Recuva is a freeware Windows utility to recover files that have been deleted from a hard drive, memory card or an MP3 player. Recuva is developed by Piriform, the same guys that made the famous CCleaner and Defraggler.
Installation and Setup
The setup and installation of Recuva take a matter of seconds, just choose your language, accept the license agreement, choose destination folder and check/uncheck what features you want installed. A tip is to uncheck the Yahoo! Toolbar as toolbars aren’t that good in the long run.
Ease of Use
As you might see Recuva has a similar interface as CCleaner, quite user friendly in our opinion.
When you start Recuva a recovery wizard pops up. It guides you through the recovery process, letting you choose things like what sort of files you would like to recover and where to look for them. If you don’t know what to answers to that simply choose Show all files and Search everywhere on this computer, this will make Recuva search for all recently deleted files and list them in the interface.
The above screenshot shows Recuva’s advanced view. Even if it’s advanced most users will understand the interface. It shows deleted files on the left side with an icon illustrating the state of that particular file. Green files are most likely to be recovered and red ones are most likely lost, but you should anyway run Recuva on the red files to. Just remember to save the recovered files on another harddrive/partition, this is to avoid a recovered file to overwrite a lost file. You can even use an external device to save the recovered files on.
Two versions of Recuva – both are free
There are two version of Recuva available on the authors website, one for normal installations and one for portable devices. So choose the one that will fit your needs, they do both provide the exact same features.