SD Card Recovery For Those Lost, Precious Photos

It's pretty easy with SD card recovery software to reclaim lost images on devices using flash cards -- usually digital cameras and camcorders.

This is what we'll be covering...

  1. Cards Used For Digital Media
  2. How Images are Lost
  3. Getting Back Your Images
  4. General Recovery Software
  5. Specific Photo and SD Card Recovery Software

  6. 1. Cards Used For Digital Media

    Flash, MMC, XD and SD (secure digital) cards are the usual removable storage media for digital cameras.

    An SD card is a flash memory card widely used by digital cameras. The capacities range from 8 MB to 64 GB, and types include the SD memory card, SDHC, SDXC, miniSD and microSD.

    2. How Images are Lost

    Because you can erase data from these cards, it is also easy to accidentally delete photos or videos that have not been stored elsewhere, so losing these personal memories.

    The following scenarios are responsible for loss of photos from your hard drive or memory card...

    • Pulling out the memory card without switching the camera off
    • Accidentally deleting the photographs
    • Formatting the computer hard drive or memory card
    • Corruption in the file structure or damage of the SD card
    • Turning off the digital camera during a write process

    The type of error message you may receive after encountering the above may include...

    • Memory card requires formatting
    • Memory card could not be recognized
    • Internal memory requires formatting
    • Card error
    • Memory card could not be read

    When you see one of these messages, you know you have a problem and you'll need SD card recovery, as you cannot access your images -- they are effectively deleted or lost. Fortunately, most digital cameras do not erase photos beyond recovery from your storage media; the pathway to the images has gone, but the image is still there.

    3. SD Card Recovery... Getting Back Your Images

    To avoid possible overwriting, be sure not to put any additional pictures on the same memory card before you recover them -- pictures that were written over are irrecoverable.

    Here are the steps to take...

    • You will need an SD card adaptor as most computers don't have an SD card slot
    • Insert the slotted end of the SD memory card into the SD card adapter
    • Insert the SD card adapter's USB plug into a USB port on the computer
    • Wait for the icon of the SD memory card to appear on the desktop
    • Launch the SD card recovery software, which we'll now cover, below...

    4. General Recovery Software

    To recover your images, you can buy software specifically for the recovery of photos. However, my advice would be to buy hard drive file recovery software -- it's about the same price but besides using it to recover files from digital cameras, you can also use it for external storage media and the drives on your PC ... more flexibility and value!!

    You can find out more about this software in my article, Hard drive and SD Card Recovery Program.

    The two programs I recommend in this article are...

    Both of these are downloadable for you to scan your SD card for free. The program will identify your images for recovery and you can preview each of them. If you can see the files you wish to recover, purchase a license key via a secure server and save your photographs.

    Both Stellar and GetData also have specific photo recovery software...

    5. Specific Photo and SD Card Recovery Software

    1. Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery software (Windows & Mac)

    Phoenix Photo Recovery Free Download is a powerful and advanced photo recovery software. Supports hard drives, memory sticks, IBM Micro Drive, SD Cards, MMC Cards, XD Cards, Secure Digital Cards, Zip Disks and Mini Disks.

    It is compatible with Windows 8, 7, Vista, 2003, XP, 2000 and NT. You can run the software to scan up to 2 TB of storage space.

    Once the scan is complete, you can preview the photos ready for recovery...

    Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery (Windows) Free Download

    The Mac Photo Recovery software supports Mac OS X 10.4.11 and above operating systems.

    Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery (Mac) Free Download

    2. GetData Recover My Photos

    Recover My Photos is a powerful and very fast photo recovery program for JPEG, NEF, TIFF, BMP, MOV, MPEG and WAV and other formats. Works on Smart Media, Compact Flash, SD Cards, Memory Sticks, hard drives, floppy disks, Zip disks, USB drives.

    Recover My Photos works with many types of direct camera connections where your media card appears as a drive letter on your PC. If your camera is not displayed as a drive letter when connected to your PC, use a digital camera card reader.

    Use the Free Download and what you see is what you get! Any pictures that you see in the free trial version can be safely recovered once you have purchased and registered the program.

    A software registration key is provided on-line at the end of the purchase process and is also sent to you by email for fast recovery.

    Recovered photos need to be saved to a separate drive (e.g. 'D:/') from the one on which they were recovered.


    Supporting Articles

    1. Free Recovery of Deleted Files and Photos
    2. Software To Undelete That Lost Data
    3. Follow These Steps To Recover Your Lost Files and Photos
    4. Mac Software to Recover Your Lost Files and Photos

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