Tricks on Using Free SD Card Recovery Tools on Mac (macOS Sierra Compatible)

2016-09-21 21:12:27 / Posted by Peter William to Recover Follow @ Peter

Nowadays, there are thousands of device models using SD cards, including digital cameras, mobile phones, automobiles, smart phones, personal navigation devices, televisions, computers of all types and video cameras.In spite of the popularity of various SD cards, we may also encounter some unexpected troubles when using our SD cards and even have no control over them. Data loss, for example, is a big headache to many people. Many of us are worried about SD card recovery. You may have been browsing through folders to clear out some useless old files in your SD card, then you hit Empty Trash and at that precise moment you realize, “Wait, no!”. You’ve deleted the whole folder all at once. It’s really terrible, isn’t it? At such times, you’ll then need to make use of data recovery tools if you want to restore the data in your SD cards.

Part I: How does SD card data recovery software work?

Generally speaking, the ways to recover lost SD card files or data used by either commercial recovery tools or free SD card recovery software differ a lot, largely depending on how the data was lost. Let’s take two examples. In the case that the lost files in your SD card are deleted, you can software that use complex algorithms to look at pieces of information that’s left on your SD card so as to guess where the file was physically stored. But if the reason for file loss is that your SD card is physically damaged, the recovery method is different. The number of files that can be recovered depends on what allocation information is still available to the recovery tool and the extent of the damage. If enough information is present for the recovery tool to repair the file system and locate previous files accurately, you can then recover quite a bit. By the way, for professional damaged SD card data recovery, you’re recommended to learn more in “SD Card Recovery: How to Recover Damaged SD Card Data on Mac Wisely”.

Part II: Best free SD card recovery software for Mac users

#1. TestDisk for Mac

TestDisk is file data recovery software designed to recover lost partition and unerase deleted files . As an open source software, it can be used to collect detailed information about a corrupted drive, which can then be sent to a technician for further analysis. TestDisk is designed for both novices and experts although the lack of a Graphical User Interface means that experts will feel more at home with it than the former.

#2. Data Recovery Free by Softtote Studio

It is excellent freeware wild-used to perform data recovery like 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. This software is not compatible with MAC OS X 10.8 or later.

#3. Wise Data Recovery

Wise Data Recovery is a free data recovery program to get back previously deleted photos, documents, videos, emails etc. It can be used by both Windows and Mac users to recover data from hard drives and removable media. It performs a quick scan on the selected drive and returns a list of all found file along with their recovery potential. Unlike some other free apps, Wise Data Recovery does not support deep scanning, which can result in faster scan time but may miss many files.

Part III. Limitations of best free SD card recovery software for Mac

There is no doubt that some freeware is definitely useful in many aspects. However, I want to say, if you want to ensure the security of your lost files and save your time, you’re not recommended to use free data recovery tools. Why? My friends, there is no such thing as a free lunch! The problem with the software is that they're not designed to help you protect against different recovery issues and many may not even work properly. You might download a program and spend much time waiting for the nagging process only to find your files can’t be recovered or the recovered file incomplete. Besides, some software may be able to recover files but you may not be able to open recovered files. In addition, please keep in mind that the chances for successful recovery is the greatest when you recover for the first time. Therefore, if your data is important, be carefully in choosing your recovery tools.

Cisdem Data Recovery for Mac is a professional and easy-to-use data recovery tool for Mac users. Different from the three software mentioned above, it can offer efficient and powerful recovery solutions by using advanced scanning technology and directory restructuring algorithm to recover your lost, deleted, formatted or inaccessible files from any Mac supported data storage media. It is compatible with Mac OS X 10.12 and later.

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2 Comments Leave a Reply

  • Daniel Leduc

    Just as Joe Ramirez said, I also have several SD cards, old or new. I've try some methods using some freeware found on Google after my pics lost after formatting... but somehow none of them work for me. A waste of time!

    3 years ago REPLY
  • Joe Ramirez

    I have many SD cards in different digital devices . I'm glad to know you Cisdem can offer lifetime support and upgrade for free for SD card recovery after I bought your data recovery software. Highly-recommend!

    3 years ago REPLY