The Bottom Line
Glary Undelete is one of the better free file recovery software options available. Glary Undelete has a clean, logical interface that makes it an excellent file undelete solution for novices and experts alike.
I especially love the simple Folders and File Types views available in Glary Undelete which make finding the file you'd like to recover/undelete much easier than in some other programs that just include all found files in a giant list.
- Small download
- Simple and logical "Folders" and "File Types" views
- Advanced filter allows searching by date, size, and with wild cards
- File condition listed in plain English alongside each deleted file
- Supports every Windows operating system
- No portable version available - must be installed on hard drive
- Pushes a browser toolbar during installation (can be skipped)
- Glary Undelete supports all major hard drive and flash drive file systems used in Windows.
- Easy download and installation makes undeleting any still-intact file quick and easy.
- Logical "Folders" and "File Types" views of deleted files makes finding the one you're looking for super easy.
- Glary Undelete works on hard drives, floppy disks, flash drives, and memory cards.
- Advanced filter allows narrowing of found files based on name, size, date, and level of corruption.
- Glary Undelete is installable in any Windows version you happen to have.
Guide Review - Glary Undelete v1.6
Glary Undelete is one of the best free undelete software programs out there. While not my absolute favorite, Glary Undelete probably is the easiest to use, especially if you're not completely sure where that file was when you deleted it.
To begin, head to Glary Undelete's download page by clicking the Visit Their Website link at the bottom of my review here on this page. Once there, click the big Download free Glary Undelete Now button.
Save the gunsetup.exe file to your desktop or some other place you'll remember and then run the setup program. This is actually one of my biggest issues with Glary Undelete - the fact that you actually have to install it.
See, a file recovery program can only undelete a file if the exact space on the hard drive (or flash drive, etc.) that it occupied hasn't already been overwritten by new information. Each time you install a program or save a file, you run the risk of overwriting that space, making the file impossible to recover.
The only other issue with Glary Undelete is that it tries to install a browser toolbar during its installation. Granted, this is one way this program stays completely free but it is frustrating if you forget to skip this part and then have to uninstall an annoying toolbar later that day.
Anyway, once the program is installed, run it and click the Search button. Glary Undelete will scan your entire hard drive for deleted files. This might take anywhere from a few minutes to much longer depending on how big your hard drive is and how many files it finds.
Once Glary Undelete's search is complete, use the Folders or File Types views on the left to narrow down the list of deleted files (which could be in the tens of thousands or more) to something more manageable, based on what you know about the file that you want to recover. You can use the Filter button to narrow down the list in a more specific way if you like.
Once you [hopefully] find the file you'd like to recover, select the box next to the file and click the Restore button. I highly recommend that you restore the file to someplace other than where it was, preferably a different drive entirely, especially if you're planning on recovering more files.
I think Glary Undelete is a really good choice among the truly free file recovery programs out there. I've seen it progress through several versions so I know the developer is continuing to make it a better product.
If you like the sound of how easy Glary Undelete is to use, give it a shot. If you don't like the fact that you have to install Glary Undelete or it doesn't find the file you were after, give Recuva a try instead, the only higher-ranked free file recovery program in my list.