Why Do Photos Get Placed in a DCIM FoldeR?

  • Photos deleted or lost from Cameras, Mobile phones, and other device's DCIM folder can be recovered easily
  • It recovers videos along with the images in few clicks
  • Supports computer's internal hard drive, external HDD, memory cards, pen drives, Flash drives, and other drives

Why are the pictures are stored in DCIM folder instead of Photos folder? There are so many people out there who are thinking about this. So here I am going to explain every aspect of the DCIM folder.

Everything you Need to Know about the DCIM Folder!!!

DCIM is nothing but an abbreviation of the Digital Camera Images. When you click snaps using a Digital camera or smartphone camera, it gets stored on the DCIM folder. In case, if there is no folder named DCIM on a camera memory card then it creates one.

Images are Saved to DCIM Folder…. Why???

DCIM folder has a standard layout set by the DCF (Design rule for Camera File system). As per DCF specification, the digital camera should save photos in a “DCIM” directory. So that when you connect the Digital cameras or smartphones to the computer, photo –library software easily identifies and transfers them automatically.

Why DCIM, but not Photos?

There should be a specific standard, otherwise, it might be difficult for software programs to find photos from the connected device. In case of DCIM, it is formatted as per DCF specification. If the Digital camera and smartphones have its own unique pictures folder, then you cannot be able to use card used on one camera in another camera. If it has a standard format then you can connect SD card of one camera to another digital camera and access the photos without rearranging the file system of your camera card.

How safe are the photos on the DCIM folder?

If you are thinking if the pictures are safe in the DCIM folder then you are absolutely wrong. There are a number of reasons due to which you may end up losing photos from this folder.

Case 1: DCIM Folder Corruption

DCIM folder can get corrupt. There is no particular reason for DCIM folder corruption. If you see the one of the following things, then it indicates folder corruption-

  1. One or more pictures in DCIM folder might not be visible
  2. All the photos on the card might go missing
  3. DCIM folder turns to file

What could be done in case of DCIM Folder Corruption?

In the first case, you can take out the pictures that are visible and replace the card. But, 2nd and 3rd cases, you need to repair the card in order to get access to pictures stored on the DCIM folder; as it occurs due to card file system damage. Before repairing, you can use the Folder Recovery Software to recover pictures from the DCIM folder that turned to file. After taking out the pictures, you can repair it.

Case 2: User Error

DCIM folder might get deleted if you accidentally click the Delete button while working on it or while transferring it to the computer from a digital camera.

Is there any way to Recover deleted DCIM folder?

Yes, with the help of Folder Recovery Software you can recover deleted folder from a camera SD card. Don't worry, here are the simple steps by which you can easily perform DCIM file recovery.

How to Recover files from the DCIM folder?

Step 1: Download and install Folder Recovery software. And attach your card or camera to a system

Step 2: Select “Recover Files” option on the main screen as shown in Fig 1.

Fig 1: Welcome Page

Step 3: Choose between Recover Deleted Files and Recover Lost Files according to your need

Step 4: Select the card from the list of drives and click on Next as shown in Fig 2.

Fig 2: Select Memory Card

Step 5: After scanning, view the recovered files using “Data View” or “File Type View” option as shown in Fig 3.

Fig 3: Recovered Files/Folders

Step 6: Finally, save the required ones