How to Use Software to Recover Deleted Photos Easily and Safely

Using a good quality photo recovery software package
is the quickest and easiest way to recover deleted photos from
memory cards, mobile phones, cameras and disk drives.

We recommend Recover My Photos as a very easy to use software package
that provides consistently good results in recovering deleted photos and movie
files from all sorts of devices.


After the brief review of Recover My Photos below, you’ll find
our Guide to Recovering Deleted Photos
where we’ll show you how to use it to recover your photos
in Step-by-Step detail – quickly and easily.


Recover My Photos – Photo Recovery Software


Recover My Photos - Photo Recovery Software - Box Shot

Recover My Photos works on Windows PC operating systems and allows you to recover deleted photos, movie files and sound files directly from PCs, cameras, memory cards, USB memory sticks etc.

It recovers a huge variety of popular filetypes, including: JPEG, PNG, TIFF, BMP, CRW, NEF, RAW and many more photo filetypes

It also recover movie and sound files like: AVI, MPEG, MOV, WAV and more

It will recover deleted pictures and photos that have been lost due to accidental deletion as well as reformated memory cards in many instances (depending on the camera model).

We recommend you download and use the free trial version to scan the device containing your deleted pictures or movies. As it searches for image data, it displays the deleted photo files it finds, and so which can be recovered, in a small preview screen.

If you can see your photos in the preview screen, they can be recovered there and then by clicking the buy button to upgrade the software to the full version.

You can then select one, or several, or all, deleted photos for recovery – quickly, easily and safely!


Using Recover My Photos Software
to Recover Deleted Photos Easily


The simple, easy to follow, Step-by-Step procedure for
recovering deleted photos is:


Step 1
The first step is to install the free demo version of the software.

Click here to download and install Recover My Photos onto your PC.
(Download links shown here will open in a new window)

Download Recover My Photos Screen

A dialogue box like the one shown will open. Click “Save File” to download the file to your desktop or preferred location.



Step 2
Connect your digital camera, or phone to the PC – or place your memory card (CompactFlash card, SD card etc) into a card reader connected to the PC.

(This step does not apply if the deleted photos are on a PC).


Step 3
Then run Recover My Files!

After the opening screen, you will be presented with a choice of what scan type you wish to run. There are three different scan options provide for progressively greater degrees of analysis.

Scan Selection Screen for Recover My Photos

Fast Search: Searches for recently deleted photos and folders. This is the fastest scan.

Complete Search: Searches for recently deleted photos, folders and ‘lost’ files. It takes longer than a fast scan but may potentially find many more files.

Deep Scan: Searches for photo files on a device that has been reformatted. This can take a long time to complete.

As it’s the quickest option, try the Fast Scan first.

If you have only just deleted the photos and nothing else has been saved to the device, this may provide the fastest route to recovering your deleted pictures.

If this search option doesn’t find the deleted pictures you want to recover, you can subsequently try the Complete Search option followed by the Deep Scan option if neccessary.


Click the ‘Next’ button to proceed to the Drive Selection screen as shown here, then select the PC drives or attached camera, memory card,USB stick, etc, as appropriate.

Recover My Photos Drive Selection Screen

This image shows the drives selected for a cell phone which has been connected to the PC using a USB cable.

The internal memory and the memory card of the phone are shown as separate drives.

In cases where a device such as cell phone or camera has both a memory card and dedicated internal memory, select both drives to scan.

If you cannot see the drive concerned, check that the device is properly connected to the computer.

If so, and you still can’t see the drive, you may need to select the Physical Drive for the device. This will be the physical drive shown that most closely corresponds in size to that of the device from which you are looking to recover deleted photos. If no physical drives are shown in the list, go back one stage to the Scan Selection screen and select ‘Manual Options’. On the ‘Advanced’ Tab, check the box to allow searching of physical drives.


Recover My Photos Filetype Selection

Click the ‘Next’ button to proceed to the Filetype Selection screen as shown here.

If you know the specific filetype of your deleted photos, you can use this screen to restrict the program to search just for that filetype.

This will improve the speed of the search and return only those results that are appropriate more quickly.

At least one filetype must be selected. If desired, you may add or remove filetypes during the scan by selecting the ‘Options’ tab. The new criteria will only be applied to the remainder of the search.


Now Start The Scan.

As Recover my Files starts to find photo images on the device, it builds a list of the deleted photos and file details. The left hand pane shows the filetypes found and/or the folders they belong to. The right hand pane shows the filename, size, where the file is located etc.


You should now also be able to view your deleted pictures in the photo recovery preview window as shown in the example below!

Recover the Deleted Photos Shown in Preview ScreenPreview Window showing Photos that can be Recovered


If you can see the deleted photos you want to recover, they can be selected using the checkbox alongside each filename. As well as selecting individual photos you can select a group of photos, all photos in a folder, all photos of a certain filetype etc etc.


Step 4
To complete the recovery process you will need to buy Recover My Photos (the full version) and then save the photos to a new device. So if they were on your camera card you should save them to a PC; or if they were on the PC, then you can save them to a memory stick or other USB drive etc…


The free trial version of the software will scan and show you
exactly what deleted pictures can be recovered.

You can actually see the photos it finds
displayed on the preview screen.

If you can see a preview image displayed you can be confident
that it will recover deleted photos that you want before buying.

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Remember – the longer you continue to use the device your deleted pictures
are on, the more likely it is that they will get overwritten!!

So start the above procedure as soon as possible for your
best chance of successful photo recovery



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