Get Photos from SD Card without Formatting

“I used a 2GB SD card in my camera for taking photos on my friend birthday party, but now I cannot get the pictures from it. If I put in camera or try to load them into the computer, it says SD card needs to be formatted which I do not do. I took it to a photo center and even their system could not read it. I know there are pictures in it; I looked at them before I removed the SD card from camera. I am really in need of these pictures. If you know any solution for this problem, then please help me?”

If this is your situation, then try these things. Put the SD card in different cameras of same model and brand or different models of different brands, which accepts SD card and see whether the pictures come up. Insert the SD card in different card readers and connect to computer, check weather pictures are detected. If not so, then it is clear that your SD card is logically damaged due to file system corruption. In such case, you must format the SD card in order to get rid of SD card corruption or format errors and make it get detected by the system. But formatting wipes out entire content saved on SD card reducing the chances of photo retrieval. So how will you get back images from SD memory card without formatting it? Just read the information given in this page to know the answer for your problem. Before knowing further details, let see the causes for inaccessibility of SD card and loss of essential photos as listed below:

  • Frequently using the same SD card on different devices might damage your SD card file system and might show formatting errors when you try to access photos on it
  • If your SD card is infected by virus/malware threats, then SD card turns unreadable and photos will be deleted from SD card while scanning by anti-virus application
  • Any interruption that occurs while transferring your expensive photos from SD card to computer or vice versa may damage SD card
  • Sudden shutdown of system while accessing SD card photos on system may also result in card corruption and you lose the important media files (images, audio, video, etc)

The SD cards give you additional storage space for your apps, photos, and videos on digital devices. But this SD cards are very vulnerable to corruption due to diverse reasons. If you have lost photos from SD card due to any of the above mentioned reason, then don’t worry. There are several SD card recovery tools available to help you in retrieving your precious photos and media files from SD cards on Windows or Mac system.

SD card recovery software:

Yodot Photo Recovery is excellent card recovery software that has potential to get back pictures off SD cards without formatting it. By utilizing this application you can retrieve all your digital images, generic photos, videos, audios and other media files from SD cards. This tool not only recovers pictures from SD cards, but it also gets back all types of media files from computer hard drive, Notebook, external hard drive, flash drive and other storage media. This has the capability to recover data from FAT32 formatted SD card, FAT16 formatted SD card, ExFAT formatted SD card and so on. It automatically identifies the actual size of data even when there is no file system or when you are recovering data from foreign file system that is unknown to computer operating system.

How to use SD card recovery tool on Windows?

  • Connect your SD card to the Windows computer through USB cable or card reader
  • Download and install Yodot Photo Recovery application to the SD card connected computer
  • Launch the recovery software and follow application procedure present on screen
  • In main screen you will find two option, “Deleted Photo Recovery” and “Lost Photo Recovery”
  • Select “Deleted Photo Recovery” option to retrieve erased pictures from SD card
  • Otherwise, select “Lost Photo Recovery” option to get back your missing images from SD card
  • The software will scan entire computer and displays all the logical drives present, including your SD card that is connected to the system
  • Choose the SD card drive from which you need to retrieve photos and click on “Next” option
  • The application scans selected SD card drive and show all the recovered pictures in two different views i.e. “Data View” and “File Type view”
  • Preview the recovered images by using “Preview” option and save them to your desired destination location on the system


  • It is good to properly eject SD cards when they are connected with system
  • Before formatting the SD cards cross check the card for essential pictures that are left unknowingly
  • Regularly transfer all your precious images from SD card to computer and have a proper backups of it

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