How to recover photos from external hard drive?

Photos are the best way to capture a memorable moment. Everyone likes to take pictures & store them forever, so that they can relive the moment any time by accessing those photographs. External hard drives are generally used to store pictures & other important files & folders. But what happens when something goes wrong with your external hard drive & you are not able to view or access any of the images?

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Causes of image loss from an external hard drive –

It is commonly believed that external hard drives are more secure & can keep your data safe. But every coin has two sides. External hard drives might also face serious data loss conditions. Some of them are mentioned below –

  • Wrong Deletion – When your external hard drive becomes full, you delete some of the unwanted files from it. While doing this, you might delete your most cherished picture or in the worst situation, an entire folder containing a memorable trip’s photos. That is a very depressing moment & to overcome that situation you need an external hard drive data recovery tool.
  • Accidental formatting – After connecting your external HDD to your system, sometimes you encounter an error saying that “Your hard drive is not formatted, do you want to format it now?”. Without knowing the correct reason you just follow the error & format your external hard drive. This leads you in the situation where you are at a complete data loss. Click here to recover a formatted external hard drive with the help of a recovery software.
  • Interruption during file system conversion – If an error occurs while you were reformatting the external hard drive i.e. changing the file system from one type to another, there are chances of data loss from that external hard drive.
  • External hard drive partitioning interrupted– If the partitioning of the external hard drive is interrupted due to a power surge, a virus infection or any other reason, the drive gets corrupted, which in turn, makes all the images & other files stored on the external drive corrupted & they might even get deleted. To recover data from corrupted external drive you will need a third-party professional recovery tool.
  • Improper removal of the external hard drive – Those external hard drives that are not removed safely using the “Safely Remove Hardware” option, become more prone to data loss. So, always remove the external hard drives properly.

In all the above mentioned situations, it is believed that the images are lost forever. But this is not the reality. The operating system just marks the space as available, but the content of that file is preserved until it is overwritten by some other file.

Using this tool, you can recover files from Western Digital external hard drive of the formats such as JPEG, JPG, TIFF, TIF, PNG, BMP, GIF, PSD & RAW photos created by digital cameras. It is capable of performing external hard drive data recovery on Mac as well as windows both with 32-bit & 64-bit OS. To know the detail procedure of recovery on Mac and Windows, you can visit the respective page. You can preview the recovered pictures before saving it to the desired drive.

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This is how you can perform photo recovery from external hard drive –

1. Download & install the software & run it.

2. From the main screen select “Recover Photos” option.

Photo Recovery from External Hard Drive - Main Screen

3. Select one of the options from “Recover Deleted Photos” & “Recover Lost Photos” according to your requirement.

Photo Recovery from External Hard Drive - Recover Deleted or Lost Photos

4. Choose the external hard drive from which the images got deleted or lost & click “Next”.

Photo Recovery from External Hard Drive - Select Drive

5. Preview & save the recovered pictures on the desired location.

Photo Recovery from External Hard Drive - Save Recovered Files

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