How to Recover Deleted Photos from Computer/External Hard Drive

Tracy King updated on Jul 20, 2020 to Resource | How-to Articles


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!

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 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

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

How to Recover Photos from Hard Drive in 3 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.

Step 1. Choose the location and start scanning.

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, hover on the hard drive partition 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".

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 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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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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