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When a SD card is reformatted all of the data on it, including any photographs you had stored, will be entirely erased. If you discover you still need some of the photos after reformatting it is still possible to recover them. Before you recover the photos,do not use the card for any other purpose before attempting to recover data. Further use of the card will destroy any remaining files the card contains and will render the data unrecoverable. Immediately write-protect the card according to the manufacturer's instructions.

How to Recover Photos from SD Card

Step 1

Determine the type of SD card you have. If it is 2GB or less, then it is a standard SD card. If it is 4GB or greater, then it is a high capacity or SDHC card. (There are some 4GB standard SD cards but most are SDHC). An SDHC reader is required to read the high capacity cards since the memory allocation formatting is different. If your data is on an SDHC card, it may be intact but you'll need the SDHC device to read it. Some devices, such as readers and cameras, may have software downloads available to upgrade the device to read the SDHC cards. Go to the device manufacturer's website to determine whether such an upgrade is available.

Step 2

Insert your SD card into the card reader. If no drive letter is assigned to it, then the computer isn't reading it. In some cases, the reader may be assigned a drive letter but when you click on it you get the message "Please insert disk into drive E:" indicating that it isn't reading the card.

Step 3

Sometimes a particular device may not read an SD card while other devices will. If you don't have another device, ask a friend to try reading your card.

Step 4

You may find that your computer accesses the card, but won't read the files on it. Try several different files on the card. If some of them read and some don't, then one or more files may be corrupt.
If you can not recover the lost photos, we can try CardRecovery which is designed to restore lost, deleted, corrupted or formatted photos, video files and other multimedia files from basically all of the memory card.

How to Recover Lost Photos from SD Card

Step 1

Double-Click the CardRecoveryPro and open it.

Step 2

Connect the device and select the destination folder.

Step 3

Scan and select the files you want to recover.

Step 4

Press recover and get what you want.

Tips

  • After accidentally deleting files from a memory card, do not attempt to copy additional files onto the card before attempting file recovery as this will overwrite the files and make them much more difficult if not impossible to recover.
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