As a fast and easy solution to recover deleted or lost files on Windows, Recuva enjoys large popularity since its first release in 2007. Though its update discontinued in 2016, Recuva is still considered to be a good choice to do Windows and sd card recovery.
In this Recuva Review, we will give all the answers about users’ concerns on using Recuva, such as its safety, Recuva Free VS Pro, Recuva Free limitations, its pros & cons, how to use Recuva…
First thing first, what is Recuva?
Well, Recuva is a Windows program allowing users to find and recover files both on internal or external storage device. It is available in both Free and Pro version. Following is a list of its main features:
Many users have doubt onto the safety of Recuva, mainly for the reason that Recuva offers a totally free version for all users, which make users believe that a free app always comes with something annoying.
However, it is 100% clean and safe to use Recuva, there is no virus or bundled malware. Though there is advertisement for in-app purchase of its Pro version, it is understandable and acceptable since it has offered a good free service for users to explore the Recuva service.
So, no worries now, it is absolutely safe to use Recuva.
As we know, Recuva is only available for Windows users, to use Recuva Mac or Recuva Android, you will need to find an alternative. However, there are 2 versions for Windows users: Free and Professional.
The free version is free of charge and can be used for data recovery, however, there are limitations in terms of recovery rate, auto update, technical support and features, you can refer to following Recuva Free VS Pro comparison table.
|Features||Recovery Rate||Auto Update||Support||Price|
|Recuva Free||Recover different files;
Recover from computer, media card, document folder, recycle bin;
|Recuva Pro||Recover different files;
Recover from computer, media card, document folder, recyle bin;
Recover from virtual disk;
As you can find in following tables, the big difference between Recuva Free and Pro lies in the recovery rate and support recovering from virtual disk or not.
Recuva Free is worth a try.
Actually, the biggest difference between Recuva Free and Professional is support for virtual hard drive recovery, while, this is not necessary for a great part of users. If you want to try Recuva service, we recommend using Recuva Free, based on following reasons:
So, if you want to try Recuve service, try Recuva Free first, but if you want a higher recovery rate, try a Recuva alternative instead of paying for Recuva Professional.
Recuva installer is lightweight with a size of 5.3MB and the installation is quite easy thanks for its smart wizard. You will be guided to choose the file type and location where you want to recover the files.
But for Recuva Professional, since it allows users to recover file from hard drive, there is an extra step guiding users to create disk image in the Wizard.
A user-friendly interface can make things easier and this is what Recuva do for its users. The interface is neat but informative to give enough information for next step. Especially the interface for Wizard, scanning and analyzing process, it helps users to proceed easily. While for its Recovery interface, it may be a little clustered, yet it is still considerate to accommodate all the features for better user experience.
After Recuva Wizard, you will be able to search/scan deleted files. If you have chosen the file type or location for scanning in the Wizard, the scanning process will be done faster. When comparing to other priced data recovery software, Recuva processes scanning much slower, also the name of scanned files are weird, not in their original names. Still, users cannot resume scanning if they find the scanning is going to last for some time.
The feature to make Recuva different from other data recovery programs is that it helps to analyze damage on found deleted files. Therefore, on the Recovery interface, Recuva will display the status of these found files, to tell if they can be easily recovered or not, or if they can be retrieved or not. Though the accuracy of this feature is still controversial, it tells something.
Recuva will find and locate numerous deleted files from your computer or card. In order to fast find and recover the preferred files, Recuva offers various options for smart recovery.
You may have noticed the “Switch to Advanced Mode” button on up-right corner. If the basic recovery mode fails to recover your files, you can switch to this mode.
Under advanced mode, users can freely choose location to scan, choose to scan files or contents, select a file type for accurate scanning.
Also, it allows users to preview the files, though some files cannot be previewed in this program.
Yet, under Advanced Mode, Recuva will push its Pro version after each recovery, which is quite annoying.
Yes, it does helps to recover files on your Windows PC, it really works, but not works all the time. There are occasions you fail to recover a file using Recuva, especially when your files are lost for a long time. Also, you are always recommended to use Advanced Scan if you want Recuva works better for you.
The latest version of Recuva is V1.53.1087, there are 2 ways to download Recuva officially.
Windows 10, 8.1, 7, Vista and XP. Including both 32-bit and 64-bit versions, but not RT tablet editions.
Upgrade to Recuva Professional
You can only download the Recuva Free to recover files for free, if you want to download Recuva Professional, you need to upgrade the Free version to Pro:
Users have discussed a lot on Recuva data recovery tool in different platforms. And here we list some Recuva reviews from other tech authorities, so that you can get a better understanding if Recuva can help you with your deleted files.
1. PCMag Says
2. Techradar Says
3. Cnet Says
4. PC World Says
Being a free desktop program to recover deleted files from Windows, Recuva Free has proved its advantages over other free data recovery tools. But if you are looking for a program with higher recovery rate, an alternative to Recuva would be a better choice.
Connie has been writing for Mac productivity and utility apps since 2009. Each review and solution is based on her practical tests, she is aways energetic and trustworthy in this field.