How to Recover Permanently Deleted Files from a SD Card [2022]

|by Shelley, Updated on Jan 4, 2022

"Is there a way to get back deleted files from SD card? I accidentally deleted files there and I can’t find them in the recycle bin at all."

Memory cards are a must for extending device storages. Though we have seen many smart phones come with integrated storage. However, SD cards are still widely used for cameras, phones, camcorders. Occasionally, you may accidentally deleted files from an SD card, or format SD card to fix issues of the SD cards, which of course will result in data loss. Is it possible to retrieve rermanently deleted files from SD card? Sure, you can make use of data recovery to recover files from SD card on Mac or Windows PC.

Part 1. The Most Efficient Tool to SD Card Recovery

iBatsoft Data Recovery is a data recovery tool running on computer to get back files from computer internal disks as well external hard disks. It has millions of users around the world already for it really has helped people to rescue data. Here are some of its main features.

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  • Supports over 100 file types in more than 900 file formats, covering pictures, videos, audio files, archive files, emails and more.
  • Get back data lost in different scenarios, including deletion, formatting, factory reset, system crash, virus attack, computer block, etc.
  • Easy to use on Windows PC and Mac to recover files from SD cards, USB drive, built-in disks, CF card, and more.
  • The free trial version is at the first place to help scan for losing files. It tells whether you can find the lost files or not.
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Part 2. Guide to Restore Permanently Deleted Files from SD Card

As proved, the best and most efficient way to get deleted data back from SD cards is using data recovery software, because it’s developed with the technology to scan your SD card, displaying the recoverable files. And among the software tools, iBatsoft Data Recovery is fully recommended for its high recovery rate. Here in the following, we take a look at how to use it to find erased files from SD cards.

Important: please stop using the SD card the moment you found you have lost, deleted, or formatted the SD card. It’s proved to be the best method to protect the deleted data from being overwritten. After then, do the card recovery quickly and targeted.

  1. Download the iBatsoft data recovery software either on your PC or Mac.
  2. Please note that only with the computer, it’s able to recover permanently deleted files from SD card. No matter the memory card is on your phone or camera, you can’t retrieve the files without a computer. It has standalone versions for Windows PC and Mac. Choose the right version for your computer. Before installing iBatsoft Data Recovery for Mac, please make sure you have enabled the system preference as "install apps from App Store and identified source".

  3. Connect your SD card with your computer
  4. letting the computer detect it as an external hard drive. Launch the card recovery software. After then you can see the SD card is in the hard drive list on the left panel. Choose it, move mouse to click "Scan" besides it.

  5. SD card recover permanently deleted files
  6. You can see the progress bar of scanning process. Wait patiently for it to finish. After then, you can see all found files from the SD card. And all of them are sorted into categories. Choose files to preview. When find the target files, click "Save".

    (Optional) the above-mentioned scan mode is Quick Scan. It runs quickly to look for permanently deleted files on SD card. And you can see another scan mode "Ultra Scan" in the scanning result window. It will find more files, even with file names lost, file properties lost. While using this mode, please remember to save the files which belong to the target file types because though the names lost or file properties lost, the content is there. If you ignored, then you may lose the opportunity to recover needed files permanently.

Part 3. FAQ for How to Restore Files from SD Card

Q: My SD card is on my Android phone. Can I recover it directly on my phone?

A: No, there is no real data recovery app for Android to recover files from the SD card. It needs all kinds of permission for an app to access your phone and what’s worse, there is no app can fully access to your phone completely. And while installing the Android data recovery, it might overwrite the lost files from your SD card.

Q: can I recover photos and videos from an SD card?

A: yes, you can do it with the help of data recovery as well. Before doing it, make sure the data recovery supports the file formats of the deleted photos and videos. And to keep the photos and videos safe, do the data recovery as soon as possible.

Q: Can I recover permanently deleted files from SD card on Mac?

A: Yes you can, but you must first make sure the SD card can be detected by your Mac. If your Mac can detect it, then you can use the data recovery software to recover the files.

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