How to Restore DCIM Folder?

“The memory card on my camera used to save all the pictures and videos in a folder called DCIM. It just got created by itself when I used memory card to save files on camera. My niece erased this folder without any knowledge when I had connected memory card on computer to copy photos and videos from it. Can anyone suggest me how to recover DCIM folder from memory card? Please help….”

‘DCIM’ stands for Digital Camera Images; a folder with this name is usually present in external storage devices like memory cards used on Android gadget or camera. This folder includes pictures captured using digital cameras or the camera app on Android devices. When this folder is deleted or gets missing from memory card then it is a great loss for users as it holds important picture files.

Some common scenarios of losing DCIM folder are:

  • Unintentional deletion when memory card is connected to computer
  • Missing of DCIM folder due to malware intrusion or incomplete transfer process from memory card to other storage devices
  • Incorrect usage of memory card like abrupt ejection while data read / write process is in action, using same card on multiple gadgets, etc. can damage memory card making DCIM folder inaccessible
  • Format error in memory card caused due to logical error or firmware error in camera

All these instances will induce inaccessibility of DCIM folder files from memory card and user will end up losing huge data. But not to be bothered anymore as there are possible ways to extract DCIM folder from memory cards with ease.

DCIM folder recovery utility:

With the help of most trustworthy recovery tool named Yodot Photo Recovery, you can retrieve DCIM folder from memory cards easily. This software can support to restore DCIM folder and its picture files from SDXC, SDHC, mini SD, micro SD, SDHC, MMC, CF, XQD, xD, Smart Media, memory stick and other flash memory cards that are used on vivid digital gadgets. This amazing software can even get back My Videos folder, My Pictures and other folders that hold different media files. It can bring back pictures, movies, music, RAW images, documents, PDFs, archives, etc. from system hard drive, portable hard drive, pen drive, SSD, FireWire drive and many more storage devices. It supports all storage devices formatted with ExFAT, FAT32, FAT16, NTFS, NTFS5 and ReFS file systems on Windows OS. This software is compatible on Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008 OS based computers.

Steps to retrieve DCIM folder:

  • Download the program on your Windows computer and install it
  • Connect the memory card from where DCIM folder is lost to this system and run the utility according to onscreen instructions
  • In main screen, click for ‘Deleted Photo Recovery’ option to retrieve erased DCIM folder
  • Or go for ‘Lost Photo Recovery’ option to get back missing or lost DCIM folder
  • Moving next, choose the drive that represents memory card that needs to be scanned
  • If necessary select the file types that you wish to restore else simply skip the step
  • Further, allow the software to scan memory card to restore DCIM folder and its files
  • Use ‘Data View’ or ‘File Type view’ to glance at recovered files
  • And then preview selected files to have a detailed look at recovered files
  • Finally, save the files to target location on host computer drive or on other storage devices

Notable Points:

  • It is always recommended to backup DCIM folder files in secure location
  • Do not let your valuable files accessed by others without having backup