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

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.

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Can't Find Pictures on Old Hard Drive Windows 10/11

"I sold an old computer this morning with the hard drive left behind, which stores many pictures, including 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 to find pictures on 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 them 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 all pictures on the hard drive, including 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 recovery software if the pictures are deleted or formatted. Choose the way that better helps you access files on the old hard drive on Windows 11/10/8/7.

Method 1. How to Get Pictures Off an Old Computer Hard Drive with Data Recovery Software

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 Data Recovery Wizard to find all pictures on the hard drive with ease and recover them intact.

This photo recovery software enables you to recover lost pictures from a hard drive, emptied recycle bin, external hard drive, USB flash drive, Pen drive, SD card, or other storage devices with ease. EaseUS photo recovery software can recover not only lost photos but all other files like documents, emails, audio & video files, and more.

EaseUS Photo Recovery Software

  • Support data recovery for 1000 types of files like .png, .jpg, .doc, .mp4, .mkv, pdf, and more.
  • Recover photos on SD card, emptied recycle bin, hard drive, flash drive, digital camera, and camcorders
  • Support data recovery after sudden deletion, formatting, hard drive corruption, virus attack, system crash under different situations
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The following video tutorial will help you recover deleted photos with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard:

  • 00:00 Causes of photo loss
  • 01:11 Photo recovery software recommendation
  • 01:54 How to recover lost photos

Now, you can keep reading the written tutorial to learn how to get pictures off an old computer hard drive with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard:

Step 1. Choose the location and start scanning

Hover on the SD card, camera, or hard drive partition where you deleted/lost pictures, then click "Scan".

select a location and scan for lost pictures

Step 2. Select the pictures you want to recover

Once the scanning completes, select "Pictures" in the left panel. If you want to locate the lost photos, click "Lost" on the top list. Then, you can find photos according to the devices, types, and dates.

filter the lost photos

Step 3. Recover lost photos

After the preview, click "Recover" and choose another location to save the desired pictures.

Recover lost photos

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Method 2. Find Pictures on an Old Hard Drive with the Command Prompt

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 use a professional data recovery tool directly to restore the lost files with Method 1.

Step 1. Press the 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, change 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 it into Windows Explorer. That's the path where you can find missing pictures with a specific format.

How to Find Pictures on Old Hard Drive FAQs

Here is more information about how to find pictures on old hard drives:

1. How to get pictures off an old hard drive?

If your computer cannot work and you want to get data off an old hard drive. Removing the old hard drive from your computer and connecting it to a healthy PC is better. Then, you can easily copy files from your old hard drive to a new external hard drive.

2. How to find all pictures on my old hard drive?

You can use photo recovery software to find all the pictures on the old hard drive when you find some pictures are deleted already. Before that, you can check the Recycle Bin and show hidden files in Windows 10. If you don't know how to choose a good data recovery program, we recommend EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.

3. What is the best photo recovery software?

The following photo recovery software is recommended:

  1. 1. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard
  2. 2. Stellar Data Recovery
  3. 3. Recover My Files
  4. 4. Recuva
  5. 5. Disk Drill
  6. 6. PhotoRec
  7. 7. Remo Recover
  8. 8. R-Studio
  9. 9. Acronis Revive
  10. 10. Puran Data Recovery

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Cedric Grantham is a senior editor and data recovery specialist of EaseUS. He mainly writes articles and how-to tips about data recovery on PC and Mac. He has handled 10,000+ data recovery cases and is good at data recovery of NTFS, FAT (FAT32 and ExFAT) file systems, and RAID structure reorganization.

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