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5 Best PC Programs to Recover Lost Photos

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 You can recover it unless it has been replaced by new data.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 October 15, 2019

            To Automate or not to Automate Your Personal Productivity System

            To Automate or not to Automate Your Personal Productivity System

            We are all about doing things faster and better around here at Lifehack. And part of doing things faster and better is having a solid personal productivity system that you use on a daily basis.

            This system can be just about anything that helps you get through your mountain of projects or tasks, and helps you get closer to your goals in life. Whether it’s paper or pixels, it doesn’t really matter. But, since you are reading Lifehack I have to assume that pixels and technological devices are an important part of your workflow.

            “Personal Productivity System” defined

            A personal productivity system (at least the definition that this article will use) is a set of workflows and tools that allow an individual to optimally get their work done.

            Workflows can be how you import and handle your photos from your camera, how you write and create blog posts, how you deploy compiled code to a server, etc.

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            Tools are the things like planners, todo managers, calendars, development environments, applications, etc.

            When automation is bad

            You may be thinking that the more that we automate our systems, the more we will get done. This is mostly the case, but there is one very big “gotcha” when it comes to automation of anything.

            Automation is a bad thing for your personal productivity system when you don’t inherently understand the process of something.

            Let’s take paying your bills for example. This may seem very obvious, but if you can’t stick to a monthly budget and have trouble finding the money to make payments on time, then automating your bill payment every month is completely useless and can be dangerous for your personal finances.

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            Another example is using a productivity tool to “tell you” what tasks are important and what to do next. If you haven’t taken a step back and figured out just how your productivity systems should work together, this type of automation will likely keep you from getting things done.

            You can only automate something in your personal productivity system that have managed for a while. If you try to automate things that aren’t managed well already, you will probably feel a bit out of control and have a greater sense of overwhelm.

            Another thing to remember is that some things should always be done by yourself, like responding to important emails and communicating with others. Automating these things can show your coworkers and colleagues that you don’t care enough to communicate yourself.

            When automation is good

            On the other hand, automation is a great thing for your personal productivity system when you understand the process of something and can then automatically get the steps done. When you know how to manage something effectively and understand the step-by-step process of a portion of your system, it’s probably a great time to automate it.

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            I have several workflows that I have introduced in the last year that takes some of the “mindless” work from me so I can be more creative and not have to worry about the details of something.

            On my Mac I use a combination of Automator workflows, TextExpander snippets, and now Keyboard Maestro shortcuts to do things like automatically touch-up photos imported from my iPhone 4S or open all the apps and websites needed for a weekly meeting to the forefront of my desktop by typing a few keys. Once you open yourself up to automating a few of your processes, you start to see other pieces of your system that can benefit from automation.

            Once again; none of this works unless you understand your processes and know what tools you can use to get them done automatically.

            The three steps to determine if something is “ripe” for automation

            If your workflow passes these three steps, then automate away, baby:

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            1. You can do this process in your sleep and it doesn’t require your full, if any form of attention. It can (and has been) managed in some form prior to automating it.
            2. The process is time consuming.
            3. The process doesn’t require “human finesse” (ie. communicating and responding to something personally)

            Automating your personal productivity systems can be a great for you in the long run if you are careful and mindful of what you are doing. You first need to understand the processes that you are trying to automate before automating them though. Don’t get stuck in thinking that anything and everything should be automated in your life, because it probably shouldn’t.

            Pick and choose these processes wisely and you’ll find the ones that take up most of your time to be the best ones to automate. What have you automated in your personal productivity system?

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