How to Recover Deleted Files in Windows 7 / XP / 8

This tutorial on How To Recover Deleted Files in Windows 7 / XP / 8 will help you recover lost files the easy way! Recovery software are always a handy tool to have in your arsenal. A mistaken shift+delete can forever destroy your precious data. The internet is full of various file recovery software, both free and paid that can do the job for you.

A good recovery software especially a free one is very hard to find. We here at TechSplurge, bring to you Recuva, a free file recovery software that’s super awesome and really easy to use.

How Does it Magically Recover Deleted Files?

Actually, there’s no magic involved in it. Think it this way – when you delete a file, Windows simply marks the space, previously used by that file, as free and ready to be overwritten. The file remains hidden somewhere till Windows requires more space on your hard-drive after which, it finally over-writes (removes) the file.

This is where a recovery software comes into play. It can recover the files which you deleted accidentally but only if it has not been over-written by Windows.

How to Recover Deleted Files with Recuva

Recuva needs hardly any knowledge about the working of recovery software. A recovery wizard starts up when Recuva is launched. You select the file type you want to recover, whether it’s music, picture, documents, video, compressed files, emails or any other files. You choose your option and press next.

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You get to select where the files was deleted from. You can search in removable drives(except CDs or DVDs), the documents folders, the recycle bin, a specified location or if you are not very sure you can search the entire Computer.


After you are done with choosing the file type and the file location the wizard finishes and you get to start the search. Before starting the search you get to choose whether you want to enable deep scan or not.

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Deep scan is one of Recuva’s special features that enables a more intense and deeper scan at the expense of more processing power and time. It is advisable to only use this feature if previous scans were unsuccessful in finding your deleted items as the scan can take more than an hour when searching in larger drives instead of the 15 seconds it normally takes without Deep Scan.

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After the scan, a list of all the recently deleted files comes up. You get to select the file(s) you want to select for recovery. However, there are chances that the file was overwritten by another making its recovery impossible. Deep Scan too is not the ultimate tool for scanning as a few mp3 files that I deleted a minute before the scan never showed up in Recuva even when Deep Scan was turned on.

The recovery time depends on the size of the files, a 3 mb file was recovered in a few seconds while a 1.54 GB file took around an hour to recover.

A red dot tells that the recovery of the file is not possible while a green light tells that the file can be easily recovered.

There is also an advanced for the more enlightened user, the advanced enables you to skip the Recuva wizard and do your recovery customization directly from the app. There is an options button too that enables you to choose between different options for the recovery of the file like showing files in the hidden system directories, showing zero bytes files etc.

Recuva is a fun app that’s super efficient and really easy to handle and despite of its shortcomings is a very good file recovery software that can help you recover your deleted files in no time and without a sweat. Hope you liked this tutorial on How to Recover Deleted Files in Windows 7 / XP / 8.

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