Viewing the photos of past and thus cherishing the good old days is liked by all of us. No matter whether the photos are of sibling’s wedding, party with friends, or family tour, we all love to watch them again and again. The camera is one of those devices which helps us to capture the memories of the past and in this process the inception of digital cameras, mobile phones with camera, camcorders, and latest iPods have played an important role. The captured digital images by these devices can easily be transferred to our laptops and desktops and from there we can store them to CDs/DVDs, external hard disks, and other secondary storage devices. Moreover, the digital images are easy to edit and share with our family and friends via the Internet. However, with these advantages offered by digital images and digital photography, we cannot completely neglect the fact that a digital image is more prone to get lost or deleted than its counter parts, i.e. traditional film based photographs.

Some of the very common reasons of losing digital photos are:

  • Accidental pressing of ‘Delete All’ button of the digital camera while transferring the photos from digital camera to computer.
  • Accidental deletion of photos from laptops & desktops and other secondary storage devices like CD, DVD, USB  drives, external hard drive, etc.
  • Unwanted formatting of the storage devices like digital camera, hard disk of computer, pen drive, external hard disk, iPods etc creates the edgy situation of photo loss, if their backup has not been taken.
  • Corruption of the storage media due to mishandling or any other reason leads to the inaccessibility of stored digital photos and videos.
  • If the storage device is virus infected then there are high chances of deletion or inaccessibility of stored photos.
Above mentioned are some scenarios of photo loss, there could be various other situations in which our precious photos get deleted or we lose them. However, if we opt for reliable third-party photo recovery software, such as Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery then we can easily overcome the loss. This efficient software can recover lost, deleted, or inaccessible photos, videos, audios, and other multimedia files from digital cameras, laptops, desktops, USB drives, CD/DVD, external hard drives, all types of memory cards, etc.

The software is simple to download and install; and is available separately for Mac and Windows users. Moreover, to check the reliability of the software you can download its free demo version. Both demo and full versions have same features; but in demo you can only see the preview of the recoverable photos and to actually recover those photos and save them to your desired location you have to purchase the license of this software which bears a minimal cost.

Some of the key features of this software beneficial for users are:

Intuitive User Interface
The software has very interactive and intuitive user interface which can easily be understood by users. The home screen of the software gives you three options which are ‘Data Recovery’, ‘Resume Recovery’, and ‘Create Image’.
The ‘Data Recovery’ tab is selected by default for recovering the lost or deleted photos. ‘Resume Recovery’ means, you can recover photos from a previously saved scanned information or Image of the media created with the software. Also there is one ‘Create Image’ tab that enables you to create Image files of the storage media containing your photos, videos, and songs.

Recovery Steps with Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery

Selecting the Affected Drive/Device
Once, you have clicked ‘Start Scan’ in the home screen of the software, you will get the list of all the drives as well as all the external devices attached to your system in the next interface. From this list, you can select your affected drive or external storage device.

Advance Scan Option
This option is basically for advance users. By selecting ‘Advance Scan’ option, you can select specific file type and specific region of the volume for scanning process.

Therefore, if you have selected specific file types from the ‘File List’ tab of ‘Advance Scan’ option then the software will search and recover only the specified file type/s.

Additionally, you can select the region of the volume to be scanned instead of scanning the entire volume or hard disk.

This feature makes the search specific and saves time for the user.

Preview of the Recoverable Photos

This is one of the remarkable features of this tool. The software shows the preview of all the recoverable photos on its interface during the scanning of the storage media. Moreover, the software lists all the files according to their file types on the left pane of this interface in a tree structure after the scanning in a way that all the JPEG, BMP, TIFF, etc image files are listed under the ‘Photo’ folder, all the music files such as WAV, MP3, etc are stored under ‘Music’ folder.

Thus, select a folder and all the files under this folder are listed on the bottom right pane of the software. You can select a file from the bottom right pane and can see its preview on the top right pane of this interface.

Save the Recovered Files at Your Desired Location

After successfully recovering the photo, video, or music files, select the from the list of files and click ‘Recover’ button; the software prompts to select the location of your choice and save the recovered multimedia files at the desired location.

Using this software you can recover all your precious photos, videos, audios, and other multimedia files, which are accidentally deleted or lost due to media formatting without contributing much time and effort.

Just take a look at the system requirements of this software for Windows and Mac users are separately mentioned below before you download the demo:

Systems Requirement for Windows

Processor: Pentium Class
Operating System: Windows 7 / Vista / XP / 2000 / NT
Memory: 256 MB Recommended
Hard Disk: 30 MB of Free Space

Systems Requirement for Mac

Processor: Intel, Power PC (G3 or later)
Operating System: Latest Mac OS X Lion, Mac OS X 10.3.9 and above i.e. including Mac OS X 10.5 & Snow Leopard
Memory: 256 MB Recommended
Hard Disk: Disk Space 40 MB

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