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Recuva tip: search for files

Have you ever deleted a file by mistake, or lost documents because your USB drive got damaged? Recuva can retrieve lost files, and you can even search for files by their contents.

Recover deleted files

So you've accidentally deleted an important document – you emptied your recycle bin and then spent a frantic 5 minutes trying to undelete your file! Your important document is gone for good…or is it?

Deleted files are only permanently lost when the space they occupy on the disk gets written over with new data – so your document could still be sitting there, waiting to get written over.

The good news is you can use Recuva to restore your deleted file. But wait – you don't remember what the file was called or much about it except some of the words in the document. No problem, in Recuva you can search for your file using the words you remember from it.

Search for content in a lost file

  1. Open Recuva. (Recuva usually starts with a wizard taking you through the steps of recovering files, but we don't need it this time. Click 'Cancel' and exit the wizard.)
  2. Open the dropdown menu next to the 'Scan' button. You get two options: 'Scan files' and 'Scan contents' – select 'Scan contents'.
  3. A window pops up – type in the content you want to search for. Enter your text next to where it says 'Search string'.
  4. You can restrict the search to a particular type of file by selecting from the 'File mask' dropdown menu. Select '.doc' or '.docx' to search only for Word documents, or '*.*' to search for all file types.
  5. Click 'Scan'.

Recuva will now go through your deleted files searching for the words you entered, and let you restore the files it finds.

Panic over.

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Recuva v1.48

The latest version of Recuva is now available to download! Version 1.48 introduces support for universal disk format (UDF) drives and improved detection for recovering deleted files from small drives. We’ve also added the option to choose a new recovery destination when there’s not enough drive space or when the path name would become exceptionally long.

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Changes:

  • Added UDF drive support
  • Added user choice for recovery involving long path names
  • New options for recovering to drives with insufficient space
  • Enhanced file detection for small-capacity drives
  • Improved options for context menus
  • Minor GUI improvements
  • Minor tweaks and fixes

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Recuva v1.47

The latest version of Recuva is now available to download! Version 1.47 introduces file type filtering to the Deep Scan mode and sees further improvements to the recovery process through better detection of removable devices, and optimized memory usage.

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Change Log:

  • Added file type filtering to Deep Scan
  • Improved detection of removable storage devices
  • Optimized memory usage
  • Improved VHD Image creation
  • Reorganized context menu items
  • Added Thai language support
  • Minor bug fixes and GUI improvements

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Recuva v1.46

Recuva v1.46 is ready for download! The latest version improves the Deep Scan mode for exFAT and FAT file systems. We’ve also added a folder scan option to Windows Explorer context menus and made a host of usability improvements!

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Change Log:

  • Improved Deep Scan for exFAT and FAT
  • Added folder scan to Windows Explorer context menus
  • Added new file extensions to filters
  • Improved accuracy of scan statistics
  • Improved usability of folder browser
  • Improved uninstallation of menu items
  • Fixed minor bug in secure overwrite on exFAT file systems
  • Minor improvements to the recovery wizard
  • Minor GUI improvements

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Recuva v1.45

A new release of Recuva is available for download! The new version (v1.45) adds many new features to support larger external drives, performance and reliability improvements along with new VHD image creation for Pro users.

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Change Log:

  • Added support for 3TB external drives.
  • Added support for hard disks with 4KB sectors.
  • Improved secure overwrite performance.
  • Improved NTFS deep scan recovery reliability.
  • Added VHD drive image creation for system drives (Pro Version).
  • Fixed a minor bug with opening VHD images in Windows.
  • Minor GUI improvements.

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