Recuva

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 216 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.48.980
File Size:
4.02MB
Date Added:
August 12, 2013
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
1,046,302
Downloads Last Week:
6,872
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Recuva is a free file recovery program that makes it extremely easy to locate files that were once thought to be lost forever. The wizard-like approach and intuitive user interface will appeal to all user levels.

The program opens with a very sleek, professional user interface. We found it extremely easy to navigate right off the bat, but it does employ a wizard to walk you through the file recovery process. All we had to do was select either the C or D drive, or both, from a drop-down menu. If you have a general idea of where the file may be, you can pick from a list of file paths, including Pictures, Music, Documents, Video, and Compressed files. As soon as we clicked the Scan button, the program immediately went to work, and within seconds, it had pulled up a very long list of deleted files and their respective paths. The program's Advanced view gave us more detailed information of each file, including the file's size and creation time. Recovering selected files was also extremely easy and involved simply checking off the file or files and clicking the Recover button. Within seconds, the file was recovered and saved to our location of choice.

Though we don't think you'll need it, we were disappointed to find that the program doesn't include any kind of Help file. It does, however, include a link to the publisher's Web site, which contains a forum. All in all, Recuva is an excellent choice for anyone in need of reliable file recovery.

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  • All Versions:

    4.2

    out of 216 votes

    • 5 star: 117
    • 4 star: 62
    • 3 star: 11
    • 2 star: 9
    • 1 star: 17
  • Current Version:

    4.5

    out of 2 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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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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