This week’s Ask David question comes from one somewhat panicked Bekka Jacobs. After having accidentally deleted a few photos from her memory card, she wants to know if there is a way to get them back. It’s a problem that’s pretty common to all of us. No matter how hard we try to avoid deleting the good ones, we inevitably press the delete button one too many times.
Well there’s no need to worry about it. You can recover almost any photo you’ve deleted, provided you follow a few simple procedures and use the right software. Even though you can no longer access your photos from your camera, they’re still there. The delete function doesn’t get rid of them. It just allows your camera to write new pictures over them.
So if you haven’t taken any new pictures yet, you should be okay. Immediately remove the card from your camera or computer and set it aside for now. It’s time to download some recovery software.
Which recovery software works best?
It doesn’t really matter. They all do the same thing. PC users are pretty happy with ArtPlus, and Mac users have taken a liking to Stellar Phoenix. Both software packages are allow you to take a test drive before you buy them. They’ll allow you to recover files for free, but they’ll put a watermark on the images until you get the paid version. There is no free lunch here. Sorry guys.
I tried out a bunch of different photo recovery packages, and none of the supposedly “free” ones are actually free. They’re all software demos that sell the paid version. If you’re trying to recover your photos for free, don’t expect to find much. You’re bound to get stuck in a quagmire of Google searches that will leave your eyes bloodshot and your brain very tired (speaking from personal experience here). I’m not saying there isn’t some free software somewhere, but the paid software is at the top of the search results across the board.
Most of these packages are reasonably priced. At $20-$25, you aren’t chopping off an arm. And if your lost image was a keeper, it’s more than worth it. Having said that, if you could just take the same picture over again, do that instead. It’ll save you some cash.
Best of luck!
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