How to recover deleted photos from your computer or SD card

Lost your digital photos stored on your computer's hard drive or on your phone's SD card? Don't lose all your hope yet, there are still ways that you can recover all your photos if you still have the storage media with you in one piece.

There are a lot of ways in which you can lose your digital photos. This loss can be temporary or even permanent but in both the cases there are ways to recover the data if it has not been lost too long ago. Let us start with the simple ways to recover the photos -

Photos deleted by using Delete key or right click on a file/folder and selecting Delete

These files are just temporarily shifted to a place called Recycle Bin on your system. You can easily recover these files by:
  • Go to Recycle Bin
  • Search for the photo that was deleted
  • Right click on the photo and select Restore
This obviously doesn't work if you have deleted the files from the Recycle Bin as well or used Shift+Delete to permanently delete the files. However, there are still ways files deleted from Recycle Bin or using Shift+Delete can be recovered which we will be talking about below.

Restore from a backup

Some people are cautious about their data and make periodic backups for the same. This can be in form of Microsoft backup that the OS offers natively or through some third party backup software.
To restore files from Windows backup click on Start button, click on Control Panel, click on System and Maintenance and then click on Backup and Restore.
Click on Restore my files and follow the steps in the Wizard.
If you are using some other software, launch the same software and it should have the option to restore files from the backup you last did.
However, if you are from the majority you wouldn't have done any backup and are at a complete loss right now what to do. Fret not, we still have the final solution for you too.

Recover permanently deleted photos by yourself

minitool power data recovery
If the data was on your computer hard disk or on any storage media that you can still read from your computer then you can use one of the free data recovery software to recover deleted photos. These software read the whole hard disk to find files which you have deleted permanently but are still present on the disk without being visible in the file structure of the operating system.

Note: Read the below paragraph to know why files are still present on your hard disk even after deletion otherwise skip below
Files which are deleted by the operating system are not actually removed the hard disk storage. There are only removed from the file system directory so that they don't appear to you or be counted as unusable memory. This memory space containing your photos and other data is overwritten in some time when your operating system has run out of previously free memory locations. So, until you store sufficient data after deletion of your previous files, the storage media will still contain the previous data which can be recovered by data recovery software.

Hire services of professionals

If you are not able to recover the photos by above-mentioned methods or you have lost your photos due to a corrupted media drive then you can use services of data recovery professionals and companies. These services obviously come at some cost and you need to decide if your photos were worth the money you will spend paying the data recovery professionals.

Wrap up

That's all the ways possible that you can recover your photos or for that matter any other lost file on your storage media. We all know how our photos are very important to us, sometimes we have memories stored in these photos which are too precious to lose in any case and sometimes these contain information that can cause other types of loss to you. I hope one of the ways mentioned above works for you to recover your lost photos. For any doubts/questions please feel free to reply in the comments section below.

Related Articles

How to recover deleted files in Windows 7

If you accidentally deleted a file in windows 7, it is possible to recover the file using either from a backup or restore it from previous version. This articles discusses about recovering lost files in windows 7.

Review of EaseUS Mobisaver Pro - data recovery software for your iOS devices

Lost important data from your iPhone or iPad? Looking for the best data recovery software to get back all those lost files? No worry, here is one such tool- EaseUS Mobisaver which eases your efforts in restoring all the lost files from your iPhone, iPad or any iOS device. Know more about how to restore deleted files from iPhone and from iTunes backup.

Hands-On Review of MiniTool Power Data Recovery - Recover your deleted files

MiniTool Power Data Recovery is capable of restoring data from repartioned disks, flash drives, your iPod, damaged CDs and DVDs. With enough modules that specialize for different purposes and enough license types to choose from, MiniTool Power Data Recovery plays well with its competitors. Scroll down to have your eyes on our exclusive hands-on review of the product.

More articles: Data Recovery Software


No responses found. Be the first to comment...

  • Do not include your name, "with regards" etc in the comment. Write detailed comment, relevant to the topic.
  • No HTML formatting and links to other web sites are allowed.
  • This is a strictly moderated site. Absolutely no spam allowed.
  • Name: