[5 Ways] How to Restore Deleted Pictures

Do you know how to restore deleted pictures if you mistakenly delete them? Let’s learn how to retrieve deleted photos.


By Irene / Updated on July 24, 2024

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Everyone cherishes photos of graduation ceremonies, weddings, or any other moving moment. As a long-lasting storage form, digital photos are popular among the public. Most people prefer to reserve them in the PC or other external storage devices such as USB or SD card, etc.

However, some of you may experience that losing these important pictures because of reinstalling the operating system and applications or deleting them by mistake.

Kindly please calm down and do not panic. There are 5 operable and easy-to-follow approaches to help you learn how to restore deleted pictures and how to recover recently deleted photos.

5 methods to help you recover deleted photos

How to get back deleted photos? There are 5 methods that can be helpful to solve this trouble. 

Method 1. Recover pictures from Recycle Bin

If you delete photos on your PC, they are just temporarily placed in Recycle Bin where you can retrieve deleted photos or files with a simple button click. But please notice that you are not select “Empty the Recycle Bin” before. Now, let’s do it.

Step 1. Double click “Recycle Bin” on your Windows PC.

Step 2. Find the mistakenly deleted pictures or search their names in Recycle Bin

Step 3. Right-click the pictures and choose “Restore

restore from recycle bin

Method 2. Recover deleted photos with File History

If you indeed emptied the Recycle Bin, another approach will help you. You can also recover deleted photos if you have backed up your photos by File History, a system backup tool, or Backup and Restore.

Step 1. Type "Restore files" in the Search icon, and then click "Open"  to restore your files with File History.

open restore files with file history

Step 2. Find the deleted pictures or the folders which contain the pictures

Step 3. Select the green refresh button to recover deleted pictures to their original places.

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Method 3. Use Command Prompt to restore deleted pictures

To cope with the problem of losing photos, Command Prompt is a helpful method to tell you how to get back deleted photos. But using CMD cannot guarantee to recovery completely. Also, you need to pay attention to every following step in case of missteps that may cause data loss.

Step 1. Type Command Prompt in Search icon or Start and Run as administrator.

Step 2. Input chkdsk [drive letter]:/f and tap Enter key. Then, type Y and hit Enter to confirm and proceed to examine.

Step 3. Type in [drive letter] and hit Enter again. And then, enter attrib -h -r -s /s /d [drive letter]:\*.* to start recovering files on this disk.

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Method 4. Utilize powerful recovery software 

But if you hope to effectively solve this problem, in that case, the secure and easy-to-use software AOMEI FastRecovery can be the best choice to recover your deleted photos. It also can be used to restore various types of files, including pictures, documents, videos, audio, HTML, etc., when you empty the Recycle Bin or make no backup. As a powerful assistant, it can even restore files from a formatted hard drive, an external hard drive, or an SD card.

It is known to the public for its concise guidance and practical functions that can deal with your daily computer cases effectively. Windows systems like Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7 are supported. It also supports Windows Server 2008 (R2), 2012 (R2), 2016, 2019, 2022 and SBS 2008, 2011.

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Step 1. Install and launch AOMEI FastRecovery. Choose the exact partition or disk where your data lost and click Scan.


Step 2. Then, the recovery tool start to scan and search. lt will execute the “Quickly Scan" first for finding your deleted data fast, and then execute the “Deep Scan" for searching other lost data.


Step 3. Once the scan is completed, all deleted files, recycle bins and other missing files will be displayed. Please select the file you would like to recover and then click "Recover".


Step 4. Then, select a folder path to save your recovered files.


Step 5. Wait patiently for this process of recovering ends.

Method 5. Retrieve deleted photos from Previous Versions

The last method to guide you know how to recover recently deleted photos is using Previous Versions. If a system restore point has been made to save the previous system version, you can retrieve accidentally deleted pictures based on the copies that Windows automatically saves as part of the restore point.

Step 1. Right-click the folder that you save the original photos before deleting and  select "Restore Previous Versions".

Step 2. Select the version you want to retrieve, and click "Restore" button.

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Further reading: How to recover lost or deleted partition

Some people have the habit of storing pictures, files, or documents in different partition according to diverse uses. There is another situation where you lost the data in a partition for various reasons. For instance, if the partition suffers from deletion, bad sectors, partition damaged, or power problems, it will cause partition data loss. When it happens, AOMEI Partition Assistant can solve this problem to preserve your cherished memories and important files, helping you recover lost or deleted partition. Here we provide an example of retrieving in Windows 7/8/10/11.

Step 1. Open the installed AOMEI Partition Assistant, and find “Partition Recover Wizard” in left corner.

partition recovery wizard

Step 2. Select the target partition in the affiliated disk that you hope to recover, and then click “Next”.

choose disk

Step 3. Here are two choices in the mini window:

•Fast Search: Scan the first sector of each partition and quickly find the deleted or lost partition. (Recommended)
•Full Search: Deeply scan every sector of each partition in the disk, which consumes much time than the first choice.

Choose one of them, and then click “Next”.

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Step 4. The lost or deleted partition will be displayed with details like Partition, File System, Capacity, etc. when it be found. Now, you can select “Proceed” to recover the needed part.

select lost partition

You can double click the partition to confirm whether it is the needed part.
You can select more than one partition to recover at the same time.
You can see the final status in graphic bar with blue cross after restoring.

Step 5. After above operations, a Congratulations window will show up. Select "Finish” and find the restored files in “My Computer



In this post, we have learned how to restore deleted pictures in 5 ways. Observing shows that a powerful software like AOMEI FastRecovery can be secure and time-saving, and especially, we could be spared from worrying about other mistakes or missteps that may cause further data loss.

Not only can the software recover deleted photos, but AOMEI Partition Assistant also can achieving satisfying outcomes in migrating OS with data reserving, cloning partition or disk, and other common computer operations.

Irene · Staff Editor
Irene is an Editor of AOMEI Technology. She devotes herself in giving insightful thoughts on common computer problems with simple and clear guidance. Irene loves to help people solve problems and explore more solutions on relevant issues. She loves reading, singing and travelling.