How Do I Recover Deleted Media on an SD Card?

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SD cards are a widely-used storage medium for digital media files like photos, videos, music and more.

If you have accidentally deleted some media files from your SD card, recovery may be difficult.

Recovering Deleted Media on an SD Card

If you’ve accidentally deleted photos, videos or other files on an SD card, there are ways to recover them. The most straightforward solution is using data recovery software; this will scan the entire contents of the card for lost items and allow you to select which ones need saving.

Another option is sending the card to a data recovery service. These companies usually possess the expertise to recover data even from severely damaged cards, making this method the most expensive but oftentimes the best.

The initial step is to connect your memory card to your computer using a USB cable. If it doesn’t already know it, the program will prompt you for your password.

Next, select the SD card you wish to recover. With large memory cards, this may prove challenging; therefore, use Disk Utility to determine its size before selecting one for recovery.

Once you’ve selected your drive, click “Start Scan” to begin scanning. Please be patient as this process may take some time.

Once the scan is complete, the program will display all files it’s found. Hover your mouse over each file to view its contents. If you’re uncertain that a file is intact, click “Eye” to open a window displaying that particular file.

Once recovered, you must decide which files to restore and where. You have two options: save them directly onto your SD card or create a folder containing all recovered documents.

It is recommended that you do not continue using the SD card until after the recovery process has been completed. This is because deleted files remain physically present on the memory card and may overwrite any newly written ones before you have a chance to recover them.

Recovering Deleted Photos on an SD Card

If you’ve ever lost photos from an SD card, you may be wondering how to recover them. Fortunately, this process is relatively straightforward if you know where to look and what steps to take.

Before anything else, make sure the SD card isn’t being used anymore. Don’t take any new pictures on it and don’t format without making a backup copy of all data stored on it first.

Once you have recovered all of your images from the card, utilize a reliable photo recovery program to scan it for deleted pictures. Depending on how severe the corruption, you may be able to retrieve some or all of your files.

Some programs are free; others cost a considerable amount of money. It’s best to try them out first by downloading the trial version of their software before investing in a license.

One of the best solutions for recovering photos from an SD card is Recoverit. This Mac and Windows-compatible photo recovery program boasts a high recovery rate, superior quality images, and an user-friendly interface.

ProGrade Digital Recovery, a rebranded version of LC Technology’s PhotoRecovery app, may also be another viable option for recovering the contents of your SD cards if they’ve experienced major failure. If you have the license that came with your ProGrade Digital memory card, this can be an invaluable resource in recovering what remains on those drives.

Another alternative is sending your card to a data recovery service. While this may be more expensive, it may be the only way to retrieve all of your desired files.

Thankfully, there are several data recovery apps that can help. These are usually the best solutions for those who have accidentally deleted files from their SD cards or whose memory card won’t show up on their computer at all.

To use one of these recovery programs, simply plug your SD card into your computer and select the drive name. The program will scan through your card for any deleted or missing photos and return them to your computer. You can even backup these recovered files if desired so that you’ll always have them available if ever needed in the future.

Recovering Deleted Videos on an SD Card

If your videos have been accidentally deleted from an SD card, act quickly and attempt to recover them before they become overwritten. Additionally, back up all of your files so that you won’t experience further data loss in the future.

If the files on your SD card haven’t been overwritten, data recovery tools like Disk Drill or Remo Recover can scan and locate them. The program scans the contents of a card and returns it to your computer so you can copy them back onto the SD card or another location.

Depending on the type of data you need to recover, recovery may take some time. If the video files are large or you have many of them, a deeper scan might be beneficial in order to boost your chances for successful restoration.

One of the best ways to protect data loss is by regularly backing up all of your photos and videos on an external hard drive or cloud storage. Doing this ensures that they won’t be lost should anything happen to your SD card.

As with any data loss situation, it’s critical to act quickly and not wait too long before trying recovery. Doing so can save you both time and energy in the long run.

Before beginning the recovery process, be sure to take a few moments to back up all of your photos and videos onto an external drive or cloud storage. Doing this will guarantee that no more data will be lost should your SD card go missing or become formatted.

If you’ve accidentally deleted videos on your SD card, act quickly and try to recover them before they get overwritten. This can be accomplished using data recovery tools such as Disk Drill for Windows platforms or Remo Recover for macOS systems.

Recovering Deleted Audio on an SD Card

If your SD card has been accidentally deleted, it is still possible to recover any audio files stored on it. The best way to do this is with free Windows File Recovery software. This program will scan your SD card and attempt to retrieve any audio files found.

It should be noted that Windows File Recovery only supports certain file formats, but it can still provide you with your needed files. For a more comprehensive solution, consider third-party software like Disk Drill.

To use the tool, plug your SD card into your computer and launch it. From there, choose “Recover” from the menu options. Depending on how large your SD card is, this may take a few minutes for the software to search for and recover lost music files.

Once it has completed scanning your SD card, you can preview all recovered music files and save them to a location of your choosing.

It is highly recommended to regularly back up all of your data. Doing so can help avoid accidental deletions and other types of data loss.

To backup your entire system, it is best to use a program that allows for full system backups – including both internal hard drive and external SD card.

Software solutions exist that let you back up all of your media, including audio files. These programs can be run on either Mac or Windows computers for added convenience.

Some of these programs can also be installed on mobile devices like an Android phone and used to recover lost music files stored on SD cards or USB flash drives.

If you have a Google account, the Google Drive app can back up all your media. This is an ideal way to guarantee that your music files remain safe and secure. Plus, with this handy feature, launching the Google Drive app and navigating to the folder where they were originally saved can even recover those files that may no longer be on your device.

Vlad Tabaranu
Vlad Tabaranu
Vlad Tabaranu is a highly experienced computer and laptop repair engineer with over 20 years of expertise in the IT industry. Vlad's dedication to top-quality IT services has earned him significant recognition. He has been ranked among the top 3 computer repair services in Birmingham since 2018. He's also been awarded the Corporate LiveWire's Birmingham Prestige Awards 2019 for Best in Independent Computer Repair Services and the Central England Prestige Awards 2021/2022 for Computer Repair Service of the Year.
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