There are many reasons people lost files on SD card or memory card. If you use a microSD card on mobile phone, you may lost data after phone reset. If you use a SD card on your digital camera, like the Canon and Nikon DSLR, you may accidentally delete the photos or videos saved on the SD card on a camera. Sometimes when your SD card corrupted, you connect the corrupt SD card to a PC or Mac, you will be asked to format the SD card, saying “SD card is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?” If you reformat the SD card you will remove all data saved on it, so do NOT do that.
Common SD card data loss scenarios:
- Accidentally deletion
- SD card formatting
- Virus inflection
- SD card corruption
- Abrupt power failure
In this guide, we will show you steps to recover SD card files. If you have a MicroSD card from an Android phones, you can also refer to this tutorial to recover deleted photos, videos, music from erased MicroSD card. Your data can be recovered under various situations, when they have been deleted, formatted or lost. When you found data disappeared, can’t be found or inaccessible on a SD card, do not use it as new data can overwrite those deleted data which makes them permanently lost. Deleted data will be flagged and new data saved to your memory card may overwrite these deleted data. So when you accidentally deleted files on mobile phone or camera, you should stop using your device and perform a scan and recovery immediately. It needs only 3 steps to restore SD card data like photos, videos, music and more data on Windows PC and Mac.
How to recover data from SD card or Memory card?
We will be using this data recovery tool in the demo. This is a total data recovery solution which can help you recover up to 550 file formats, like photos, videos, music, documents, emails and much more on your computer hard drive, Flash drive, external hard drive, smartphones, tablets, digital cameras, music players and more. You can download it below.
Step 1. Connect the SD card to your computer
Insert your SD card to the SD card reader of your laptop or insert your SD card to an adapter or SD card reader, then plug in it to your computer card slot or USB port. If you are using the SD card on an Android phone, scroll down to the bottom of this guide, or quickly jump to the Android phone & SD card recovery here.
Step 2. Scan the SD card for recoverable files and data
The data recovery application comes with flexible recovery modes. They are designed with users and requirements in mind. You can choose the one suits your needs the best. You can simply follow the Wizard Mode Recovery to find lost files by answering security questions. You can also choose Lost File Recovery or Partition Recovery for a quick recovery. Lost File Recovery can restore formatted and deleted files with their original file names and paths. Partition Recovery can retrieve corrupted or lost partitions, with all data intact. If these two recovery modes can’t get back your lost files. You can switch to the Raw Recovery. It will perform deep scan on your device and reclaim data even when the file system is corrupted.
Step 3. Preview and Recover SD card files
Some files, like the photos and other documents, can be previewed before you go to regain them by exporting from SD card and saving to your computer. For videos, you may only be able to view a picture thumbnail. File names and paths will also be displayed under the Lost File Recovery and Partition Recovery modes. All files and data found in the scanning process will be recoverable. They will be grouped into different categories, so you can easily find and put them back to computer.
All kinds of SD cards, MicroSD card or memory cards are supported, like Lexar, PNY, Kingston, Transcend and many more. Also check out this post and see how to recover deleted photos from Sandisk SD cards.
You should be able to get back deleted files either you manually deleted it by mistake, format the SD card or files lost due to power failure or virus inflection. However if your SD card is physically broken or damaged, not recognizable on your computer, you can use another way to connect it to a computer. If you forget, scroll back to step 1 for the details. If the computer still not able to detect or accept the SD card, try your luck on another computer.
Recover deleted data from Android phones & SD card
If your data was deleted from mobile phone, you need to use an Android data recovery software instead. Check out this tutorial to recover deleted photos, videos from Samsung Galaxy phones or this guide to retrieve deleted text messages from Samsung mobile. Both of the above mobile phone data solution can help you get back the lost data from phone’s internal memory and SD cards if any. And they work with all kinds of Android powered phones, such as Samsung, LG, HTC, Nexus, Motorola, Lenovo, Huawei, ZTE, Xiaomi, just to name a few.
Recover deleted photos from cameras & SD card
You can also directly connect your digital cameras, like Nikkon, Canon, Sony, Samsung, to computer and run the data recovery software to retrieve lost photos videos from camera to your computer. For example, you can follow these steps to recover deleted photos from Nikon cameras and this tutorial to recover lost photos from Canon cameras. This can help you with photo recovery from Sony, Canon, Samsung, Fuji, Nikkon and more digital cameras.