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How to Recover Deleted Photos from Computer? | Windows & Mac

Be it accidentally deleted photos, lost photos due to corruption or interruptions while data transfer, or any reason; Remo Photo Recovery can recover photos from a computer in any data loss situation. Recover JPG, JPEG, PNG, PSD, GIF, TIFF, or RAW images using this highly effective photo recovery software for PC or Mac!

"The photos on my computer were extremely disorganized. So, I decided to move them around a little bit to organize them. During this process, I have accidentally deleted an entire folder with photos worth 1GB. Are my photos still on the system? If so, how do I recover deleted photos from the computer? Please help!"

Another user lost photos because of corruption.

"My hard drive seems to be corrupt due to a virus infection. I am not able to find some of the photos that were stored in the drive. Also can’t find them in Recycle Bin. Are they permanently deleted or can I restore them anyhow? How can I recover the deleted photos from my system?"

Usually, we tend to keep our important data that might consist of photos on our laptops' or computers’ hard drives. Accidental deletion of photos is one of the most common problems many users struggle with on a regular basis. Moreover, some users have the habit of emptying their PC recycle bin or Trash to free up storage space.

Again if you have used  "Shift + Delete" to remove the photos, they are considered permanently deleted. In such complex scenarios, users find no way to recover the deleted photos from the desktop. Fortunately, there is no need to panic if you are stuck in this situation. Here, in this post, you will get to know about effective ways to recover deleted photos from computers.

One of the easiest and most convenient solutions is to use a professional photo recovery tool to retrieve deleted photos from a hard drive, laptop, or PC.  In case, you are looking for recovering deleted photos from an external storage device like an SD card then you can refer to this info.

Through this blog post, you will gain an understanding of both the built-in tools like File History, Time Machine, etc to recover deleted photos from a computer as well as using a specialized and reliable data recovery tool; Remo Recover.

Can I Recover Deleted Photos from My Computer?

Yes, it is possible to recover deleted photos from a computer. Even if you have shift deleted your files or photos from the computer hard drive, fortunately, there is a way to get back deleted pictures from the PC. This is possible because even though the deleted files are not visible to you but digital footprints of the images are still present on the PC hard drive. Your computer has just marked the deleted photos space as reusable and they are ready to be overwritten.

So it is important to note that you must stop using the drive, partition, or device as soon as you realize that you have deleted any photo. Otherwise, the deleted pictures' space will be overwritten thereby reducing the chances of photo recovery. 

If you’re a Mac user and want to recover deleted photos, go directly to the section recover deleted photos on Mac.

How to recover deleted photos from Windows computer?

Follow the below-mentioned solutions to recover all the deleted or lost pictures from a Windows PC.

Solution 1: Recover Deleted Photos from the Computer’s Recycle Bin

In most cases, photos deleted from the computer are moved to the Recycle Bin. So, the first place to check for deleted photos is the Recycle Bin.

  • Go to the ‘Recycle Bin’ folder and see if you find your photos there

  • If you find them, right-click on them and click ‘Restore’

  • Now the photos will be recovered to the original location

If you don’t find the folder in the Recycle Bin, it could mean that the folder you deleted was too large and may have bypassed the Recycle Bin (sometimes without any notification). In that case, Remo Photo Recovery software can recover deleted photos from a laptop or desktop.

Solution 2: Recover Deleted Photos From PC Using the File History Feature

Note: This works only if you have a File History backup feature enabled on your Windows computer before the photos got deleted.

  1. Go to the folder from where your photos were deleted
  2. On the ‘Home’ tab, click ‘History’ to open the File History window
  3. Go through the various libraries and folders in File History to find the photos you want to recover
  4. Find the desired version of the file by using the left and right arrows
  5. Finally, click ‘Restore’ to restore your photos

Solution 3: Recover Deleted Photos from Computer using Remo Photo Recovery tool

Remo Photo Recovery offers a perfect way to recover deleted photos from a computer. You can also use it to successfully recover deleted pictures on any device from various data loss scenarios.

To recover deleted photos from a computer or laptop hard drive download Remo Recover on your computer and install the software. From the main screen, select the drive or location from which you’d like to recover photos, and click Scan. Now, all the photos in the drive will be listed during the scanning process under Dynamic Recovery View. Find the files you want to recover using filters and Preview them. Select the photos you need and save them in the desired location. Using this tool, you can even restore photos lost after formatting the hard drive or laptop.

Where else can I use Remo Photo Recovery software?

Apart from recovering deleted photos on your computer, you can use this tool under various data loss scenarios. Some of them are as follows;

  • When photos are accidentally deleted or when deleted using "Shift + Delete". 
  • If you are unable to find the photos in Recycle Bin you can make use of this digital media recovery software
  • This photo recovery software can also recover the photos that are lost during 'cut and paste' or deleted using the command prompt
  • To recover lost photos on PC during failed data transfer to storage devices
  • Restore the photos that are deleted or removed due to severe virus or malware attack
  • You can even use Remo Photo Recovery software to retrieve photos from a formatted computer

Create a Backup Plan and Abide by it to Avoid Loss of Photos

Accidentally deleting photos, losing photos due to virus/malware, or other reasons cannot be avoided and happens to the best of us. By having a backup in place at all times, your photos will be safe even when you lose one of those backup copies. But due to unfortunate accidents, when you lose the original copy of photos, Remo Recover can easily recover deleted photos from the computer.

From external hard drives to cloud storage, tons of backup options are available for you. You can either purchase an external hard drive and save all your photos to it on a regular basis. Or you can choose cloud storage options like Google Drive, iCloud, Dropbox, etc.

Frequently Asked Questions?

1. How to Recover Deleted Photos from Mac Trash?

To Retrieve Deleted Photos from Macintosh Computer Trash
a) Open the Trash folder on your Mac system.
b) Find the deleted photos in the Trash which you want to recover.
c) Right-click on the photos which you have selected and click on Put Back to restore them to the original location. 
recover deleted photos from Mac Trash

2. How to Recover deleted Photos on Mac for free? 

If you’ve been using Time Machine as your backup strategy in Mac, there’s no need for you to worry at all. Time Machine will have a backup of all photos that were accidentally deleted and you can easily get back all your deleted photos. Following are the steps to recover deleted pictures on Mac for free.
a) Connect the Time Machine backup drive to your Mac computer
b) Go to the ‘Applications’ folder and launch ‘Time Machine’
c) Find the ‘Photos’ folder in Time Machine (You can also click ‘Package Contents’ to recover specific photos or the entire Photos library will be recovered)
d) Go back in time to see when your photos were present in the ‘Photos’ folder before getting deleted
e) Control-click on ‘Photos Library’ and select ‘Restore Photos Library’
f) Click ‘Restore’ to restore the entire Photos library

3. How do I recover deleted photos from the laptop’s Recycle Bin?

To recover deleted photos from the laptop:

a) Open to Recycle Bin 
b) Find the photos that you want to recover from the Recycle Bin
c) Select the photos and Right-click on them
d) Click on the Restore option. Now, all your deleted photos from your laptop will be saved where they previously existed.

4. How to recover permanently deleted photos from a computer?

Step 1: Download and install Remo Recover software on your computer.
Step 2: Launch the tool and select the Recover Photos option from the main screen.
Step 3: Now, click on the Scan button. Once the scanning is completed, all your permanently deleted or lost photos will be displayed in Data View and File Type View.
Step 4: Select the photos which you want to restore and save them to any location of your choice.

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Tony Landry

Tony Landry is a Web Content Editor at Remo Software. He loves to write, edit, and manage content for users trying to troubleshoot and fix problems on Windows, Outlook, storage drives and Cloud storage networks.

He has published more than 200 articles in Remo Software blog. He actively engages in research and problem-solving techniques to consistently generate great web content. Fixing various hardware problems on computer and storage devices along with a great knack for fixing Outlook errors, Tony is also the fun-time IT guy for all his work friends. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and enjoys cycling.

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