How to Find Deleted Photos

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Photos capture a moment in time in a special way. The convenience and accessibility of digital photographs makes it easy to store treasured family memories and unforgettable moments. When sorting through these photos, you may delete one you want to keep by mistake. You may be able to recover the lost photos, even if you've already emptied your Recycle Bin.

Things You'll Need

  • Recuva (free Windows file recovery software)
  • Download the Recuva program to your computer (see Resources section).

  • Double-click the program to begin the installation. Agree to the program's terms and conditions, and select a destination location. Click "Next." Click "Install." When the installation is complete, leave the check box next to "Run Recuva" and click "Finish." The program will launch.

  • Click "Next" to begin the Recuva wizard.

  • Select the type of file you wish to recover. You can select pictures, music, documents, video and email. To attempt to recover all files, select "Other." Click "Next."

  • Select the location of the file. You can select "On my media card or iPod," "In My Documents," "In the Recycle Bin," or "In a specific location." If you don't know the location, select "I'm not sure." Click "Next."

  • Click "Start" to allow Recuva to attempt to retrieve your deleted files.

  • Click "Switch to advanced mode." Select the items you wish to recover, and click "Recover." Recuva will attempt to recover your deleted files.

Tips & Warnings

  • Next to each file name in Recuva is a colored dot. Green represents a file with an excellent chance of recovery. Orange indicates a poor chance of recovery. Red indicates very little chance of recovery.
  • Don't continue to use the drive without first attempting to recover your deleted files. If the files are written over by your current activity, you will not be able to recover those files.

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