How to recover data from Lexar SD cards

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Lexar sd card data recovery

Lexar makes some of the best and most-respected SD cards. There are options across all price ranges, with a huge range of different storage options, and tons of different features.

But no SD card is perfect. Whether by user error or otherwise, there may be times where you have to recover data from a Lexar SD card. 

Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to do so. Lexar SD card recovery is actually quite easy, if you have the proper tools and expertise. With those tools, you should be able to recover all kinds of lost files, whether they be music files, photos, or anything else.

Here’s everything you need to know about Lexar SD cards, from common to problems with Lexar SD cards, to how to perform Lexar memory card recovery.

Common problems with Lexar SD cards

All SD cards run into some kinds of issues, and Lexar SD cards are no exception to that rule. Some of those issues are easy to fix, while others require a little more work, and others still will require the use of some kind of data recovery tool. 

Perhaps one of the most common issues comes up when an SD card is write-protected. SD cards usually come with a small switch on the side, and that switch is used to “lock” the card. If you run into write failure error messages when trying to save files to an SD card, it’s worth double-checking that the physical switch on the card is in the correct position. 

Another common issue is that when you plug your SD card into your computer, you find that there are missing files, or that your computer can’t find any files at all on your SD card. In that case, it’s a good idea to start by ejecting the SD card and plugging it back into your computer. Alternatively, it’s possible that there is some kind of virus or malware that has infected the card, in which case you can run antivirus software to get rid of the viruses. If you still can’t access your files, it’s time to turn to a data recovery tool. 

Review of the Lexar recovery tool

Lexar actually provides its own data recovery tool for its SD cards. The Lexar recovery software will likely do the job for some users, and those users should stick to it — since it’s free. But there are a few caveats. 

While the Lexar data recovery tool used to only be available for Windows, it’s now also available for Mac users — so no matter which operating system you use, it’s worth trying out before you buy other software. It’s very easy to download and install too, which is always helpful.

Lexar recovery tool

Once downloaded, you’ll be greeted with a relatively easy-to-understand interface. There are options on the left side of the interface for formatting and recovering data, as well as for switching the language. 

The trade-off to the easy-to-understand interface, of course, is that the software is a little stripped-back. You won’t get the same sorting and selection tools as you do other data recovery tools, so if you’re looking for specific files or groups of files, you may want to look elsewhere. That’s somewhat to be expected from free software, but still worth keeping in mind. 

Of course, that’s not to say you should completely avoid it. After all, if what you’re looking for is a basic take on data recovery, and you don’t need any fancy bells and whistles, then Lexar’s tool may do the job just fine. But, if you need tools like the ability to filter through thousands of files and find the exact files that you’re looking for, and get a deeper scan to retrieve more files, it may be worth looking elsewhere.

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How to recover data from Lexar SD card with Disk Drill

One of the best things about Disk Drill is that it provides a super deep scan, find more data, and offers a comprehensive set of tools for anyone who wants to recover data from a Lexar SD card. Here’s how to use Disk Drill on both of those platforms to recover data from a Lexar SD card, whether you’re using Windows or MacOS. Note that while the screenshots below show the tool on Mac, the interface is similar on Windows, and the process is the same. 

Step 1. Download and install Disk Drill for Mac or Windows.

Step 2. Plug your Lexar SD card into your computer. Some computers allow you to insert the SD card directly into the computer. For others, you’ll need a dongle or adapter.

Step 3. Open Disk Drill and find the right SD card on the list of drives that show up on the screen. It’s important you know which drive is the right one, as running the program on the incorrect one could have other effects. Our SD card is called “Nikon D3200.”

Select lexar sd card for scanning

Step 4. Select the “Search for lost data” button on the bottom right of the display.

Step 5. Wait for Disk Drill to scan your drive for lost files. This may take a few minutes, depending on the type of files that were lost and the size of those files.

Scanning process

Step 6. After the scan, select the “Choose Folder” button at the top of the window and browse to the folder that you want to save files to. Make sure not to save those files to the actual SD card.

Step 7. You’ll now have two options — one to “Review found items,” or “Recover all…” If you choose to “Review found items,” you’ll be able to choose from the files and folders that were found during the scan. If you’re not sure where they are, you may want to “Recover all…” You’ll then need to select a folder to save recovered files to. 

Recover all files

Step 8. If you want to review the found items, you’ll need to tap the “Recover” button at the bottom of the display, after which you’ll be able to select a folder to save those files too. Then, wait for the program to save the recovered files, which may take a few minutes.

Data recovery process

Your files should now be saved to your computer. You can then head to the folder that you saved your files to, and find the files that you were trying to recover. Or, simply tap the “Show result in Finder” button to be taken straight to them.

View recovered files

Christian de Looper was born and raised in Canberra, Australia, and now lives in California. Christian has worked with a wide variety of online technology publications, including Businessinsider, Windows Central, DigitalTrends, TechRadar, Forbes, and many more. Technology journalist, consultant, music producer, world traveler, and self-proclaimed comedian :)
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