Free Digital Image Recovery

iRecover digital photo or digital image recovery is 100% free! You can scan your memory card and save recovered photos without needing an iRecover license. Once you have downloaded and installed iRecover, you’re only seven clicks from restoring your deleted or otherwise lost digital memories.

iRecover supports recovery of the following formats: GIF, JPEG, TIFF, CRW (Canon RAW data), MOV, AVI movie, WAV, CR2 (Canon CR2 RAW format, recovered as TIFF), ORF (Olympus RAW format).

Related: Read about repairing corrupt image (JPG) files. 

First download iRecover and unzip to for example the Windows desktop.

Setting up the memory card for image recovery.

If your camera or smart phone receives a drive letter in Windows once connected to the computer using a USB cable then you can try recovering your digital images from the device directly. If your device has a ‘Enable USB storage mode’ or similar, enable that.

I recommend using a card reader. A memory card reader is typically connected to your computer using a USB cable. Many laptops have a memory card reader already built in.

External USB memory card reader

External USB memory card reader

Internal memory card reader

Internal memory card reader

The image recovery procedure.

Start iRecover by double clicking iRecover.exe. As iRecover needs administrative rights to access disks directly you will be prompted by UAC (User Account Control). You’re now seven clicks away from accessing your digital memories:

Click Image Recovery.

To recover deleted or otherwise lost digital photos, select Image Recovery.

To recover deleted or otherwise lost digital photos, select Image Recovery. This mode can be used free of charge!

Select the device (camera, smart phone or card reader) and click Next.

Select the device containing the lots photos

Select the device to recover digital photos from.

iRecover will scan the device.

Device containing the lost digital pictures is being scanned.

Device containing the lost digital pictures is being scanned.

Now select the photos you want to recover and click Next. A preview option is available. My recommendation is to select all files and sort them out once you have copied them.

Select digital images for recovery.

Select digital images for recovery.

Copy the files. Done!

Select a folder to copy recovered digital photos to.

Select a folder to copy recovered digital photos to.

Important Note:

As images on memory cards are typically stored in one folder, the generic data recovery mode in iRecover can be useful as well. Because the iRecover demo allows you to select and save upto 4 folders you image files can be recovered using this mode as well. More info here.

Also see:

JPEG Recovery LAB – Digital photo and video recovery

DiskTuna DFR – Deleted File Recovery – Portable Undelete