File Recovery from SD Memory Card

Requirements: Microsoft Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008

Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5.X and above (including Leopard, Snow Leopard and Lion)

SD Memory Card File Recovery

Memory cards are file storage devices for mobile phones and digital cameras and have gained a lot of popularity due to its easy, efficient and reliable way to store and transfer digital data. It functions just like the hard drive of a computer but has more advantages like small size, fast data transfer and affordable price. Memory cards are of various types such as Multi Media Card (MMC), Secure Digital Card (SD), XD cards, Smart Media card etc. The most widely used among all memory cards is SD cards which can store data ranging from 512 MB to 64 GB. SD memory cards are based on FAT or FAT 32 file system, but can also be used on FAT 16 file system. The popular brands that manufacture SD cards are Sony, SanDisk, Transcend, Kingston, Kodak, Ativa and Lexar. Files from computer can be transferred to SD card by connecting your device to system through memory card reader. There are 3 types of SD cards such as standard SD card, miniSD card and microSD card. Various types of files are stored on SD card like photos, audio files, video files and other multimedia files and applications.There are chances of files getting deleted or corruption of memory card due to mishandling, manufacturing defect and malfunctioning (improper usage). But you can recover deleted files from memory card with the aid of my file recovery software

Few of the scenarios where files from SD card can be lost / deleted are:

  • Accidental deletion of files: Users may accidentally delete files from SD card when using devices on or from computer. When files are deleted from computer they do not fall in recycle bin as they by-pass recycle bin.
  • Loss of files due to corruption of SD card: When file system of SD card gets corrupted, users may lose files from SD card. Corruption of SD card can happen due to virus attack or by using same SD card on multiple devices.
  • File lost due to power surge: Sudden voltage fluctuation while transferring files from SD card to computer or vice versa could lead to loss of files.
  • Formatting SD card: Accidentally formatting the SD card by using format option present on device in which it is used or by clicking format option from computer will result in loss of files. However you can perform file recovery after format to recover these files

There are some precautions to be followed so that files are not deleted from SD card or from computer. They are:

  • Backup: It is always advised to backup important files on your computer so as to avoid any loss of precious data from SD card.
  • Using safe remove option: It is always recommended to use "safely remove option" from operating system when user wants to eject the device.
  • Examining the importance of files before deleting: User should always examine the importance of file before deleting it from SD card on computers because, files which get deleted from SD card bypass Recycle Bin and cannot be located in the PC.

If at all the user has not backed up important files and they get deleted intentionally or unintentionally from SD card then File Recovery Software is the best option. This file recovery software for Windows can recover files from SD card under any data loss situation. It not only recovers files from SD card but also supports file recovery after deletion of files from other memory cards like XD card, Compact Flash card, MMC card etc.

Note: You can use File Recovery Software which is the file recovery software for Mac to recover deleted or lost media files.

This software can also perform file recovery from external USB drive and recover media files such as images, RAW photo files, audio files and video files. Recovered files are sorted on the basis of name, date, size and file type. This software has a preview option which allows user to view files before saving them. This application can also be used to recover lost HTML files from different storage devices in few seconds. For more detail about it, visit this link: http://www.myfilerecovery.net/lost-html.html

Steps to recover files from SD memory cards:

Step 1: Download and install free demo version of SD card recovery software. Now connect the affected memory card to the system's USB port and run the software by clicking on the desktop shortcut icon and select "Recover Photos" option from the main screen.

My File Recovery Main Screen

Figure 1. Main Screen

Step 2: Select "Recover Deleted Photos option and proceed to the next step. Then select the memory card from where you need to recover photos and click on Next.

My File Recovery Main Screen

Figure 2. Select Recover Deleted Photo Option

Step 4: Then you get an option to search for a particular file based on its unique signature by selecting the file type from the list that is displayed. You also have an option to "Skip" this step.

Data View / File Type View Window

Figure 3. Select File Type

Requirements: Microsoft Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008

Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5.X and above (including Leopard, Snow Leopard and Lion)

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