Working with Recuva's INI file

Recuva uses internally-stored settings to determine how it appears and operates. You can modify these settings by setting Recuva to create an external INI file and editing it. INI files are in plain text, so you can edit them with Notepad or manipulate them with other programs.

The Recuva INI file must be located in the application installation folder (typically, C:\Program Files\Recuva). By default, the INI file does not exist when you first install the application. To have Recuva generate it automatically, set the option for Recuva to save its settings to an INI file.

To modify Recuva's behavior using an INI file:

  1. Create or open the INI file in Notepad.
  2. Use the following entries as a reference.
Entry Description Notes
[Software\Piriform\Recuva] INI file header. Do not modify.
UpdateCheck=0 Binary flag for Recuva's auto-check. 0=Recuva does not automatically check for an update when it starts.
1=Recuva checks for an update on start (Internet connection required).
UpdateKey The date and time Recuva last checked for an update. In this format YYYYMMDD
UpdateBackground Binary flag.

0=Recuva will not perform silent background updates.

1=Recuva will perform silent background updates.

RestoreFolders Binary flag for folder structure restore. 0=Files are restored to destination folder as is.
1=Files are restored to their original folder structure below the destination folder.
ShowHiddenFiles Binary flag. 1=Show files in hidden system folders.
0=Do not show such files.
ShowZeroLengthFiles Binary flag for zero length files.

0=Recuva does not display zero-length files in the Results window.

1=Recuva displays zero-length files in the Results window.

ViewMode Display mode for the results window. 0=List View
1=Tree View
2=Thumbnails View
ShowSecurelyDeletedFiles Binary flag for showing securely deleted files.

0=Recuva does not display securely deleted files in the Results window.

1=Recuva displays securely deleted files in the Results window.

DeepScan Binary deep scan flag. 0=Deep scan is off.
1=Deep scan is on.
Language The locale ID for Recuva's current display language. For a list of locale IDs, see this article. For a list of Recuva's supported languages, see this topic.
SecureOverwritePolicy Secure deletion flag. Number of passes Recuva will use when securely deleting files. See this topic for more information.
ShowWizard Wizard flag. 0=Recuva starts in Advanced mode.
1=Recuva starts in Wizard mode.
ShowExistentFiles Binary flag for recovery mode.

0=Recuva will not scan for non-deleted files. 

1=Recuva will scan for non-deleted files. See this topic for more information.

BackupEnableShellContextMenuForFolders Binary flag.

0=Recuva will not have an entry in right-click menus for folders.

1=Recuva will have an entry in right-click menus for folders.

BackupEnableShellContextMenuForRecycleBin Binary flag.

0=Recuva will not have an entry in right-click menus for the Recycle Bin.

1=Recuva will have an entry in right-click menus for the Recycle Bin.

ShowOpticalDrives Binary flag.

0=Recuva will not display optical drives in the Advanced mode display.

1=Recuva will display optical drives in the Advanced mode display.

ShowRemovableDrives Binary flag.

0=Recuva will not display removeable drives in the Advanced mode display.

1=Recuva will display removeable drives in the Advanced mode display.

ShowUnmountedDrives Binary flag.

0=Recuva will not display unmounted drives in the Advanced mode display.

1=Recuva will display unmounted drives in the Advanced mode display.

ShowNoGuidDrives Binary flag.

0=Recuva will not display drives that Windows has not granted a GUID in the Advanced mode display.

1=Recuva will display drives that Windows has not granted a GUID in the Advanced mode display.

ShowShadowCopyDrives Binary flag.

0=Recuva will not display shadow copy drives in the Advanced mode display.

1=Recuva will display shadow copy drives in the Advanced mode display.

ShowSsdDrives Binary flag.

0=Recuva will not display SSDs in the Advanced mode display.

1=Recuva will display SSD in the Advanced mode display.

window_left=192
window_top=33
window_width=626
window_height=496
window_max=1
Size and position of the Recuva program window.

window_left and _top indicate the window's last saved position.

window_width and _height indicate the last saved size of the window. 

window_max represents the status of the program window when last closed:
1=Normal
2=Minimized
3=Maximized

 

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