Many people accidentally delete photos that weren’t supposed to be deleted. This can be devastating if they were really good shots you were going to use for a holiday card or in a photo album. Fortunately, there are many ways to recover deleted photos from your computer. The following paragraphs will provide you with in depth information on how to recover your most valued files from your hard drive.
The first step you should take when recovering files is to check in the recycle bin. This might seem like an unnecessary step, but many people forget that the recycle bin doesn’t delete pictures unless you tell it to. Simply dragging files into the recycle bin doesn’t permanently delete them from your hard drive.
If you can’t find anything in the recycle bin, you can always try to “restore previous versions”. To do this, you need to go to my computer. Once you are in my computer, you will need to find the folder where your pictures are saved. Once you have done this, right click on the folder and select “restore previous versions”. After you have performed this function, there will be a list of previous versions folders. Check and see if the photos you are missing are in these folders.
If the two steps listed above haven’t worked for you, it is time to download photo recovery software. There is a lot of recovery software available, so you should be able to find a program that fits your specific needs. When picking which recovery program to buy/use, remember to make sure that it supports your operating system and type of data storage (such as a hard drive, external flash memory device or an SD card).
Using file recovery software is a great way to recover deleted photos, because powerful recovery programs can dig deep into the memory and retrieve most recently deleted or misplaced files. Most programs also let you specify what file type you want the program to search for: photos, documents, video, and emails. This is a wonderful feature because it cuts down on a lot of the “junk” that many file recovery programs find. Some of these recovery programs are paid, while other can be downloaded and used free of charge. It’s completely up to you to choose a solution that fits both your needs and your budget.