A fantastic free program called Recuva will scan your internal or external hard drive, USB thumb drive or the memory card from your camera or smart phone and give you the option to “undelete” any deleted files that it finds.
And guess what? It works like a charm!
Recuva is extremely easy to use. Simply download the installation file to your Desktop, double-click on it and install the program. Then click the Recuva icon on either the Desktop or the Start Menu and let the handy wizard walk you through the steps of recovering your file(s).
Important: Be aware that Recuva can only restore deleted files that haven’t been overwritten by new files, so it’s important to run it as soon as possible after realizing that you accidentally deleted a file (or files) that you didn’t intend to delete. As they say, time is of the essence!
You can download the latest version of Recuva for free by clicking the CCleaner link on this page. (I recommend skipping the FileHippo link and downloading the utility directly from CCleaner).
Note: Recuva is available in both Free and Professional (paid) versions, but I use (and recommend) the free version because it works extremely well.
In other words, feel free to ignore the “Buy Now” button. Use the CCleaner download link instead.
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