How Do I Recover Images from Formatted SD Card?

Phone SD Card RecoverySecure Digit (SD) cards the most commonly used flash memory cards these days, which are often used on portable electronic gadgets such as cell phones, PDAs, digital camera, gaming consoles, camcorders etc. SD cards store variety of pictures, videos, music files and many files on different digital devices. The main benefit of using SD card is that, it offers high data transfer speed and consumes less power compared to other memory card types. Although there are many benefits using SD cards, pictures and other data saved on SD cards get deleted or lost easily.

For an example, SD cards can get corrupted or logically damaged after some technical errors. Corruption makes SD card data inaccessible and you cannot access any pictures stored on it. In such condition formatting corrupted SD card is the best way to reuse it for further usage. But formatting deleted all photo files and other stuff present on SD card. So what are the other scenarios, where SD card is formatted? SD cards are ought to be formatted due to problems such as lack of vulnerability, security and storage. People usually format their SD cards due to reasons as listed below:

  • When SD Card is Full on Memory: If your SD card containing your photo and other media files is full on memory, it decreases performance of SD card and can make it inaccessible. You have to format inaccessible SD card to free up its space and access it again
  • SD Card Errors: Format SD card is necessary when you encounter SD card error messages like “sd card not formatted”, “sd card damaged error” etc that makes SD card pictures unreadable
  • To Remove Viruses from SD Card: Viruses or external threats are major cause that corrupts SD card by damaging card’s file system, after which user won’t be able to use SD card unless it is formatted

Then how to deal with formatted SD card in order to bring back pictures? You are lucky if you had managed to take backup of SD card data on regular basis, because data backup is the best manual way to rescue your valuable images from formatted SD card. This method is simple and very useful, but what to do if you have forgotten to backup pictures. Relax; when you don’t have backup data, you have to take the assistance of right software such as Yodot Photo Recovery to retrieve formatted pictures from SD card.

How is it possible to recover photos from a formatted SD card?

Pictures are still recoverable even after formatting SD card, because photos are not permanently erased from formatted SD card. OS just removes reference of formatted files from file allocation area, leaving pictures as it is on SD card as long as its space is occupied by new files. That is why it is possible to get images from formatted SD card by using card recovery tool like Yodot Photo Recovery.

Yodot Photo Recovery is powerful memory card recovery software that helps you to rescue deleted photos from your SD card. This tool deeply scans formatted SD card to identify and extract all types of generic and RAW image formats without affecting recovered pictures during recovery process. Other than formatting, you can utilize this tool to restore pictures, videos, audio files and text files from corrupted, reformatted or inaccessible SD card. Also, it will assist to recover lost files from SD card. In addition, you can easily restore media data from various types of flash memory cards like SDHC, SDXC, MicroSD, MiniSD, CF, xD, MMC and Memory Sticks on Windows computer and laptop. Users can preview their recovered image files before restoring pictures to any storage location accessible to Windows OS.

Picture recovery from formatted SD card:

  • Eject your SD card and connect it to a healthy desktop / laptop computer
  • Download and install Yodot Photo Recovery software to that connected computer
  • Run the application and follow the on screen procedure
  • Select “Lost Photo Recovery” option from the main screen to recover formatted pictures from SD card
  • The tool scans the system and shows all your logical and external drives from the system, where you need to choose the drive which represents your SD card and click on “Next”
  • The software provides option to select image file types which you would like to recover
  • You can choose desired photo file types or click on “Skip” to select all files types by default
  • The application scans the selected SD card and shows all the retrievable photo files from it
  • Select and preview the pictures which are to be recovered
  • At last, browse for the destination location to save your formatted pictures


  • Remove your SD card from camera or any digital gadget soon after formatting
  • Don’t save any new pictures or data onto formatted SD card to avoid data overwriting

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