How to Recover Deleted Pictures on HP Laptop [5 Options]

What to do if you have accidentally deleted pictures on HP laptop? Don’t worry, we provide you with 5 options on how to recover deleted pictures on HP laptop here. Choose according to your preference.


By Ellie / Updated on April 3, 2024

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Can I recover deleted photos on HP laptop?


I was cleaning up the hard drive on my HP laptop and I accidentally deleted a folder of precious pictures taken when I was a little boy. Do you guys know how to recover deleted pictures on HP laptop?”

- Question from HP Community

HP Laptop

It is glad to tell you that it is possible to recover data from the HP laptop hard drive, including pictures. Because when you deleted your pictures from the hard drive, in a short period of time, they only become invisible and the space they have taken before is marked as available for newly coming files. They won’t be completely deleted until the new files overwrite them.

This rule applies to all kinds of picture loss caused by other reasons as well, for example:

  • Problematic Windows update
  • Virus attack
  • Accidental formatting
  • Corruption
  • BSOD errors
  • Windows crash

For any kind of picture loss, please remember to stop saving or moving new files into the hard drive that is used to restore your deleted/lost pictures. Once the deleted/lost pictures got overwritten, you’ll never be able to get them back on the HP laptop 

How to recover deleted pictures on HP laptop [5 options]

Whenever you find your pictures disappeared from your HP laptop for any reason, don’t worry, here are 5 options on how to recover deleted pictures on HP laptop.

Option 1. Get back deleted pictures from the Recycle Bin

The first option on how to get deleted pictures back on HP laptop is to check on the Recycle Bin if you have not emptied the Recycle Bin.

Step 1. Double click Recycle Bin on your desktop to open it.

Step 2. Locate the files you have just deleted. Right-click these files, then click Restore. Then your files will come back to the location where it was before being deleted.

Click Restore

Option 2. Recover deleted pictures on HP laptop via data recovery tool

If your files are permanently deleted, you definitely can’t get them back from the Recycle Bin. At the moment, you can use MyRecover, a free data recovery tool for multiple Windows versions, which can help you retrieve permanently deleted pictures, videos, music, texts, PDFs, etc., on your HP laptop in only 3 steps.

Download, install and launch MyRecover on your HP laptop.  

Download FreewareWin 11/10/8.1/8/7/Server
Secure Download

Step 1. Hover the mouse over the drive that you used to restore your deleted/missing pictures. Click  Scan.

Scan D Drive

Step 2. Then the scanning process will start automatically. You don’t need to wait for the process to complete if you find the pictures you want to recover.

Scan Lost Data

Step 3. Choose the pictures that you want to recover. Click Recover xx files and choose a destination path to save the restored pictures.

Choose Lost Photos

Option 3. Restore HP laptop deleted pictures from a Windows backup

Another way to restore deleted pictures on HP laptop is to use the Windows built-in utility Backup and Restore. Follow the first three steps to check whether you have this utility enabled on your HP laptop in advance. If not, jump to the next option.

Step 1. Input Control Panel in the Windows search bar, and start it.

Open Control Panel

Step 2. Click System and Security and then Backup and Restore (Windows 7).

System and Security

Step 3. Click Select another backup to restore files from. (Here you can see if you have enabled Backup and Restore or not.)

Select Another Backup to Restore Files from

Step 4. Select the backup and then click Next.

Select a Backup

Step 5. Search for your deleted/missing pictures by using the Browse for files or Browse for folders option.

Restore with Windows Backup

Step 6. Choose a location to save the backup, select your pictures and click Restore to recover them.

Option 4. Using File History to retrieve deleted pictures on HP laptop

File History is another option on how to recover permanently deleted photos from HP laptop. The same as the Backup & Restore utility, you’ll need to turn it on manually in advance on your HP laptop in order to use it.

✍Note: File History only backs up copies of the Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos, and Desktop folders on your computer. To use this method to restore deleted photos, you must first ensure that they are in one of these folders.

 Step 1. Go to Control Panel > System and Security > File History.

File History

Step 2. Click Restore personal files. (Here you can see if you have turned on File History or not.)

Restore Personal Files

Step 3. Select the pictures you need to recover and then click the Restore button.

Restore Deleted File

Option 5. Recover deleted pictures on HP laptop using CMD

The final option is to recover deleted pictures on HP laptop with the help of Windows File Recovery. Please make sure that your computer is running Windows 10 versions 2004 and later before using it.

Preparation work before using Windows File Recovery:

To use this tool, check out your File System first. Go to This PC > right-click on the external drive that contains the deleted files > click Properties.

Check File System SD Card

In addition, you need to use recovery mode and switches to get back your files. To decide which mode to use, refer to this table.

File system Scenarios Mode
NTFS Deleted recently Regular
NTFS Deleted for a while Extensive
NTFS Formatted disk Extensive
NTFS Corrupted disk Extensive
FAT and exFAT Any Extensive

Switches are used to filter the scanning range, thus can save the scanning time.

Switches Meaning Supported mode(s)
/n Filter the scan range: scans for a specific file with its file name/path/type, etc. All
/y: Recover specific extension groups. Signature
/k Recovers system files. NTFSSegment
/u Recovers undeleted files, for example, from the Recycle Bin. NTFSSegment

Step 1. Download and install Window File Recovery on your computer from Microsoft Store and then open it.

Install Windows File Recovery

Step 2. Open Powershell or Command Prompt (run as administrator). In the Command Prompt, enter commands in the following command format:

winfr source-drive: destination-drive: [/mode] [/switches]

For example, if you need to recover deleted pictures from C: drive (the drive that you used to restore your deleted pictures before) to D: drive, then the command will be like:

winfr C: D: /n *.png


Closing words

This post primarily introduces 5 options on how to recover deleted pictures on HP laptop. Actually, these methods can not only help you get deleted/lost data on HP laptop, but also on other laptops like recover deleted files on an ASUS laptop. In other words, whenever you have lost files on your laptop, you can try the methods mentioned here.

Ellie · Editor
Ellie, a professional and experienced writer who is good at solving iOS-related problems and writing iOS backup/transfer tips.