How to recover SD card?

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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 formatting or damaged for some reason? Thanks in advance!

Solved Answer

SD card snapshotProbably 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 broke down resulting in the loss of important data. 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.

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.

Try an alternative card reader

Quite ofter 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

If you 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.


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To recover needed system components, please, purchase the licensed version of Reimage Reimage recovery tool.

You may find a long list of free programs that claim being able to recover data from SD and other data storage devices. However, if you really 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.

In order 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, allow users to preview recovered files before re-saving them, has a search function, and allows sorting data to categories. Once recovery steps will be 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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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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