Overwritten CCTV File Recovery: How Can I Recover CCTV/DVR Files

Brithny updated on Sep 17, 2020 to Data Recovery | How-to Articles

Can overwritten CCTV files be recovered? Is it possible to recover overwritten CCTV data? How to recover deleted or lost CCTV files? EaseUS data recovery software enables you to retrieve crucial videos easily and quickly.

Try each of the solutions to recover CCTV files.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
1. Use File Recovery Software

Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard

Select the location and click "Scan"

Recover lost video recordings...Full steps

2. Recover from Backup

Find the video backup folder

Locate the exact video

Copy and store the found video...Full steps

What Do Overwritten Files Mean 

When some crimes happen, the surveillance videos will be the key to investigations and evidence. When a video is overwritten, what does this mean? Overwrite means to record or copy new data over existing data when a file or directory is updated. When data is overwritten, new information is recorded over the old information. The unused file system clusters are used to record new information. This happens when the user continues to use the disk for various purposes and writes new files over the old ones. 

Can You Recover Overwritten CCTV Files

Most people have this kind of question: can deleted CCTV files be recovered? Is it possible to recover overwritten CCTV or DVR data? 

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You can easily recover deleted CCTV files. But there is absolutely very little chance to recover CCTV’s DVR videos that were overwritten. They are overwritten by another video and erased from the hard disc. You can recover videos which are existing in the hard disc even if the hard disk is damaged to a certain extent. 

But if the hard drive is not completely overwritten then there is still a chance to recover video from CCTV camera hard drive.

Two Methods to Restore Lost CCTV Files 

In the following content, we will walk you through two methods to recover deleted videos from CCTV/DVR hard drives or SD cards.

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Method 1. Recover CCTV Files with EaseUS Data Recovery Software

If you deleted your CCTV, you can restore lost CCTV/DVR data with the help of EaseUS disk data recovery software. It allows you to effectively recover deleted, formatted, lost or erased CCTV files on the hard drive, SD card or USB, etc storage devices. Follow the guide below, restore the deleted video recordings on CCTV/DVR hard drive or SD card. 

Step 1. If your lost video recordings are saved on external hard drive or USB, connect it to your computer firstly. Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, and select the location where you lost videos. Click "Scan" to scan all lost files.

select a location and click scan

Step 2. The software will start to scan all over the selected hard drive for all lost video recordings immediately. When the process finishes, you can click "Filter", and choose "Videos" to quickly find video files.

scan for deleted data

Step 3. Check and preview lost video recordings before recovery. Then, choose the wanted files and click "Recover" to keep the files into another safe location instead of the original drive/device.

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Also, If your CCTV HDD is not completely overwritten, you can also try EaseUS data recovery software. Since the situation that data has been overwritten is more complex. We cannot guarantee that it is 100% helpful to retrieve overwritten files. Therefore, download our trial version for a try first. If you find what you have lost on the result page, you can buy this software and save it to a safe place. If not, I am afraid this tool can not help you.

Method 2. Recover Deleted/Overwritten CCTV from Backup

If you have backed up the surveillance videos to another hard drive or SD card, you can restore CCTV files easily from the backup.

Step 1. Find and open the video backup folder.

Step 2. Locate the exact video that you've deleted or lost from the CCTV or DVR hard drive/SD card.

Step 3. Copy and store the found video back to the disk/SD card.

Bonus Tip - How to Back Up Videos and CCTV Files

The first and foremost solution to protect you from data loss and its associated hassle is Backup. You can copy your videos to another drive or upload them to Google Drive or OneDrive. If you want to automatically back up files, EaseUS Todo Backup is a nice choice. You can easily back up wanted files and folders to an external hard drive or other drives with this backup and restore software

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You would have learned how to make CCTV/DVR recovery in different situations. If you do not have the backup, go for a professional data recovery solution using software and service, depending upon your needs. 

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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, so 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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