Expert users can use Recuva in Advanced mode to quickly specify the files they're seeking, where they're located, and other options within the same window.
To run Recuva in Advanced mode:
- Start Recuva. If the Wizard appears, click ‘Cancel’.
- Specify the drives, file types, and optionally the file names you want Recuva to search for, as shown in the next section..
- Click Scan. Recuva displays the progress of the scan, and then shows its search results in the main window. See more about the results window below.
If Recuva did not locate the files you were seeking, you can set a Deep Scan to run in the Options dialog box. This advanced scan will take much longer (possibly, hours).
Specifying what to search for
You can set these options in the main Recuva window, on the top of the Recuva interface.
Drive or path
Select the drive you want Recuva to search from the drive drop-down box at left. The list in this box will only display drives Recuva can use.
If you want to search a specific folder on a drive, select the drive from the drop-down box at left, and then type the path name in the Filename or path drop-down box at right (in the format \windows). Recuva will search all files in the path's folder and subfolders.
To restrict Recuva to searching only files of a particular type, select that type from the Filename or path drop-down box. To have Recuva search all file types, leave the drop-down box clear.
If you need to change or remove a file type from the drop-down box, select another file type from the drop-down box, or click the red X to remove it entirely.
If you already know the file name you're looking for, type it into the Filename or path drop-down box. You can type a full file name (test.txt, for example), a partial file name (test, for example), or use standard Windows/DOS symbols to construct an advanced query (*.txt|*.mp3, for example).
Once you've set the options, click Scan and Recuva will search for matching files and display the results.
Understanding the Advanced Results window
By default, Recuva shows the results in List View. You can change the view by right-clicking anywhere in the list and clicking View Mode:, then List View, Tree View, or Thumbnails View (see below).
Once you have reviewed the results of Recuva's search, select the files you want to recover. The easiest way is to go through them and click the check boxes for the files you want.
If you are in List View or Thumbnails View, you can choose all files in a folder by right-clicking one of them and then clicking Highlight Folder, then the name of the folder.
The Preview, Info, and Header panes are the same in all three views. You can view this information by clicking on an item Recuva has found for recovery:
- Preview - If you have selected an image file, Recuva displays a preview of it, if possible.
- Info - The Info pane displays the filename, path, size, creation, modification, and access time, and the likelihood of successful recovery (the state of the file).
- Header - The Header pane displays the hexadecimal and ASCII codes for the actual contents of the header (beginning) of the selected file.
The List View shows a list of all of the files Recuva is capable of recovering, as well as their location on your drive(s), the date they were last modified, and what your chances of recovering them are.
The color of the dot next to the file name indicates your chances for a successful recovery (green for excellent, orange for acceptable, and red for unlikely):
The Tree View shows you all of the files Recuva can potentially recover, sorted by folders and drives. To expand a folder or drive, click the + sign next to the folder or drive name.
To select a drive or folder containing the files you want to recover, click the check box next to it. You can also select a folder and its subfolders and files by clicking the check box next to the parent folder.
The Thumbnails View shows you a list of files and small previews of images Recuva can recover. You'll note that Recuva does not show previews for certain images - those are ones Recuva likely cannot recover.