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:
    1,162,963
  • 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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    • 2 star 0
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  • All Versions

    4.2

    out of 219 votes

    • 5 star 117
    • 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 1,162,963
    Downloads Last Week 4,622
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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