How to Recover Pictures Deleted from Years Ago

Jean updated on Sep 19, 2019 to File Recovery | How-to Articles


Are you trying to recover 2-year-old deleted pictures or photos from sd card or USB flash drive? Can you exactly recover pictures deleted from a couple of months or years ago? Yes, only with the help of EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.

Overview of Long Time Deleted Pictures Recovery
How Can Data Recovery Software Recover Long Deleted Pictures
User guide
Warm tip

"Can I recover 2-year-old deleted photos? Today I found an old SD card that was used on my Canon camera. I again check the card and saw some old pictures, which made me so happy. Then I noticed that I've accidentally deleted a majority of all the photos there while trying to remove potential virus! Perhaps there is a way to recover deleted pictures from 2 years ago?"

Overview of Long Time Deleted Pictures Recovery

As we all know, the most straightforward and quickest way to recover deleted files on a Windows computer is from Recycle Bin, which is designed to keep all your recently deleted items including documents, pictures, audio and video files for a while, or even longer as you wish due to customizable settings. However, there are some cases in which you cannot directly retrieve deleted files from there.

  • Files too large for recycle bin, such as high definition photos and videos;
  • Files deleted too long ago that has exceeded the period of time of recycle bin;
  • Files deleted out of a Windows computer, such as on a camera sd card, USB flash drive or external hard drive.

In conclusion, it's entirely impossible to recover deleted pictures from years ago, no matter one year or two years or even several months, since recycle bin will automatically empty them all. At this moment, nothing could help get your old pictures back except professional third-party data recovery software.

How Can Data Recovery Software Recover Long Deleted Pictures

Altogether, 3 steps will help recover deleted pictures of png, jpg, jpeg, tiff, BMP and many more picture file formats after a long time, only by downloading EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and install in on your PC. You can first use the file recovery software to recover all lost picture files, and then upgrade to its full version to recover the rest.

User guide

First, get to know some useful features when you recover deleted pictures:

  • Filter: it provides a quick way to wanted files. To find wanted pictures, choose "Graphics" in the Filter list.
  • Search: search for an exact file name or file type. For example, type .png, .jpg, .jpeg, .tif, etc. in the search box to search for the specific types of pictures.

Second, follow a detailed guide to recover deleted pictures:


Step 1: Choose a location.

Choose the drive with the correct drive letter (it can be a local disk or an external device) and click the Scan button.

select the location

Step 2: Scan the lost data.

It won't take long for EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to find deleted contents on the selected drive. Soon, the "Deleted files" result comes out. After the scan is over, there are many scan results showing up under different categories.

click scan

Step 3: Filter pictures and recover.

Use the Filter feature to quickly filter picture files from the results. Also, search for a file name and file type in the Search bar. In the end, select the wanted pictures and click the Recover button.

click recover

Warm tip

Even though EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard allows people to recover pictures deleted a year or a couple of years previously, still some risks exist.

Risk 1. New data has overwritten the old
Risk 2. Files corrupted after data recovery

For your information, the success rate of deleted file recovery depends on whether data has been overwritten instead of how long it has been deleted. So, if you don't stop using the same device where files were deleted, the recovery chance will be significantly reduced! As a result, even the software has found all the missing files, you have to make efforts to repair corrupted data after recovery.


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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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