Handy Recovery

Handy Recovery 5.5

Allows you to detect and recover your deleted files and folders very easily
4.4  (35 votes)
5.5 (See all)

Most of us have faced the situation of having lost important data due to an accidental delete operation or drive format. But, thanks to the applications like Handy Recovery, you can now bring back almost any deleted file, and thus restore the peace of mind. The program performs a deep scan in the selected drive and detects all the deleted files and folders. Then you can recover any of them with just one click.

The program offers a simple and intuitive user interface which does not require any special knowledge in order to be used. Firstly, you need to select the drive or partition you want to be analyzed. Then, the analysis process starts, and it may take a while depending on your disk's size. The program shows the results in a special panel in the Windows Explorer style. In this panel, you can see both your regular files and the deleted ones, but the folders containing deleted files are marked with a red "X", so that you can identify them very easily. Once you locate your file, you can recover it by simply providing the output folder, which should be located on an alternative drive/partition.

Handy Recovery comes with very interesting features, many of which are not present in other similar tools. The feature I like very much is the so-called "Instant Recovery", which is capable of recovering recently deleted files right from your RAM memory – without requiring to analyze your disk – as long as you have not restarted your PC since. Handy Recovery can also save the current state of your recovery session, so that you can continue looking for deleted files later without analyzing your drive/partition again. Besides, if you have a really large number of files and folders, you can use the "Find File" and "Filter" options to locate your deleted files quicker.

Finally, Handy Recovery offers you an "Extended analysis" mode, which is capable of detecting deleted files that the regular analysis can’t process due to wrong or damaged file records. Of course, such a deep analysis will take more time.

In conclusion, I would say that Handy Recovery is an excellent tool that allows you to recover your deleted files and folders effectively. The program can even recover files from deleted or formatted partitions, and it is compatible with all modern MS Windows versions and file systems.

Ricardo Soria
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Review summary


  • Intuitive
  • Includes an "Instant Recovery" tool
  • Allows you to save the current state of your recovery session
  • Offers you regular and extended analysis methods


  • Its visual design could be a bit better
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