We are living in a generation where the number of image and video capturing devices is increasing by number – DSLRs, smartphones, security cameras, drones are a few of the common devices which can capture photos and videos. Even 15 years back, the digital camera was a separate entity. Today even some refrigerators can capture a photo! It is not uncommon to accidentally delete photos or videos from a memory card to free up space. Even worse, sometimes we format the card to use on another device, and when we realize it contained valuable photos or videos we start to find some way which can “undo”.
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Who might need a deleted photo recovery software?
Almost everyone can find it useful since it can recover the deleted PSD files, EPS files, AutoCAD files, Corel draw format, movie files and MP3 files too.
Those who own DSLR, smartphones, drones may wrongly delete the photos and videos they have captured. Also, there can be technical issues that make the devices and computers unable to easily read the memory cards throwing some errors. In today’s world, users should find some kind of photo recovery software before the disaster takes place. It is needless to say that a backup is always mandatory. No recovery software is a replacement for regular backups.
Because of an increasing number of types of devices, a paid photo recovery software must support the proprietary formats of image RAW and also support the recovery of photos and images from memory cards and hard disks. The question is why we are talking about a paid photo recovery software when there is free software that offers some features? The reason is nothing but the lower cost, easiness of use, a good number of users, support of higher resolution image and video files and existence of official support. Stellar Photo Recovery does not cost more than a higher capacity memory card. In our opinion, software that can recover the RAW files is a great tool for any level of user. Stellar Photo Recovery is quite highly rated by the users in various third party review sites such as Trust Pilot.
Unless you download the free trial and test, you’ll be unable to understand the rest of the review. It is quite common to buy software and under-use its potential. To smoothly run the software, you’ll need a Windows computer or a Mac with a minimum of 4GB RAM.
Various versions of Stellar Photo Recovery
Stellar Photo Recovery is offered in three versions – Standard, Professional and Premium. The premium version is labelled as “Repairs Corrupt Videos” on the official website. We are using the standard version. Premium version offers some more features. You can view the comparison chart here.
What are the features offered by Stellar Photo Recovery
It supports a lot of file formats, including Canon RAW files, Fujifilm RAW files, Sony RAW files, Nikon RAW files, Olympus RAW files, Pentax RAW files, Panasonic RAW files, JPEGs, TIFFs, GIFs, PNGs, PSDs, MP4, AVI, MPEG, AVI, 3GP, MP3, WAV, MIDI, M4P, AU, PSD, EPS to name some. Also, you can add new file headers manually or automatically.
It supports recovery from many types of memory cards and hard disks, even it can recover from BitLocker encrypted partitions. You can view them as previews, choose to list the files in different ways. It can repair the corrupted photos, supports large 4K files.
Can I use Stellar Photo Recovery for my Smartphone?
Yes. If anyone deletes your collection of downloaded photos and movies, you can recover them. Never download completely illegal photos and movies on your main memory card since physically destroying the card is the safest way to delete them forever.
How do you work with it?
Using Stellar Photo Recovery is quite easy. Get the software downloaded and installed on your computer. Connect the device or memory card you want to recover (so that it shows up as an option of storage). Select the drive in need of recovery, and hit “Scan”. You’ll “Select” by clicking beside the icons to create a checkmark next to the location you need to recover files from.
As soon you’ll hit the scan button, the software will start checking your selected drive for media. Depending on the size of your drive; the scan can take 30 to 60 minutes. You can leave the computer while the scan is running.
You can always select the type of files you want to scan by going to the Advanced Settings menu, clicking on File List and check the formats you want. If you do not understand what we are talking about, then simply skip this step.
Once the scan is complete, it will report the number and size of the files it found during the scan. You’ll be offered an explorer-like UI to preview the files, select and recover. It is easy and the UI is not scary at all.
You must make sure to immediately put aside any accidentally formatted cards. If you continue usage after a wrong deletion or wrong formatting, then the software may not be able to recover the file. In the case of a smartphone or a drone, you should immediately turn off the device and take out the memory card.
Stellar Photo Recovery is a popular software recommended by professional blogs such as Digital Photography School. There are few negative reviews on various websites including Amazon because of failure to recover. Most of such cases had erased header files by the operating system as they have not removed the media. In such cases, you’ll need some costly professional service to recover the files. You should run the software once to recover. Stellar Photo Recovery is a great tool to recover files that do not cost a huge.