How to Recover Files from SD card?

Digital cameras have completely revolutionized the world of photography and storage media like SD Cards on the hand with their durability and enormous size (ranging from 4 MB to 8 GB) have changed the world of data transfer and storage. As with any other external storage devices, data stored on SD cards presents to us a unique set of problems like accidental deletion, formatting, corruption etc and thus resulting in data loss. Well, data lost or deleted from SD cards are lost or deleted for good, because they do go to the Trash or Recycle Bin to get recovered.

There are various reasons which lead to loss of precious photos, images and videos on SD card like- corruption in SD card, SD card damage, accidentally deletion of photos, formatting of SD card, accidentally switched your camera off, or stumbled on your USB cable and plugged off its slot while transferring some just-clicked photos from your SD card to your PC, taking out without camera switching off or many more other. Whatever might be the cause, to recover files from SD Card, Digital Media Recovery Software is very useful. This software also helps you in restoring files from USB drive, formatted hard drive and also undelete pictures from SD card.

The software is reliable to recover your multimedia files that include image files such as JPG, BMP, TIFF, PNG, GIF and also raw photographic files such as CRW, CR2, NEF, ORF, SR2, SRF and MRW, music files like MP3, WAV, MIDI, MP4, and also video files that include AVI, MOV, MP4, MPG. Apart from photo recovery you can also recover files lost in cut and paste operation.

The step-by-step instructions to recover files from SD card is as following:

Step 1: Launch the software and Select the SD Card

Launch the Digital Media Recovery Software, a list of drives found in the system will be listed, select the SD Card/drive which contains the deleted/lost images and click “NEXT” (as shown in Figure a).

Photo Recovery Main Screen

Figure a: Program Main Window

Step 2: Select the File Type You Wish to Scan

After you click “Next” the application will ask you to select the file type to recover. A window will appear as shown in Figure b to select the file type for images, videos and music files. Select the file types you wish to recover and click “Next”. You can also use the “Select All” button which will check all the available choices.

The program will now scan the SD card for deleted/lost files. With its distinctive and special disk scanning technology the application will collect and analyze every byte on the SD card and show you the list of found files and folders in a tree format (as in Figure c).

Step 3: Scan results screen

In the results screen, files found will be sorted by file type selections that you have made. Select the file or folders that you want to recover and press “SAVE” button (see Figure c).

Scanned lost Photo list

Figure c: Scan Results


Step 4—Preview the File before Saving

You can double click on the found file to preview before recovery or, you may right click on the selected file and select “Preview” option from the menu (as shown in Figure e).

Preview Recovered Photos, Music, Video screen

Figure d: Preview


Step 5: After you click the Save button, a window will to select to restore recovered data (See ).

Recovered Photos, Music, Video Saving option screen

Figure e: Select Destination Location


Digital Media Recovery Software includes two options to save the recovered data.

  1. Save data to local drive
  2. Burn data to CD/DVD

If you choose to save data to local drive and specify the file types you wish to ignore during , check if you want the data to be saved in compressed form and click OK. Now the program starts saving the data to of your choice.

After the saving is complete a message will popup intimating the same. All the data will be restored in a new folder by name “UndeleteX “. You can now access your recovered data as before.

CAUTION: Do not save the recovered data to the drive from which data is being recovered.

Accompanying with Digital Media Recovery, you will never worry about losing image, music, videos.

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