How to Recover Deleted Files From a Memory Card

SD card plays an important role to preserve and transfer any digital data from one device to the other, whether it’s a camera or a mobile phone. Deleted items or information from a memory card may be restored to its original form by a file recovery program. Here are a few simple ways to help you restore a deleted file from your SD card:

Restoring data by using PhotoRec for Mac and Windows

  1. Navigate your mouse pointer to PhotoRec.
  2. Go to the “Latest Stable Version” bar and tap on “7.0”. It is located at the top-right edge corner of your page.
  3. Now tap on the version suitable for your system after selecting the “TestDisk & PhotoRec 7.0” option by scrolling down the list.
  4. Let’s download the available Zipped file into your computer desktop.
  5. You have to unzip the file by double-clicking on it.
  6. Put your memory card into the computer.
  7. Tap on the “testdisk7.0” file to launch it.
  8. Now click twice on the “Photorec” file to launch the program after tapping on it. A terminal box will pop-out on your desktop containing PhotoRec7.0. If the prompt comes, give your permission to run it.
  9. Select the memory card/drive option under the list and then tap the Enter key. You will get a list of various options indicating the drive or data storage size. Select the size of the drive that looks similar to your SD card with the help of up-down arrow buttons. In this case, your mouse pointer will not do any activity on the terminal screen.
  10. Now choose the “partition” type inside the window and tap the “Enter” button. Windows users can select “P Fat32,” and Mac desktop users have to choose “P Fat16>32” to permit the program to examine the rooted record system.
  11. Now choose the file system type option named as “Other” and tap the Enter key.
  12. Here you have to choose “Free” to find your data files under “Fat16” or “Fat32”. If you have any confusion that your memory card has been corrupted, then select the “Whole” option.
  13. Do not store the file to your memory card, choose a location to preserve the recovered file by your keyboard’s arrow keys. You may also make a fresh folder for storing it.
  14. To start your recovery activity, press the button “C” if you find your desired location to save it and wait for the completion of the process.
  15. Go to the navigated location in which you have stored your file and select it to see your restored file.

 To recover your deleted data with the help of Recuva for   Windows

  1. Launch the Recuva homepage in your internet browser.
  2. Now click on the “Download Free Version” then click on “Free Download” tab.
  3. Now tap on either “” or “” to start automatic downloading.
  4. Press on the file that you have downloaded to open. It is located at the bottom of your webpage.
  5. Now tap on “Run” button.
  6. If you want to download this software, do these steps:
  7. Tap on “OK” button.
  8. Now press on “next” button.
  9. Analyze all the License related agreement and click ” I Agree ” option.
  10. Tap on “Install” button.
  11. Unmark the bar second to “View Release notes” and tap on “Finish” button. Your program will start automatically.

7. Now mount your memory card into the system. In case the prompt comes and asks to format, select “Quick Format” button, and tap on “Start.” It will remove all the table of contents and leave the memory card blank.

8. To start the proceedings from the Welcome page, tap on “Next” button from the Recuva program page.

9. Choose your desired file to recover and tap on the “Next” button.

10. Under the “In a specific location” option, find the ” Removable Disk” option from the list. Click on the DCIM folder if required. Tap on the “OK” button and then “Next” to proceed.

11. Now tap the “Start” tab to proceed with the program. Your recovered file will appear on your screen when the process is finished.

12. You have to mark all the files you are going to recover.

13. Tap on the “Recover” button.

14. Choose the desired file to store your recovered data.

15. When the file gets recovered completely, tap on the “OK” button.

16. Now go to the selected file location to see your restored data file.

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