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How to Recover Photos for Free

by Robert Fergeson
  • Overview

    Recovering lost images from your digital camera is easy thanks to recovery software. Hitting the wrong button on your camera and deleting your shots is common, but there is no need to panic. The pictures are still on the memory card. Deleting only removes the links to the files, so recovery is still possible if you haven't filled the card with new images.
 
  • Step 1

    Download Data Recovery 2.3.1 software and save the file to your desktop.
  • Step 2

    Connect your camera to your computer. Open "Windows Explore" and click on "My Computer." Search your drives to see if the camera's memory card is listed as a separate drive. If not, remove the card from the camera and connect it to the computer via a memory card slot on the computer or a memory card reader.
  • Step 3

    Unzip and extract the Data Recovery file. Open the program. Select the drive that contains the camera or memory card in the box at the upper left of the main program window.
  • Step 4

    Double-click the "Scan Files" button. The files from the card's last session will appear, and you will be asked whether you wish to keep scanning empty clusters. Click cancel.
  • Step 5

    Highlight which images you want to recover from the list in the main box, and double click "Recovery." When asked to select a destination folder, highlight where you want your images to go, and click OK. The software will recover the files to that folder.
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  • If the connection to your camera is slow, try removing the memory card and connecting it to the computer with a card reader. If your image files are large, the recovery rate will be slow and may take several minutes or more. Check the destination folder periodically to see if new images are appearing. When asked whether you want to keep scanning empty clusters, you have the option to recover any remaining data from previous sessions that remain on the card. This is not advised unless necessary, as the software will attempt to recover all data from the card. This is time consuming and could recover old images you have saved.
  • If the connection to your camera is slow, try removing the memory card and connecting it to the computer with a card reader.
  • If your image files are large, the recovery rate will be slow and may take several minutes or more. Check the destination folder periodically to see if new images are appearing.
  • When asked whether you want to keep scanning empty clusters, you have the option to recover any remaining data from previous sessions that remain on the card. This is not advised unless necessary, as the software will attempt to recover all data from the card. This is time consuming and could recover old images you have saved.
  • Many of the sites that advertise free image-recovery software allow you to only preview your lost images. If you want to fully recover the images, you must buy the program.
  • Many of the sites that advertise free image-recovery software allow you to only preview your lost images. If you want to fully recover the images, you must buy the program.

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