Piriform Recuva Free Data Recovery (Windows)
Piriform Recuva Free Data Recovery (Windows)
Recuva is a free but powerful tool for recovering deleted files and files already removed from the recycle bin. However, if you download Recuva, you should remove the check mark in the setup dialog Install optional Yahoo! Toolbar. In the current version, support for Ext4, Ext3 and Fat32 as well as secure overwriting under Windows 10 has been improved. Drive and partition detection have been optimized, too. In addition, some changes are made to the graphical user interface and some errors are corrected.
Recuva launches a user-friendly dialog that will guide you through the process of recovering your files. You can decide whether you want to search for specific file types or generally find all previously deleted files. Depending on that, the chances of success vary. Then select, where Recuva should search for the remnants of deleted files: in the recycle bin, on the hard disk, or on any portable device attached to the computer, such as MP3 player or digital camera.
Before the search starts, you can decide whether to use the deep scan, which dramatically increases the success probabilities as well as the search time. The Settings dialog is opened from the main program window. Recuva can even be configured to recover a formatted partition. To do this, activate all options under Actions. The user interface of Recuva is available in 37 languages.
If you have already deleted files on your PC, do not install Recuva on the drive where the deleted file was located. This can irreparably damage the file. It’s best to download Recuva on a different PC and install the portable version on a USB stick. Did you just notice, that you accidentally deleted an important file? In this case, unplug the PC and install the hard disk in a different PC. Each time you write to the hard disk, the likelihood of a successful recovery decreases.
- Undelete files on your computer, your computer, USB drive, camera or iPod
- Recovery from damaged or formatted disks
- Recover deleted emails with support for Microsoft Outlook Express, Mozilla Thunderbird, or Windows Live Mail
- Recover deleted iPod music from iPod or MP3 player along with additional track data
- Restore unsaved Word documents, if Microsoft Word crashed or you forgot to save a Word document. Recuva can intelligently rebuild Word documents from their temporary files
- Quick-Start Wizard
- Deep Scan
- Securely delete files you want to erase forever
- Portable version available
Paid version with additional features
As for CCleaner, Piriform offers a paid version of Recuva, while the important functionality is available for free. The Pro version for 20 bucks automatically updates to the latest version. If you need virtual hard drive support, you will also need to choose this version. It comes with premium support, too.
It is remarkable, that Piriform offers Recuva free of charge, while other manufacturers demand a lot of money for software with similar capabilities. Do not be discouraged when restoring another program that has failed or been diagnosed with irreversibility: Experience shows, that different programs show different results restoring deleted files.
Alternatives to Recuva
The free open-source tool TestDisk rescues deleted hard disk partitions. The software automatically reads the required information from your BIOS and then analyzes the disk structure, followed by a review of the partition tables.
The freeware Convar PC Inspector Smart Recovery can search for accidentally deleted, quick-formatted or incorrectly stored images, videos and audio files and, if necessary, reconstruct them. It supports all kinds of storage media, which integrate as a drive with a drive letter in Windows. The following file types are recognized: JPG, BMP, TIF, GIF, Canon CRW, Fuji RAF, Olympus ORF, Kodak DCR, Minolta MRW, Nikon NEF, Sigma X3F, MOV, AVI, WAV and DSS audio.
The freeware PC Inspector File Recovery from the same vendor reconstructs accidentally deleted files, too. It is a free data recovery program that promises to recover deleted data with their original date and time. File Recovery can even rescue files, which do not have a directory reference anymore. It supports these file types: ARJ, AVI, BMP, CDR, DOC, DXF, DBF, XLS, EXE, GIF, HLP, HTML, HTM, JPG, LZH, MID, MOV, MP3, PDF, PNG, RTF, TAR, TIF , WAV, ZIP and runs on the file systems FAT 12/16/32 and NTFS.