Did you know that you can retrieve deleted photos from your camera? I didn’t until a few months ago. People, this was life changing for me! In addition to being clumsy and face planting all over the world, I also…sometimes…accidentally….delete photos from my camera. I’m not proud of this fact, but it’s happened to me. More than once.
So I did what any normal human being would do. I panicked. How would I get my photo of that beautiful Thai temple back?
The good news? There’s a few different programs out there that let you recover deleted photos (and other files)! My favorite is Recuva and it’s free (and who doesn’t like free)?
Recuva automatically starts by asking you basic questions like what kind of file you’re looking to restore or from what drive you’re looking to restore from. After that, it sets on its mission and, in my case, it searched through about 10 GB of files in about 10 minutes.
The only downside is that Recuva does not always provide you with the original file name. So, you will have to click the recovered files to see if it’s what you’re looking for and you’ll almost certainly want to rename them after you restore them. At least you can view photo files in thumbnail format – so at least that’s easy to browse through.
Additionally, the free version doesn’t provide you with support (however the paid version includes support) or a lot of info on how to use Recuva. This being said, Recuva is pretty intuitive and easy to use and you likely wouldn’t even need a manual in the first place.
How to recover your files using Recuva:
Start Recuva in Wizard mode. If the Wizard doesn’t appear, click the Options button, and then click Run Wizard.
- On the Welcome to the Recuva Wizard page, click Next.
- On the File Type page, select the type of files you want to recover (i.e.: jpeg, gif, docx, etc.), then click Next. If you’re not sure what type of files you’re looking for, choose “Other”.
- On the File Location page, choose the location where you want to search (i.e.: SD card, USB drive, etc.), and then click Next.
- On the Thank You page, click Start. Recuva will then show you its progress as it completes the file scan. The search results will display in the main window.
- Click on the check box of the file you want to recover. (The color of the dot, green, yellow or red, shows your chances for a successful recovery).
- Click Recover and choose the destination path for where you want to save the file. Click OK.
If you don’t find the file you’re looking for, complete steps 1-3, and choose “Enable Deep Scan” on the Thank you Page. Click Start. This search might take longer, but you might also find your files! Plus, you can do all your computer puttering while the search runs in the back.
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