Recuva

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 219 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.51.1063
  • Total Downloads:
    1,165,583
  • Date Added:
    March 21, 2014
  • File Size:
    4.02MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    4,622
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8

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

    2.8

    out of 8 votes

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  • All Versions

    4.2

    out of 219 votes

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    • 4 star 63
    • 3 star 13
    • 2 star 9
    • 1 star 17
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3 stars

"Isn't always successful."

August 18, 2014  |  By kusmo

 |  Version: Recuva 1.51.1063

Pros

Worked well in the past when I recovered video files off a unfinalized dvd.

Cons

Didn't work when I tried to recover photo files of a micro SDHC card.

Summary

Works only sometimes, so try other products. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard 8.0 recovered 95% of the lost photo files on the micro SDHC card. You will have to buy program if data to recover is over 1Gb.

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4 stars

"Does the trick"

August 16, 2014  |  By jefferywood2012

 |  Version: Recuva 1.51.1063

Pros

Nice program! lightweight, fast & efficient

Cons

its not freeware :(

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3 stars

"Did not recover all my data"

August 13, 2014  |  By Garylinlinyi

 |  Version: Recuva 1.51.1063

Pros

Easy to navigate
Recovered some of my data

Cons

Did not recover all my data. I purchased Wonder Share and it managed to recover ALL my lost data! Its cheap, check their site:
http://www.flash-video-soft.com/data-recovery/

Summary

Due to virus all the files in my memory card are deleted. Through this software i recovered some of them

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1 stars

"got some funky malware from the free download"

July 13, 2014  |  By lonneal

 |  Version: Recuva 1.51.1063

Pros

Did not get to use this - had to delete everything since a program called Trovi hijacked my browsers and set off my anti-virus software.

Cons

Having my browsers hijacked, having part of the program blocked by my anti-virus software, too bad it didn't stop the Trovi program from hijacking my browsers before it blocked the installation

Summary

Can't really express my loathing in terms that are suitable for public view. Too bad, if it worked I would have purchased the paid version, but now I never want to hear about these..........well, you know, again. How could CNET treat these.......well, you know, as legitimate?

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1 stars

"Not very good"

June 24, 2014  |  By Randysmlive

 |  Version: Recuva 1.51.1063

Pros

great at identifying files that other recovery programs could not

Cons

I tried to recover 25 xlsx files in "excellent" condition, 8 pdf files in "excellent" condition and 17 docx files in "excellent" condition. MS word & Excel were not able to open ONE SINGLE file. Only 3 of the PDF files were usable. What does "excellent" condition mean? Scan of a 1TB hard drive took 23 hours!

Summary

Don't waste your time with this program

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4 stars

"There is Recuva Portable too"

May 25, 2014  |  By Jackller

 |  Version: Recuva 1.51.1063

Pros

I tried recuva and did get the files but when I recovered them only some were visible while others it said that the file may be damged corrupted etc etc.

Cons

i once used recuva to help a co-worker recover here files. it did recover the files but the problem is the directory location where they used to be isn't there anymore. we have to manually move the files to the subfolders they once were.

Summary

I've used Recuva for a while. I have the regular version installed and the portable version on my flash drive. FYI there is a portable version of recuva, which can be found here:
http://bit.do/http-www-piriform-com-recuva-download-portable

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1 stars

"Worthless and a waste of time."

April 20, 2014  |  By onahas

 |  Version: Recuva 1.51.1063

Pros

Can find few text and photo files, and the folders

Cons

Will recover more than 90% of the files in unreadable format (.NTE) after 16 hours of search (1 TB HD)

Summary

Worthless and waste of time.

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5 stars

"A Complete Lifesaver!!"

April 02, 2014  |  By issi64

 |  Version: Recuva 1.51.1063

Pros

Easy to use
Free
Does exactly what it claims and then some

Cons

None that I can see

Summary

I stupidly hit save instead of save as when editing a gmail attachment in word. Even worse, I overwrote the file by downloading the same attachment again. Anyway, I desperately searched the internet for answers, and came across Recuva. It worked like a charm and I was able to recover my lost work. I normally don't write reviews, but I had to log in and create account today, just to express how amazing this simple program is. It saved over two hours of work!

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.51.1063
  • Added Ext2 and Ext3 file system support.
  • Added recovery from volumes without GUID.
  • Improved SSD detection and support.
  • Improved Secure Overwrite on Windows XP.
  • Optimized FAT32 volume deep scan algorithm.
  • Improved partition detection on VHD images. (Recuva Professional only).
  • Improved Show drives options.
  • Minor GUI improvements.
  • Minor bug fixes.
General
Publisher Piriform
Publisher web site http://www.piriform.com/
Release Date March 20, 2014
Date Added March 21, 2014
Version 1.51.1063
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Backup Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.02MB
File Name rcsetup151.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,165,583
Downloads Last Week 4,622
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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