Thursday, 21 February 2013

Undelete Your Mistakes

Have you ever deleted a document, picture, video, song or anything else on your computer or storage device and wished you could get it back? Ever tried Recuva?

Recuva is undelete software from Piriform. They provide a free version and two separate paid versions. I love free stuff so I experimented with the free version.

In order to test this, I put some files onto a USB stick a few days ago. I deleted the files, ejected the stick and got lazy and left it in my bag. So I decided to actually try the software again, that being the day this blog is published. I added more files, deleted them and ran Recuva. Make a note that I forgot about the first 20 files I put on their a few days ago, and some from months prior (no joke I’m serious about that too). After I ran the scan I was in shock. Most of my files have been recovered. I’m talking videos, pictures, music, word documents and Photoshop files. For the most part, they reappeared. I found that this was amazing and should let you know what you need to download, Recuva.

Recuva is simple to use, take my word for it. I may be a techy but I know what is easy to use for the average Joe. Why are you still here? Shouldn’t you be making sure you have Recuva by now? Download it here. And if you do not believe me, check out this blog on undelete software with other options.

Things to know:

  1. If you delete a file and want it back right away, be sure to not create new files onto the drive from which you have deleted stuff from. This lowers the recovery chance.
  2. If you want to try this, do it with duplicate files.
  3. This is no excuse to as why you do not have a backup hard drive for all your pictures.


  1. This is awesome! And it's free? I'm pretty good about not deleting my stuff these days...I wish I had known about this before. Better late than never, though.

  2. It is free. There are paid versions but people at the consumer level wouldn't really need them. Download it and make a scan, you never know what may pop up again.

  3. WOAH! Holy helpful. Thanks for all of the valuable and useful information Jordan.

  4. On behalf of the computer challenged population, THANK YOU. I can't count the number of times I have accidentally deleted something and thought it was gone forever.

  5. Thanks for the great information Jordan, I can't even begin to tell you how many times I've deleted something and hoped I could get it back.