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How to Rescue Pictures after Empting Recycle Bin or Trash

Oct. 12, 2013 8:31 am / Updated by Jerry Cook to Data Recovery Tips
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After empting Windows recycle bin or Mac trash, you find there are some precious photos you would like to get back. However, they are not viewable in your computer any more. Are they really gone? Many of us suppose they are deleted permanently, but recovery is still possible in a few cases and you can rescue pictures.

Why Picture Rescue is Possible

While emptied recycle bin or trash, the photos are no longer accessible, nevertheless, they are not really gone. Computer will not shred the data completely. It merely marks those room the images took can be reused in the future by other new data. In essence, Empting recycle bin or trash does not leave your photos out of reach.

How to Rescue Photos

To get back lost images, a picture recovery program is needed. There are many tools can give the ability to recover pictures by scanning through all of the hard drive to find the lost images. To get the best result, you are advised to act soon once you realize it and don't do any operation to your PC.

If you are on Windows, you can get rescue picture software. It works very well for all Windows versions including the latest Windows 8. For Mac users, Photo Rescue for Mac is a nice bet. Both are very easy to use. And you can see the rescue picture for mac guide there. Following is detailed tutorial on how to rescue images for Windows users.

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Step 1: Scan Photos Lost Partition

Install Picture Rescue in the partition except the one you have saved the lost photos. Run this program. In the main interface, select the partition where the lost photos located and photo recovery mode in the right window, then click "Recover" to launch the scan progress.

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Step 2: Preview Pictures

All recoverable pictures will list in this window, You can highlight the file folder to unfold all files. Check each file in the task list to preview them in the right preview window or you can change preview mode to thumbnail to see all photos all at a time.

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Step 3: Recover photos and Save them to a Secure Location

Click "Recover" button directly once you have selected photos you plan to recover. In the coming window, point a safe place for the recovered photos. You are highly suggested to save photos to other removable devices.

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Part II: How to Rescue Pictures on Mac OS X?

If you want to try Mac Picture Rescue, your can follow the short instructions of how to rescue pictures on Mac as below: Select the Volume ->Select "Photo" ->Select Picutures after previewing ->Save the rescue pictures.

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Tenorshare can rescue images from hard drive. Besides, it also rescue photos, video, music files and documents from other storage devices, such as memory card, digital camera, mobile phone, USB, pen drive, etc.

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