How to Recover Permanently Deleted Items

Your computer crashes, you accidentally empty your recycle bin or you get a bad virus that deletes your important files. And then you wonder if these files can be recovered. Recuva is freeware that can restore and recover files you deliberately deleted from your computer and memory cards and those deleted by accident---by crashes or viruses.

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Deleted Items

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Download and install Recuva freeware. Once that is done, launch the program. A pop-up Recuva Wizard will appear. (If you don't see the Wizard, click "Options" and select "Show Wizard at start-up" button and then click "Run Wizard.")

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Click "Next" at the "Welcome to the Recuva Wizard."

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Select the type of files you want to recover from the "File Type" page and click "Next." If you don't know the file type, select "Other."

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Select where you would like to search from the "File Location" page and click "Next."

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Check the box next to "Enable Deep Scan" and click "Start." The scan of your computer will begin. Search results will be presented in the main window.

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Click "Recover" and select the location for the recovered files. Click "OK."