RecuvaFiles that you delete go to the recycle bin of your system, normally do you empty the recycle bin regularly. The files are not readable but are not deleted from your system, but may be overwritten. They still remain on your system until they are overwritten by other files. And here we can then use Recuva to recover the files until they are overwritten.


With Recuva can accidentally deleted files, photos, music, emails, zipped files, video files, etc., again identify and recovery in Windows. It does not matter if it is a hard disk, an MP3 player or SD card from your digital camera, Recuva get it back!


After accidentally deleting files they should of course not be overwritten, otherwise they are damaged and the files can not be retrieved. It is therefore important to install the program before you lose a file, so by installing Recuva the file can not be overwritten.


Besides restoring files Recuva can also be used to delete files permanently so that they no longer repairable. This can prevent sensitive files will to be opened by other people.


Recuva has the following features

  • restore files.
  • recover deleted files from the Windows Recycle Bin.
  • recover files accidentally deleted from digital camera memory card.
  • restoring accidentally deleted music files from iPod or other MP3 player.
  • recover unsaved Word documents.
  • searching for text in deleted files.
  • email recover accidentally deleted from the trash is from Microsoft Outlook Express, Mozilla Thunderbird and Windows Live Mail.
  • also available as a portable version that can be started from example a USB stick without the installation is required.
  • only available for Microsoft Windows.


The program can be downloaded from the site Piriform.

install Recuva

Go to where you saved Recuva rcsetupxxx.exe and click the file to begin installation.


At the beginning of the installation you can select english, after the installation, this can be changed in Options.


Automatically check for updates for Recuva you better leave it checked, then you have always the last update of the program.


We will not use the wizard, the program is easy to set.

Recover files

In our example we have an image accidentally deleted, it is no longer in the recycle bin.

On the desktop is a shortcut added, click it to start to Recuva.


  • The drop down window can be filtered to what should be searched, In this case we choose for Image.
  • Top left, we can choose which disk should be searched, We choose Documents (E) on disk E, here was standing the image .
  • Click Scan to start the search.


After scanning, we get a list of images. Besides the file is a colored bullet that displays the status.

  • Green: The file is not damaged.
  • Orange: The file is not complete, if it's still usable, you will have to try it.
  • Red: The file is so badly damaged that it no longer usable.

From the list we retrieve the first image.

  • Select the image and put a check mark.

On the right we get a preview of the image.


  • Right, click on Info, here we see where the file came from, the size, condition and how many clusters have been overwritten.

For files with an orange bullit is this interesting, you can then check the condition and how many clusters there are overwritten from the file.

  • Lower right, click Retrieve (Terughalen) to retrieve the image. The file in this case back to disk documents (E) placed.

Delete Files Permanently

With Recuva can folders from the hard drives removed so that they do not return to repair. This can prevent sensitive files, they can not opened by other people.


  • Right click on the file you want to permanently delete.
  • In the context-menu click the Safely Remove highlighted.

  • Click Yes, the file will be completely removed from the system and can not be restored.


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