How Do I Recover Permanently Deleted Photos from Windows 10 (2023)

Can I recover permanently deleted photos on Windows 10 or Windows 11? Yes, you can. Please refer to this page to learn how to recover deleted/lost files on Windows 11, 10, 8, and 7.


By Dervish / Updated on May 12, 2023

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Can I recover permanently deleted photos from my computer?

With the development of technology, more and more users tend to store their personal files, especially photos, videos, documents on their PC. Over time, users may receive low disk space warning. When this happens, maybe you will delete them to free up space.

When you delete photos on Windows, they are usually moved to the Recycle Bin. You can recover the target photo from the Recycle Bin before emptying it. However, if the image takes up too much space, it will be deleted directly and bypass the Recycle Bin. When this happens, is it possible to recover permanently deleted photos from Windows 10?

The answer is yes. Deleting photos just erases the information that points to the location of the photo file on the hard disk, and the photo remains on the hard disk until the storage path of it is overwritten by a new file. Therefore, you need some professional methods to get them back. Please continue to read on.

Data Recovery

How to recover permanently deleted photos in Windows 10 (3 ways)

As just mentioned, to recover permanently deleted photos from Windows 10, you should avoid deleted photos are overwritten. Then, you can take the following ways to retrieve lost photos.

▶ Way 1. Recover deleted photos via File History

If you are running Windows 10 and have enabled the File History feature before your photos were deleted, congratulations, you can easily recover them. File History supports fast recovery of files after deletion and offers recovery to different versions of files.

Step 1. Go to Control Panel > click System and Security > click File History.

File History

Step 2. Click on Restore personal files and the backups will be displayed.

Restore personal files

Step 3. Click the Restore option to recover your desired version of the photo.


▶ Way 2. Recover deleted photos with professional data recovery expert

If you have deleted photos and have no backup, how to recover permanently deleted photos from Windows 10? My suggestion is to seek the help of a professional data recovery expert.

AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional is a powerful all-in-one data recovery software that can quickly recover all types of files on your computer, such as photos, videos, audios, Word documents, etc. It has these excellent features:

✦ Provides graphical user interface to recover data in 3 steps.

Supports recover data from different storage devices such as USB drives, SD cards, internal hard drives or external hard drives.

Suitable for cases of accidental deletion, formatting, system crashes, virus attacks, etc.

Supports multiple Windows file systems, including NTFS, FAT32, exFAT and ReFS.


Download Demo Win 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP
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Tip: If you need to recover lost partitions, it can also work.

Step 1. Install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional, click Recover > Recover Data.

Recover Data

Step 2. Select the drive where the photos saved and click Start Scan.

Recover Windows Data

Step 3. When the scan is over, all deleted files will be listed. Please select the photo you want to recover and click Recover File.

Select Recover Data

Step 4. Then, you should select a path to save recovered photos.

Select Saved Path

Step 5. When recover finish, click OK to exit it.


▶ Way 3. Recover deleted photo through Windows File Recovery

How do I recover permanently deleted photos on Windows 10 free? If you are good at computer, I think you can try Windows File Recovery.

Windows File Recovery is a data recovery program developed by Microsoft. However, it is a command line tool and is difficult to run only after you have mastered the command prompt.

Step 1. First, please get Windows File Recovery from Microsoft Store and run it as administrator.


Step 2. Type in the command: winfr source-drive:destination-drive:[/mode][/switches].

Type Command

[/mode] and [/switches] depend on the different situations, please click command line syntax to learn more. 
Windows File Recovery is only available for Windows 10 and above.
Make sure the source drive (the drive where the photos were stored before deleted) is different from the target drive (the drive where the photos recovered).
Support NTFS, FAT, exFAT, ReFS file systems.


From what has been discussed above, this page shows you how to recover permanently deleted photos from laptop on Windows 10, as well as from desktop. But in comparison, AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional must be the best choice.

In addition to recover permanently deleted photos on Windows 10, 8, 7, and 11. There are other advanced features of AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro you can try, such as, create a password reset USB, allocate free space, move installed program to another drive, clone one drive to a larger drive, wipe disk for reuse, etc.

If you need to recover permanently deleted photos on Windows Server, please switch to Server Edition, which is designed for Server users.

Dervish · Staff Editor
Dervish is an English editor of AOMEI Technology; He is delicated to offering users easy and effecitve solutions for issuses related to disks and partitoins. In his spare time, he enjoy wathcning films, playing footable, traveling and so on.