First Hand Experience With Piriform Recuva

imageI found myself in a jam the other day as I was moving hundreds of gigs around to the new drives I bought. There was a bit of a mis-click and instead of copying a folder of images from one drive to another, I deleted it. And not to the Recycle Bin either. My setting in XYPlorer is to bypass that and just get rid of the files. This is one of the very rare times when the Recycle Bin would have saved me.

But I didn’t fret, I jumped over to my trusted set of disk utilities and use the Undelete function inside Ashampoo to get the file back. That would have been a great end to the story, but none of the Ashampoo tools recognize my 5TB dive. Or something else is wrong, but it couldn’t read any information off the drive.

Oh crap, now what?

Alright, no need to panic, plenty of tools out there to choose from. Next up was O&O Undelete and MediaRecovery. Both are designed for this sort of thing. They installed fine, but neither of them would start. Nope, neither one would actually bring up anything beyond the splash screen. I waited for 10 minutes in case it was trying to read all the drives. No activity. Nothing.

My first two outings met with utter disaster, so I contemplated for awhile before taking the next step. A thought jumped from the back of my mind and I went to Piriform and downloaded Recuva. Their CCleaner tool is great stuff, so what do they have in the way of file recovery? Well, turns out it’s just as good. It installed in just a minute and was up and running in no time. It presented me with all the drives in my system, which is 14 by the way.

I selected that massive 5TB drive and just a minute later, Piriform Recuva was showing me all the files it could get back. I wasted nearly 2 hours with the other tools and Recuva had the list ready in under 5.

I expected it would only let me recover a couple files at a time since this was the free version, but Recuva doesn’t have that restriction. It let me recover all the files in the folder I deleted and didn’t nag me about buying the full version of nor did it throw up dialogs in my face saying it couldn’t complete the action in the free version. It pulled them all back in less than 20 minutes.

Honestly, I’m quite stunned. It got all the files back and in perfect order. And here I was thinking my other recovery tools were up to the task. Seems I was wrong. Out of all the tools I used, Recuva was the only one that got the job done. And it didn’t cost me anything, which makes me feel a little guilty to be honest. How can such a cool tool be free?

Well it is indeed, but I feel I need to offer Piriform something for the effort. Much to my surprise, not only can you get Recuva for a very reasonable price you get buy the entire Suite of tools for an extremely discounted price. I didn’t know they had a bundle…

We get many requests from our users wanting to buy all our products in one bundle. So we’ve listened and today we’re very happy to announce that we’re launching CCleaner Professional Plus: a 4-in-1 product that includes all the Professional versions of CCleaner, Defraggler, Recuva and Speccy!

To make it even better I found that you can use coupon "AUG2014" to get an even bigger discount. You can drop the price for all 4 tools down to $31.96.

I’m going to have to add Piriform CCleaner Professional Plus to my bag of tricks. If you run into the same jam, start with Recuva, it’ll save a hell of a lot of time and get the job done right the first time. Piriform may be known for CCleaner, but don’t forget about their other tools.

Piriform CCleaner Professional Plus

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