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Top 4 software apps for recovering lost Photos

Accidentally deleting photos is easy to do and can be heartbreaking. Unlike other documents, our photos contain memories that make them hard to replace.

Fortunately, with photo recovery software it is often possible to rescue your photos even after they have been deleted.

Here are 4 popular apps for picture recovery on Windows and/or Mac.


Stellar Photo Recovery

Stellar Photo Recovery comes in Windows and Mac versions. In addition to photos, the software can recover video and music files.

This software can retrieve many file formats, including camera RAW image files. The professional version can also repair corrupted photos.

You can also use the software to recover photos from external devices, such as Hard Drives, SD Cards and USB.

Stellar offers a free trial which allows you to scan and preview deleted photos. There are 3 types of paid version: Standard, Professional and Premium.

Stellar Photo Recovery Website


Disk Drill

Disk Drill is available for both Windows and Mac. It can recover various types of file, including photos, videos, music and documents. There are Free and Pro versions available.

The free Windows version provides up to 500MB of data recovery and allows you to preview lost files before recovering. The software is designed to be user-friendly and easy to navigate.

As well as recovering photos on your PC/Mac, you can use disk drill to retrieve photos on various devices. These include external hard drives, iOS/Android devices and USB.

Disk Drill Website



Recuva by C Cleaner is another choice for photo recovery software. Again, it can restore multiple file types, such as documents, videos, music or emails – and of course photos!

It can recover files from hard drives, USB and memory cards, and has a function to recover files from damaged drives.

As well as recovering files, Recuva offers a permanent delete feature to make files unrecoverable.

The software comes in Free and Pro versions, and is for Windows only.

Recuva Website



PhotoRec is an open-source recovery software. It runs on multiple operating systems including Windows, Linux and iOS X.

It can recover photos from digital camera memory, as well as other files (documents, videos etc.) from computer and hard drives.

Photo Rec is free and distributed under the GNU licence system.

PhotoRec Website