 2015  |  By ITman2198

2015-09-01 14:08:04  |  By ITman2198

 |  Version: Recuva 1.52.1086

Pros

Downloaded fine and completed scan quickly

Cons

Only found and recovers a few photos out of hundreds. Support was useless. Started getting peppered with emails trying to sell me other apps. Get lost!

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2 stars

"A better program than Recuva??"

August 21, 2015  |  By tvdboogaard

2015-08-21 12:25:30  |  By tvdboogaard

 |  Version: Recuva 1.52.1086

Pros

Reply by tvdboogaard on July 29, 2015
Jayblank,what is the name of that better recovery program? Thank you.

Reply by howardferns on July 15, 2015
What was the much better program?

Cons

Reply by tvdboogaard on July 29, 2015
Jayblank,what is the name of that better recovery program? Thank you.

Reply by howardferns on July 15, 2015
What was the much better program?

Summary

Reply by tvdboogaard on July 29, 2015
Jayblank,what is the name of that better recovery program? Thank you.

Reply by howardferns on July 15, 2015
What was the much better program?

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5 stars

"AMAZING PROGRAM"

August 04, 2015  |  By Mitchell Harvey

2015-08-04 16:28:58  |  By Mitchell Harvey

 |  Version: Recuva 1.52.1086

Pros

Free to use for basic file recovery.
Recovered al of my files not a problem in the world

Cons

If there is anything to complain about, the User interface could be cleaned up a little more

Summary

I corrupted my hard drive and spent hours of downloading programs to recover files, before being shown ugly "Please purchase the full version" screens. This is the only program that I have come across that has a free version that is ideal for data recovery. Would recommend this to anyone and everyone that has corrupted their hard drive

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3 stars

"Unsatisfactory"

July 13, 2015  |  By jayblank

2015-07-13 07:03:27  |  By jayblank

 |  Version: Recuva 1.52.1086

Pros

Was able to recover a few photos that were accidentally deleted.

Cons

I had hundreds of photos accidentally deleted from the recycle bin 12 hours ago, and haven't used the computer since. I downloaded this program, ran it three times to recover my photos, and am very disappointed in the results. It found many, but only a few were actually recoverable. The rest said the file type wasn't supported when I tried to open them, even though they were still listed as jpg.

Summary

I found a much better recovery program.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.52.1086
  • Added Ext4 file system support.
  • Improved NTFS Deep Scan.
  • Improved accuracy of scan statistics.
  • Improved VHD Image loading. (Recuva Professional only).
  • Improved localization and language support.
  • Minor GUI improvements.
  • Minor tweaks and fixes.
General
Publisher Piriform
Publisher web site http://www.piriform.com/
Release Date April 08, 2015
Date Added April 08, 2015
Version 1.52.1086
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Backup Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.22MB
File Name rcsetup152.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,408,173
Downloads Last Week 2,831
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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