Recover Data from Formatted SD Card

“My friend has connected my camera to his system which was virus infected; when I attached same camera to my system it refused to show files stored in SD card and in turn asked me to format it. I don’t want to format it and lose entire data. Is there any way to unformat SD card so that I can view files from it?”.

If you have encountered situation like above, then you might have realized how difficult it is to lose precious data from SD card. But after going through this page you will get correct method to unformat SD card files on Windows or Mac computer.

What are the occasions in which users’ format SD card?

  • Formatting directly from multimedia device: Every multimedia device contains “Format” option which can be utilized if you wish to delete entire data from SD card for some purpose. But few users click it unintentionally to see the result after clicking it; where as some SD card users press upon it intentionally when its memory has reached its maximum limit
  • Formatting when connected to computer: The proper way to remove SD card from your PC is utilizing “Eject” option it is best way to protect your data present in SD card. However, sometimes instead of clicking on “Eject” option one may accidentally choose “Format” option which displays in the list when you right click on the drive representing SD card
  • Accidentally choosing SD card to format: When any partition of your computer contains files which are of no use, you may desire it to format it. But without checking you may mistakenly choose SD card which is connected to your system at the time of formatting

No matter how you formatted SD card, there is way to unformat its data. If you are thinking how is possible? Then here is a outstanding tool named Yodot Photo Recovery to bring back erased media files from SD memory card on PC or Macintosh systems with ease.

Software to unformat SD card data:

Yodot Photo Recovery acts as the protective media file recovery software when you want to unformat data from SD card. It automatically detects SD card and provides few instructions to restore erased photos, RAW images, video files, music files and other documents from formatted SD card without taking anyone’s help. Using this SD card recovery software, you can also get back media files from SDHC, SDXC, CF, xD, MMC, XQD and Smart/Multi media cards as well as Memory Sticks. Along with restoring media files and other data, it will make your recovery process easy by providing two view types that is File Type and Data Type view to see restores files prior to saving them. It facilitate ‘Save Recovery Session’ option in demo version so that users can save SD card recovery process they have followed using demo version and directly resume it after activating full version without needing to rescan SD card again. Windows version of this tool works on all PCs/laptops running with Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 2003 and 2008 operating systems. Mac version of card recovery tool i.e. Yodot Mac Photo Recovery works on Mac computers installed with Mac OS X Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Snow Lion and Mavericks.

Procedure to unformat data from formatted SD card:

  • First of all connect formatted SD card to your computer with the help of adaptor
  • Once it gets detected, download and run the application to find out steps involved in the SD card recovery
  • On the main screen, you will see two options which are “Deleted Photo Recovery” and “Lost Photo Recovery”
  • Choose “Lost Photo Recovery” option to get back files after formatting SD card
  • You can now see available drives including SD card on your system
  • Choose the drive that represent SD card and then go further to scan it
  • Wait till the application finish scanning process and then choose file types that you want to retrieve and click Next
  • In the screen, you will find all the files which got recovered by this card recovery software
  • Preview media files for confirmation and at last save them on a location that you prefer


  • Be careful while choosing options when SD card is connected to your computer
  • Never format SD card unless you check its content properly

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