How to Recover Videos from Memory Card?

“Help, I accidentally deleted a video from a SDHC card. It is my sister’s wedding video! I didn’t take any backups of this video file on any storage device and I don’t have another copy of this video. It’s an AVCHD video recorded from a Sony NECAM U70. I really wanted to recover this video file before she knows it, otherwise she will really kill me!! Any help or suggestion would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.”

Hey, take it easy. Don’t worry about deleted video file. It will not be permanently deleted from memory card; rather its index information is removed from file system table on SDHC card and you can easily retrieve this deleted video file using any of the professional card recovery tools, before its space is over written by new file content. Prior to that let us see other reasons for losing videos from memory cards.

Most common causes for loss of video files on memory cards are mentioned below:

  • Accidentally deleting some of essential video files stored in the memory card while viewing them on computer
  • While scanning for virus, the anti-virus application can delete these videos that are infected by virus
  • If  the video file header get corrupted then you can’t play such video files and hence this lead to video file deletion on memory card
  • Similarly if your SDHC memory card file system gets corrupted, then data stored on the memory card will be lost including your video files
  • If any interruption occurs while transferring video files from memory card to system using “cut paste” method, then those video files will be lost from memory card

Video files are also a kind of data saved on storage devices. Hence video files can also be deleted or lost from memory cards similar to other data files. So it is difficult to avoid video loss from memory cards. Unfortunately if your precious video files are deleted from memory card, then you must use perfect memory card recovery utility to get back videos. If you are not aware of which card recovery tool to use and how to use, then follow the below given procedure.

Video recovery software for memory card:

Most of the users prefer Yodot Photo Recovery software for retrieving data that is deleted or lost from memory cards due several reasons. This application can restore photos, videos, songs and other files from memory card as well as other storage devices like thumb drives, external hard drives, laptops, flash drives, etc. This software provides “RAW Search” option to find the specific files with the help of their unique signature in order to avoid full scanning of the memory card.

Procedure for using video file recovery software:

  • Connect the memory card to Windows computer by using card reader
  • Then download and install Yodot Photo Recovery application to memory card connected computer
  • Launch the software to start recovery process and follow the instructions present on screen
  • In main screen you will find two options i.e., “Delete Photo Recovery” and  “Lost Photo Recovery”
  • Select “Delete Photo Recovery” option to retrieve deleted video files from memory card
  • Otherwise, select “Lost Photo Recovery” option to get back lost video files from memory card
  • This application will scan the entire computer and displays all logical drives present in system, including your memory card that is connected to the system
  • Choose particular memory card from which you need to retrieve video files and click on “Next” button
  • The software starts recovering video files from memory card and displays the retrieved files in two different views i.e., “Data View” and “File Type View”
  • Preview  video file by using “Preview” option and save the retrieved files to desired location on your system (except memory from which you retrieved video files)

Things to remember:

  • Once clearly check your memory card for essential video files before you are going to format or reformat it
  • Don’t try to add data to the memory cards once it is full, it may get corrupted or become inaccessible
  • Keep an additional backup of your favorite video files on other reliable storage device