How to Recover RAW Files from Formatted SD Card?

There are numerous storage device which are utilized to save data; one of the best and useful storage device in this modern technology is SD card. These cards are available in different size and with different storage capacities. It is widely used in laptops, digital cameras, digital media players and in many other devices. The first and foremost beneficial thing about SD card is about its size. Even though SD card is smaller in size, it can save huge amount of data. Many users equip this SD card in their camera so that they can capture and store RAW files in it.

However, user might face many issues while accessing SD card on different devices and lose data. Let us consider a scenario; you have connected your SD card to system to move RAW files. Upon connecting an error message displayed stating that SD card have to be formatted to access it. You had no other option but to format the SD card which erased all the RAW files. What can be done in such situation? Are those RAW files lost forever? Well, not actually!!! By making use of any reliable card recovery application, you can easily get back deleted or lost RAW files. Before knowing about recovery product, let us discuss about few causes for loss of RAW files from SD card:

  • Accidentally formatting / reformatting SD card without keeping a proper back up of RAW files can lead to huge file loss
  • Ejecting SD card abruptly from computer while transferring RAW photo files
  • When trying to sort RAW files in a particular order, user may unintentionally select all files and click on delete option which wipes complete RAW files from SD card
  • You might erase RAW files accidentally when you are in hurry to snap some more photos from camera

If you met with these unpredicted situation and lost your valuable RAW files then take it easy!!!. Because with the aid of accurate photo recovery software, you can get back deleted or lost RAW files without losing its quality.

Software to recover RAW files from formatted SD card:

Yodot Photo Recovery is the best tool to recover lost or deleted RAW files from formatted SD card on Windows OS. Along with RAW files, this utility can restore picture file types like jpeg, jpg, pic, tiff, img, cr2, etc from formatted SD card with ease. Addition to SD card, it can recover RAW files from CF card, XD card, external hard disk drive, memory sticks, FireWire drives, SSD drives, USB drives and other storage components. This software supports RAW files recovery from USB drive, corrupt SD card on Windows 8.1, Windows XP, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 OS based computers. It has ability to tackle almost all situation of data loss and aid you in retrieving huge amount of data from SD card. The peculiar features of this software is that user can recover RAW files along with other files which were present on SD card. Moreover, you can also preview retrieved RAW files or other media files to verify successful recovery of chosen files. Additionally with help of this tool, it is possible to recover formatted SD card, USB drive, external hard drive, memory stick or any other storage medium.

Steps to restore RAW files from formatted SD card:

  • Connect your formatted SD card to computer through card reader
  • Download Yodot Photo Recovery tool and install it on your desktop
  • Upon installation, launch program to start recovery process
  • You will get two options on main screen namely 'Deleted Photo Recovery' and 'Lost Photo Recovery'
  • Opt any one of the option as per your requirement and continue next
  • After selecting suitable option, you can view all drives present in your system
  • Now select drive representing formatted SD card and click 'Next' to continue
  • On next screen you can see all files present on your SD card
  • Again choose files that you want to recover and click on 'Next' to proceed
  • Now preview RAW files to confirm that you have chosen right file for restoration
  • At last save your restored RAW files on desired destination location


  • Don't use same SD card on different gadgets
  • Maintain proper back up of important files in separate external device