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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Recuva – a Free File Recovery Program


   This program is a handy and user-friendly file recovery program in case you accidently delete a file. It not only can recover files from computers but also USB drives, MP3 players and memory cards from cameras.

      Select the type of file you want to recover (photos, emails, videos, etc.) and where it's likely to be (recycle bin, on a media card, etc.), run Recuva and when it's done you'll see a list of files that can be recovered. Select the one you want and that's it. Just remember, sometimes scans can be slow and results are NOT guaranteed.

      A couple of reviewers I read complained because it didn't work...and it won't all the time, especially if the file has been deleted for a while. But, the sooner you perform the recovery operation, the greater the chance of success. That's because every time you write to the hard drive, you lower the likelihood of a successful recovery. So when you realize you just deleted something by mistake, the best thing to do is use the computer as little as possible until the files are recovered.

      A good article to read appeared in PC World titled How to Recover (Almost) Anything. Just remember that even if you follow all the steps in the article, there are no guarantees.

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