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5 Best PC Programs to Recover Lost Photos

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5 Best PC Programs to Recover Lost Photos

Losing photos you’ve taken, whether it’s due to accidental deletion, device formatting or data corruption, is a terrible feeling. Often, your camera device’s memory cards, the most common storage media, are what suffer data loss.

Luckily, there are a number of photo recovery softwares available that can help you get your digital data back from a loss. Whenever you format a device or delete any picture from your camera or any digital storage media, the link to the photo is removed, but the actual data remains. You can recover it unless it has been replaced by new data. Photo recovery programs usually work on physically available data. In this article, we will explore a few free photo recovery programs and their performance.

Here are the top five photo recovery utilities that can recover data from an SD card or from a flash memory device (such as a USB stick).

PhotoRec

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    PhotoRec is a free picture recovery utility. This tool is available in two versions: one runs in the command prompt and other version only runs on 64-bit Windows. PhotoRec is a signature-based file recovery utility that supports over 440 file formats including JPG, MSOffice, OpenOffice documents. This application is widely preferred by users due to its safe recovery techniques. It will check your complete partitions in a safe mode without affecting partitions and file systems and search all the missing files. PhotoRec focuses on all the file formats while searching; it’s not specific to just photo recovery. Overall, you can say that PhotoRec is a powerful tool that can provide you with a quick and safe data recovery.

    Free Any Photo Recovery

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      FAPR is an efficient and freely available photo, video and audio recovery software that allows you to recover deleted files from your PC’s hard drive and USB devices. This tool supports photo recovery from almost all types of storage media, such as Sony memory sticks, Zip Disks, MMC Cards, memory sticks, flash cards, Secure Digital Card, IBM Micro Drive, SD Cards, XD Cards, Hard Disks  and Mini Disks. It is developed with an advanced file scanning mode that can help you to retrieve deleted or lost files easily. Additionally, this application allows you to preview recoverable photos and even videos before complete recovery.

      Pandora Recovery

      Pandora

        Pandora Recoveryis a freeware that scans the complete computer disk and finds all the deleted files and folders which are not yet overwritten. This tool supports recovery of all deleted files, including pictures, songs, movies and documents, etc. In almost every case Pandora Recovery can restore lost data, as its powerful scanning module finds all the existing and deleted files and directories from your hard drive. The tool can restore all the deleted files to a user-specified location. Although Pandora Recovery does not provide a guaranteed recovery of all accidentally deleted data, if there is any trace of the lost data, it should be able to find it.

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        Undelete 360

        Undelete 360

          Undelete 360 is powerful freeware that supports deleted photos from computer hard drives, USB drives, floppies, and digital cameras, etc. This efficient utility allows you to recover deleted files from the recycle bin, and lost files due to virus infection, software or hardware failure, hard drive corruption, or unexpected system shutdown. The tool does not claim to provide guaranteed recovery, but is capable of recovering accidentally or recently deleted data. Additionally, Undelete 360 includes a Wipe Files software that can completely delete files beyond recovery.

          Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery

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          Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery

            Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery software is a highly reliable and often-recommended photo recovery software. It recovers all lost and deleted photos, along with music and video files from corrupt or formatted hard drives, memory cards, or external storage devices. This easy-to-use utility can smartly and efficiently recover deleted multimedia files, and save them individually with their original file names. This tool can scan storage devices with over 2TB storage capacity. Additionally, this powerful software provides an option to add new file headers to increase the scope of recovery. Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery software may be the most reliable tool among these five, offering complete recovery of almost all types of file systems from all types of memory card devices.

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            Last Updated on November 25, 2021

            How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

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            How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

            There comes a time when we may be searching online and don’t want the browser to remember our footsteps. The reasons don’t always have to be what we obviously think of as the main reason; for example, sometimes, you may not want Safari to remember your passwords or prompt you to enter your password when surfing the web.

            Whatever the reason, we may think that we are totally in the clear with Private Browsing on Safari and the other browsers on a Mac. However, a quick Terminal command can bring up every website you’ve visited. How do you do this? Also, how do you clear your tracks for good? We will provide both answers and more today.

              What Does Private Browsing Do?

              When activated, Private Browsing on Safari prevents your browsing history from being kept in the history tab of the application. Along with this, it doesn’t autofill information that you have saved in the browser. In this mode, you essentially become incognito and any references of previous use is essentially hidden when you are in private mode.

              For example: if you are on Facebook or filling out a form and some information or your login is already filled in in the spaces provided, this is called autofill. It’s activated by simply clicking Safari next to the Apple symbol in the menubar and selecting Private Browsing, then clicking “OK” to the prompt.

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              The reasons behind private mode differ for each individual. While we won’t go into all of those reasons, one thing that is  important to remember is that private browsing doesn’t forget the websites you visit. As we will see later on, Macs keep a second copy of the websites you visit in either mode. If you are in frantic mode looking for a solution to this, look no further.

              The Terminal Archive

              While Safari does a good job of keeping your search history out of prying eyes in the history tab, there is a less-than-obvious way to view a full list of visited websites on Mac. This is done in Terminal; the command-line emulator that allows you to make changes to your Mac.

              Terminal is located in the Utilities folder on your Mac. Once activated, simply add the command:

              dscacheutil -cachedump -entries Host

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              Once you hit “enter”, a list of the visited sites appear. Showing only the domains, the sites appear in a format of:

              Key: h_name :(website domain)ipv4 :1

              However, there’s no need to fear—there is a way you can clear this information from Terminal with a command that’s just as simple.

              Clearing Your Tracks

              Just as simply as you were able to enter the command to view the websites, you can clear the cache that Terminal showed you with the comamnd:

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              dscacheutil -flushcache

              As the command denotes, this literally “flushes” the domains from Terminal. This does not prevent the record from continuing to be recorded for future sites, however, so if that’s an issue for you, repeat this process regularly.

              Other Browsers and Private Browsing

              Other browsers have this form of privacy mode for their service. They promise many of the same things as Safari, but they do not have the same Terminal issue due to how this command only presents websites visited on Safari (the browser Macs come shipped with).

              If you use Firefox, you’ll notice that its private mode is also known as Private Browsing. Chrome calls private mode Incognito, while Internet Explorer refers to it as InPrivate Browsing. Opera is the newest to the scene, denoting it as Private Tab. Safari is the oldest well-known browser with this feature.

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              As you can see, despite Private Browsing not being 100% private, Terminal allows for your browser to be. In what ways has Terminal helped your life or allowed you to become more productive? Let us know in the comments below.

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