How to Restore Photos form Portable Devices?

Will you imagine the entire journey with your system without different portable devices? Most of the users might reply no for this query. Portable devices like pen drives, memory cards, external hard drives, etc are used to backup, share, preserve and carry users’ essential data. Therefore, these devices plays vital role in daily life of an average PC user to a professional user. Most of the portable devices provides assistance to digital gadgets (digital cameras, mobile phones, media players, etc) by serving as a secondary storage devices.

Let us discuss some of the pros and cons of the portable devices:


  • Portable devices are tiny and easy to carry anywhere
  • Can be accessed in any computer / laptop
  • Store huge amount of data
  • Easy plug and play facility
  • Provides extended storage space for your essential data


  • Deletion of photos and other files from these portable devices lead to permanent deletion
  • As portable devices are used in multiple systems, there is more possibility of virus or malware infection. Severe virus infection causes corruption to portable devices and results in loss of pictures files and other data preserved in it
  • Due to its simple plug and play property, some of the users might end up in ejecting these portable devices without using intended options. This tends loss of photos stored in these portable devices
  • One can easily transfer photos from portable devices to system or vice versa. Faulty way or interruptions while moving image files might causes data loss from portable hard drive

Here one may understand how each and every advantage of portable devices turn into disadvantages due to user’s misusage or logical conflicts. Whatever might be the reason, finally you may loss valuable photos and other media files from portable devices.

In some situations, user might experience set of errors, while connecting the portable device to their personal computer such as:

  • “Disk is not formatted”
  • “Format the drive”
  • “Error copying file or folder”
  • “Drive not recognized”
  • “Insert Disk”

These errors might occur due to any of the problems mentioned earlier, which results in loss of images files from portable devices. User can make use of appropriate data recovery tool like Yodot Photo Recovery, in order to restore photos as well as other media files from portable devices on Windows system.

Photo recovery software for portable device:

Yodot Photo Recovery is one of the perfect software to bring back pictures from portable devices. It includes the facility to restore various formats of photo files such as JPEG, JPG, PIC, TIFF, IMG, GIF, PSD, etc from removable drives such as memory cards (SD card, CF card, XD card, MMC card, etc), pen drives, external hard drives, etc on Windows computer. Along with images, you can extract other media files like audios, videos and RAW image files from external storage devices. One can also retrieve photo files from NTFS, NTFS5, FAT16, FAT32, ExFAT drives/partitions. Furthermore, the application is able to rescue photos from internal hard drive of Windows system. This software works well with Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2003, 2008 operating systems.

Steps to extract photos from portable devices:

  • Download Yodot Photo Recovery program and install it on your Windows system
  • Then connect affected portable device to that Windows PC
  • After launching the software, select “Deleted Photo Recovery” to get back deleted photos or “Lost Photo Recovery” option to rescue missing picture files in main screen
  • Subsequently hit on Next button, where you will find a screen that displays all the drives present on the system including externally connected portable device
  • Choose the portable device from where you need to regain image files
  • Now, the application scans preferred drive and shows list of restored photos from portable device
  • Next, you can preview the retrieved pictures using Preview option
  • Finally, save the photos to your desired location (But not to the same portable device)

Useful tips:

  • The less action you carry out on portable device after deletion or loss of photo files, more are the chance of recovering photos back
  • Always eject the portable device with specified instructions
  • To be in safer side, it is always recommended to backup your removable device data on some other storage devices