Piriform Recuva review

A powerful data recovery tool with an impressive set of features

Piriform Recuva software screenshots
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Recuva offers two scan options: basic and deep. The basic option is super fast, although it does, understandably, result in a less accurate set of search results. The deep option is what you'll want most of the time, as it provides a comprehensive set of results, which is usually what is required when a file has been deleted or a drive corrupted. The interface really lets the whole program down with a dated design and a lack of thought for workflow. A reworked design would really help to make the user experience more positive.


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    Simple wizard

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    Fast results are possible


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    Very basic interface

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    Slow deep scans

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I still remember the first time I did it. I was in high school, and I accidentally deleted my files for a major project. The files were gone, with no way to recover them. This was well before data recovery software was an option. The times are different now, and any options from our best data recovery software guide will help you out. 

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Paul Hatton
Freelance tech writer

Paul is a digital expert. In the 20 years since he graduated with a first-class honours degree in Computer Science, Paul has been actively involved in a variety of different tech and creative industries that make him the go-to guy for reviews, opinion pieces, and featured articles. With a particular love of all things visual, including photography, videography, and 3D visualisation Paul is never far from a camera or other piece of tech that gets his creative juices going. You'll also find his writing in other places, including Creative Bloq, Digital Camera World, and 3D World Magazine.