The “Recuva Wizard” will launch by default when you start Recuva, and it will guide you through the file recovery operation, so all you need to do is walk through these steps and sit back.
On the first screen, simply click on the Next > button to continue.
Note: Click on the “Cancel” button to use the Advanced Mode of Recuva.
The next section of the Recuva Wizard will allow you to specify if you need to recover “All files” - or if you need to recover a specific type of files.
Each of these file categories will display only files using the following extensions:
All Files: This will look for all files in the file scan results, regardless of file type
Pictures: This will look for JPG, PNG, RAW, GIF, JPEG, BMP, and TIF files
Music: This will look for MP3, WMA, OGG, WAV, AAC, M4A, FLAC, AIF, AIFF, AIFC, AIFR, MIDI, MID, RMI, and MP2 files
Documents: This will look for DOC, XLS, PPT, ODT, ODS, PDF, DOCX, XLSX, PPTX, and ODC files
Video: This will show AVI, MOV, MPG, MP4, FLV, WMV, MPG, MPEG, MPE, MPV, M1V, M4V, IFV, and QT files
Compressed: This will show ZIP, RAR, 7Z, ACE, ARJ, and CAB files
Emails: This will show EML and PST files
Note: If you need to recover a file that does not have one of these listed extensions, you should select the “All Files” options.
Disk Image (paid versions only)
The premium versions of Recuva can create, mount, and recover data from VHD (Virtual Hard Disk) images. The Wizard will ask you if you want to recover files directly from your drive, or if you would like to “create a disk image first”.
No. Recover direct from my drive: This will allow you to begin the recovery operation immediately, allowing you to continue on to the next steps.
Generally, this option should be chosen if you are ready to recover your files now, and do not intend to utilize the computer until everything is recovered.
Yes. Create a disk image first: This will create a VHD (Virtual Hard Disk) image of the entire hard drive.
Generally, this option should only be used if you intend to utilize your computer prior to when you will be able to complete the recovery operation.
Note: The disk image will be created in the form of a single file, and its size will be at least the size of the drive you are creating an image of. This means that if you are creating a disk image of a 1 TB drive, you must have a separate drive that has more than 1 TB free disk space because otherwise, there will not be enough room to store the VHD image.
This also applies whenever only a small amount of disk space has been utilized on the drive you are creating a disk image of because rather than data only existing in a contiguous block of space, data can be spread across a disk in fragmented areas; regardless of whether or not the entire amount of disk space is utilized, Recuva must take a snapshot of the entire drive in order to ensure that it captures all of the data, across the entire drive.
The Wizard will now ask you to specify where the file(s) were originally located.
Note: If you select In My Documents, In the Recycle Bin, or In a specific location, Recuva still needs to scan the entire drive for deleted files, rather than only scanning in the location you specified.
(i.e. the specification will filter the scan results in accordance with the location you’ve chosen, making it much easier to find exactly what you are looking for in the output of file scan results, but despite this, the entire drive will still be scanned for deleted data, in order to locate all the deleted files)
The Wizard has now guided you through the process, and you are ready to start the search for deleted files.
Simply click on the “Start” button to begin the scanning operation.