How to recover SD card?

by Lucia Danes - -


Issue: How to recover SD card?

Hi guys. My roommate lost all her holiday pictures due to carelessly formatting her SD card this morning. She went crazy and still goes. Is there any way to extract data from the SD, which is empty due to formatting or damaged for some reason? Thanks in advance!

Solved Answer

Probably the majority of us use SD (Secure Digital Card) on a digital camera, mobile device, tablet, laptops and so on. Unfortunately, just like USB external drives, hard drives, and other devices used for data storage are very vulnerable and may suddenly break down resulting in the loss of important data.[1]

Even if you treat your SD card properly, it may come to a risky age, or you may unconsciously insert it to a device that is infected by viruses. Fortunately, there is a way to recover data that has been stored on a damaged/corrupted/formatted SD card.

Take corresponding actions as soon as you can. SD cards are very vulnerable. If your card has just broken down, you have accidentally formatted it, or whatever other reason caused data loss, the first thing that you have to do is to stop using SD card until you start data recovery. Otherwise, documents, photos, music, and other personal information may be damaged permanently.

How to recover SD card 

Various issues and symptoms may indicate that your SD card is corrupted. Direct error messages stating about the inaccessible SD card or file directory issues, lost files or unreadable card can be one of many different indicators. Also, there is a common issue when you can see photos on your phone or in the system but copying those files is not allowed. 

Often the error states about needed formatting to your SD. However, DO NOT format the disk until you haven't restored lost data. By formatting, you may lose a piece of data that has been lost. Therefore, delay this process after data recovery from SD card will be executed.

Possible ways to recover SD card

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Unfortunately, you need to take additional steps to make sure that the device itself is virus-free and have no intruders who can affect the file recovery process or even cause damage. System optimizers like Reimage can indicate possible cyber threats or applications that need fixing.[2] Make sure to use reputable tools and get them from the official sources or the direct developer since the internet is filled with rogue tools and applications.[3]

Try an alternative card reader

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Quite often the problem is not the SD card itself but its reader. Therefore, if you have inserted it to your laptop built-in slot and your SD does not respond, you can try to insert it to another computer that has a built-in SD card slot or buy a USB SD card reader.

Check alternative locations

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If your SD does work except your files are gone somehow, you should check alternative locations. First of all, open Recycle Bin and check maybe you've accidentally removed them. In case it is full of deleted items, use a search box or filter deleted files according to the date of removal.

If you cannot find the lost data anywhere and if you are sure that they have been lost along with your SD crash, then you should employ a specialized software for data recovery.

Fixing a dead SD card

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Thin plastic shell may lead to the break of a card and other functions like write-protection switch may fall out and not work. This way your SD card stops working and becomes useless. The switch on your SD card allows or blocks the writing to the card function. When the witch is in the unlocked position, you can try the tool on Windows which allows the fix.

  • If your SD card appears in Windows Explorer, you can click on it and go to Properties.
  • Then select Tools and choose Check button.
  • This way Windows will scan the card for errors and may solve them.
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Check for SD card errors

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  • Insert the card into the reader and connect it to the system.
  • Click Start in the Windows taskbar and select Computer.
  • Search for your card under Devices with Removable Storage and note which drive letter is assigned.
  • Open Command prompt window and enter chkdsk followed by a colon and the drive letter.
    Command prompt solution
  • After you press Enter possible errors should be found and corrupted SD card fixed. 
  • Check the drive for recovered files.

Reinstall the needed driver

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  • Locate to Device Manager.
  • Double-click Disk Drives.
  • Find the removable drive and Right-click.
  • Uninstall the driver.
  • Disconnect the storage media and restart the PC.
  • Reconnect the card and make sure it gets detected. 

Recover data from SD card automatically

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You may find a long list of free programs that claim to be able to recover data from SD and other data storage devices. However, if you need to get back the data stored in SD card, be very careful when selecting data recovery programs and avoid third-party apps because they may restore only a small part of data resulting in the loss of the others.

To recover SD card files, we recommend using Data Recovery Pro application. First of all, it is free to use. Moreover, it is a powerful tool that can retrieve deleted/lost files and re-save them. It supports the majority of file types and can recover data from devices, such as iPods, MP3 players, flash drives including SD cards.

Moreover, it features easy-to-use interface, allows users to preview recovered files before re-saving them, has a search function, and allows sorting data to categories. Once recovery steps are finished, don't forget to select a destination folder for the data that you want to recover. Otherwise, you may not find re-saved data again. 

Recover files and other system components automatically

To recover your files and other system components, you can use free guides by experts. However, if you feel that you are not experienced enough to implement the whole recovery process yourself, we recommend using recovery solutions listed below. We have tested each of these programs and their effectiveness for you, so all you need to do is to let these tools do all the work.

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Prevent websites, ISP, and other parties from tracking you

Private Internet Access is a VPN that can prevent your Internet Service Provider, the government, and third-parties from tracking your online and allow you to stay completely anonymous. The software provides dedicated servers for torrenting and streaming, ensuring optimal performance and not slowing you down. You can also bypass geo-restrictions and view such services as Netflix, BBC, Disney+, and other popular streaming services without limitations, regardless of where you are.

A VPN is also crucial when it comes to user privacy. Online trackers such as cookies can not only be used by social media platforms and other websites but also your Internet Service Provider and the government. Even if you apply the most secure settings via your web browser, you can still be tracked via apps that you are connected to the internet. Besides, privacy-focused browsers like Tor is are not an optimal choice due to diminished connection speed.

Therefore, to stay completely anonymous and prevent the ISP and the government from spying on you, you should employ Private Internet Access VPN. It will allow you to connect to the internet while being completely anonymous, prevent trackers, ads, as well as malicious content. Most importantly, you will prevent the illegal surveillance activities that NSA and other governmental institutions are performing behind your back.


Recover your lost files quickly

Unforeseen circumstances can happen at any time while using the computer: it can turn off due to a power cut, a Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) can occur, or random Windows updates can decide to reboot the machine when you went away for a few minutes. As a result, your schoolwork, important documents, and other data might be lost.

Additionally, you might also be attacked by malware that can corrupt your Windows or encrypt files with a robust encryption algorithm, and ask for a ransom in Bitcoin for the decryption tool. Cybercriminals might not deliver what they promised, however, so it is better to attempt alternative file recovery methods that could help you to retrieve at least some portion of the lost data.

Data recovery software is one of the options that could help you recover your files. Once you delete a file, it does not vanish into thin air – it remains on your system as long as no new data is written on top of it. Data Recovery Pro is recovery software that searchers for working copies of deleted files within your hard drive. By using the tool, you can prevent loss of valuable documents, school work, personal pictures, and other crucial files.

About the author

Lucia Danes
Lucia Danes - Security researcher

Lucia Danes is the news editor at UGetFix. She is always on the move because the eager for knowledge makes her travel around the globe and attend InfoSec events and conferences.

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