Glary Undelete v5.0

A full review of glary undelete, a free file recovery program

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.

We 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.

This review is of Glary Undelete v5.0.1.19, which was released on October 10, 2016. Please let us now if there's a newer version we need to review.

Keep reading to learn more about Glary Undelete and how it works, or see How to Recover Deleted Files for a complete tutorial on restoring files you've accidentally deleted.

What We Like
  • 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 most Windows operating systems

What We Don't Like
  • No portable version available - must be installed on hard drive

  • Tries to install another program during setup

More About Glary Undelete

Glary Undelete in Windows 8
  • 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 is super easy to find the one you're looking for
  • The file's original path, size, and last modified date are listed next to the file before you restore it, which can help you understand if it's really the file you want to have restored. You can also sort the results by those categories
  • 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 on most Windows versions, including Windows 10 and Windows 8

Our Thoughts on Glary Undelete v5.0

Glary Undelete is one of the best free undelete software programs out there. While not our 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 Download Glary Undelete v5.0 link at the bottom of my review here on this page. Once there, click the big Download 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.

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.

Before searching for deleted files, you can use the little browse button to pick a specific folder to scan if you know where the files used to be before they were deleted. This is also an easy way to speed up the whole scanning process since Glary Undelete won't have to scan all the other folders on the hard drive.

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 highest-ranked free file recovery program in our list.