Use Re­cuva to re­cover files

Windows 7 Help & Advice - - EXPLORE -

1 Down­load and in­stall

Head to www.pir­i­­cuva and click Free Down­load to grab the ap­pli­ca­tion. Run the in­staller to in­stall the app. While the de­fault in­stal­la­tion op­tions will work for most users, make sure you re­mem­ber to de­s­e­lect the op­tion to in­stall any ad­di­tional ap­pli­ca­tions when prompted.

2 Re­cov­ery wizard

When you launch the app it’ll fire up a re­cov­ery wizard. Make sure the stor­age de­vice where your deleted files are kept is con­nected to the com­puter. If your deleted files are stored on an ex­ter­nal drive, such as a USB flash drive or a mem­ory card, con­nect them to your PC via a USB ca­ble or card reader.

3 File type

In the next screen, the pro­gram will ask you to se­lect the type of files you are try­ing to re­trieve. You can only check one of the op­tions. If you wish to re­trieve two or more types se­lect All Files. This will re­trieve all deleted files, but you can sort out the ones you don’t need later.

4 Se­lect lo­ca­tion

Af­ter se­lect­ing the type of file you wish to re­trieve, the pro­gram will prompt you to se­lect the lo­ca­tion where you want to re­trieve the files from. The screen lists sev­eral op­tions. The de­fault op­tion searches your en­tire com­puter, while the sec­ond op­tion looks for deleted files in­side any re­mov­able drives.

5 Browse lo­ca­tion

In­stead of search­ing your en­tire com­puter, you can save time and look for deleted files in­side a spe­cific lo­ca­tion by se­lect­ing the sec­ond-to-last op­tion. Now click Browse and point Re­cuva to a par­tic­u­lar folder on the com­puter. Se­lect the last op­tion if you wish to look for files on an op­ti­cal disc.

6 Ini­ti­ate the scan

That’s all the in­for­ma­tion Re­cuva needs to start hunt­ing for deleted files. Click ‘Start’ in the next screen to get go­ing! Do not tog­gle the op­tion marked Deep Scan at this stage. This op­tion kicks off an in­ten­sive and time-con­sum­ing scan and should only be used if you can’t find the files us­ing the reg­u­lar process.

7 An­a­lyse re­sults

A reg­u­lar scan usu­ally only take a few sec­onds. When it’s done, Re­cuva will list all the deleted files it has dug up. The list is nor­mally fairly long and ex­haus­tive, es­pe­cially if you’ve asked the ap­pli­ca­tion to look for all types of deleted files back in Step 3.

8 Switch to Ad­vanced Mode

Since the re­cov­ered files don’t re­tain their orig­i­nal name you’ll need help iden­ti­fy­ing the files. Click ‘Switch to ad­vanced mode’. This will split the in­ter­face and show three tabs in the right-hand pane. Use these to pre­view the files and read their meta­data in­for­ma­tion, such as size, state, cre­ation time, etc.

9 Nar­row down re­sults

You can also rein in the re­sults by lim­it­ing their scope. Use the pull-down menus in the ad­vanced mode. The first menu lets you switch drives, while the third can be used to only show files of a par­tic­u­lar me­dia type. When you find files you recog­nise, tog­gle the check­box ad­ja­cent to the files you wish to re­cover.

10 Re­cover files

Now click Re­cover. Re­cuva will ask you where you wish to save the re­cov­ered files to. Ide­ally this folder should be on a dif­fer­ent drive to the one you’ve scanned for deleted files. That’s it! This folder now con­tains all the re­cov­ered files for you to now re­name and move as you please.

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