How to Recover Formatted Photos

It's a common problem that you mistakenly format your camera memory card. And most cameras provide you an option of "format" to delete all your photos. Now you must be anxious to search on the internet: how can I recover formatted photos?

In a matter of fact, most digital cameras these days DO NOT delete pictures permanently from your memory card (SD card) when you delete photos using the Format button. So you don't need to be too worried whether you're using a Nikon, Sony or Canon, and you have a good chance to recover formatted photos.

But there's one thing you should pay attention to. This is what happened to my friend Rachel. She went to Paris this summer and took a lot of wonderful pictures. Since she's using a new camera and not so familiar with its operation, she accidentally formatted its SD card. All the photos are done. She's searching for ways to recover formatted photos but meanwhile she's still using this camera and the same memory card. Then I told her this is very wrong because new photos will overwrite the space where the old ones are located. Then it appears that she can just recover parts of the photos in Paris, and some of which are incomplete.

Although Rachel's recovery experience is not quite successful, we can still learn the steps. So now I will give you a step-by-step guide about how to recover formatted photos.

How to Recover Formatted Photos

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Free download and install Recoverit on your computer. Make sure the memory card where your formatted photos are stored is connected to the computer and detected.

  1. Launch Recoverit, and select the data recovery mode. Here you can select the "External Devices Recovery" option to start.
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  3. Select the location where you photos are formatted, and click "Start" button to process.
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  5. A quick scan will start to search your formatted photos. If you can't find them after the scan, please opt for "All-around Recovery" to search more files. It will take more time.
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  7. After the scan finishes, you can preview the scanned photos and click "Recover" button to save the photos you want.
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