Restore RAW Images from Formatted USB Drive

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Software to Recover RAW Photos from USB Drive after Formatting

Is it possible to restore the RAW images from your USB drive lost due to formatting? Yes, with the aid of good photo recovery software deleted/lost RAW images can be recovered with ease. Modern digital cameras make use of RAW image formats to produce high clarity pictures. Due to the lack of space on digital camera you would have saved all your camera photos onto a USB drive. Later you might have forgotten to save them on your computer and in such situation any simple mistake of you can delete all RAW images from USB drive. One possible reason could be formatting of your USB drive and photos and if it was the only copy of images you ever had, it will upset you like anything.  You might think of what can be done to get back lost RAW images from USB drive? No need to worry, Recover Picture software is the best choice to retrieve images from USB drive at your own.

You might format your USB drive due to any of the below mentioned reasons:

  • Accidental Formatting of USB Drive: When you connect your USB drive for accessing data, there is a possibility where you may wrongly select USB drive rather than other logical drive for formatting. Sometimes error messages that may appear when you connect USB drive to computer is other reason behind accidental formatting of USB drive. When you follow such error message without knowing what happens after that, later you will wake to see that your USB drive is formatted and photos are lost from it.
  • Virus Attacks: USB drive gets corrupted and becomes inaccessible when you connect it to virus infected system. Viruses are the destructive programs that destroy photos as well as other files stores on your USB drive. You can use some effective anti-virus program to remove the viruses from USB drive and may fail to make your USB drive free of viruses. In such cases formatting of USB drive is only left out way to make your USB drive free from corruption because of which you will end up losing your precious RAW image files.
  • USB Drive Corruption: Damage of USB drive file system corrupts your USB drive. Also errors during transfer of files from USB drive to computer due to abrupt removal of USB drive, sudden system shutdown, frequent power fluctuations, etc can lead to corruption of USB drive. Formatting of USB drive is necessary when USB drive is corrupted.

What happens when USB drive is formatted?

You might think that complete data stored on USB drive is permanently deleted on account of formatting. This assumption is not true, actually when formatting of USB drive takes place OS rebuilds the directory structure of the USB drive like hard drive and it only removes the links from directory structure, which are pointed to the memory space occupied by deleted photos. As a consequence of this deleted/lost RAW photos becomes invisible from system interface, but they still continue to remain on USB drive until they are overwritten by new files. Therefore erased RAW images and other USB files are recovered by using powerful picture recovery utility.

What steps to follow after formatting of USB drive?

  • Stop using the USB drive from which you have lost RAW photo files and do not save new files to it, because it might result in overwriting of deleted images.
  • Avoid reformatting or further formatting of your USB drive after losing data from it due to formatting.
  • Always try to keep an updated backup copy of your important photos and other data files. When you face data loss scenarios, you can easily get back your data from backup copy
  • Handle USB drive carefully when you are accessing it on computer, remove it using “Safe Remove Hardware” wizard from computer and update your PC with good anti-virus program to prevent virus attacks

Main features of this recover picture software are:

  • This software has built in special algorithms to recover RAW photos from USB drive lost under any complex situations like accidental deletion, corruption, formatting or reformatting of USB drive.
  • It can recover photos from hard drive lost after accidentally formatting the drive.
  • It uses file signature search key feature to identify each RAW photo file format based on unique signature assigned to each file and performs RAW picture recovery from all popular brands of digital camera like Canon, Nikon, Sony,Samsung, Kodak, Panasonic, Olympus, etc.
  • You can take help of this photo recovery software to recover variety of RAW photo file formats like CR2, CRW, NEF, ARW, SR2, ORF, RAW, X3F, PEF, DNG, RAF, KDC, K25, DCR, MRW and 3FR that are used by different digital cameras.
  • Using this tool, you can restore photos lost from various manufacturers of USB drive including Transcend, SanDisk, Kingston, Lexar, Sony, etc
  • In addition, you can also retrieve photos from SD card, XD card, CF card, MMCs, Memory sticks, SDHC card and SDXC cards
  • Trial version of this picture recovery utility will enable you preview the recovered RAW image files at the end of recovery process, using which you can estimate the performance of this software
  • This tool executes photo recovery on all latest versions of Windows operating system like Windows Vista, XP, 7, Windows Server 2003 and 2008
  • It is also be used as software to retrieve deleted photos on Mac OS Leopard, Snow Leopard and Lion operating systems
  • Apart from all this, picture recovery tool also facilitates user to restore lost photo files from memory card in just a few steps.

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Requirements: Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008

Steps to restore RAW photos from USB drive recovery after format:

Step 1: Downlaod the free version of this software and Install it to your system having Windows OS. Once it gets installed, double click the Icon on your desktop to launch it. As soon as the software gets launched, the main window will appear on screen with three different options such as "Recover Files", "Recover Photos", "Recover Partitions / Drives". Click on "Recover Photos" option in order to retireve your RAW pictures as shown in Figure 1

Restore RAW Images from Formatted USB Drive - Main Window

Figure 1 : Welcome Screen

Step 2: You will get two options on next display screen. You can either click on "Recover Deleted Photos" to recover only deleted photos or click on "Recover Lost Photos" to retrieve deleted as well as lost images as shown in Figure 2

Restore RAW Images from Formatted USB Drive - Fast recovery selection window

Figure 2 : Select Recover Lost Photos

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Step 3: As soon as you click on any photo recovery option, a new window appears on your computer screen displaying each and every storage device connected to it. Select the USB drive from which you have lost RAW images by clicking on it and then click on "Next" button as shown in Figure 3

Restore RAW Images from Formatted USB Drive - Drive selection window

Figure 3 : Select USB Drive

Step 4: Once you are done with the drive selection, the software will take you to the next processing level where you will see another new window which will ask you to select the file type that you want to retrieve. You can always skip this step if you don't want to select any specific file type. But if you are selecting any specific file type then click on "Next" button as shown in Figure 4

Restore RAW Images from Formatted USB Drive - File type selection window

Figure 4 : Select RAW Image Types That You Want to Retrieve

Step 5: Lastly, a window will appear where you can see the recovered file in a systematic file previewing format as shown in Figure 5. Right click on any RAW image file and preview it.

Restore RAW Images from Formatted USB Drive - preview window

Figure 5 : Recovered RAW Image Files


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