Question asked by Emily:
" Can anyone help please? I recently deleted some precious photos from my digital camera with a SD memory card inside. I know there are so-called digital photo recovery programs that can retrieve them back. So I downloaded and installed a utility to give a try. The result is the program found my deleted photos but after that I could not save them or use them for anything without buying the program. Wondering if there are some freeware which can help me bring those deleted photos back for free? Your recommendations will be highly appreciated. "
You must be using the demo or trial version of a paid data recovery software. For such program usually it lets you take a free scan (or preview) of your SD card to look for those deleted photos, but you need to pay for a “real recovery”. As a matter of fact, there are several truly free ones you may take a try. Since you didn’t mention what operation system your PC is running, I’ll list a few programs working under Windows or Mac OS X.
For Windows (7/Vista/XP), you can take a try Recuva (recover more than photos) or Pandora Recovery to see if one will help. They are totally freeware. For Mac OS X, please take a try of this Mac photo recovery software (not free, but very powerful). Also one of my readers delivered me this site Digital Camera Recovery Software, which is indeed good and displays a list of reliable recovery tools. Hope the programs will help you out.
One more tip: you’d better perform recovery at once since data recovery is not 100% accurate, the sooner you take action the better chances you’ll get. And before your deleted pictures are retrieved, do not attempt to use the SD card to save any new photos in case your previous deleted ones are overwritten. Finally do not install software or save recovered files to source drive (your SD card) in case data partially or fully overwritten. Learn more useful tips, Q&As from this sd card recovery article. Best regards!