SD Card Recovery Software

Disk Drill is an efficient and effective solution to the problem of restoring deleted data from an SD card. It employs powerful scanning algorithms and a user-friendly interface that enables users to recover their lost data in just a few clicks. Click the button below and remove the stress from data recovery.
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How to recover an SD card with Disk Drill

Use the following easy steps to recover lost and deleted data from an SD card with Disk Drill:
  1. Download and install Disk Drill on your computer. You will need to provide administrator credentials during installation.
  2. Connect the SD card to the computer and launch Disk Drill.
  3. Choose the SD card from the disk list presented by the application.
  4. Scan the card with Disk Drill’s advanced algorithms to search for lost and deleted files and folders.
  5. Preview the recoverable files and select the ones you want to recover.
  6. Recover your files to a new storage location that is not on the affected SD card.
That's it! It really is that simple.

Reasons to Recover an SD Card with Disk Drill

  • Simplicity


    Simple installation and an intuitive interface make it easy to recover data from your SD cards.

  • Compatibility


    Disk Drill is compatible with virtually any type of SD card or memory card on the market today.

  • Technology


    The advanced scanning algorithms are faster and can recover more data than competitive solutions.

  • Flexibility


    Recover files in over 400 different formats including all major image, video, and audio file types.

Versatile SD Card Recovery

Disk Drill supports recovering data from any type of SD card regardless of size, format, or manufacturer.
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Any Size
Full size, mini, and
micro SD cards
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Any Type
Standard, SDHC, and
SDXC cards
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Any Brand
SanDisk®, Samsung®, Kingston®, Sony®, Transcend®, Lexar®

Recover Any File Format from Your SD Card

Disk Drill can recover files in hundreds of formats. Familiar file types such as PDF, DOC/DOCX, XLS, and TXT are all supported. A wide range of image, audio and video formats like MPG, JPG, and MP3 can quickly be recovered with the tool.
video files
AVI, FLV (Flash video), WMV (Windows Media Video), MOV (Apple QuickTime movie), MP4 (MPEG-4 video), WebM, MKV (Matroska Video)
music files
MP3 (MPEG Audio Stream, Layer III), OGG, AAC (Advanced Audio Coding), WMA (Windows Media audio files), FLAC
image files
JPG/JPEG, PNG (Portable Network Graphic), BMP, TIFF (Tagged Image File Format), PSD, EPS, AI (Adobe Illustrator), RAW
document files
DOCX (Microsoft Word), PDF (Portable Document Format), PPTX (Microsoft PowerPoint), XLSX (Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet)
raw files
RAW Files
DNG (Digital Negative), ARW (Sony Digital Camera), BRAW (Blackmagic raw video format), R3D (Redcode Raw video image)
graphic files
AI (Adobe Illustrator), ANI (Windows Animated Cursor), AEP (After Effects Project), BLEND (Blender 3D Data file), CDR (CorelDRAW)

Seven Features of Disk Drill for Better SD Card Recovery

Here are the top seven features of Disk Drill SD data recovery software.

1. Deep Scanning Capability

Disk Drill’s deep scanning capabilities are one of its most important features. Let’s face it, while a smooth interface is nice to have, the reason you have a data recovery tool is to recover your data. The advanced scanning algorithms employed in a deep scan can uncover and reconstruct file fragments that are not accessible with simpler scanning technology.

A deep scan can locate files based on their structure and recognizes many different formats that it uses to reconstruct your data. Files may be recovered with different file names which can easily be corrected by renaming after recovery is complete.

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2. Scanning Choices

Disk Drill provides users with multiple scanning options to address the particular type of data loss scenario they are facing. The simplest way is to undelete protected data previously configured using the Recovery Vault option. Quick scans find recently deleted files and recovers them with their names intact. Deep scans take longer to run but can find files that other scanning methods cannot. Files found with deep scans may no longer have their original file names.

The application also offers several methods of recovering damaged or lost partitions. You can scan for lost partitions and rebuild HFS+ catalog files. The scanning options available in Disk Drill make it extremely likely that your lost data can be recovered.

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3. Recovery Vault

Recovery Vault is a feature of both the Mac and Windows versions of Disk Drill that offers a streamlined method of recovering recently deleted files. Users can configure Recovery Vault to protect designated files and folders by storing them in the vault when they are deleted. The vault acts as a supplemental Recycle or Trash bin and retains the deleted files for an amount of time determined by the user. Files sent to the Recovery Vault can be recovered even after they are deleted from the Trash or Recycle bin with just a few clicks. There is no need to perform a full data recovery to restore the protected data.
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4. ISO/DMG Backup

Disk Drill provides users with the capability of creating ISO/DMG disk image backups to be used for a variety of reasons. The images can be used for software distribution, creating viable system backups, and performing data recovery. They are extremely useful in situations where you suspect your drive may soon fail.

Creating a disk image of a failing drive enables you to perform data recovery from the backup image instead of the original disk. This protects the disk from damage and data corruption that may occur if a recovery were attempted directly from the device. It is highly recommended that you make an ISO/DMG backup of any disk that is exhibiting signs of imminent failure.

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5. Pause and Resume Scans

The scanning process, especially if employing the deep scan option, can take a considerable amount of time. Disk Drill offers users the ability to pause a scan and restart at a later time. Paused scanning sessions are displayed in the tool’s main window for easy access. You can pick up right where you left off without having to rescan sectors that have already been processed.

This feature enhances Disk Drill’s usability by enabling users to perform and complete scans at their convenience. You don’t need to worry if you are called away in mid-scan. Just pause it and finish it when you get the time.

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6. USB Drive Recovery

Disk Drill enables you to recover lost and deleted files from virtually any type of disk-based storage device. This includes SD cards and USB drives. In addition to SD cards, many users have external USB drives that are used to store photo and video collections. Losing data from these devices can be just as catastrophic as deleting files from a memory card. Just connect the affected flash drive or external hard drive to your computer and Disk Drill can be used to easily recover your lost data. When you fire up the application, select the USB drive from the disk list and you will soon have your files back safe and sound.

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7. Partition Recovery

Losing a partition can result in the loss of a substantial amount of data. It can happen for a variety of reasons, such as inadvertently formatting the wrong partition or exposing your system to malware. Whatever the reason, stop using the disk that contains the partition as soon as possible to avoid overwriting its data.

Disk Drill’s deep scanning capabilities make it an excellent choice for recovering deleted partitions. Its advanced algorithms can reconstruct your files even if the file system has been destroyed. The recovery software can be used to recover partitions on HFS+, FAT and NTFS volumes. So don’t panic, stop using the drive, and let Disk Drill save your data.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Updated on by Disk Drill Team

The best SD data recovery software applications for Windows and Mac are:

  1. Disk Drill SD Recovery;
  2. Puran File Recovery;
  3. Glary Undelete;
  4. PhotoRec;
  5. Soft Perfect File;
  6. Wise Data Recovery;
  7. Restoration;
  8. Remo Recover Media;
  9. PhotoRescue;
  10. Hetman Photo Recovery.
  1. Change the card's drive letter. You may need to manually assign a drive letter to your SD card.
  2. Try a different USB port on the same or another computer. It could be that the device's connector is no good or that the port on your computer is bad.
  3. Reinstall the software drivers. This can resolve many issues with connectivity. Remove the drivers, restart your machine, and reattach the device to perform the reinstall.
  4. Fix an SD card without formatting by running the chkdsk E: /f command where E is your drive letter.
  5. Fix an SD card using Windows Explorer by formatting the card. The Quick format should be sufficient to resolve the problem.
  6. Fix an SD card with Windows CMD by executing diskpart to re-partition the card.
  7. Use a third-party tool like Disk Drill to recover your data.
  8. Dealing with permanent damage can be avoided if you exercise care when connecting and removing the card from its slot. In cases of extreme damage, there is little that can be done to recover the data from the card.

You can use the chkdsk command to fix a damaged SD card on Windows. Follow these steps:

  1. Connect the SD card to your machine by attaching the card's device directly or using a card reader.
  2. Open My Computer and locate the card's drive letter on the Devices and drives
  3. Open a CMD window and set it to run in Administrator mode. This is required for the chkdsk command to execute properly.
  4. Enter this command where you replace the "G" with the drive letter of your card: chkdsk G: /f.
  5. Chkdsk will scan your SD card and fix problems such as bad sectors that are making it impossible to access the files it contains.

SD cards can become corrupted in a variety of ways. Some of the most common to be aware of include:

  1. Removing the memory card while an image is being transferred to the device;
  2. Turning off your camera before the image has been completely written to the card;
  3. Batteries running out during image transfer to a computer;
  4. Exposure to malware;
  5. Removing a card from its mobile device while some of its files are open on a computer;
  6. Using a card that is formatted incorrectly for your device;
  7. Formatting a card on your computer rather than in the camera can lead to corruption and compatibility issues;
  8. Using a card in multiple devices without reformatting it;
  9. Taking photos when battery life is low.

Avoiding these situations will help keep your card in good working condition.

There are a number of reasons that your SD card may not be visible to your operating system. Some of the most common causes are:

  1. Your card may be write-protected. If the card is write-protected, it may not be able to be read by your computer. Check the card and physically disable the write-protection switch.
  2. The card may be formatted in such a way that it can only be recognized by the device that performed the operation. Try connecting the device to your computer rather than using a card reader.
  3. The card might not have been assigned a drive letter which will make it invisible to the operating system.
  4. There may be physical problems with the connection due to bad contacts on the card or card reader. You may also be faced with a bad USB port.

Write-protecting an SD card is a great way to avoid accidentally overwriting its contents. However, there are situations that require you to disable write protection. This may need to be done through a physical process or by changing software attributes based on how the card was originally protected.

Physically disabling write-protection is accomplished by moving the small switch that is located on the side of every SD card. There should be an indicator on the card that shows whether the lock is enabled or disabled. Flipping the switch might be all you need to do to fix the issue.

If that does not work, it could be that you can't write to the SD card due to its software attributes being set to read-only. You can use the Windows command line to fix this issue with the following steps.

  1. Open a cmd window and enter the diskpart
  2. At the DISKPART prompt, enter the list disk
  3. Locate the SD card in the list. It may be the disk that displays a size of zero.
  4. Select the disk by its disk number.
  5. Once the disk is selected, enter this command: attributes disk clear readonly.
  6. The SD card should be able to be read now, as write-protection is disabled.

After removing write-protection so your system recognizes the card, you might find that there is no data accessible on the device. Here's where Disk Drill comes into play. If the card was accidentally formatted or files were lost for another reason, scanning it with Disk Drill is your best chance of recovering your data. It can reconstruct the card's file system and restore access to your valuable files.

You have a couple of options when trying to fix a raw SD card without formatting it on a Windows system.

Using CMD to repair the RAW SD card

  1. Connect the card to your PC with a card reader.
  2. Verify that Windows recognizes the card.
  3. Right-click Start and open a command prompt.
  4. Enter diskpart to start the DISKPART
  5. Using your drive letter instead of F:, enter these commands: F:/FS: NTFS and F:/FS: FAT32.
  6. Wait until the file transfer completes and enter Exit.

If the process fails or you get error messages, try the next option.

Repairing a RAW SD card with Disk Manager

  1. Connect the SD card to your computer using a card reader.
  2. Right click My Computer and then select Manage.
  3. Open Disk Management and search for RAW SD.
  4. Right-click on RAW SD and mark it as Active.
  5. Launch Windows File Explorer and right-click on RAW SD.
  6. Select Properties.
  7. Open Security - Advanced - Owner - Edit - Other groups or users - Advanced - Find now.
  8. Choose the first user listed and hit the OK

This should change the card from a RAW SD to a card with an NTFS or FAT32 file system.

Using Disk Drill to recover data from a RAW SD card

Disk Drill can recover the data from the card with the following procedure.

  1. Connect the card to your computer.
  2. Launch Disk Drill and select the card from the displayed disk list.
  3. Scan the card for files and folders that can be recovered.
  4. Preview the data that can be restored and make your selections.
  5. Recovery the data to a new and safe location that is not on the SD card.
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