Photo recovery: How to recover deleted photos?

Updated by Admin to Data Recovery on June 10th, 2019

Summary: This article will show how to recover deleted photos and do photo recovery deleted photos from SD card, USB flash drive, external hard drive, etc.

The photos can be stored on SD card, USB flash drive, external hard drive, hard drive built-in the computer, mobile phone and other storage device.

One of the most important reasons users love to take pictures with their digital cameras or mobile phones is that pictures can help them capture beautiful scenery and record unforgettable moments. Nowadays, digital cameras and mobile phones are no longer a luxury. However, many users have encountered data loss from digital cameras and mobile phones and want to recover deleted photos.

Common photo loss scenarios

There are several common photos data loss scenarios:

1. Mistakenly deleted the photos

It is the common photo loss scenario that the user mistakenly deleted the photos from digital camera or mobile phone. The photos that get deleted aren't usually truly deleted but are instead just hidden, waiting to be overwritten by new photos, you can take advantage of this fact and recover deleted photos you want back.

After mistakenly deleting precious photos from digital camera or mobile phone, we need to stop this SD card immediately and then find a photo recovery software to recover deleted photos.

2. Virus attack

Virus attack can also cause photos lost from the digital camera, mobile phone, USB drive, flash drive, external hard drive, etc. even corrupt the photos and make the photo recovery work worse.

3. Mistakenly formatted the digital storage device

After the digital storage device was mistakenly formatted, it still is possible to recover lost photos by using a professional photo recovery software.

In order to avoid the secondary damage to the lost data, please stop the mistakenly formatted digital storage device immediately and start photo recovery deleted photos work at once.

4. The digital storage device is not accessible

The digital storage device is not accessible by the computer. Maybe the file system of the digital storage device is corrupted, or the digital storage device is not safely ejected after using it. In this situation, photo recovery deleted photos is still possible.

5. The storage device error

The camera's storage device is mainly a SD card. If the SD card is faulty, the photos will be lost, or some photos cannot be read normally. For example, the digital camera always reminds SD card is not formatted, the photos were inexplicably lost.

6. Hardware issue

The digital storage device is not recognized by the computer, for example, the digital storage device showing incorrect capacity in Disk Management. Windows is unable to complete the format on the digital storage device. The digital storage device is not listed in the device manager.

If the digital storage device has hardware issue, hardware issue is beyond of any photo recovery software, please send it to a local data recovery service for help.

Photo recovery software

M3 Data Recovery is a free photo recovery app which can recover deleted/lost photos/pictures from SD card, USB drive, flash drive, hard drive, external hard drive, etc. on Windows and Mac.

Free data recovery software

Besides to recover deleted/lost photos, M3 Data Recovery can also recover data from formatted, RAW, inaccessible, corrupted storage device, etc.

How to recover deleted/lost photos?

The first absolute rule you need to know is - do not write any data to the digital storage device after data loss, otherwise, you will lose the data forever once they are overwritten.

Solution 1: Recover deleted/lost photos on a Windows computer

Step 1: Connect the digital storage deive (USB drive, SD card, external hard drive, memory card, etc.) to your Windows computer.

If it is a digital camera, you need to take the SD card out from the digital camera and then connect it to your Windows computer via a SD card reader.

Step 2: Download and install M3 Data Recovery software on your Windows computer.

Step 3: Launch M3 Data Recovery software and choose Data Recovery module.

If the digital storage device is Bitlocker encrypted, please choose Bitlocker Recovery module to recover data from Bitlocker encrypted drive.

Step 4: Select the digital storage device, check deep scan option and then click Next to scan lost/deleted photos.

Select the storage device to scan deleted/lost photos

Step 5: After the scan completes, please double click the found photos to preview or select Save session option from Help menu to save the scan result for continuous recovery next time.

Recover lost/deleted files with M3 Data Recovery

Step 6: Click Recover to start photo recovery deleted photos.

Solution 2: Recover deleted/lost photos on a Mac computer

Step 1: Connect the digital storage deive (USB drive, SD card, external hard drive, memory card, etc.) to your Mac computer.

If it is a digital camera, you need to take the SD card out from the digital camera and then connect it to the Mac computer via a SD card reader.

Step 2: Download and install M3 Mac Data Recovery software on your Mac computer.

Step 3: Launch M3 Mac Data Recovery software.

Mac data recovery software

Step 4: Select the storage device and then click Next to scan the lost/deleted photos.

Scan lost data with M3 Mac Data Recovery

Step 5: After the scan completes, please check/preview the found photos: M3 Mac Data Recovery can preview (click Eye icon next to file name) the documents, photos, videos, audios, etc.

Recover data with M3 Mac Data Recovery

If the found photos are not ok, please return to home window and try this solution: click Preferences in toolbar of M3 Mac Data Recovery, check "File types" option, select the SD card and then check deep scan option to scan again, please check the photos in (Reconstructed files) folder after the scan completes.

Step 6: Click Recover to start photo recovery deleted photos.

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