How to Find Pictures on an Old Hard Drive on Windows 10/8/7

Jean updated on Oct 12, 2020 to File Recovery | How-to Articles

You can find pictures of jpg, jpeg, png, tiff, bmp and pdf on an old hard drive with the best two ways. One is using Comand Prompt and the other is EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Both are good ways to help you access files on old hard drive on Windows 10/8/7.

Can't find all pictures on old hard drive Windows 10

"I sold an old computer this morning with the hard drive left behind, which stores many pictures, including the memories in college, wedding ceremony, and honeymoon vacation. When I connect the old drive to my new computer, to my surprise, it shows empty! Any idea on how can I find all pictures on the old hard drive?" 

Old hard drives, USB pen drives, and memory cards that are put aside for too long may have problems as follows when you try to open and use again.

These errors are related to various hard disk issues, especially for hard drives that are too old to work well. Whatever the reason is, when you encounter such problems, I'm afraid that you probably have lost data. That's why your hard drive is not showing files though they still exist. On this page, you can learn two ways to find pictures of jpg, jpeg, png, tiff, bmp, and pdf on an old hard drive. One is using Comand Prompt if the images are hidden or missing and the other is applying EaseUS data recovery software if the pictures are deleted or formatted. Choose the way that better help you access files on the old hard drive on Windows 10/8/7.

How to Find Pictures on an Old Hard Drive

As said before, the Command Prompt here can help you find all the existing pictures on the hard drive, including the hidden images. But if your photos have been deleted or formatted, the CMD won't be helpful, and you need to directly use a professional data recovery tool to restore the lost files with Method 2.

Method 1. Use Command Prompt 

Step 1. Press Windows + R keys to bring up the Run box.
Step 2. Type cmd in the empty box and press Enter.
Step 3. On the Comand Prompt black window, type the command g: dir /s *.jpg |more and press Enter. (assuming that the old hard drive is detected as drive G:)

This will show you all the folders on g: that contain jpg files. If your pictures files are in other file formats such as png, changed the command g: dir /s *.jpg |more to g: dir /s *.png |more.

Step 4. Once you have identified the folder, copy the directory path and paste in Windows Explorer. That's the path where you can find missing pictures with a specific format.

Method 2. Use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard

If the Command Prompt isn't useful and you have lost your pictures due to mistaken deletion, formatting, virus attack, RAW partition, or lost partition, don't worry, you can use EaseUS hard drive recovery software to find all pictures on hard drive with ease and recover them intact. This photo recovery software enables you to recover lost pictures from hard drive, emptied recycle bin, external hard drive, USB flash drive, Pen drive, SD card, or other storage devices with ease. 

EaseUS data recovery software can not only recover lost photos, but all other files like documents, emails, audio & video files, and more. See how to recover lost Word document in Windows 10

Watch the video tutorial with the text-guide next.

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

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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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