Deleted Images and How to Recover Them

There can be a few reasons why your images have been lost or just “disappeared”:

Case1. No images on your camera memory card

The first one is that you have not accidentally erased them from your memory card but your playback display states blandly “no images”. The second one is that you have accidentally (or deliberately) erased some or all of the images from your memory card.

In both instances, the images have not actually been erased or deleted – they are still there but your camera will simply not display them. However, the camera software may well overwrite these files if you continue to take pictures.

In view of this is necessary to take immediate action to  recover  the  files  before this happens.

If you did not deliberately erase the images yourself, the first thing to try is to switch off your camera. Remove the memory card from the camera and then replace it, switch the camera back on and check to see if the images have returned. This is a similar procedure to re – booting a computer when it throws a wobbly. It works sometimes but not always.

If the images do not reappear, proceed as if you have accidentally erased them as follows:

Go online and use a search engine and type in “free file recovery programs” to find a program like “Free Undelete”. Download it and connect your camera to the computer as you would for uploading images from your memory card. Alternatively, you can insert your memory card into the appropriate memory card slot in your computer if you have one.

I have tried this completely free program and it works well. However, there are several other non – free programs you can use if you prefer which may be more sophisticated with more features.

Start the program, select the drive where the memory card is located and click “Scan”. if a folder appears, open it. If the files have not been overwritten, the program should find them. Note; For Windows Vista users; you may have to right click the program shortcut and select “run as administrator” or it may not work.

Be patient. The program takes several minutes to completely scan the card and retrieve the files. It lists them with a rating of “poor” or “good”. Select the files you want to restore, click “undelete” and then save them to your computers hard drive in a suitable location.

If you try to save to the memory card you may get a warning that the image may suffer loss of quality. If you definitely want to put these files on to your memory card then save them first to your desktop. Copy these files (right click – copy) and paste them to your memory card (right click – paste). I have done this without any apparent loss of quality.

One thing I noticed with this free program is that if you click the “help” file on the main menu – nothing happens. To access this you will have to locate the “Free Undelete” folder from the Start – Programs folder.

Case2. Images lost from computer

Exactly the same procedure is used to  recover  lost or deleted  files  on any other drives you have on your computer. Just select the drive where the images were stored before they disappeared. But this time specify the type of  file  you want to  recover . In this case it is a jpeg, so enter “.jpg” as your search filter otherwise you will get every deleted file on your computer listed.

Note: As implied above, this program will retrieve many other types of files as well, including lost or deleted emails and documents. However, Free Undelete is a utility program so there is no preview available. If you want all the bells and whistles you may have to purchase a more sophisticated version like “ Recover   my   Files “. This has a preview window and many other features. It is available for a free trial but the save feature is blocked until you purchase it (about $70/£35). There are many other similar programs available of varying degrees of sophistication – so take a look and find one that suits you.

Happy deleted file recovery.

Source by Peter Martin Jones

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