Imagine enjoying a lovely vacation with your family and capturing some of your most peasant memories on your camera. Memories you'd never want to lose. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, your SD card gets damaged, erasing your photos and the moments they capture. If you have lost important photos on your SD card to accidental deletion or formatting, you might wonder if it is still possible to recover these pictures.
After photos are formatted or deleted from SD cards or similar storage devices, they continue to exist for as long as they are not overwritten by new data - even though you may not find them in their original location. This gives you a window to recover the files before they are permanently wiped off.
When are Photos Lost from SD Card?
Modern SD cards are equipped to handle large data requests over a long period of time, while continuing to run smoothly. Sadly, despite their many benefits, these SD cards have very high chances of getting damaged or inaccessible. Indeed, your SD card may fail or get damaged while you are performing a small routine operation. Some scenarios that could lead to the loss of photos stored to your SD card include:
- Accidental deletion of photos or accidental formatting of your device
- Crash while transferring files from the memory card to internal memory or from internal memory to memory card
- Errors from incorrect unmount such as unmounting SD card without finalizing every open task
- Corrupted files on SD card could lead to the spread of virus or malware across other files on the device
- Memory card format error
How to Recover Deleted Photos from SD Card with AnyRecover
If you have just lost some really important photo on your SD card, all is not lost. Because SD cards are store non-fragmented files with a limited storage capacity, and stored file types are predefined in nature - videos, pictures, etc., recovering deleted photos from your SD card is fairly straightforward.
AnyRecover from iMyFone is powerful data recovery software that comes with advanced deep scan algorithm equipped to trace formatted, deleted or lost photos on your SD card. Even if your computer no longer reads the SD card (i.e. the SD card no longer appears under My Computer), it can still be identified and scanned for lost or damaged files.
- Easy to use: Quickly recover lost or damaged photos in 5 simple clicks
- All-inclusive: Recover and restore any type of multimedia file, with support for up to 1000 different file formats
- Recover anywhere: Recover files lost on any type of storage device - internal or external, including flash drives, hard drives, mobile devices, digital cameras, etc.
- Recover anyhow: Recover lost data files regardless of the cause of the loss, be it accidental deleting or formatting, sudden power cut, or file damage/loss
- Support for multiple camera types: Recover photos lost to Action & Drone cameras or popular DSLR cameras such as Nikon, Sony, Canon, GoPro, etc.
1. Download and install AnyRecover on your computer.
2. To recover lost files on your SD card, you will have to connect it to your computer. This can be done directly using a card reader or indirectly by connecting your camera to the computer - using USB - as a mass storage device.
3. Launch AnyRecover and click External Device Recovery on the home interface.
4. Confirm your SD card is connected and click Next to select the disc you want to recover files from.
5. Select the file type (in this case, photos) and click Scan to begin.
6. After the scan, a list of lost files will appear, preview to make sure you have the right photo(s). Select the photo(s) and click Recover to restore them.
Tips and Notes to Increase Recovery Rate
Do you know that your actions could either hamper or improve your chances of retrieving lost or deleted files? That is right! As earlier noted, deleted files are retained on your drive for quite a while after that. The same is true of formatted cards. How can you ensure that the files are not permanently deleted before you attempt recovery?
- Do not write new data to SD card: For as long as no new data has been written onto a deleted space, the chances of recovering the deleted files are good. This means that you boost your chances by not saving new photos on the deleted space. Such action will overwrite the binary space and make it impossible to recover any files. Simply stop using the card once you discover the problem.
- Do not format it: It is considerably more difficult recovering lost files on a formatted SD card than on a hard disk drive - the latter of which is also difficult. If your files have not been lost to formatting, avoid formatting your card before attempting data recovery.
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