How to Recover Data from Locked SD Card?

“Hi, my SD card says it is ‘write protected’ and I cannot add any files to it. I don’t know the cause that has locked the card. I checked the lock switch laying side-wards of SD card and found out that it is in Lock position. I tried to move the switch to unlock, unfortunately the switch broke and I am out of help. After trying all means to unlock SD card, I have finally ended up with complete corruption of card. Can anyone let me know if there is any way to recover data from locked SD card?”

Locked or write protected SD card is a situation where no files could be added or opened on SD card. Since, SD card is used widely on various digital gadgets; it saves huge data in its memory, which user never wishes to lose anytime. SD card comes with a physical LOCK switch using which, one can protect read / write process on SD card. Sometimes, SD card might get locked due to breakage of the switch and users have to find out ways to access useful files saved in it. Apart from this, SD card can get locked due to frequent abrupt removal of the card or due to its usage on multiple gadgets.

Most of the times, when data from locked SD card is unavailable to users, they try to fix the issue by following all kinds of suggestions provided in online sites. But nothing works when SD card is locked or write protected. Fortunately, only way to get data from locked SD memory card is to employ proficient memory card data recovery program. But, use of any unknown third party tool may still corrupt the data saved in locked SD card. So, always go for trustworthy, reliable and safe product like Yodot Photo Recovery tool.

Regarding locked SD card data recovery program:

One can utilize Yodot Photo Recovery tool to safely retrieve all files from locked SD memory card on Windows computer with utmost ease. This tool features read-only modules to restore pictures, audios, videos, RAW images and other different file types from locked SD card. Additionally, this tool can get back deleted content from SD memory cardwith no trouble. Apart from SD card, it can bring back media data from CF, SDHC, micro SD, SDXC, mini SD, MMC, SM, XQD and many other flash memory cards on Windows computer. It even ensures media file recovery from internal hard drive, USB drive, external hard disk, SSD, etc. storage components formatted with FAT32, ExFAT, FAT16, NTFS, NTFS5 and ReFS file systems. It works effortlessly on various Windows OS based PCs and laptops like Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and 2008. On the other hand, Mac users can rely upon Mac version of card recovery program called Yodot Mac Photo Recovery to get back data from locked SD card on Mac OS X Snow Leopard, Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion and Mavericks machines.

Steps to retrieve data from locked SD card:

  • Connect your locked SD card to computer via proper card reader
  • Download the software on to that computer
  • Install the downloaded program and launch it
  • In main window two options get displayed, ‘Deleted Photo Recovery’ and ‘Lost Photo Recovery’
  • Click on the ‘Lost Photo Recovery’ option and proceed next
  • Software shows a list of drives present on the system, select the drive representing locked SD card
  • Proceeding next, you can choose file types that you prefer to recover; else skip the step
  • Now, software scans locked SD card and comes up with the results
  • View rescued files from locked SD card in ‘Data view’ or ‘File Type view’
  • At last, Preview and save all your necessary files to new destination location on system drive

Things to Remember:

  • Backup necessary files from SD card to avoid data disasters
  • Avoid using same SD card on different gadgets

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