Is this time frame normal? in Recuva Posted December 22, 2019 I've only had experience with relatively small drives, 500 gb and under, and a deep scan takes about 45 mins at the most. Some people do experience very long scan times, and yours seems exceptionally long. I have no idea what the cause is, or what Recuva is trying to do. I usually cancel at stage two and I have never found any detrimental effect, the files found are still displayed. You may wish to try that. I also have Truecrypt containers and they do not slow processing down. To Recuva they are files with a name and a cluster allocation, just like any other file. There is no indication to anyone that they are encrypted. USB access will probably slow things down a little, but a month is ridiculous.