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Understanding the advanced Results window

By default, Recuva shows the results in List View. You can change the view by right-clicking anywhere in the list and clicking View Mode:, then List View, Tree View, or Thumbnails View (see below).

Once you have reviewed the results of Recuva's search, select the files you want to recover (or securely overwrite). The easiest way is to go through them and click the check boxes for the files you want.

If you are in List View or Thumbnails View, you can choose all files in a folder by right-clicking one of them and then clicking Highlight Folder, then the name of the folder.

The Preview, Info, and Header panes are the same in all three views. You can view this information by clicking on an item Recuva has found for recovery:

  • Preview - If you have selected an image file, Recuva displays a preview of it, if possible.
  • Info - The Info pane displays the filename, path, size, creation, modification, and access time, and the likelihood of successful recovery (the state of the file).
  • Header - The Header pane displays the hexadecimal and ASCII codes for the actual contents of the header (beginning) of the selected file.

List View

The List View shows a list of all of the files Recuva is capable of recovering, as well as their location on your drive(s), the date they were last modified, and what your chances of recovering them are.

The color of the dot next to the file name indicates your chances for a successful recovery (green for excellent, orange for acceptable, and red for unlikely):


The Tree View shows you all of the files Recuva can potentially recover, sorted by folders and drives. To expand a folder or drive, click the + sign next to the folder or drive name.

To select a drive or folder containing the files you want to recover, click the check box next to it. You can also select a folder and its subfolders and files by clicking the check box next to the parent folder.

Thumbnails View

The Thumbnails View shows you a list of files and small previews of images Recuva can recover. You'll note that Recuva does not show previews for certain images - those are ones Recuva likely cannot recover.

Next, proceed to recover your files.