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Hello, i have a problem with recuva, when i try to find files in a hard drive, when it finish scanning for files, its says in spanish "Memoria insuficiente", in english "insufficient memory" or also it can be this i found in the changelog of recuva: "Insufficient resources error"


Why this error occurs?


I have test the same SATA hard drive of 250GB in 2 computers


Computer 1

Windows 7 32Bits

4GB RAM (3,37GB usable)

700GB Free HD


Computer 2

Windows XP


190GB Free HD


I both computers its says de same error, when recuva reaches 100% in the first pass of scanning


My recuva options are

Show files found in hidden system directories

Deep Scan

Scan for non-deleted files

Restore folder structure


I have test to uncheck Scan for non-deleted files and the same occurs


Thanks and sorry for my english :)

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The error don't appear in all hard drives that i have used recuva, only in some of them, im going to see the number of files that recuva detects in the first pass before the error appears and the cpu usage of the computer (before, i have executed recuva alone and with other programs runing without any problem), also im going to use the /debug parameter to see if a logfile is created.


PD: In the recuva folder there are some recovery files and folders, from various recoveries that i have done before, i have not selected the recuva folder as the destination folder, can be that a bug?


Thanks :)

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Hello i have test again the recovery and in the log file, in the final lines apear too much times this:

[ERROR] bad allocation


I have attached the log file, and a .dmp file have been created but is emtpy


How i fix this? It can be a damaged hard disk the cause of this error? can i bypass the bad allocation error?


Thanks :)


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I have test the "chkdsk /f" comand in the hard drive and I do not think that has made many changes to the hard disk, but i have test again with recuva and the same error ocurrs


The logfile its a little extensive than before


Any ideas?




P.D: In the new version of recuva the problem is still here, I have attached the log of the error in the new version of recuva "1.42.544"




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I'm dissapointed that Esteban has not gotten an answer. I am having a very similar problem. "not enough memory"


My hard drive had an accidental re-format. I was able to recover some files with another inferior program, so I know that they are still there...


Any tips on using Recuva? It seems like its just what I need.



- Windows VISTA

- Recuva portable 1.38 (I think)

- 3 gig of ram running almost nothing but recuva

- The size of the drive I want to recover is 500 gig. Except for the windows reinstall that deleted everything, nothing is on it.

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if you paid for recuva that's recuva tech support & a straight line to the developers




Do your Registry Cleaning in small bits (at the very least Check-mark by Check-mark)


CCLEANER, RECUVA, DEFRAGGLER AND SPECCY DOCUMENTATION CAN BE FOUND AT  https://support.piriform.com/hc/en-us and  https://www.ccleaner.com/docs

Pro users file a PRIORITY SUPPORT request at https://support.piriform.com/hc/en-us/requests/new

link to WINAPP2.INI explanation

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I too keep running Recuva in a Deep Scan on a large 1TB hard drive and the scan ends with "Ran out of memory." Please help! It takes 11 hours (according to the estimate) and have tried unsuccessfully three times. Its very time consuming and cannot figure out why it comes up with that message. I have plenty of hard drive space.

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Hi , I'm here while I have the same problem with a 1.45 GB disc : "to less memory ". I got this when I've checked "search" for all files which takes 1 hour to scan. Now I'm trying to search one file type after each other . Hope this helps . If this helps several runs for each file type might be necessary . Keep you informed , or in case someone comes with a solution ....

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A scan for a particular file type will run a full scan and then filter the results, so I doubt if you will have any luck there. I can understand that running a deep scan on a large disk could cause problems, as there may be millions of files found. A deep scan on a small disk should be fine (I've just deep scanned a 160 gb disk with around 45,000 files found), unless you have limited memory or some memory hoggers running.

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