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Piriform Recuva

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Recuva recovers files from your Windows computer, recycle bin, digital camera card, or MP3 player!

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Piriform Recuva review by Justin T.
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"Works like a boss!!!"

What do you like best?

simple setup and basic ui to process and recover files...they did a great job of making it easy to get going and run scans on drives and folders. and like i said, they made it simple. i appreciate this part of it. i like to be able to get in and start the process and find the items if they are recoverable as soon as possible.

What do you dislike?

not much...this does a lot on the simple side of things. the initial level does not offer as much ability to recover some specific files. like all other data recovery software, Recuva failed to find deleted files on a solid-state drive (SSD), where I deleted files and then emptied the recycle bin.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Recuva is attractively priced and easy to use, though it can't dig in quite as deeply as higher-priced data recovery software. The nice thing about this software is the ease of use and simplicity. Some might want something fancier to look sleek and flashy, but this does the job for quick file recoveries. I think it will benefit you or your company even if it's not your only solution for file recovery. I would recommend to try it first and then decide if it is want you need to help with minor issues of loss.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

recovering deleted images needed for review. we don't currently use for backup or storage, and i have yet to test it out for the newer feature of cloud implementation.

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Piriform Recuva review by Jesús F.
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"It allows to recover data or any type of file that has been permanently deleted or deleted."

What do you like best?

Several advantages: 1) very intuitive graphic interface, easy to understand and manage, 2) it is available in several languages, including Spanish, 3) you can recover the files one by one or in batches, 4) it has portability since it is it can load in external device, 5) it has an assisted mode and a manual one, 6) it can choose the depth of the scan and 7) it is free and it does not have publicity.

What do you dislike?

Perhaps as a disadvantage it can be mentioned that although it allows recovering lost data from a PC or from an external memory unit, it has the limitation that said data must have been deleted "recently" or else it is possible that new data are located where they previously lay the old ones and, therefore, can not be recovered in any way, in general, it is not the most complete of the programs of this type, but it does the job well for the average user.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is recommended "with closed eyes" its use, especially for its easy to use and excellent support that has the company Piriform, even at the web level.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The main benefit is that it allows us to recover data or files that we have deleted by mistake or that need to be used again, it is also from the creators of CCleaner and that is already an advantage of operation.

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Piriform Recuva review by Ho'omana Nathan H.
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"Not always user-friendly but super simple free tool for recovering data"

What do you like best?

Recuva is relatively easy to use and is really quite powerful. If you know or can figure out what you're doing, it can save you a lot of data (and grief).

What do you dislike?

Although I'm not sure there's a way around it with a program like this, even the step-by-step walkthrough that (optionally) runs at startup can be a little difficult for those without much IT experience or knowledge.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Keep in mind the limitations of any program like this. Files can only be recovered if the cluster on the hard drive has not been overwritten yet. Also, if you take a little time to check out the documentation and learn the options, you can sometimes find previously unrecoverable files.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have several shared drives that are accessed by others and have occasionally had issues with users corrupting or deleting files. This has often helped us to recover those files.

Piriform Recuva review by maria del valle g.
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"Never lose another file because a simple mistake"

What do you like best?

it's easy to use, the program itself guide you everytime you need to search for a delete file.

You can chose the type of file you need

You can chose the location of the search

you can do a light search or a deepscan wich show you almost every file you delete in your pc.

Once you find your files you can export them to another location (preferable).

you can order the files by name, type, size, etc

What do you dislike?

sometimes the program shows you too many files, wich makes the process a little tedious.

Depending on your PC and the type of search (light or deepscan) the process can take a really long time.

Not all files shown can be restore properly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

the files that you can restore are the ones you accidently deleted or get deleted by any reason, any loss of files because a hardware problem can't be restore with this software, so be careful with that.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm restoring old data that got deteled by a virus, so i'm saving a lot of money to the company and a lot of time and work to me.

Piriform Recuva review by Brenda L.
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"Middle ground file system management"

What do you like best?

What I like best about Recuva is the ease of use and visual design. I love that I am able to sort through the data recovered and can ask Recuva to dig deeper if I don't get the results I was looking for in the quick recover command.

What do you dislike?

What I dislike about Recuva is that, some times, usable recovery results can take an extremely long time.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I fully recommend using Recuva if you have files that were recently deleted, especially if working from a thumbdrive or external hard drive.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The business benefits are that I am able to quickly perform recovery tasks for free. This has helped when trying to recover lost client files that were stored on a thumb drive. I have tried numerous free and paid recovery software and I keep reverting to Recuva because I am able to retrieve data and able to sort through what I want to find by media type. For example, I can search for video only or zip files or images individually. No other free software I have tried gives me the results I want.

Piriform Recuva review by Chandrakant S.
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"Recovery made easy and fast."

What do you like best?

It is easy to recover some time the files are deleted and we had no clue how to recover the files these is the best way to recover files, photos etc. It has no very high technical option any non technical person can also recover the deleted files. It can recover data deleted from mobile phone also just connect the mobile to computer system and analyse with easy options. It is very help full for recovery. It can laso recover files from USB pen drives.

What do you dislike?

Some time the recover not work. It only recover half data files which not work.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It the file can not be recover do not show the half recover file.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It helps to recover the deleted files and document of important official work.

Piriform Recuva review by Zulay G.
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"Recupera gran parte de tus elementos eliminados!"

What do you like best?

Me parece una excelente herramienta para recuperar todo tipo de información borrada por equivocación o desde hace un tiempo atrás. Realiza un escaneo de todo el disco y descubre que tipo de datos puede recuperar y cuales no. Una posible solución para restaurar archivos. Es gratuito y tiene si no me equivoco una versión extendida que es paga posee mejores beneficios. La recomiendo creo que es una de las mas completas que he podido usar a comparación de otras que no restauran nada o los archivos son ilegibles para el usuario.

What do you dislike?

No debería mostrar los archivos no recuperables o dañados.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Permitir la integración con la aplicación ccleaner creo que ambas pueden trabajar como una sola aplicación.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Restaurar un documento importante para la empresa borrado por equivocación o de forma intencional. Una herramienta que te saca de apuros y te da la tranquilidad de que es posible recuperar archivos eliminados desde hace un tiempo atras.

Piriform Recuva review by User
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"Helped me recover some files and documents"

What do you like best?

This program was a lifesaver! I realized that I had deleted an important excel file and it was also removed from my trash bin. I used this program and was able to recover it. This is a great free program that was created by a trusted company. I also thought it was nice to have little explanations for each option.

What do you dislike?

It did take me a while to scan my computer however, that was probably because of the many files I have on my computer and I also selected " deep scan".

Recommendations to others considering the product

Would definitely recommend. It is easy to download and does not ask any personal information. It is also free and you are able to upgrade if you want to use more advanced features. Great for basic image, music and document recovery.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Recover photos from a corrupted SD card and also able to recover important quote files.

Piriform Recuva review by Matt W.
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"A quick and easy way to recover accidentally deleted files"

What do you like best?

Recuva is very easy to navigate and use.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes the deep scan takes a bit longer than I'd like. It definitely helps to know where files were originally kept.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Free version is great for personal use, but please consider supporting Piriform by purchasing the 4 in 1 bundle. It's only $40 and keeps the software available for everyone.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The only problem solved is really just accidentally deleted files. We have saved time and money using Recuva ourselves vs a professional data recovery service.

Piriform Recuva review by User
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"Simple, Affordable, and almost reliable"

What do you like best?

Simple interface and there is a free version. The professional version is only $20 I believe. The program does is quick when it scans, even the deep scan is quick (usually a minute or so). The wizard is very simple to use and takes you through a step by step process.

What do you dislike?

It is not fully reliable. you may not be able to recover every file, even with the deep scan. Definitely do not expect to recover anything from a solid state drive.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would keep this software as a first line of recovery as it is quick and simple, but do not be completely reliant on it. Have backups in place and an alternative software to go to. Use the free version but have a better payed version of something else.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Quick recovery for files that are accidentally deleted. Not spending any money, but getting enough performance to get the job done.

Piriform Recuva review by Ho'omana Nathan H.
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"Best free data recovery software we've come across so far."

What do you like best?

Like Piriform's other software CCleaner and Defraggler, Recuva is relatively easy to use for even non-experts but has vast capabilities for more careful data recovery. Love all the options, and that it works consistently.

What do you dislike?

There's nothing really to dislike. It doesn't always work, but that's a result of how data reading and writing works, not a shortcoming of the software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Taking the time to understand how data reading/writing works will help you use this product more effectively and understand it's limitations.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We maintain several fileservers with data collected via research and several times, a user has inadvertently corrupted or deleted data, so we've used this software to recover it.

Piriform Recuva review by Girish K.
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"Great"

What do you like best?

Low price. Free version available. Beautifully clear interface design. Preview screen.

What do you dislike?

Not as powerful as for-purchase alternatives; reports files as "unrecoverable" that are still on the hard disk in the same location.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I had some of my pics deleted by mistake and this great software helped me recover them and saved the day as those pics were very valuable

Piriform Recuva review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Works to recover some things, not others"

What do you like best?

It has an easy-to-use interface which allows most users to recover some files.

What do you dislike?

It doesn't do well with damaged partitions. You will most likely use it for files deleted on accident, not for full-scale recovery

Recommendations to others considering the product

You may find that this program will work for most of your issues. If you need something to help further, look at TestDisk & PhotoRec from cgsecurity.org.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Some of my customers need simple data recovery which this free program does well. I have used it for several years and find it useful mainly because of its interface.

Piriform Recuva review by Tony B.
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"Recovering your crucial data for free"

What do you like best?

I like the overall platform and the simplicity of the software.

What do you dislike?

With any software, there are limitations since it is a free software with the option to purchase the pro version. I do not like the additonal items they attempt to install when installing the software to begin with.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If your business is impacted by data loss or document loss, Recuva is the ultimate tool to handle this.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have saved almost around 100 hours of work due to document loss. Recuva provides a great solution for those on a budget.

Piriform Recuva review by Rob F.
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"Piriform Recuva"

What do you like best?

The ability to recover files that were deleted and having peace of mind that files can be recovered.

What do you dislike?

I am not a fan of the automatic updates. I would prefer to update the software manually.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Recovering files from a network drive that were thought to be gone forever.

Piriform Recuva review by Christine R.
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"Super useful software. Must have"

What do you like best?

The ability to recover previously deleted files

What do you dislike?

I like everything about it thus far. Must have!

Recommendations to others considering the product

From the dependable developers of ccleaner..you will quickly see why u need this in your professional and personal life

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Being able to recover deleted files is vital these days

Piriform Recuva review by Damien C.
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"Easy to use, convenient"

What do you like best?

Piriform's software is intuitive and easy to use. I find it convenient even for a novice user.

What do you dislike?

In my experience EXT2 and 3 file systems were inaccessible by piriform but as I understand, this flaw has been ammended.

Recommendations to others considering the product

As with all IT solutions, Google can be our greatest asset.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I've found piriform useful for recovering flash drives that have been damaged or otherwise corrupted, this has been a massive benefit in saving important files.

Piriform Recuva review by User in Computer Software
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"Straightforward, powerful file recovery"

What do you like best?

When doing freelance IT work for small businesses, one of the most common requests it to "find" files that were accidentally deleted or that were "lost" during a crash. While Recuva can't restore everything, it's an incredibly simple recovery tool that more of than not is able to recover files that the client was sure were gone forever.

What do you dislike?

Standalone base cost is a little high but can be found as part of a bundle through Piriform.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're curious, make sure to try the free trial.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

An essential tool in the freelance IT toolbox. Lets you find files that clients thought were lost

Piriform Recuva review by Steven M.
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"File recovery done right"

What do you like best?

I like to recover with recuva, it helps to avoid any common misteps in data recovery.

What do you dislike?

There's nothing to dislike, only issues are when it's a layer 0 issue with the drive being recovered

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Recovery of clients files on mission critical systems not properly backed up or outside the scope of work I provide normally

Piriform Recuva review by User in Internet
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"Probably best free option there is."

What do you like best?

Recuva is a nice free option. It works for the most common file types you would need to recover.

What do you dislike?

Recuva could be a bit more powerful. It is intended for ease of use but it would be nice if it worked for a power user as well.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is worth trying because it is free. This is a great place to start. It should work for your most basic needs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have used this on occasion in IT when people have deleted data they did not intend to delete.

Piriform Recuva review by Gerell B.
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"Stinks"

What do you like best?

I would use the software if it was the last thing on planet Terra

What do you dislike?

Everything it gave me a virus and now I have to reset my phone and lose all databases!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Noting the software is awasteof time. It should have cleaned or cleared my upmost files.

Piriform Recuva review by User
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"Recuva is solid software to recover data after a hard drive fail"

What do you like best?

It has a simplistic interface that can be used to recover partial or all data from a corrupted hdd

What do you dislike?

my main complaint was that it took a very long time to complete the recovery, but this is a nil complaint since this a necessary part of all data recovery.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's a simple and effective tool to get the job done.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is reliable at recovering partial or full data from drive failures.

Piriform Recuva review by User
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"Un gran programa para mantener el pc limpio"

What do you like best?

Para mí la facilidad con la que se puede gestionar el programa, así como te da opciones más avanzadas por su lo deseas.

Ideal para limpiar el pc a fondo.

What do you dislike?

Pues que algunas veces cuando le das a limpiar tarda demasiado

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Cuando llevas mucho tiempo usando el pc, al final se hace más lento y gracias a este software se puede mejorar

Piriform Recuva review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Infrequent User"

What do you like best?

Easy to use. Would try again in the future.

What do you dislike?

Wasn't easy to find when I used it. Found by accident.

Recommendations to others considering the product

n/a

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

More personal use than business problem. The company I was with at the time didn't centralize purchases for anything. I'm always looking to try new technology for comparison purposes. I've used the android cleaning product, so gave this a try.

Piriform Recuva review by Will H.
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"Very good recovery tool"

What do you like best?

Nothing hidden, no extra charges. Recovers data very well

What do you dislike?

Nothing to note, recuva recovered all data as it should

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great product

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Data recovery

Piriform Recuva review by User in Computer Software
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"Great to clean your ram"

What do you like best?

Clears the RAM on the device and boosts the performance.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes clears Cache along with RAM, which is sometimes annoying.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Optimization, Increase Productivity

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