Working with Recuvas 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
RestoreFolders=0 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=0 Binary flag. 1=Show files in hidden system folders.
0=Do not show such files.
ShowZeroLengthFiles=0 Binary flag for zero length files. 1=Displays zero-length files in Results window.
ViewMode=1 Display mode for the results window. 0=List View
1=Tree View
2=Thumbnails View
ShowSecurelyDeletedFiles=0 Binary flag for showing securely deleted files. 1=Displays securely deleted files in Results window.
DeepScan=0 Binary deep scan flag. 0 = Deep scan is off.
1= Deep scan is on.
Language=1033 The locale ID for Recuva's current display language. For a list of locale IDs, see http://support.microsoft.com/kb/221435. For a list of Recuva's supported languages, see this topic.
Passes=1 Secure deletion flag. Number of passes Recuva will use when securely deleting files. See this topic for more information.
ShowWizard=0 Wizard flag. 0=Recuva starts in Advanced mode.
1=Recuva starts in Wizard mode.
ShowExistentFiles=0 Binary flag for recovery mode. If set to 1, Recuva will scan for non-deleted files (for recovery from damaged or reformatted media). See this topic for more information.
window_left=192
window_top=33
window_width=626
window_height=496
window_max=1
Size and position of the Recuva program window. window_max represents the status of the program window when last closed:
1=Normal
2=Minimized
3=Maximized

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