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CCTV DVR Data Recovery: How to Get Data From DVR Hard Disk

The CCTV DVR data recovery guide is for you to get data from DVR hard disk with success. You can easily recover deleted surveillance videos/footages via professional DVR data recovery software and the previous DVR hard drive backup.

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If you lost crucial videos or recordings from a CCTV DVR hard drive by deletion or disk formatting, don't worry. In this article, you'll get all-around ways of DVR data recovery to get data from DVR hard disk with satisfactory results:

If you don't have backups or extra copies of the lost .cctv or .dvr videos, it seems that the DVR hard disk recovery software is the only way to restore deleted/formatted DVR videos, footage, or recordings. Besides, It's more straightforward and competent if you take a close look at how it performs throughout the recovery process.

Can You Recover Deleted Recordings from a DVR?

Have you had an issue where the recorded videos and images were accidentally deleted or erased from a CCTV/DVR camera hard drive? Or formatted the DVR hard drive without saving a copy in advance? If this happens to you, can you recover deleted footage from the DVR digital devices as you wish?

Some of you are using Dish DVR or Hikvision DVR security devices, and you should know that there is a recycle bin likewise feature that will keep your removed footage temporarily. However, it does not include the manners of permanent deletion or hard disk formatting. You can easily recover deleted digital data from any of the DVR storage via professional DVR hard disk recovery software or the previously created backup.

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Method 1. Use DVR Hard Disk Recovery Software

If you don't have a backup or an extra copy of the lost CCTV/DVR videos or images, or perhaps you prefer a robust recovery from a powerful function, you still have a second chance, which is to perform a CCTV/DVR file recovery with powerful hard drive recovery software.

As we all know, all recordings, videos, and image files that CCTV or DVR cameras capture would be saved to the hard drive or SD card automatically. Therefore, when you formatted, deleted, erased, or lost important video recordings on a CCTV DVR hard drive or SD card, you can still get them back by downloading the powerful EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, which allows you to effectively recover deleted, formatted, lost or erased files in Windows 10/8/7 hard drive, SD card or USB storage devices within 3 simple steps.

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How to recover deleted videos/footage with professional DVR hard drive recovery software:

Step 1. Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and select the location or device where you lost/deleted videos. Click "Scan" to find the missing videos.

select a location and click scan

Step 2. After the scan, choose "Videos" in the left panel. Go to "Lost" or "All" to find the wanted videos. Select the found videos and click "Preview".

scan for deleted videos and click Preview

Step 3. Select the video files that you want to restore. Click "Recover" to save them to another secure location on your PC or external storage device.

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Method 2. Restore using data recovery services

EaseUS also has data recovery services to help users restore data from RAID disks, RAW drives, BitLocker encrypted disks, or corrupted systems.

Consult with EaseUS data recovery experts for one-on-one manual recovery service. We could offer the following services after a FREE diagnosis

  • Repair corrupted RAID structure, unbootable Windows OS, and corrupted virtual disk file
  • Recover/repair lost partition and re-partitioned drive
  • Unformat the hard drive and repair the RAW drive(Bitlocker encrypted drive)
  • Fix disks that become GPT-protected partitions

Method 3. Restore from DVR hard drive backup

You have backed up the surveillance videos to another connected removable disk drive or some cloud storage, you can easily transfer the backup file back to the original hard drive, or directly view the lost footages on the backup drive.

Step 1. Find and open the video backup folder.

Step 2. Locate the video you deleted or lost from the CCTV or DVR hard drive/SD card.

Step 3. Copy and store the found video back to the disk/SD card.

According to the two effective ways of DVR data recovery on a computer-based hard disk drive or SD card, you can choose one that suits your own case. 

Can Overwritten CCTV Footage Be Recovered?

Yes, to some degree you can recover part of overwritten files after deletion or formatting. It's kind of a big challenge for any praised data recovery software to recover lost files, of which the marked 'empty' space has been occupied by random data.

Even so, we discussed how to recover overwritten CCTV files in the previous article, which elaborates on the concept of overwritten files, and the possibility of overwritten file recovery.

By learning all the aspects that assist a full recovery of CCTV DVR videos, images, footages, or other data, we know that powerful data recovery software is dependable to revive us from pains in most data loss scenarios. However, if you take a real-time backup, you can survive from 100% data loss events without losing the evidence of a burglary, theft, or other crimes, to largely guarantee home and office security.

EaseUS Todo Backup Free is an automatic hard drive backup and recovery program for you to download and use for free. With it installed on your CCTV computer, you can schedule a backup plan when the system turns on or turns off.

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Updated by Cedric

Cedric Grantham is a senior editor and data recovery specialist of EaseUS. He mainly writes articles and how-to tips about data recovery on PC and Mac. He has handled 10,000+ data recovery cases and is good at data recovery of NTFS, FAT (FAT32 and ExFAT) file systems, and RAID structure reorganization.

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Written by Tracy King

Tracy became a member of the EaseUS content team in 2013. Being a technical writer for over 10 years, she is enthusiastic about sharing tips to assist readers in resolving complex issues in disk management, file transfer, PC & Mac performance optimization, etc., like an expert.

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