How to Recover Deleted Pictures from External Drive?

  • The super-easy technique to undelete pictures from an external HDD
  • Finely scans the disk storage to access data from it
  • Files from corrupt or inaccessible drives can be easily extracted
  • Supports all disk file systems
  • Can be utilized to restore files from internal drives, SSD, FireWire drives, USB drives, and others


External hard drives are generally used for keeping a backup of important files like pictures, videos, songs, documents, etc. By using an external hard drive, one can easily transfer a huge amount of data from one system to another. You just need a USB port to connect the external hard drive, in order to save or retrieve data from it. But this portability (via external storage drives) might sometimes lead to corruption and in turn can cause data loss. But other than corruption, there is one very common reason to lose data from an external hard drive or any other drive, i.e., deletion.

Suppose you have a big collection of photos copied in your external hard drive. So, you connected your external hard drive to your system to access those pictures on the system. While going through the photos, you found that some images were of no use and hence you thought of deleting them. You might perform picture deletion in the following ways –

Intentional Deletion – You decided to delete some images and pressed on delete, but after some time you realized that you have done a mistake and need those pictures back. Moreover, you might have deleted the vital photos thinking that you already have a copy of it in the device.

Accidental Deletion – Deleting pictures accidentally is yet another common way of losing important files. While removing some unwanted photos and you mistakenly select some vital pictures and press on the Delete option.

When the deletion encounters, the first place the user looks for is the Recycle Bin on Windows or Trash in Mac machines. It is temporary storage where all the deleted files reside until completely deleted. The user can easily recover deleted photos from the Recycle Bin. However, you might not find the pictures deleted from the external disk in the recycle bin folder. What could be the reason for this? Well, most of the users are still unaware of the fact that files deleted from an externally connected drive are permanently removed from the device upon deletion. They are not saved in the Recycle Bin or Trash unlike how that are files deleted from the system. Even if the deletion is performed by using just the Delete option, the photos are removed permanently. So, in order to recover deleted photos from the external hard drive, you will need a recovery tool.

Easily restore external hard drive data using the Drive Recovery Software

The Drive Recovery Software is an excellent utility to retrieve pictures and media deleted from external storage drives as well as system drives. The program can be readily installed on any edition of Windows OS including Windows 10, 8.x, 7, Vista, XP, and Server editions. Read more about steps to recover data from a Windows 8 hard drive using the Drive Recovery Software.

This tool is equipped with highly-efficient algorithms that scan the external disk and fetched lost, deleted, formatted or inaccessible HD data. You can also perform a Samsung drive recovery, Toshiba HD recovery, Buffalo drive recovery, Hitachi drive recovery, and so on.

Whilst restoring data using the Drive Recovery software, you can preview the files recovered from your external disk. But, just in case, if you are unable to find the file type you are looking for, then make use of the Add/Edit Signature option to find your files easily. Other than pictures, the tool is also capable of restoring videos from the hard drive and other media file formats too. If you are a Mac user then to recover data from the hard drive on different versions of Mac Operating Systems, then please visit here.

Note: With the help of the Drive Recovery Software you can also learn how to restore Seagate drive data such as documents, images, audio, videos, etc. without any hassle.

Steps to recover deleted photos from an external hard drive

Step 1: Run the Drive Recovery Software on your computer and connect the external HD drive to it.

Step 2: On the main screen, opt for Recover Partitions option. Then select the external drive from the list of logical drives.

Step 3: Initiate the scan process by clicking on the Scan button.

Drive Recovery Software - Select Recovery Mode

Figure 1: Main Window

Step 4: Now the external drive is deeply scanned for deleted or lost pictures.

Drive Recovery Software - Select Drive

Figure 2: Scanning for Files

Step 5: A list of retrieved file items appear on a new window. Find your picture files under File Type View and Data View layouts.

Drive Recovery Software - File Type View Recovered Files

Figure 3: Recovered Files

Step 6: Preview the regained picture files simply by right-clicking on it. Continue to mark the files that you want to restore.

Drive Recovery Software - Preview Recovered Files

Figure 4: Preview

Step 7: Pick a target location to save the photo files recovered from the external HD drive and press on the Save icon.

Drive Recovery Software - Save Recovered Files

Figure 5: Save Recovered Files

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