Top Solutions to Micro SD Card Recovery on Mac (macOS Big Sur Compatible)

Rosa Reyes
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Due to the small sizes and sometimes transferring between systems, microSD cards can easily get corrupted. The data loss can also result from either virus infection or unintentional deletion. Anyway, no matter what causes files loss in your microSD card, here is the right place you can find solutions to micro SD card recovery on Mac. Before that, we’re going to discuss in Part I on how to select the right microSD card so that the risk of data loss can be reduced. And then, we suggest some practical tools for micro SD card recovery on Mac in Part II.

Part I: How to select the right microSD card?

Secure Digital Card is an ultra small flash SD card designed to provide high-capacity SD in a small size. According to different physical sizes, SD card can be classified into three types: standard-size SD cards, miniSD Cards, and microSD Cards. As for microSD cards, they are the smallest size of SD card, measuring 15x11x1 mm and weighing just 0.25 grams. They are widely-used in most cell phones, smart-phones that support SD cards, tablets and other more devices that take standard SD by using a SD adapter. As for microSD cards, when choosing the right one, you’d better take the following three factors into consideration.

1. Capacity: Based on storage capacity, there are three types of microSD card: microSD, microSDHC and microSDXC. The prices differ according to different storage capacity. In consideration of the price/performance ratio, it's not worth buying memory cards with capacities smaller than 4GB. For 128GB and above, SD cards are usually cheaper as users usually settle for 64GB as this matches the maximum supported capacity of most portable devices. Generally Speaking, microSD cards with an adaptor cost less than the equivalent SD cards.

2. Speed: Not all microSD cards offer the same speeds. There are four different speed classes — 10, 8, 4, and 2. 10 is the fastest, while 2 is the slowest. Classes 4 and 6 are suitable for high-definition video recording, class 2 is suitable for standard definition video recording, while class 10 is suitable for “HD still consecutive recording” and “full HD video recording”. There are also two Ultra High Speed (UHS) speed classes, which are designed for professional use.

According to Ephotozine, microSD cards from different manufacturers differ a lot.

3. Purchase Channel: You’d better not buy microSD cards from vendors with few feedbacks on auction websites, for these drives might turn out to be fake.

Part II: How to deal with micro SD card recovery on Mac?

How to recover data from micro SD card?I want to say, the easiest way is to make good use of your backup of those lost files. But what if you have no backup? Take it easy! What you need now is the best data recovery software mac. However, there are so many programs in the market that claimed to recover microSD card, which one should we choose? Here below are some of them.

1.List of some popular microSD card recovery programs

#Cisdem Data Recovery for Mac

Cisdem Data Recovery for Mac can be the preferred choice for microSD card recovery. It is excellent in recovering deleted, lost, formatted or inaccessible files from different devices. Most importantly, it is especially designed for Mac users and therefore compatible with Mac OS X 10.12 and later.

#EaseUS Data Recovery

This program is safe and reliable to recover almost all data from your hard disk which were deleted by mistake, or hard drive crashed suddenly, or virus infected. It supports to recover various kinds of files such as music, photos, videos, etc.

#Disk Drill by CleverFiles

It’s designed to be extremely intuitive while recovering all types of photos from all types of file systems and drives.

#Data Rescue 4

It is a good hard drive and deleted file recovery software used for Mac to recover lost or deleted files from a crashed or corrupted hard drive, reformatted or erased hard drive.

#Data Recovery Free by Softtote Studio

Data Recovery is excellent freeware wild-used to perform data recovery like undeleting accidentally deleted files from HFS+, FAT, NTFS, and ext2 file systems and recover the common bmp, jpg, png, tif, mp3 files from Mac-based internal/external hard drive.

2. Comparison of different microSD card recovery programs

Program Name Advantages Disadvantages Price
Cisdem Data Recovery

1. Easy and safe to use, read-only.

2. Powerful and flexible.

3. Preview before recovery

4. Dcoument classification is very detailed.

5. Fast scanning and recovery speeds.

6. Lifetime free upgrades.

1. Can't recover the file name.

2. The recovery performance for unsaved files is not satisfactory.

EaseUs Data Recovery

1. Very intuitive interface of recovery wizard.

2. Best in solid-state drive testing with 99 percent fully recovered.

1. Can't recover the file name.

2. All the files are only provided in serial number and suffix.

3. Not powerful in the recovery of video and music files.

Disk Drill

1. Offer three free features to help prevent future data loss.

2. Preview before recovery.

1. Can't recover the file name.

2. All the files are only provided in serial number and suffix.

3. Data recovery requires external drive to store recovered data.

Data Rescue 4

1. Slick and easy-to-use interface.

2. Excellent in recovering data from HFS,HFS+ and NTFS-formatted drive partitions.

3. Can create a bootup disk.

4. Recovers photos and documents with a higher success rate.

1. Slow scanning and recovery speeds.

2. Data recovery requires external drive to store recovered data.

3. Can't recover file name. Some files are spit into pieces.

4. The upgrades are not free.

Data Recovery Free by Softtote Studio

1. Supports NTFS File System.

2. Recovers more than 1GB of data, no size limitation.

1. Can't recover the file names.

2. All the files are only provided in serial number and suffix.

3. Not compatible with MacOS 10.8 or later.


No matter why you lost your data in SD cards, when choosing best data recovery software mac, do remember to follow the above-mentioned guide to select carefully, my friends! 

Rosa Reyes
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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.

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  • kdrfdsf

    Useful post! Bought a new camera last year and many photos are in my SD card. Several days ago, I found the photos anyhow got lost. Your comparison of different microSD card recovery programs is helpful! I'd rather use a cheaper program. Thanks!

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