How to Recover Deleted Photos from SD Card?

SD card is a flash memory storage device that is designed to provide high storage capacity, non volatile and rewritable storage. SD cards were developed by SDA (Secure Digital Association). They are used frequently in different electronic consumer devices like digital camera, mobile phones, GPS systems, PDA’s etc to store audios, videos, photos and other files. Original SD, SDSC (Standard Capacity), SDHC (high Capacity), SDXC (Extended Capacity), SDIO (Input/output) are the different families of SD cards. SD card is available in 3 different physical sizes like standard, mini and micro. SDXC and SDIO families are not available in mini size and micro size respectively. Whereas, both SDHC and SD families are obtainable in all 3 sizes. The storage capacity of SD card is increasing continually. Currently, SD cards are available at storage capacities ranging from 256MB to 32GB. SanDisk, Transcend, Kingston, Samsung, Panasonic etc are the different popular brands of SD cards.

Scenarios in which photos are deleted or lost from SD cards are as follows:

  • Accidental deletion of photos: Accidentally deleting photos from SD card may result in loss of photos. When photos are deleted from SD card or any other external storage device, they bypass the Recycle Bin instead of moving to Windows Recycle Bin. Later, if you want those photos back then you cannot restore them from Recycle Bin resulting in loss of photos. If you have deleted photos from camera that are stored in SD card then there is no option to retrieve digital pictures from digital camera without the help of a recovery software. Read more...
  • SD card corruption: Malware, spyware or virus attack, power failure etc are the main reason for SD card corruption. When SD card gets corrupted, it displays an error messages while trying to access photos from it. The error messages do not allow you to access photos from SD card resulting in loss of photos. However, using a good photo recovery software it is possible to get back corrupted memory card photo files with utmost ease. Visit to know more about recovery process of memory card.
  • Accidentally formatting the SD card: Formatting refers to erasing all the contents stored in SD card and creating new file system to store new photos. If you have accidentally formatted the SD card, then the photos stored in it gets completely vanished resulting in loss of photos. If you want to format SD card that is used in digital camera then you should format it in digital camera only not in computer. Formatting SD card in computer leads to SD card corruption. However, powerful recovery solutions are available to recover photos from formatted SD card without missing a single photo.
  • Accidental removal of SD card from card reader: A card reader needs to be used in order to transfer photos from SD card to your computer. If you accidentally or abruptly remove SD card from card reader while transferring photos, then you may lose photos.

Even though, you can restore lost or accidentally deleted photos using reliable SD card recovery tool.

Always, take backup of essential photos to avoid loss of photos due to above mentioned reasons. Use “Safely Remove Hardware” icon to disconnect SD card from computer. While deleting any photos from SD card or any other external device make sure that you are deleting unwanted photo. Make use of updated antivirus program and UPS to avoid loss of photos due to virus attack and power failures respectively. Photo Recovery Software easily recovers accidentally deleted or lost photos from different types of SD cards like miniSD, microSD, SDXC, SDHC etc. This software can recover different types of image files like JPEG, TIFF, PNG, BMP etc from formatted SD cards. You can also perform SD card video file restoration and recover different types of audio and video file like MP3, WAV, AVI, MP4, MOV, MPEG etc. Read more..This software also has an ability to recover different types of RAW image files like CR2 and CRW from Canon, NEF from Nikon, ARW and SR2 from Sony etc. Thus, this is the best and advanced tool to recover deleted photos. It also insists you to undelete photos from different portable devices such as iPod, flash memory card and so on. If you want to know more about how to undelete photos from iPod, then go through this link:

Steps to recover deleted photos from SD card:

Step 1: Download and install Photo Recovery Software. Select “Recover Deleted photos” option from main screen to recover photos that are accidentally deleted. The next window displays detected drives. Select SD card as shown in Figure 1 to recover deleted photos from it.

Select SD card

Figure 1: Select Compact Flash Card

Step 3: Now, if you want to recover specific type of image files then select image file types otherwise skip this step by clicking on “Skip” button to start scanning process as shown in Figure 2.

Select video file types

Figure 2: Select Image File types

Step 4: Now, the recovered photos are displayed, you can preview recovered photos using “Preview” option as shown in Figure 3.

Save video files

Figure 3: Preview Photos

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