xD card, with the full name of Extreme Digital Picture Card, is a knockout flash memory card in the late 2000s, once used by Fuji Film and Olympus digital cameras. Though xD card has been replaced by SD card for some time, it is still used to store photos in earlier models of Fuji or Olympus cameras. If you stored some photos on xD card and cannot get access to them anymore, here we will teach you how to recover lost or deleted data from xD card.
There are several common reasons leading to data loss from xD card:
You may accidentally press the "delete" button on your digital camera or PC and delete all the photos, the chances of recovering deleted data are very high, as long as you stop adding new data to the card.
You may format the memory card by mistake or trying to gain access to the card by formatting. Chances of recovering formatted data from xD card is still high, as long as no new data is added to the card after the format.
Improper use, malware, bad sectors or defects of the card itself are much likely to corrupt your xD card. It is not easy to recover a corrupted card, the recovery depends on how serious the damage is.
Wear and tear, being dropped or smashed, immersion in water and so on can cause physical damages to your xD card. It is very difficult to recover data from a physical damaged card, but you can find a data recover expert or lab to restore.
Reasons for being not allowed to access to xD card can be various, but before recovering with 3rd party tools, there are first aids can be taken to gain the access.
Try to connect the xD card to another computer, as the card may not be readable due to incompatibility or driver-related issues.
Try to connect the xD card to your device using a new card reader, broken or malfunctional card reader also stop you from accessing to your data.
If neither of the first aids takes effect, you will need a data recovery program to help you out.
Before the recovery, there are 3 things as follows we should pay attention to, which help recover as much data as possible from the xD card.
Stop using the card
When you lost data on XD card, the first and most important thing you should do is stop all operations on that card, especially stop copying or deleting thing on to it. As it may overwrite the deleted files and drastically decrease the chance of getting files back. If you can, remove the memory card out of your camera and put it in a safe place.
Do not set xD card as a recovery destination
When performing recovery on XD card, make sure to set the recovering destination to another drive. Otherwise, partial data would be overwritten and will lead to permanent data loss.
Do not format the card as asked
For a damaged or corrupted XD Card, Windows and Mac may prompt you to format the card and then access the card. Please ignore that message and do not format your card before you recover the lost photos from xD card.
Here is a step by step guide on how to recover deleted files from xD card with Cisdem Data Recovery for Mac.
Cisdem Data Recovery for Mac is a dedicated program that assists in recovering lost, deleted and formatted data from both internal and external storage devices on Mac. It supports 9 file systems: APFS, HFS+, FAT16, FAT32, exFAT, ext2, ext3, ext4 , and NTFS, and enables the retrieval of 200+ formats, including videos, audios, images, documents, archives, etc.
Main features of Cisdem Data Recovery
Advanced File Recovery
Cisdem Data recovery also offers an "Advanced Data Recovery" option which can scan deeply and find all lost data with 98% recovery rate, so if External Drive Recovery failed to find the file, you can start over the recovery process by choosing "Advanced Data Recovery" mode, it finds more recoverable file but takes longer time.
For users of Windows (11, 10, 8, 7) operating system, we use DiskGenius. It includes powerful features to manage your data on Windows, you can recover data, manage partition, backup file, check bad sectors, wipe disk, create bootable disk. The DiskGenius data recovery tool works on internal and external storage devices to restore data lost due to deletion, formatting, RAW drive, parition loss, operating system crash and other situations.
For Windows users, there is a piece of freeware to recover data from xD card too, it is Recuva, an open source data recovery software that can recover all kinds of lost or deleted files on Windows, no matter your files are stored on internal hard drive or external storage devices.
It is much easier than you think to recover deleted photos from a xD card, as long as we have a professional data recovery program at hand. There are many reasons causing data loss, but the most important step to recover deleted data from xD card is, stop writing new data to it, otherwise, you may not be able to recover them forever.
Rosa has worked in Mac software industry for more than eight years. She believes that the purpose of software is to make life better and work more productively. In addition to writing, Rosa is also an avid runner.