Recuva – Windows freeware file recovery

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I heard about Recuva a couple of months ago on the Kim Komando show. I bookmarked it, and finally got around to checking it out. It is a file recover utility.

Recuva (pronounced “recover”) is a freeware Windows utility to restore files that have been accidentally deleted from your computer. This includes files emptied from the Recycle bin as well as images and other files that have been deleted by user error from digital camera memory cards or MP3 players. It will even bring back files that have been deleted by bugs, crashes and viruses!

I’ve tried it out and it is very easy to use. It scans the drive that you specify and then shows you a list of files that have been previously deleted. It also tells you how likely it is that file could be recovered. You select the files you want to recover, choose where to recover them to (a different drive is recommended) and then the software tries to recover the file. The program itself is very small (less than 1 MB) and you can download an installable version (a setup file) or a zip file that you can extract and save to a portable disk. That’s what I’ve done, and I will definitely recommend it to others.

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