So today we’re going to talk about a program that’s become quite popular as a free tool for data recovery.  Recuva Free.  It’s become the go-to program that a lot of computer guys are using to recover data that’s been deleted from a drive.

The software is produced by a company called CCleaner who originally made software for preventing data recovery and then later turned to making software to recover data instead.  I guess what they learned in their research made switching teams easy enough.

Overall this software is pretty good.  Just notice some of the features the company lists for it:

  • Superior file recovery

  • Damaged disk

    Recovery from damaged disks

  • Scan

    Deep scan for buried files

  • Shredder

    Securely delete files


    Ok, so sure, it’s got some good features.  But, let’s not forget it’s a free program.  There’s going to be some obvious limitations.  One major limitation is this:

But, perhaps support isn’t really something you expect to need if you’re just trying to get back a lost file or two.  I’d also add that despite their claim of “Recovery from Damaged Disks” don’t expect it’s going to be able to clone your click of death hard drive.  It won’t.  All they are talking about is the ability to skip over a few bad sectors which might cause some programs to crash.  Most likely it’ll cause this one to crash too since the Windows host controller sucks at handling bad sectors an will probably BSOD on you regardless.

So, if you just deleted a file and want to try to find it, give this program a shot here:

If your hard drive is actually degraded, you’d probably be better off seeking the assistance of a data recovery company.