Recover Deleted Files From Your Digital Camera’s Memory Card Or Your Computer’s Hard Drive

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Have you ever accidentally deleted some photos from your camera’s memory card — like a SmartMedia card, Flash drive, SD card, Sony memory stick, Multimedia card, Secure Digital card, Compact flash card?

I hadn’t until yesterday.


Jim was on the road. When he’s at the races, he sends me a fresh batch of photos to upload to his racing websites each day. But on this day, he accidentally deleted half of the pictures before he actually sent them to me.

And of course, they were the best ones — the photos that people were eagerly waiting to see online!

I did a little research and found a FREE program that saved the day…


How I Found The Best Program To Recover Deleted Files

Whenever I have a computer question, or want to see which programs the experts recommend for various tasks, I run to the website of Steve Bass from PC World.

I’ve been a follower of this computer guru for years.

Steve recommended trying a program called Inspector Smart Recovery.

It’s free, it’s easy to use, and it brings dozens of file types back to life, including all the standards (JPG, BMP, TIF, and GIF), plus AVI, MOV, and many types of RAW files. — Steve Bass, PC World

From the website:

  • Supported photo file types include:  .jpg, .tif, .bmp, .gif, Canon .crw , Fuji .raf , Olympus .orf (E-XX), Olympus .orf (C5050), Kodak .dcr, Minolta .mrw, Nikon .nef (D1H/D1X), Nikon .nef (E5000/E5700), and Sigma-Foveon .x3f.
  • Supported video files include:  .avi and QuickTime .mov.
  • You can recover audio files in these formats:  .wav and .dss

I immediately sent this information off to Jim, and he phoned me right away… it worked! Like magic.


Need To Recover Files From Your Computer’s Hard Drive?

In the event that you need to recover files from your computer’s hard drive (rather than a flash drive), then check out this program:

Undelete Plus

It’s also FREE and it’s also recommended by the folks at PC World:

Run it, and it scans your system for files that have been deleted, even those removed from the Recycle Bin, or deleted on a network drive or via a DOS window. It lists all the files, and tells you whether it can likely be restored. (In some instances, the delete file has already been overwritten; in that case, you can kiss it sayonara.) Then tell the program to restore your files, and they come back from the dead.

Need to recover a deleted file from your computer after you’ve emptied the Recycle Bin?

Here’s how:


How To Recover Just About Everything Else

You can recover (almost) anything here.



I'm a Photographer who's been documenting every moment of my life in pictures... for decades! I currently have 171,285 photos saved in 6,034 albums online (backed up in 3 different locations). Pet Photography and Travel Photography are my favorites -- I'm always taking pictures of our dogs at home and of us on our multi-day motorcycle trips. When I'm not snapping photos, you can find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun & helpful websites).

17 thoughts on “Recover Deleted Files From Your Digital Camera’s Memory Card Or Your Computer’s Hard Drive

  1. Oh this is amazing article to back up delete files from camera’s. Several times I found this error to me but through this article I recover my delete photo’s from my camera. Thanks for given information…….

  2. I will have to
    try this one. I am looking for the best solution on how to recover my deleted
    files until then I am able to open this site and found the solution. Now I
    won’t be afraid if my files have been deleted because I am dependent on the
    recovery software. 

    1. Bobz – You’re welcome! So glad you found it helpful. A number of my friends and relatives have had good luck recovering their photos using these tips too 😀

  3. Very nice….thanks for sharing the post…I have also recovered my b’day photographs from memory card. Actually I have lost all photos accidently pressing “Delete All” button from my Nikon digital camera. To recover photos, I have install photo recovery software that was recommended by my friend. It worked very well. I was able to recover all my photos with the same quality within few minutes.

  4. Vibosoft Card data recovery worked great! I had previously used another program recommended from somewhere eles and could not ge tthem to send me the license key (Sanmaxi) to be able to retreive my Pics. This one was easy and worked! THANK YOU! Also, FYI… I tried Recuva, Pandora and PhotoRec and they could not retreive my pictures. I hate it cost me but it was worth it!!! YAY!

  5. Why not review Data Recovery Master tool? It is really powerful and easy to use.

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  7. Another tutorial showing how to recover picture files from flash card on Mac:

  8. You may try some data recovery tool, here’s a good one:

    the file recovery program is easy to use and works well for me.

  9. The software which I have used is Stellar Phoenix Photo recovery software. Its great because it recovered photos and videos even from a formatted memory.
    The new version of this software is going to release very soon….

  10. Assuming that you’ve ever unintentionally erased photographs from your memory card – or even had them deliberately erased by another person, it could be not difficult to recover the lost picture, furnished you quit taking any extra photograph. Read more

  11. Deleted images from flash card and now want to recover them? Then make use of Remo Recover tool, as it will quickly restores deleted images from flash card.

  12. I’ve tried Stellar Phoenix Software for photo recovery with good results. It can easily detected damaged memory card of 16 GB size and lets me recover just about any type of digital media file types.

    Speedy performance and accurate recovery makes me stick with this.

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