BMP File Recovery | Recover Bitmap Images Now

Don't be sad if you lose important BMP images on the computer. We will guide you in performing BMP file recovery with three tested methods. We highly recommend using EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to recover lost or deleted Bitmap images.

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A BMP (Bitmap) file is a commonly used image file format that stores digital images. Microsoft originally developed it for use on the Windows operating system.

BMP files are typically uncompressed, storing each pixel in the image separately, resulting in larger file sizes than other compressed image formats. It can support various color depths, including 1-bit black and white, 8-bit grayscale, and 24-bit true color.

Because of the features, BMP files are used to store high-quality digital images, and .bmp photos are usually large. Accidental deletion, hard drive formatting, virus attacks, and file system corruption may cause unexpected data loss of BMP files. Keep reading to learn three tested BMP file recovery methods and recover lost BMP photos.

Fix 1. Recover BMP Files with BMP Recovery Software

Like RAW photos, BMP images are usually larger than JPG and PNG files. How to recover data without backup? Here comes the best way – apply professional BMP file recovery software like EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Download this recovery software now and experience the free trial version today!

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EaseUS BMP photo recovery software can easily restore deleted .bmp files from local drives, external hard drives, USB drives, and SD cards. No matter whether you have lost BMP photos on Windows 10 or 11, the EaseUS recovery tool can help you restore these pictures easily.

We prepare 2 tutorials in this section to help you recover lost BMP files successfully. Now, check the written tutorial on BMP file recovery first:

Step 1. After the installation, the software will launch on the PC automatically. Now click one of the disks and choose "Search for lost data". The software will execute a quick and deep scan simultaneously to recover deleted photos in Windows by default.

select a location and click scan

Step 2. You'd better choose the "Type" tab and check "Pictures" to quickly locate different photo formats. Find the bmp folder and open it.

select the bmp folder

Step 3. Now, find lost BMP files you want to restore and preview them before recovery. Click the Recover button and select a new location to save.

save recovered BMP files

Keep checking this video to learn more about photo recovery:

  • 00:00 How to Recover Photos and Videos from Camera SD Card
  • 00:40 What to Do When Lost Damera Photos or Videos
  • 01:05 How to Get Reliable Camera Photo Recovery Software
  • 01:44 How to Use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard
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After checking these two tutorials, share them on X, LinkedIn, or Facebook to let more users know how to recover BMP photos.


Fix 2. Restore Deleted BMP Files from the Recycle Bin

Windows users should know that it is possible to recover deleted files from the Recycle Bin directly. Where do deleted photos go? If the BMP files are accidentally removed from the original location, you can go check the Recycle Bin and find deleted .bmp images.

Step 1. Locate the Recycle Bin folder in Windows, and find deleted BMP files in this folder.

Step 2. Select all the BMP photos you want to put back and right-click them. Then, choose "Restore", and the deleted BMP photos will be restored to their original place.

recover deleted BMP file from Recycle Bin

Fix 3. Get Back Bitmap Images with File History Backups

Have you used Windows File History to create backups automatically? You'll need an external storage device like a USB drive or external hard drive to enable File History. The File History button will be greyed out if you haven't connected a USB/external hard drive to the computer.

Step 1. Type in file history in the Windows search box.

type in file history

Step 2. Click "Restore personal files"> select a folder > choose the BMP files you want to recover > hit the recover button.

recover BMP files from File History backup

Step 3. If you don't know where the BMP files are stored before deletion, use the search tap to find them. You can double-click the BMP file to preview it, and the green revert button can restore the files.

recover BMP file with File History


You can use different methods to get your deleted Bitmap files back. When you cannot find BMP photos in the Recycle Bin, and there's no useful backup, don't forget to download EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.

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Bitmap File Recovery FAQs

Now, you will learn more information about Bitmap file recovery from the following questions and answers:

1. How do I recover permanently deleted BMP photos?

When permanently deleting BMP photos on the computer, you'll need a local or cloud backup to restore them. Or you can use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to scan the whole disk deeply, and you may find deleted BMP files if you are lucky enough.

2. How do I repair corrupted BMP images?

You can use EaseUS Fixo Photo Repair to perform BMP repair. This software provides professional photo repair service, and there's an advanced photo repair option to help you repair seriously damaged pictures.

3. How can I open a BMP photo on Windows?

In most situations, you can easily open BMP files in Windows with the help of a built-in photo viewer. Or you can choose another photo editor to open a BMP photo, and we recommend Adobe Photoshop.

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    Jaden is one of the editors of EaseUS, who focuses on topics concerning PCs and Mac data recovery. Jaden is committed to enhancing professional IT knowledge and writing abilities. She is always keen on new and intelligent products.…
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    Dany is an editor of EaseUS who lives and works in Chengdu, China. She focuses on writing articles about data recovery on Mac devices and PCs. She is devoted to improving her writing skills and enriching her professional knowledge. Dany also enjoys reading detective novels in her spare time. …
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