How to Restore Encrypted Files from SD Card?

“I had encrypted files on my SD card to keep them safe; as I do not want anyone to mess up with my data. But, yesterday when I tried to access the SD card on my PC, it showed an error message that states “SD memory card needs to be formatted”. I don’t want to format the SD card since those files are very important for me. But, I am not able to access encrypted files on the card. I am worried since I do not even have a backup of files saved on my SD card. Kindly help me with your precious suggestions to get encrypted files from SD card”

Generally, users encrypt files on their SD card to restrict unauthorized access to data by the third person. And, there are various applications available for making your SD card accessible with the password.

Above sorts of instance happens when the SD card is corrupted, and there is no problem with the encryption or decryption of SD card, but it is with the file system of SD card. Thus, your SD card won’t be accessible with or without password on the computer.

The File System on SD card may get corrupted as consequence of severe virus/malware/spyware infections. In order to reuse SD card to save new files, users need to format SD card, which makes it accessible again but deletes all its encrypted files. Apart from SD card file system corruption; there are many factors accountable for loss or deletion of encrypted files from SD card as given below:

  • Frequently using SD card on different digital devices such as camera, camcorder or mobile phone might logically damage SD card
  • Interruptions during file transfer from SD card to any other drive; abrupt removal of SD card from devices while transferring files or accessing encrypted files from it
  • Format errors that appear on SD card causes inaccessibility of encrypted files saved on SD card. Learn how to recover files from SD card without formatting using Yodot Photo Recovery tool
  • Formatting SD card by accident on digital device or when connected to computer
  • Accidental deletion of files from encrypted SD card while deleting unwanted ones

If you have come across any of the above scenarios and lost encrypted files from SD card, then you start thinking about how to retrieve encrypted files from SD card. Do not worry; you can get back files from SD card using a suitable tool such as Yodot Photo Recovery software.

Recover Encrypted Files from SD Card

Encrypted SD Card File Recovery Software:

Yodot Photo Recovery software helps you to restore files from SD card which is encrypted and displaying a message to format it before usage. The application can be used to recover files from unrecognized SD card used on devices like phones, cameras, camcorders, etc. The utility is capable of retrieving different types of photos, videos, audios and other encrypted files from SD memory card on Windows OS. This tool also helps you to perform data recovery when SD card is write protected, dead, un-mountable or inaccessible. You can restore data from different brands of SD cards like Lexar, SanDisk, Transcend, Kingston, Sony, Samsung, Verbatim, Canon, Nikon, Kodak, etc. Not only just SD card, even you can restore data from unreadable micro SD card, CF card, SDHC card and more by employing this program. Mac version of this photo recovery tool i.e. Yodot Mac Photo Recovery software can be utilized to get encrypted files back from SD card on Macintosh computers working with Mac OS X including latest macOS.

How to Recover Encrypted Files from SD Card?

Step 1: Download Yodot Photo Recovery software on your PC and install it.

Step 2: Connect the encrypted SD card to the computer and run installed software.

Step 3: Select Deleted Photo Recovery (to recover deleted encrypted files) or Lost File Recovery (to recover lost/inaccessible encrypted files).

Step 4: Then select the SD card drive and click on Next.

Step 5: Select file formats you want to restore (if you wish) else Skip this step to restore all encrypted files from SD card.

Step 6: After a quick scan, the software gives a list of recovered files in Data View and File Type View.

Step 7: Select your encrypted files and Preview them.

Step 8: Save recovered files using Save option on the computer drive.


  • Keep backup of important files of your encrypted SD card on any other safe drive
  • Keep SD card away from virus infection using an effective anti-virus software

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