Recover photos from a memory card

This short tutorial will show you how to recover accidentally deleted photos from your camera's memory card using DiskDigger.

Whether you deleted one or more photos from your card, or accidentally reformatted the card, DiskDigger can help you recover most, if not all, photos that you lost.

Before you begin, make sure you remove the memory card from your camera and do not record any more photos onto it until the recovery process is complete. Any further changes you make to the memory card can decrease the chance of recovering the lost photos.

Remove the memory card from the camera, and insert it into your computer's memory card slot. If your computer doesn't have a slot for the memory card, you can plug the card into a USB card reader, and plug the card reader into a USB port on your computer.

Some cameras can be hooked up directly to your computer with a cable; however, that may not make the contents of the card visible to DiskDigger. This is why it's recommended to take the memory card out and plug it directly into your computer.

Once the memory card is plugged in, you can launch DiskDigger, and you should see the card in the list of drives available for scanning. Select the card and click "Next."

DiskDigger will let you choose between the "dig deep" and "dig deeper" modes. It depends on each individual situation which mode will produce better results. In the case of recovering photos, it's a good bet that dig deeper will produce the best possible results, so let's go with that.

The program will now let you select the types of files you want to recover. By default, all file types are selected, including photos, so we'll just click "Next."

DiskDigger will now start scanning the memory card. As it starts finding photos, you'll see them showing up in the list on the left. By clicking on one of the photos it found, you can see a preview of the file on the right. Also, you can switch the list to show thumbnails, so you can see previews of each photo as it's found. You can do all of this while the program continues to scan the card.

After a little while, the scan will be complete. At this point, you can select which photos you'd like to recover, and save them from the memory card to a different location.

You can select which files you'd like to recover in the same way you would select multiple files in Windows Explorer: you can click and drag a rectangle around the files you want to save; you can also hold down the Ctrl key and click on individual files to include them in the selection. If you just want to select all the files, you can right-click within the list, and choose "Select All."

When the files are selected, click the "Save Selected Files" button at the top. This will let you select the new location where the recovered files will be saved. In this example, I'll create a new folder on my desktop and call it "Recovered," and select that folder as the new destination.

Note: Do not save the recoverable files to the same drive as the one you're recovering from!

DiskDigger will proceed to save the files from the memory card to the new location:

When it finishes saving, you can close the program, navigate to the folder where you saved the photos, and see that they're back to being regular files again!