Recuva works wonders whether you're on a desktop PC, a notebook, or any computer running Windows. You can download it from any browser with an Internet connection.
But what if you don't have an Internet connection available? Or what if you're going over to Great-Aunt Sally to help her recover digital photos of her dear cat? Or, what if you need to recover files from a work PC that doesn't allow you to install software?
Recuva comes in a portable version with no installer required just for these occasions. It's small enough to fit on a USB drive, so you can take it (and the whole Piriform suite - CCleaner for system cleaning and Defraggler for disk defragmentation) with you wherever you go.
With the regular version of Recuva, you download a .EXE file and double-click it to launch the program installer. For the portable version, simply go to /recuva/download/portable and download the .ZIP file.
A .ZIP file contains one or more files compressed to save space. You will need a utility to unzip the .ZIP file. One is built in to Windows.
Unzip the contents of the .ZIP file into a new folder on your USB drive named "Recuva." When you need to launch the program, double-click the Recuva.exe file. Or, if you are running 64-bit Windows, double-click the Recuva64.exe file.
Since portable Recuva lives entirely on the USB drive, it will leave no traces of use on your PC. With no installation required and no hard drive space, Recuva is your ideal portable Swiss Army Knife to recover files -- anywhere, anytime.