Recuva 1.49.1019

Recuva is a freeware utility to restore files that have been accidentally deleted from your computer. This includes files emptied from the Windows 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! Like all other Piriform products including CCleaner, Recuva is free for both commercial and personal use.


  • Simple to use interface - just click 'Scan' and choose the files you want to recover
  • Easy to use filter for results based on file name/type
  • Simple Windows like interface with List and Tree view
  • Can be run from a USB thumb drive
  • Restores all types of files, office documents, images, video, music, email, anything.
  • Supports FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, exFAT, NTFS, NTFS5 , NTFS + EFS file systems
  • Restores files from removable media (SmartMedia, Secure Digital, MemoryStick, Digital cameras, Floppy disks, Jaz Disks, Sony Memory Sticks, Compact Flash cards, Smart Media Cards, Secure Digital Cards, etc.)
  • Restores files from external ZIP drives , Firewire and USB Hard drives
  • It's fast, tiny and takes seconds to run!


  • Added multi-session UDF support.
  • Added Unicode character handling to file list export.
  • Improved FAT partition file scanning.
  • Enhanced detection of drives with mounted junction points.
  • Improved email filter and added .pst file detection.
  • Improved keyboard navigation on scan results list.
  • Minor bug fixes and GUI improvements.

Download: Recuva 1.49.1019 | 3.6 MB (Freeware)
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It worked perfectly every time i used it. I don't know if it's the best but for a free software you can't really do better imo.

I used this a few weeks ago to try and recover about 800 AVI files that I deleted by mistake and almost all of them are not playable any longer. The files still have the size info and name but all the info that makes it a AVI file is gone and to playable by any media player

strange... i deleted a directory full of mp3's by mistake one time and it got each one back just fine. (probably 250-300)

LaP said,
Did you try to recover them on the same HD they were before ? If yes then that's why it did not work.

Yes unfortunately I did and yes I did get a warning saying that recovering to the same hard drive could cause problems. But I did not listen So I guess Recuva is not to blame. This was my first time using this type of software and I guess I just figured it would work anyway even with the warning. I wish I could go back in time and start over. O well at least I know now in case I ever need to recover files again in the future

I guess my AVI files are not fixable?

I guess my AVI files are not fixable?

Probably not. Run Recuva again and see if some of them are still flagged green. If some of them are still flagged green it means they can be recovered. But this time do it on an external HD The files flagged red are not recoverable at all. The files flagged orange are partially recoverable. In case of a video file part of it might still be playable but it will miss some parts.

From what i understand softwares like Recurva doesn't really "recover" the deleted file itself. They copy the data and create a new file with it. When you try to recover on the same HD you might overwrite part of the data while creating the new file which create a broken file.

If you recover 5MB of data and you have 200GB free the chance of overwriting the data while recovering it are low. But if you recover 800 avi files things will surely go wrong