How to Recover Deleted/Lost Photos from Windows 10

Roxanne updated on Jul 17, 2019 to Data Recovery Solution | How-to Articles


Did you accidentally deleted or lost photos on Windows 10? This page includes 3 ways to help you recover deleted/lost photos from Windows 10 laptop/PC hard drive by recycle bin recovery, backup file recovery and using EaseUS file recovery software for help. For a secure and reliable solution, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the best choice for photo recovery.

Accidentally deleted photos on external hard drive Windows 10

"Last Sunday, I created a slideshow as a birthday gift for my wife in Windows Media Center with pictures that were stored on an external hard drive. I thought that the files had been copied to the Picture Library on my main hard drive, but I didn't want to save them there. So I deleted these files. The result was that the pictures were deleted from the external drive.

Is there any efficient photo recovery solution that can help me recover deleted photos from Windows 10? They are all the pictures we have taken for all these years. My wife must be extremely sad if I can't get them back." 

Many users have lost their data due to accidental deletion. It is one of the most common reasons for photo loss and no one can be an exception when happens. Whether the lost photos can be recovered when they were mistakenly deleted? Yes. 

Follow on, you'll find 3 reliable methods that can help you easily recover deleted photos from Windows 10 by using professional data recovery software, recycle bin recovery and backup recovery.

How to recover deleted photos from Windows 10

NOTICE: Don't save anything to your hard disk or you risk overwriting the data in case of data recovery failure.

For different needs, you can try different methods listed below to restore the lost photos with ease.

Method 1. Recover deleted photos with EaseUS data recovery software

Applies to restore photos from Windows 10 hard drive, external hard drive, USB, SD card, etc., devices.

To help you effectively recover your lost pictures from an external or internal hard drive in Windows 10, we recommend you try an efficient data recovery tool - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.

The program can scan your hard drive to find out and list all the deleted photo files in only 3 simple steps. Download and apply it to start the process of bringing your lost photos back now by following the video or step by step guide below:

Step-by-step guide to recover deleted photos from Windows 10 laptop/PC hard drive:

Step 1. Choose the location and start scanning.

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, hover on the hard drive partition from which you want to recover photos, then click "Scan".

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Select the photos you want to recover.

Wait until the scanning completes, then select the photos you want to recover. To locate the pictures faster, click "Filter" > "Pictures".

Choose files to recover

Step 3. Recover photos.

Click "Recover" and choose a location on another hard drive to save the recovered photos.

Recover lost data

Method 2. Undelete photos from the recycle bin

Applies to undelete photos from Windows 10 Dekstop, Windows internal hard drive, and partitions.

  • Step 1: Double-click on the Recycle Bin icon on Windows 10 Desktop.
  • Step 2: Locate and right-click on the deleted photos, select "Restore".
  • Step 3: The deleted photos will be restored from Recycle Bin to its original locations.
  • Undelete photos from recycle bin.

Method 3. Restore lost photos from backups

Applies to all kinds of photo loss issues on multiple storage devices. 

If you don't have a backup, this method won't work. Don't worry, go back to Method 1, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to fully restore your lost photos with ease.

The ways to restore lost files from backups are different:

1. Restore from manual backup: copy photos from the backup and paste to the original storage device where you lost them.

2. Restore from software backup: if you used a backup software to back up photos, use the software to restore the backup image and get your lost photos back.

3. Restore from Windows backup:

  • Step 1: Open "Control Panel", go to "System and Maintenance", select "Backup and Restore (Windows 7)". 
  • Step 2: Click "Restore my files".
  • Restore files from Windows Backup.
  • Step 3: Click "Browse for files" to select the previously created backup.
  • Select backup to restore.
  • Step 4: Navigate a location to restore the backup - "In the original location" or "In the following location".
  • Wait for the restoring process to complete.

To sum up, on this page, we've collected 3 methods to help you restore lost photos on Windows 10 PC and external storage devices. These methods can also be applied to perform file recovery on Windows 8/8.1/7 and even older OS.

The best way to protect your valuable photos and files is to create a backup in advance. 
We'd like to recommend you try EaseUS Todo Bacup with its File Backup feature to fully back up files at one time by taking up very small space.
Whenever you lost photos or files on storage devices, you can always survive with the created backups. 

When you've emptied the recycle bin or don't have a backup of lost files, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard will be ready to help. 


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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

"EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the best we've seen. It's far from perfect, partly because today's advanced disk technology makes data-recovery more difficult than it was with the simpler technology of the past, but it's fast and efficient..."PCMag

"The first thing you'll notice about EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro is that its interface is very clear and uncluttered, with only a small collection of self-explanatory controls. You won't find lots of extra options hidden in a system of hidden menus, either; what you see really is what you get."techradar

"Recover lost files, even after deleting a partition or formatting your drive."Macworld

2. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

3. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

4. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

5. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files to better verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

6. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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