Recovering Photos from Accidentally Formatted External Drive

External Toshiba that was accidentally formatted

During one of my pickups in Wichita, I received a call from a client that had an accidentally formatted external hard drive that they needed photos (and some important documents) recovered from. Photo recovery is the number one type of data that I see needing to be recovered from accidentally formatted drives. Because of this, I have invested in some pretty great recovery software that allows me to offer deleted and format recovery services. I do have special pricing for accidental formatting or deleted data recovery. The price for this service is less than my Standard data recovery service. Formatted External Recovery The client told me they were trying to create a boot drive for their computer on the external drive and didn’t realize that formatting the drive would cause all the data to be deleted. They had hoped to just add the operating system to the hard drive while leaving all the data on the drive intact but had accidentally formatted the drive which erased all the data present. The external drive was not … Read more

Recover Deleted Photos From SD Card Quickly

Accidentally Erased Sandisk SD Card

A local photographer accidentally deleted photos from an SD card that had not been downloaded to their computer yet. This type of mistake is very common (I even did it once with some Christmas photos). Thankfully it is usually possible to recover deleted photos from an SD card for an affordable price. Recover Deleted Photos The accidental deletion usually happens when you have a couple of SD cards and are a little distracted as you load them into the computer. When you have a few SD cards that you are using with a digital camera, it is easy to get confused and accidentally format the wrong card. Especially when you have a process you follow and it is muscle memory to insert a card into the camera and format. In this case, the photos were important enough that the photographer decided to have us complete a deleted files recovery on the SD card. In cases like this, I like to run a few recovery programs on the cards to make sure I get back all … Read more

How To Retrieve Deleted Photos

How To Retrieve Deleted Photos

This drive came in for a deleted photo file recovery. The client had accidentally formatted the drive and 2 other recovery shops had tried to get the data back but were not able to get usable data. In this post, I will cover how to retrieve deleted photos. Keep in mind I offer an affordable deleted file recovery service, so if you want help with safely recovering your deleted files, just fill out my recovery form to get started! Accidental Format – How to retrieve deleted photos Formatting a drive with data on it is very similar to deleting the data. Most older style drives like this one don’t cover the data up when you delete it, so a lot of it can be recovered as long as the drive wasn’t used after the data was deleted. Keep in mind that some newer flash-based drives do indeed purge the data when it is deleted, so it is not always possible to retrieve deleted files. Limitations for deleted file recovery One of the most common requests … Read more

Quickly Recover Deleted Files From My Passport

Western Digital My Passport Drive

I received a Western Digital My Passport hard drive where I needed to recover deleted files. This drive was connected to a computer with some important Excel files open. The My Passport drive was then physically disconnected without being ejected (and the Excel program was still open). When the drive was reconnected to the computer, the files were no longer visible on the drive. This was a perfect storm situation; important files were open and in use when the drive is disconnected accidentally. Recover Deleted Files Although the files were not deleted, this type of recovery would still be called a deleted file recovery. The process to recover deleted files is the same as the process to recover missing files. The client had taken the drive to a local computer repair shop to see if they could get anything back. The repair shop attempted a deleted file scan and they found evidence of 2 of the important excel files, but they wouldn’t open and appeared to be corrupted. These 2 files were of no use … Read more