Individuals who need to restore a deleted photo from a memory card, USB stick or computer can do so by using recovery software like Recuva; the program allows the user to scan a specific location for lost images. Recuva is free and easy to use, and the process is straightforward following a series of prompts and windows. For the best results, no more pictures should be taken and the SD card should not be modified after realizing that photos were accidentally deleted.

The following steps need to be completed to restore deleted photos:

  1. Download Recuva
  2. Begin the setup process to install Recuva by checking the boxes asking for automatic updates, adding a desktop shortcut and adding a Start Menu shortcut. Then click "Install."

  3. Follow the wizard instructions
  4. After downloading and installing the software, the wizard page should be opened and "Pictures" selected as the file type to search for, specifying where to look for the pictures.

  5. Perform a scan
  6. Then the option to perform a quick or deep scan must be chosen. It is recommended that users select the quick scan initially and re-scan using a deep search if the results do not show the images that were deleted.

  7. Look for the deleted pictures[/li

    All of the deleted pictures are now displayed. Results can be shown by date modified if a large number of pictures are returned from the search. A list of images is displayed and allows users to preview the results, find out information about the picture's condition before checking a box and recovering the image. An advanced search lets someone scan all available drives in the case that the location of the image is not known.

Other services like Dropbox lets its clients sync and back up files and images to an online storage account. Users download software that creates a Dropbox folder that is constantly updating backup copies of new files to the free online cloud.