I shot a number of photos & videos on my recent trip to Utah. After I got back from vacation, I connected the memory card to my computer to transfer photos. But to my horror, none of the photos are visible. Does this mean my photos & videos are permanently lost?

Don't worry! Your photos are not permanently lost. It is possible that there may be issues with your card and hence data on it may have become inaccessible. You can recover all your photos and videos using SFWare's free tool. It allows you to recover all formats of photos & videos within a few minutes.

In this write-up, you will learn how to deal with situations which involve loss of photos, how the software can be used and steps to recover lost or deleted photos.

Follow these troubleshooting steps if you have lost photos.

Case 1: If memory card is not readable on your PC using a card reader

If memory card is not readable on your PC using a card reader, don't assume your photos are gone forever. Since this issue can happen due to a number of reasons, it is better to find the root cause of the problem.

To do so, insert the card into the camera and see if it works. If you're able to see the photos, immediately download and save the images to your computer using a USB transfer cable.

However, if your camera can't read files on the card either, it is likely a problem with the card itself. In this case, you will need to use powerful recovery programs from SFWare, explained in next section of the article.

Losing photos can be a very troublesome experience! But with SFWare's free photo recovery software, you get to recover lost or deleted photos easily! Yes, recover up to 500 MB of photos (JPEG, JPG, PNG, PSD, RAW or any format) for free! Download Now!

Case 2: In case of photos deleted from the computer

When photos are deleted from computers, they are normally sent to the recycle bin, from where it can be easily recovered. To recover photos from recycle bin,

1. Go to the recycle bin

2. Right click on the file/folder you want to restore and click Restore

restore deleted photos

3. Your files/folders will be restored to the same original location from where it was deleted

Case 3: In case of photos deleted from the camera

If photos are deleted from cameras or if they are deleted permanently from your computers, things get a little more complicated. Because when files are deleted from cameras, they don't go to the recycle bin, instead they are removed permanently.

And in order to recover these files, you can use SFWare's free photo recovery software.

About SFWare, a Free Photo Recovery Software

Free software to recover photos & videos of all formats

SFWare recovers photos and videos of up to 500 MB for free. Recover all types of photos including JPEG, JPG, TIFF, BMP, PNG, PSD etc. Video formats include MP4, MOV, AVI, MPG, MPEG, M4V, 3GP, 3G2 etc. Along with these standard formats, SFWare also supports recovery of RAW images like CR2, CRW, NEF etc.

Recover photos in various scenarios

Supports recovery from all kinds of storage devices

The software can recover photos from all memory cards like SD and micro SD cards, XD, CF, SDHC, and memory stick. In addition, it also supports photo recovery from both internal & external hard drives, USB flash drives and iPods.

Provides Quick Scan and Deep Scan techniques

Provides a 'Quick Scan' to quickly scan your drive and recover deleted and lost files. However, for a more detailed scan, you can use the 'Deep Scan' option. This can be used when Quick Scan cannot recover your files.

Supported file systems and OS's

SFWare is designed to work with all file systems like FAT16, FAT32, ExFAT, NTFS, HFS and HFSX. Both Windows and Mac versions are available with support for all the latest versions.

Steps to Recover Photos for Free