Using Deep Scan for those hard to find files

The normal Recuva scan will find most files, but for some stubborn files, Recuva will need to look through your drive bit by bit.  This can take a long time but is often worth the wait.

Please note that this can take hours to run, so we recommend starting the deep scan and then finding yourself a comfy chair and a good book to pass the time.  Do not be tempted to use your computer in the meantime, as every time you do, you reduce the chance of recovering your files.

Options menu, Actions tab, Scanning item with Deep Scan (increase scan time) option selected

Note: The Deep Scan process can only identify files of the following extensions:

  • Graphics: BMP, JPG, JPEG, PNG, GIF, TIFF
  • Microsoft Office 2007 (or newer): DOCX, XLSX, PPTX
  • Microsoft Office (pre-2007): DOC, XLS, PPT, VSD
  • OpenOffice: ODT, ODP, ODS, ODG, ODF
  • Audio: MP3, MP2, MP1, AIF, WMA, OGG, WAV, AAC, M4A
  • Video: MOV, MPG, MP4, 3GP, FLV, WMV, AVI
  • Archives: RAR, ZIP, CAB
  • Other file types: PDF, RTF, VXD, URL

Note: A Deep Scan can only recover files, not file names. Files found during a deep scan appear in the list view as [<number>].<extension>. For example: [00001].jpg

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