RECUVA: File Recovery

RECUVA: File Recovery

Accidentally deleted an important file? Lost something important when your computer crashed? No problem! Recuva recovers files deleted from your Windows computer, Recycle Bin, digital camera card, or MP3 player. And it's free!

Why use Recuva?

It happens to all of us. Maybe you deleted a file you need back, or you clicked Yes when you should've clicked No. Or maybe you had a glitch on a memory card from your digital camera or the USB drive you use with your laptop. Or your iPod suddenly won't recognize some of your music tracks.

If you catch it right away, you can often undo the deletion in Windows or recover the file from the Recycle Bin. But what if you don't catch it right away, or a program has deleted the file? Recuva to the rescue.

Recuva is a small freeware program you can use to recover pictures, music, documents, videos, or any other types of files on your hard drive, memory cards, floppy disks, iPod or MP3 player, or USB sticks.

Usually, when you or Windows delete a file, a lot of the file is left behind, even if you can't see it in Windows Explorer. Recuva scours your media (except CDs, DVDs and other optical media) and puts together the pieces so you can recover the files you need.

Recuva also has the special ability to securely delete recovered files. For example, you may have deleted a sensitive document the regular way (emptying the Recycle Bin or highlighting the file and pressing the Delete key). This type of deletion could let others recover the file. By using Recuva's restore-and-securely-delete functionality, you can make sure it's erased once and for all.

What it can and can't do

Recuva can:

  • Scan through your hard drives, memory cards, and USB sticks to find files and folders you've deleted.
  • Tell you in advance how likely it is that your file(s) can be recovered.
  • Recover files that Windows can't (see Problems with Windows and file deletion)
  • Securely delete a file you may have previously deleted.
  • Recover emails you deleted 'permanently' from Microsoft Outlook Express, Mozilla Thunderbird, or Windows Live Mail.
  • Recover files from your iPod, iPod Nano, or iPod Shuffle (iPod Touch and iPhone not supported at this time).
  • Bring your files back!
Recuva cannot:
  • Recover all files. Yes, as great as Recuva is it won't work all the time. Sometimes Windows has overwritten the area where the file used to be, or sometimes the file is too corrupted to recover.
  • Recover files you've deleted securely. For example, if you've used our CCleaner software to delete files using the Secure option, they're gone for good.
  • Securely delete certain very small files that are held in the Master File Table (MFT) and files of zero-byte length.
System requirements

Recuva will run on any PC running Microsoft Windows 98 or later:

  • Windows 7 (all editions, including 64-bit)
  • Windows Vista (all editions, including 64-bit)
  • Windows XP (Home, Professional, Media Center, Tablet Edition, 64-bit)
  • Windows 2003 and 2008 Server (all editions).
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows 98. (Support for Windows 98 stopped after version 1.31.437.)

If you're running 64-bit Vista or XP, the Recuva installation file will install a 64-bit version of Recuva.

Recuva is a small program that runs fast. There are no minimum memory or hard drive requirements.


Scanning drive for deleted files - showing the numbered of files found and the percentage completed.

Results of a scan in a list view - sortable by column and searchable through a custom filter. There is also a preview of any images in the right panel.

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