We live in a strange era where a life’s worth of memories can be stored on a tiny, fragile storage device. Even if you’re well aware of the importance of backups, there are still many situations that make timely backups impossible, and weddings are certainly among them, which is why so many people wonder how to recover lost wedding photos from SD cards, USB flash drives, hard drives, and other storage devices.how to recover deleted photos

How Wedding Photos Get Lost

Weddings are unforgettable, fun, expensive, sometimes awkward, and always chaotic. Things get misplaced, drinks get spilled, and guests inevitably get wasted and act regrettably.

Just because you spend thousands of dollars on a professional photographer doesn’t guarantee that the photographer will be able to protect all storage devices from damage.

“I despise myself right now, and I am racked with guilty feelings for the Bride & Groom, the entire party, the family, and for myself and my portfolio,” laments one anonymous photographer on a popular photography forum. “In the middle of the best man’s speech, I changed cards and unknowingly did the unthinkable: I formatted my 4 GB card … UNKNOWINGLY … and proceeded to FILL it with silly dance floor stuff.”


No amount of money can compensate for losing hundreds and perhaps even thousands of wedding pictures. Yes, the situation above was entirely preventable, but many other wedding photo loss scenarios aren’t. SD cards become corrupted, computers malfunction and behave unpredictably and destructively, malware infections spread like wildfire and wipe out data without any mercy, and so on.wedding photo recovery

The good news is that most photo loss scenarios can be successfully solved with the help of photo recovery software solution like Disk Drill, which is so easy to use that anyone can use it and so affordable that you can get started with it right now without paying any money.

Recover Deleted Wedding Photos from SD card or USB Flash Drive

To recover photos from SD card or USB flash drive, you must first stop using the storage media as soon as possible. The more you read or write data from and to the SD card or USB flash drive, the lower the chance of successful recovery becomes.

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Even if the SD card is just inserted in your camera (be it the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Nikon D800, or Sony Alpha A99), you should remove it just to be safe, and the same applies for USB flash drives and computers.

Next, download Disk Drill and install it on your computer. Disk Drill is a free download for Windows 7, 8 or 10 (XP and Vista included), and there’s also a version for macOS.

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Steps to recover pictures from SD card or USB flash drive:

  1. Connect the storage device to your computer but don’t do anything with it. If Windows offers you the option to repair the device, decline.
  2. Launch Disk Drill. You can either use the Basic edition of Disk Drill to recover up to 500MB of data for free, or you can upgrade to Disk Drill PRO and instantly get access to unlimited data recovery, as well as several extra features.
  3. Click the Recover button next to the storage device in question.recover jpeg files
  4. Wait until Disk Drill finishes scanning.recover raw files
  5. Preview the photos.recover jpg files
  6. Select the images you would like to restore. You can use advanced search filters to narrow down the results.picture recovery
  7. Select the recovery destination.recover photos from formatted sd card / USB flash drive
  8. Click the Recover button to recover pictures from SD card or USB flash drive.how to recover photos from memory card

As you can see, Disk Drill makes it extremely easy to recover deleted photos from any storage device and any digital camera, including Canon EOS 1 Dx, Canon EOS 6D, Nikon D4s, Nikon D610, and other popular models.

To recover deleted photos from digital camera, remove the memory card and insert it into a memory card reader. Disk Drill can recover photos even from formatted SD card or USB flash drive, but it’s important that new data isn’t stored on the device before recovery.

Recover Deleted Wedding Photos from a PC

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Now that you know how to recover photos from memory card or flash drive, it’s time to take a closer look at how to recover deleted wedding photos from PC. Again, the most important thing is to limit read/write operations of the affected storage device.

If you want to recover deleted photos from the system drive, we highly recommend you disconnect the drive and connect it to another computer 

Even though Disk Drill is a very lean software solution, there’s a small chance that its installation could override the section of the drive where the photos in question were stored.

To recover deleted photos from your PC:

  1. Launch Disk Drill. You can either use the Basic edition of Disk Drill to recover up to 500MB of data for free, or you can upgrade to Disk Drill PRO and instantly get access to unlimited data recovery, as well as several extra features.
  2. Click the Recover button next to your hard drive.photo recovery on win pc
  3. Wait until Disk Drill finishes scanning.recover pictures from sd card / USB flash drive
  4. Preview the photos.recover photos from SD card / USB flash drive
  5. Select the images you would like to restore. You can use advanced search filters to narrow down the results.lost wedding photos• Because Disk Drill displays file names with file extensions, you can effortlessly recover JPG files only, or recover RAW files only, or recover JPEG files only, and so on.photo recovery
  6. Select the recovery destination.recover deleted photos
  7. Click the Recover button to recover pictures from PC.recover deleted wedding photos

Never Lose Wedding Photos Ever Again

Frequent backups are the key to never losing any photos (or other data for that matter). Ideally, you want to backup your photos the moment you take them or as soon as possible. It’s important to choose a very reliable backup device, such as hard drives with proven reliability connected in RAID 1 configuration.

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Cloud storage is another great option, but keep in mind that not all cloud storage providers are trustworthy and secure. The last thing you want is to lose all your images just because a hacker from another country has managed to find an undiscovered vulnerability and infiltrate the servers of your cloud storage provider of choice.

If you’re using Disk Drill for data recovery, you may as well take advantage of its data protection features: Recovery Vault and Guaranteed Recovery. The former saves the metadata of deleted files, making it much easier to identify and recover these files using Disk Drill, while the latter (only available in the Mac version of Disk Drill for now) actually saves a complete copy of files.

By automating data backup, Disk Drill ensures that your data—be it pictures, videos, documents, or music—are always safe and protected. You can then focus on things that actually matter instead of worrying about your digital files. Best of all, anyone can download Disk Drill for free right now to see just how easy data recovery and protection can be and how wedding disasters can be avoided (at least as far as lost wedding photos are concerned).

Arthur Cole

Arthur Cole is a freelance content creator. He also has a more than 10-year experience in program development for macOS, Windows, iOS, Android.Arthur Cole is a freelance content creator with a deep expertise in progra...

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