SD Card Recovery for Mac: How to Recover Deleted Files from SD Card on Mac/PC

SD Card Recovery for Mac: How to Recover Deleted Files from SD Card on Mac/PC

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By Ivan Cook | Aug 14,2018 17:28 pm

My micro SD memory card in my phone did a forced reformat and as a result i lost everything. I have a lot of photos of family friends and some family who are no longer with me. so I really wanna get the data back. is there any way at all of getting the photos, music, videos, etc. back? --- Form Yahoo Answers

SD card is a helpful tool in the daily life and it has lots of types, including Micro SD card, Samsung SD card, etc. These cards always be used to store photos, music, or some important files due to its portability and security. So obviously, it is really heartbroken if some precious data is deleted by accident or lost due to other reasons like formatting, system errors, corruption, etc. Then, what can be done before you went crazy? Fortunately, you can recover deleted files from SD card with a handy SD Card Recovery software. How?

In this article, you can learn the best SD Card Recovery for Mac or Windows software, then the detailed steps of performing this prominent tool. Finally, useful tips will be given to help you improve the success rate of recovering lost data on SD card on Mac or PC.

Part 1. How to Perform SD Card Data Recovery on Mac (macOS High Sierra, macOS Sierra and El Capitan)

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With the help of iSkysoft Data Recovery for Mac, you can carry on SD card recovery yourself, without asking an expert. Whatever your SD card is from mobile phones, digital cameras, camcorders, or even game consoles, changes are that you can get it back in a few clicks.

Why Choose This SD Card Recovery Software:

  • Recover all kinds of data from your SD card, including pictures, videos, audio files, document files and more
  • Recover lost, deleted, formatted and corrupted data from SD card
  • Supports all popular SD card brands on the market, like Sandisk SD card, Micro SD card, ATP SD card, Kingston SD card, Transend SD card, PNY SD card, etc
  • Preview found images and some videos before recovery
  • Risk-free and easy-to-use SD card recovery program

Keep in mind that stop using your SD card as long as you find your SD card files are lost. That's because any operation might overwrite the existing data which results in permanent data loss. So you're recommended to download iSkysoft Data Recovery for Mac application and install it to your computer, and then follow the steps below to recover your SD card files.

Step-by-step Guide on How to Recover Deleted Files from SD Card on Mac OS X

Step 1. Connect SD Card to Mac and Open Data Recovery for Mac

Connect your SD card to your Mac (macOS High Sierra supported) either with a card reader or without pulling out from your device. And then run iSkysoft Recovery on your Mac from Application folder or any folder you've installed it to. This SD card recovery application supports all popular files systems on SD cards, including FAT16, FAT32, exFAT, NTFS, HFS+, and HFSX.

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Step 2. Scan Lost SD Card Files

In the main window, you are suggested to select the external SD card you wish to recover data. If you haven't link your SD card to Mac, just do it at first, then re-launch the program and click "Start" on right bottom to start scanning removed files from the selected SD card.

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Step 3. Preview and Recover SD Card Files

When scanning complete, you will see the window below. On the left-bottom panel is the "Filter" feature, with which you can quickly find lost SD card file if you know the folder name. In the bottom list, click the file to preview and find out whether the file is what you want to recover. Here, you can also conduct a "Deep Scan" on your selected SD card to find more recoverable files.

To recover found SD card files, check the box before the files and click the "Recover" button. In the pop up window, choose a folder you want to save the files and click OK to start SD card recovery.

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Note: If you find a quick way to recover deleted files from SD card on Mac, you can try the specific recovery mode "External Devices Recovery". To find it, you only need to click the home icon on the top of the panel, and then, you can see an interface like below on your Mac.

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Part 2. How to Perform SD Card File Recovery on Windows (Windows 10)

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Luckily, regardless of how you lose files from an SD card, you can now recover them. iSkysoft Data Recovery for Windows is an easy-to-use yet advanced application that allows you to retrieve your lost data in just three easy steps. The user-friendly interface works on all kinds of data including audio, video, document, and image files, and offers different options for recovery searches to make sure no file goes unrecovered. A free trial version of the software is available so you can test it out without needing to commit.

Steps to Recover Files from SD Card on Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP

Step 1. Select Recovery Mode

Unlike Mac version, the Windows version require users to select a recovery mode at the first. There are 8 recovery mode options available on the main screen. You can choose one of them and follow the onscreen instructions to start your process. Here, let's take the "External Devices Recovery" as an example.

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Step 2. Scan Your SD Card

Connect your SD card to your computer so it will show up as one of the available drives. All external drives on your computer will show up in this list.

Select the SD card and click "Start" to start searching for data on the SD card. This may take a few minutes depending on the amount of data still on the SD card.

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Step 3. Recover Files from Your SD Card

After iSkysoft finishes scanning your SD card, all of the files from the SD card will be shown in a complete list. This list will include previously lost, deleted, formatted, or corrupted files that otherwise were not accessible on your SD card.

Select the files you wish to recover by clicking on the files in the list and then clicking "Recover".

preview files on sd card

When your target files are not found in the recovery mode, just click the "All-Around Recovery" option to conduct a deep scanning on your SD card.


Part 3. Tips for Recovering Lost Data from Your SD Card

1. Why the lost files can be recovered from SD card?

Actually, when files are lost or deleted from your Micro SD Card or other types of SD cards, they're not physically removed. They're still stored in the card and marked as inaccessible data by system. Chances of getting them back is great by using data recovery software.

2. How to avoid permanent data loss?

Do keep in mind that since they can be overwritten by new data in the card, you'd better stop using your SD card as long as important files are lost. Backup important data from your SD card to Mac or other storage device can greatly prevent data loss.

3. Other suggestions when you find a data loss has happened

● It's better to take out your SD card and connect it to your computer with a card reader, in case your device overwrites old data with new data.
● Don't write files to your SD card or defrag your SD card. Pull it out immediately you found files are lost.
● Don't recover files to the original SD card, save to your Mac or other storage media instead.
● To avoid SD card data loss, stay away from these scenarios: formatting your SD card, SD card virus infection, power failure, file damaged, etc.

4. More information about iSkysoft Data Recovery

iSkysoft Data Recovery for Mac is specially designed recovery software to restore files from your memory cards like micro SD card, miniSD card, full-size SD card, Flash cards, SDHC memory cards, etc. It supports all popular SD card brands on the market, including but not limited to Sandisk, ATP, Kingston, Lexar, Transend, PNY, Samsung, Canon, etc.

So what are you waiting for? Just click the below icon to have a free trial.


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