Recover deleted pictures from a Thumbs.db or thumbcache file

It is possible to recover images deleted out of a folder by extracting them from a thumbs.db or “Thumbs” file. By recovering this way, you may be able to get the file back, but it will be a much lower quality.

Windows Thumbs.db file

To recover images from the Thumbs.db file, navigate to thumbsdb.tools and upload your Thumbs file. You will then be presented with a list of recovered files.

A similar, but better way to recover files from the system “db” files is with the “thumbcache” file.

Windows Thumbcache_ Files

These files will be listed in the same folder as the Thumbs.db file and will be named as thumbcache_*.db or just thumbcache_*** (where the stars may be different based on your system and the file.

For each of these files, upload them to the a href=”http://thumbsdb.tools/thumbcache-viewer.php”>thumbcache< viewer and it will reveal the images contained in the file. Files ending with higher numbers (such as 1024) will have better quality images than the 96 and 32 thumbcache files.

Extracting iconcache / thumbcache db files

iconcache and thumbcache db files are small database files created by Windows in order for users to quickly preview files and folders stored on their computer.

These files are essentially filled with tiny preview-versions of all the files in the folder.

It may be impossible to delete these files because windows will automatically recreate them.

In order to view or extract data from thumbcache / iconcache db files, you can use the tool at https://thumbsdb.tools/thumbcache-viewer.php

This tool is compatible with extracting the following db files:

iconcache_2560.db
iconcache_1600.db
iconcache_1280.db
iconcache_1028.db
iconcache_1024.db
iconcache_768.db
iconcache_256.db
iconcache_96.db
iconcache_48.db
iconcache_32.db
iconcache_16.db
iconcache_wide.db
iconcache_wide_alternate.db
iconcache_custom_stream.db
iconcache_idx.db
iconcache_s.db
iconcache_sr.db
iconcache_exif.db
thumbcache_2560.db
thumbcache_1600.db
thumbcache_1280.db
thumbcache_1028.db
thumbcache_1024.db
thumbcache_768.db
thumbcache_256.db
thumbcache_96.db
thumbcache_48.db
thumbcache_32.db
thumbcache_16.db
thumbcache_wide.db
thumbcache_wide_alternate.db
thumbcache_custom_stream.db
thumbcache_idx.db
thumbcache_s.db
thumbcache_sr.db
thumbcache_exif.db