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.
Note: The Deep Scan process can only identify files of the following extensions:
Graphics: BMP, JPG, JPEG, PNG, GIF, TIFF
Microsoft Office 2007: 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: .jpg