How Do I Recover CR2, CRW, NEF, RAW Photos from Camera? [Complete Guide]

Does your Camera SD card suddenly become inaccessible? Did you accidentally deleted or formatted your camera photos? Relax. On this page, we'll provide a complete guide to help you recover CR2, CRW, NEF, RAW photos with ease. For a non-destructive and efficiently RAW photo recovery tool, take EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for a try.

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On this page, you'll get a complete guide to find the reasons why did your RAW photos on cameras get lost, how to recover CR2, CRW, NEF, RAW, etc., photos with ease, and tips to protect your photos safely.

Let's start!

What Is CR2, CRW, NEF, RAW Photo

All brands of cameras all have their own RAW digital photography file format, which aims to provide high image quality for users. Due to different graphic technology and copyright issue, most camera companies developed their RAW photography formats.

Recover CR2, CRW, NEF, RAW photos

Here are some basic information about CR2, CRW, NEF, RAW photo formats:

CR2 CRW NEF RAW
Developer: Canon Developer: Canon Developer: Nikon Developer: Panasonic, Leica
Supported Applications: Picasa, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe photoshop lightroom, etc. Supported Applications: Picasa, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe photoshop lightroom, etc. Supported Applications: Able RAWer, Adobe Photoshop, IrfanView, GIMP, AfterShot Pro Supported Applications: Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Corel AfterShot Pro, Capture One, DxO PhotoLab, Hasselblad's Phocus, Photo Ninja, Silkypix Developer Studio

According to most photographers, CR2, CRW, NEF, RAW image formats are the most widely used around the world. And most of them have met photo lost errors due to multiple types of errors.

What Causes CR2, CRW, NEF, RAW Photos Lost

Here are the main reasons that you may get your CR2, CRW, NEF, or RAW image photos deleted or lost:

  • Deleting by mistake
  • Virus or malware infection
  • Formating or format operation error
  • "You need to connect the disk" error
  • Mishandling the memory card or damaged the file system
  • Power failure while transferring photos from camera to computer

So what to do when you lost RAW photos in CR2, CRW, NEF, or RAW formats?

Something You Need to Know About RAW Photo Recovery

Here in this part, we have collected the two most concerning questions that you may also want to know answers.

Let's see:

#1. Can I recover deleted RAW images or RAW photos

About 99% of the deleted RAW photos on cameras are recoverable. When the RAW photos get formatted or missing, you can also have a chance to bring them back!

#2. What to do when you deleted, lost or formatted CR2, CRW, NEF, RAW photos

  • 1st, stop using your camera and the camera SD card.
  • 2nd, don't take or save new photos into your camera and the SD card.
  • 3rd, turn to professional RAW photo recovery software for help.

Complete Guide: How to Recover to Recover CR2, CRW, NEF, RAW Photos

Now, we are here to show you the whole process of how to recover deleted, formatted, missing, or even inaccessible RAW photos from camera or camera SD cards.

Guide 1: Free Download RAW Photo Recovery Software

Note that cameras don't have a recycle folder, which means when you lost or deleted photos on cameras or the camera SD card, you can't directly restore them like recovering deleted files from Recycle Bin.

In this case, you need to turn to professional RAW photo recovery software for help. Here, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard with its powerful photo recovery and repair feature can help.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard

  • Recover deleted CR2, CRW, NEF, RAW photos.
  • Repair corrupted photos like JPG/JPG, PNG, GIF, etc.
  • Fix corrupted videos taken by cameras, CCTV, or dash cams.
  • Recover deleted, formatted, missing, hidden, and even virus-infected photos.

Guide 2: Step by step guide to recover CR2, CRW, NEF, RAW Photos

First, you need to take the SD card out of your camera and connect the SD card to your computer. Then, you may follow the video guide or below steps to bring back your RAW photos:

Step 1. Connect the camera SD card to PC and start scanning

Take the SD card out of your camera and connect it to the computer via a card reader. Then launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, hover on the SD card, and click "Scan".

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Select the photos you want to recover

Wait until the scanning completes. Afterward, choose the photos you want to recover. To check the picture faster, click "Filter", choose "Pictures", and navigate to tree view on the left side.

Choose files to recover

Step 3. Recover photos

Double-click the item to preview its content. Click "Recover" and choose a location, not on the SD card, to save the photos.

Recover lost data

Note: Remember to save the recovered photos into a secure location to avoid further photo loss.

How to Protect and Prevent CR2, CRW, NEF, RAW Photos on Your Camera

Congratulations! After following the above guidelines, you've got all photos retrieved. And you may stop here.

Or, you can follow the tips here to create a better plan of protecting all your fancy photos on your cameras:

  1. 1. Back up photos from the camera to another device regularly.
  2. 2. Connect & unplug the camera SD card correctly.
  3. 3. Run antivirus to clear viruses, malware regularly.
  4. 4. Set the right format for your camera SD card.
  5. 5. Operate the camera properly.

Your Lost CR2, CRW, NEF, or RAW Photos Are Recoverable, Get Them Back Now

On this page, we explained what is RAW images, and what caused your photos lost in cameras.

Note that, your deleted or formatted photos in CR2, CRW, NEF, RAW, or other formats are recoverable.

As long as you stop using the camera and camera SD card, and turn to professional RAW photo recovery software like EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, you can rescue these photos on your own.

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