(3 Ways) How to Recover Deleted Photos from Computer/External Hard Drive

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. Get it to do hard drive photo recovery right now!

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To recover deleted pictures, follow the 3-step quick guide:

Step 1. Download, install, and launch EaseUS photo recovery software.

Step 2. Select the disk partition that contained the deleted images.

Step 3. Scan, preview, and recover deleted photos.

What's the Best Photo Recovery Software?

Depending on how you lost the photos, 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.

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 storage devices
  • Recover files after emptying recycle bin, OS crash/reinstallation, virus attack and other data loss situations
  • Recover files from FAT/exFAT/NTFS/ext2/ext3/HFS+/ReFS partitions

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How to Recover Photos from Hard Drive with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard

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 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.

Step 1. Choose the location and start scanning

Select the device location 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" > Check tree view on the left side (The results will list Pictures only. ) or type file extension on the search box. 

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

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 for 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).

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How to Get My Pictures Back from Recycle Bin

If you do not permanently delete photos from the computer hard drive, they still exist in the recycle bin. You can search the items and click restore.

Step 1. Open Recycle bin. 

open recycle bin

Step 2. Input photo name on the search box, right-click the picture, and choose Restore. Or you can choose a photo first and click Restore the selected items on the toolbar.

restore photo recycle bin

How to Recover Photos from Hard Disk via Backup & Restore Utility

If you have backed up your photos on a computer before, you can recover it through Backup & Restore Utility. If you have no backup plan, it's the right choice to try this function for finding deleted photos.

How to Back Up Files

Step 1. Head to Settings > Update & Security > Backup

Step 2. Choose Plus to add a drive.

Step 3. Choose the target drive, then File History will start back up.

How to Restore Deleted Photos

Step 1. Search restore files on the search box. Click to open it.

Step 2. Choose the selected items and click the green button for restore.

restore via file history

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Updated by Cedric

Cedric Grantham is one of the senior editors of EaseUS who lives and works in Chengdu, China. He mainly writes articles about data recovery tutorials on PC and Mac and how-to tips for partition management. He always keeps an eye on new releases and likes various electronic products.

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Written by Tracy King

Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 7 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions about Windows & Mac data recovery, file/system backup and recovery, partition management and iOS/Android data recovery.

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