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How to recover deleted files from memory card?

Accidentally deleted important files from memory card? Are you looking for a way to recover deleted picture, music, video and documents from memory card, SD card, CF card, TF card, etc.? Here is a step-by-step guide that easily recovers deleted or lost files from various memory cards.

Overview on memory card data recovery

Memory card is one of the most popular external storage devices, and it is used to provide large storage space for Smartphones, digital camera, camcorders, video recorders, mp3, mp4, e-book, etc. Users can store all kinds of data on a memory card such as audio, photos, video, document, apps, emails and so on.

The main reason why memory card is so popular among users is that it is very small in size but large in capacity, thus you can carry it to anywhere you want. Besides, there are many kinds of memory cards available in the market to meet different requirements of digital devices, for example, SD card, SDHC card, SDXC, Micro SD, Micro SDHC, compact flash, memory stick, MMC card, etc.

However, there is a painful situation that memory card cannot avoid. Likewise other storage devices, files stored on memory card can get lost due to accidental deletion, formatting, file system corruption and so forth. Have you ever thought about this issue? What should you do if files get deleted from your memory card and there is not any backup available? Do you know how to get back deleted files from memory card? Here are two real world cases about memory card data loss:

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"What is the easiest and best method to restore deleted images and videos from an SD card which is used on my digital camera? I pressed the Delete button by mistake and all of a sudden everything on the memory card gets deleted! I have no idea whether they can be recovered and how to recover them. Any information or solution will be appreciated. BTW, the SD card is formatted as exFAT file system by the camera. Thank you very much!"

"What I did was stupid! I accidentally deleted my pictures from micro SD, for I thought all files had been copied to my laptop. Unfortunately, there is not such as backup on my computer. I found two free recovery programs which only recovered part of my photos. There are still nearly 200 pictures that haven't been found! Do you have any better solutions on recovering deleted files SD card?"

Factors responsible for memory card data loss

Causes of memory card data loss can be many and here we list the most common scenarios accounting for data loss issue on memory cards.

Memory card recovery should be performed as soon as possible since you realize data loss issue. Fortunately, the recovery process won't be that complicated as you've imaged. In this tutorial you can find a very easy solution to undelete files from memory cards.

Before you start recovering deleted files from memory card

Oftentimes deleted photos and other data can be recovered from memory card, but that's not always the case. There are a few things you should pay attention in order to increase chances of recovering deleted data successfully. Before starting to recovering deleted or lost files from memory card, you should keep following points in mind.

All these suggestions aim to protecting deleted data against damage and overwriting. You should follow advice above to protect lost data and then you'll have good chance to successfully recover lost files from memory cards.

Advanced memory card recovery software to undelete files

There are many free programs on the market that claim to be able to recover lost data from memory card, but some cannot correctly recover files with original file names and some software has limitation on the amount of data they can recover. Thus, it is recommended to use advanced memory card recovery software which has guarantee whether your files can be recovered intact.

This time you can use Eassos DiskGenius Pro to perform the memory card recovery. It supports recovering lost, deleted or formatted photos, videos, music, apps, documents and so on from all kinds of memory cards. As long as the memory card can be recognized, it is able to perform a deep and read-only scanning to look for lost data. It is compatible various memory cards, including SD card, CF card, memory stick, Multi Media Card, XD card, micro SD, mini SD and so forth.

The built-in algorithm also can search for specific file types when file directory is damaged. This pro version provides a trial version which works the same when searching for lost data, thus users can test whether the program works on their issue before deciding to purchase it.

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Steps to recover deleted or lost files from memory card

Step 1  Connect memory card to computer.

To recover deleted photos or files from memory card, the card should be connected to computer and make sure it can be recognized by Windows. The memory card can be connected via a card reader. If your SD card is not showing up in Windows, the recovery software cannot scan it for lost data.

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Step 2  Install and launch Eassos DiskGenius Profrom your computer.

You can get the latest free trial version from the download center, and then follow the installer wizard to install it to your computer. Do NOT install the software to the memory card in case of data overwriting.

Step 3  Right-click on the memory card where you want to recover deleted files and select "Recover Lost Files" from context menu.

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Step 4  Select recovery mode and click Start button.

"Recover Deleted Files" option should be selected if you want to get back deleted files from the selected device; the option Complete Recovery executes a full scanning on the memory card; besides the "Search for Known File Types" is used to carry out a deep scan, which should be selected if you want to find out as many file as possible.

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Step 5  Preview scanning result.

You can preview displayed files during or after scanning process. Click a file and the thumbnail will be displayed in the lower part, and double-clicking will open the file to view data content of original size.

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Step 6  Restore deleted files from memory card.

Select files you want to recover from scanning result and right-click them to click "Copy To" from context menu. Then the software will prompt to select a destination to save these files.

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Tips to prevent data loss from memory card

Although memory card recovery is an easy task to both average users and experts, there is not a guarantee that deleted files can be recovered in all cases. For instances, no one can restore deleted files which have been overwritten. Therefore, it is necessary to learn how to prevent data loss issue so that we can protect files safely.



Memory card plays an important part in providing extra storage space and users like to store all kinds of files on it. But files also get lost due to deletion, formatting, corruption, virus infection, etc. If you encounter memory card data loss issue, you should perform recovery as soon as possible. You can use the trial version of Eassos DiskGenius to search for lost files and get back deleted data. Hopefully, these steps and tips discussed above can help you recover lost files from memory cards. For any query, please feel free to comment or contact our customer via support email.