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Developer(s)Piriform Software
Initial release7 August 2007; 15 years ago (2007-08-07)[1]
Stable release
1.53.2083 (15 June 2022)
Operating systemWindows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista and XP. Including both 32-bit and 64-bit versions, but not RT tablet editions.
Size4.2 MB
Available in30+ languages

Recuva (/rɪˈkʌvə/)[2] is an undeletion program for Windows, developed by Piriform Software. It is able to undelete files that have been marked as deleted; the operating system marks the areas of the disk in which they were stored as free space.[3] Recuva can recover files deleted from internal and external hard disk drives, USB flash drives, memory cards, portable media players or all random-access storage mediums with a supported file system. Preview thumbnails of intact photos can be displayed in grid view mode and in the side bar.[4][5][6]

Recuva was described by as an "effective tool for undeleting or salvaging files we sent for recycling and deleted, in the past".[7] The program works on FAT, exFAT and NTFS file systems of Windows.[8] It is able to recover lost directory structure and automatically renames files when trying to recover two files of the same name. As of version 1.5.3 it can also recover files from Ext2, Ext3 and Ext4 file systems of Linux.[9]

As with other file recovery programs Recuva works by looking for unreferenced data, but if the operating system has written new data over a deleted file then recovery will often not be possible.[10][11]

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  1. ^ "Download Recuva". FileHippo. Retrieved 2010-03-03.
  2. ^ "Recuva - File Recovery". Recuva archived website from 2009. Archived from the original on September 4, 2009. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Five free portable recovery tools". TechRepublic. September 4, 2012. Retrieved October 13, 2012.
  4. ^ "Recuva - free file recovery software". Retrieved 2020-09-09.
  5. ^ "Repair Tool of the Week: Recuva Portable". Retrieved 2009-01-01.
  6. ^ "Understanding the basic Results window in Recuva". Piriform Support.
  7. ^ "Recuva 1.22". Archived from the original on 2007-12-20. Retrieved 2009-01-01.
  8. ^ "Recuva 1.38.504". PCWorld. Retrieved 2010-12-13.
  9. ^ "Release Notes".
  10. ^ "Recovering A Deleted File". Employees Only. Retrieved 2009-01-01.
  11. ^ "Recovering a deleted file (archived at The Wayback Machine)". Employees Only. Archived from the original on 2008-06-03.

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