Retrieve Old Photos from SD Memory Card

“I had placed my old SD card without using for few months. It had number of photos that were not copied to any drive. I remembered those pictures and tried to get them from this SD memory card. To my surprise, the memory card was unreadable for some reason and didn’t allow me to access photos saved in it. Is there any possible method to recover old photos from SD card that is unreadable now?”

Getting hold of old pictures sometimes become impossible if unexpected situations occur as mentioned in above case. SD memory cards are the best containers to save media files especially in digital devices like cameras, MP3 players, mobile phones, PlayStations, etc. These cards provide excellent data transfer speed albeit of its compact size. More to this, SD memory card comes in different storage capacities. So saving pictures and other media files is always easy with SD card. However, old pictures saved in SD card from long time can get erased or lost in different situation apart the one mentioned above, such as:

  • Accidental pressing of ‘Delete All’ option while trying to perform other task on selected photos from SD card in digital gadgets
  • Mistakenly formatting SD card with old photos on digital device or on computer instead of formatting expected storage drive
  • Abrupt transfer of old pictures from SD memory card may lead to missing of the files
  • SD card getting corrupt after forceful pulling of the card during data read / write process, malware intrusion, saving data when SD card is full with old pictures, using same card on multiple platforms, file system error on card, etc. will eventually causes inaccessibility of files from it

Loss or deletion of old photos from SD memory card doesn’t mean that images are gone forever. Recovery of old images from SD card is always possible through proficient ways if the card is not added with further data after data loss situation.

Efficient SD card photo recovery utility:

Make use of Yodot Photo Recovery application to easily retrieve old pictures from SD memory card by connecting to any Windows computer. This utility is capable of restoring raw as well as generic picture files of format like JPEG, IMG, PNG, BMP, PSD, CR2, DNG, SRW, KDC, NEF, PEF, RAW, FFF, etc. In addition it recovers videos, music files, documents, archives, spreadsheets, etc. file formats from Windows computer. Along with SD card, this tool supports media recovery from CF card, SDXC, micro SD, SDHC, mini SD, MMC, XQD, xD and from many flash memory cards. It can perform recovery of inaccessible USB memory stickor memory cards manufactured by different brands like Sony, Samsung, Lexar, Kingston, Transcend and so on. It has ability to get back files even from internal and external hard disk, SSD, pen drive, iPod, etc. One can utilize this program on Windows desktops or laptops running with Windows 10, Windows Vista, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008 and 2003 operating systems. However, Mac users can perform the same on Macintosh computers by employing Yodot Mac Photo Recovery software, which is compatible to work on Mac Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks and Yosemite OS X.

Steps to retrieve old pictures from SD card:

  • Connect victim SD card to computer via proper card reader
  • Download right software on your computer based on OS version
  • Install the downloaded program and launch it
  • In main window two options will get displayed, ‘Deleted Photo Recovery’ and ‘Lost Photo Recovery’
  • Click on appropriate option based on photo loss scenario and proceed next
  • Software shows a list of drives present on the system, select SD memory card connected externally to system
  • Proceeding next, you can choose file types that you prefer to recover; else skip the step
  • Now, software scans SD card and comes up with recovered old picture files
  • Make use of ‘Data view’ or ‘File Type view’ to glance at all restored photos in same folder structure
  • You can precisely view all deleted old images that are recoverable now using ‘Show Deleted’ option
  • Select any file and click on ‘Preview’ button to view the image and save all necessary recovered old photos to new destination location on system drive

Useful Tips:

  • Avoid using Delete All function while erasing any pictures from SD card on digital devices
  • Since old photos may be memorable backup it to computer drive or other external backup drive from SD card
  • Avoid using SD card carrying important old photos on different platforms

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