How to Recover Deleted Files from SD Card

Jose Henline
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SD card provides huge benefits, but it also brings some issues that are worth noticing. One of the issues is data loss from your SD card. Due to wrong operation, your SD card may get damaged or become inaccessible and sometimes you may delete files from it by accident. But the files are not deleted permanently and you can recover deleted files from SD card by using third-party SD card recovery software.

How to Choose the Right SD Card Data Recovery

Files may be lost from SD cards not only due to accidental deletion but also due to other reasons like accidental formatting, improper handling of your SD card, firmware damages, etc. In many cases, the files deleted or formatted from SD card or other electronic devices aren’t go away immediately, they’ll continue to exist as long as they are not overwritten. So you still have chance to recover deleted files from SD card. How to choose the right SD card data recovery to recover files from SD card?

1. It should support following common type of cards technology:

  • Traditional SD (secure digital) cards, memory cards and compact flash cards (used in digital cameras).
  • SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) – Used for high-end data storage requirement (up to 32 GBs), SDXC, SD Mini, Micro SD, Micro SDHC etc.
  • CompactFlash (CF) Memory Cards, xD Picture Memory Cards, Multi Media Cards (MMC), etc.
  • Flash drives including USB, Pen Drive, External hard disk drive etc.

2. It should support common kinds of file systems like HFS+, FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, exFAT, etc.

3. It can recover many file formats of photos, audios, videos, documents, archives, etc.

4. It can offer search and preview features before recovering to help you recover the deleted files without pain.

Considering all the factors, here I highly recommend you Cisdem Data Recovery and Recuva. Below are the detailed guide on recovering deleted files from SD card on Mac and Windows.

How to Recover Deleted Files from SD card on Mac and Windows

After I tried some data recovery software, I found Cisdem Data Recovery for Mac and Windows is a perfectly designed data recovery tool to recover lost files from any storage devices such as SD cards, Digital cameras, internal or external disks, MP3/MP4 player, iPod, etc.

It recovers images, documents, audios, videos, music, archive, etc., in more than 300 file formats and repairs corrupted videos. Download it below to see how it can recover deleted files from your SD card. 

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Step 1. Connect SD card with Mac or Windows. Connect the SD card that you deleted files from to your Mac or Windows and then go to SD Card recovery.

Step 2. Scan SD cards Select the SD card and click “Search for lost files”.scan sd card

Step 3. Recover files from SD card. After scanning, all deleted files will be listed in the left column. You can click each one to preview or use search tool to find your target file. Then select the files you want to recover and hit “Recover” to save them on Mac or Windows. In addition, you are also able to preview files when the scan is going on.
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How to Recover Deleted Files from SD card Free

To recover deleted files from SD card free, you need Recuva. It is a Windows utility that can help you to restore your files, which have been accidentally deleted from your Windows computer, recycle bin, SD card, MP3 player, iPod, etc. It supports FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, exFAT, NTFS, NTFS5, NTFS + EFS but doesn’t support HFS+.

It offers free version and pro version. The free version only supports advanced file recovery. If you want virtual hard drive support or automatic update, you need to upgrade it to pro edition. Download it free and recover deleted files from SD card on Windows.

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Step1. Download and install Recuva on PC. After the installation of Recuva Software, a Quick launch file displays on the desktop. Click on that icon to Run and Start the file.

Step2. Choose Type of file. You can also choose specific files like “Pictures”, “Music”, “Emails” and “Documents”. If you want to recover any type of deleted file, select “All Files”.

Step3. Choose the SD card for scanning. Connect the SD card to your PC and select “On my media card or iPod”. Choose the SD card where you deleted the files and click Next. When a new window appears, hit “Start” to start scanning your SD card. If you have enough time for scanning, mark on “Enable Deep Scan”.

Step4. Recover deleted files from SD card. You will see a window that displays the found files from the SD card. And you will notify three colors like red, yellow, and green that are marked in front of the file names. Colors represent the chance of data recovery: Green > Yellow > Red. Click each file or search them by filename to preview. Select the files and hit “Recover…” to get all deleted files back.

In all, Recuva is not as user-friendly as Cisdem Data Recovery, but they are all excel at recovering files. Whether you have a PC or Mac computer, you can always follow above guide to recover deleted files from SD card.

Jose Henline
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Jose specializes in reviews, how-to guides, top lists, etc. on PDF, data recovery and multi-media. On his spare time, he likes to travel or challenge some extreme sports.

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