Canon Raw File Recovery | Recover Deleted CR2 Files

Updated On May 19, 2022

Did you accidentally delete images from your Canon camera’ SD card? If that's the case, don't worry; you've come to the correct place. In this article we've recommended a tried-and-trusted method for recovering cr2 files from a Canon camera using professional photo recovery software called Remo Recover. To effectively recover all deleted and lost CR2 CRW RAW image files from Canon Camera’s SD card. Download the tool now.


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Canon digital cameras are well known for its friendly GUI, stylish design, and high capability features. A large number of mainstream photographers prefer Canon digital cameras, as images captured from it look livelier and will be crystal clear. Canon digital cameras save images in CR2 format, which is a raw file format. RAW images are unprocessed files, which need to be converted in any of the digital camera supporting formats.

Even though CR2 images look stunning, at times these might get deleted or lost due to various reasons. Recovery of a CR2 file becomes necessary when lost and deleted photos or videos which were important to you. Fortunately you can retrieve lost CR2 files employing a reliable photo recovery tool and recover deleted or lost photos with ease.

It is recommended to always have a backup of your important files, as there are high possibilities that you might lose CR2 photos from your Canon’ SD card due to various reasons. Stick to this post till the end to know how to recover deleted cr2 files with ease.

Reasons For RAW CR2 Loss From Canon Camera?

  • Inappropriate removal of connected camera from your Windows computer system.
  • Accidentally pressing of “Delete All” button on digital camera will erase CR2 files.
  • Use of same external storage media in more than one system / device.
  • Making use of untrusted third party antivirus software for scanning images.
  • Incomplete CR2 file transfer process might result in data loss.
  • Inaccessible, corrupt and unreadable memory card might lead to loss of CR2 files.
  • Unexpected error messages that force you to format memory card on Canon camera.

How to Recover CR2 Files From SD card?

You can recover deleted or lost CR2 files from Canon’s SD card by the 2 methods below. If you have not taken the backup of your important files then directly make use of Remo recover to recover deleted CR2 files from Canon’s SD card.

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Method 1: RAW CR2 File Recovery from Recycle Bin

First check if you have accidentally deleted your CR2 files from the Windows computer. Follow the steps below to recover lost CR2 files from Recycle Bin.

  • Go to the Recycle Bin and open it.
  • Find the CR2 files you want to restore.
  • Select the files you want to restore and double click on it to get a flyout box and click on the Restore option.

Method 2: Recover RAW CR2 Files Using File History Backup

If you have backup of your important data then you can restore deleted RAW CR2 files using the below steps.

  • Type Control panel in the search bar and hit Enter.
  • Now navigate to the System and security and click on File History > and select Restore personal files.
  • Now select the folder which has CR2 files and click on the Restore button.
  • Now select Restore to and select desired location to restore the deleted RAW CR2 files.

Now you will be able to access the deleted CR2 files, in case you have not taken backup of your CR2 photos then move to the next section of the article.

Method 3: Restore RAW CR2 Files Using Remo Recover

Whatever the reason for the loss of Canon RAW images, Remo Recover software recovers them all in a few clicks. It can recover RAW photos as well as other media files such as audio, video, and so on. Canon image recovery is supported for all Canon camera models, including the Canon Powershot compact camera, Canon Vixia camcorders, and Canon EOS DSLR series. It can recover lost raw cr2 files from formatted sd cards and also supports the recovery of more than 300 file formats. Download the tool now.

1. Download and install Remo Recover software on your Windows computer. Now connect your SD card to your computer via card reader.

2. Choose the drive from where you want to recover data.

3. Now click on the Scan button from the main screen.

Scanning The Drive

Note: Wait for the tool to finish Deep Scan. The tool allows you to view the recovered CR2 files through the Dynamic Recovery View option, you can also navigate to the Lost Partition folder in the Tree Structure. The tool allows you to preview the recovered CR2 using the Preview feature.

Select The Desired Folder

4. Finally, select the CR2 files which you want to restore and click on the Recover option.

How to Repair Corrupted CR2 Files?

Fix 1: Fix Corrupted CR2 files using Chkdsk

Chkdsk command is a command line prompt which will check for any error on the drive and fix it. Follow the steps below to repair corrupted CR2 files from the SD card:

  • Via a card reader, connect your card to the computer.
  • In the search bar type cmd and select Command Prompt and Run as Administrator.
  • Type the command chkdsk X:/f in the command prompt Window and again hit Enter option.
  • Press Enter key by typing Y in the command window.
  • Press Enter key by typing E in the command window.
  • Finally type X:\>attrib –h –r –s /s /d *.* and hit Enter key.

Fix 2: Check if the Drivers are Corrupted or Outdated

Check if your computer’s driver is corrupted or outdated, it could happen due to various reasons. Follow the steps below to reinstall the device drivers.

  • In the search bar type Device Manager and hit Enter.
  • Double click on the disk drivers right click on the disk driver and click on the uninstall device option.
  • Now restart the computer again, and check if the issue is resolved.

Additional info: How to Open / View CR2 files?

You can try opening the CR2 files on Adobe photoshop, Windows photos or Google Picasa.

Option 1: Open the CR2 Files with Adobe Photoshop

  • Firstly, open Adobe Photoshop.
  • Open the files by simultaneously pressing Ctrl + O.
  • Navigate through the File Explorer and select the file.

Option 2: Open the CR2 files with Windows photos or Google Picasa

  • Open the File Explorer and locate the CR2 file.
  • Right-click the CR2 file and choose Open with option and select the preferred app.

Tips To Avoid Data Loss On Canon’s SD card.

  • Take a backup of important CR2 images.
  • Make use of antivirus to keep your canon camera’s SD card virus free.
  • Do not use a canon camera when the battery is low.

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