How to Search for Deleted Pictures on My Computer

Pictures deleted from a computer are not permanently deleted right away. In fact, it may be up to a year before the pictures are gone forever. If you want to obtain a recently deleted picture, you have the ability to for free. Multiple file recovery programs are free and are downloadable from the Internet. It takes about 30 minutes for these programs to scan your computer for recently deleted pictures, but once they are found, they may be moved to the hard drive almost immediately.


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      Download a file recovery program such as Recuva (, Tokiwa DataRecovery ( and Easeus ( All three of these programs are free to download.

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      Install the file recovery program to your computer's hard drive. Double-click the downloaded file and follow the onscreen instructions.

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      Open the file recovery program and scan the computer's hard drive. The common letter associated with the hard drive is "C." Click "Scan."

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      Check the small box alongside the deleted pictures that appear that you want back. Click "Restore" to bring these pictures back.

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