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How to Recover Deleted Photos from Computer/External Hard Drive

Updated on May 05, 2019 by Tracy King to Storage Media Recovery


You may lose the photos on your hard drive due to deleting, formatting, or other reasons. To perform photo recovery on a hard drive, you only need the powerful photo recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. With this tool, you can recover deleted/formatted pictures from your computer hard drive or external hard drive with simple clicks.

Depending on how you get your photos lost, you will have different ways to recover photos from a hard drive. If you deleted your pictures using the "Delete" key or by right-clicking the photos and choosing "Delete", you can easily retrieve your pictures from your computer hard drive or external hard drive by going to the recycle bin on your PC. However, if you have permanently deleted the photos from your hard drive using "Shift + Delete" or by formatting, the lost photos will bypass the recycle bin and be lost forever. If that's the case, the best way to perform photo recovery is to use the professional hard drive recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.

Key Features of EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard:

  • Recover deleted/formatted photos, videos, music, emails, Microsoft Office files and more
  • Retrieve lost files from internal/external hard drive, memory card, USB, digital camera, and other conventional storage devices
  • Recover files after emptying recycle bin, OS crash/reinstallation, virus attack and other tough data loss situations
  • Recover files from FAT/exFAT/NTFS/ext2/ext3/HFS+/ReFS partitions

As long as the deleted photos are not overwritten, you can retrieve them with the software for 100% sure. Read on to see how to recover photos from your computer hard drive or external hard drive with ease.

How to Recover Photos from Hard Drive in 3 Steps

With EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, you can filter the scanning results by category, which will help you recover your photos quickly.


- Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.
- Choose the Drive X: where you wish to perform the photo recovery.
- Click the Scan button.

select the hard drive and click scan


- Scan data all over the hard drive.
- Check "Deleted files" result especially if the photos were deleted.

scan all photos on the hard drive


- Click "Filter" and choose "Graphics" to display only image files.
- Choose the targeted photos and click the Recover button.

select pictures and recover

Tip: Search more under "Extra Files" if you didn't find the photos by following the above steps.

As one of the best data recovery software for Windows, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard can help you search, preview and recover lost photos in all complex data loss situations like format recovery, lost partition recovery, and RAW partition recovery. The software is compatible with all Windows systems including Windows 10/8/7/XP etc, supporting to search and retrieve lost photos due to formatting, deletion or partition loss from many kinds of storage media such as internal hard drive, external(removable) hard drive, USB flash drive, digital camera, memory stick, SD card, etc. Don't hesitate to download this software and follow the steps to retrieve photos from the hard drive.

Using data recovery software to recover pictures from a hard drive is the most effective way but is not the only way to get things done. As you may know, you can also use the command prompt for data recovery. Except for using CMD, you can also try to retrieve pictures from a hard drive by going to the data recovery service center and asking help from manual data recovery services, which is much more expensive than using other alternative ways (Learn more details from the article about hard drive recovery cost).