How to Restore JPG Files from SD Card?

My son formatted my 16 GB SD card and I lost all my photos and videos saved in it. How can I get them back? I am a photographer, the SD card in my camera seems to be corrupted and the image files and videos are gone! What should I do?.

I keep on seeing these kinds of questions asked by several users on diverse forums and blogs. When you accidentally delete or format the SD card, then data present in it might get lost. But many people don’t know what exactly happens when you delete JPG files from SD card. When you do this, the OS will just erase the file name from the index table and mark that space as free, so that new data can be added in that location. But the data will not be deleted; it will be there in the SD card until and unless it is overwritten with some new data. Hence it is advised to recover your valuable JPG files from SD card before its space is occupied with some other data. To perform this action you need effective photo recovery software.

Reasons behind loss of JPG files from SD card are:

  • Deleting JPG files from SD card by mistake while previewing them
  • JPG files might get lost due to accidentally formatting the SD card
  • Virus or malware attack on SD card can damage the drive and make your important JPG files inaccessible
  • JPG files might get lost due to transfer error occurred while moving them to other storage device
  • Other reasons for loss of jpg files on SD card are improper handling of SD card, SD card file system corruption, system crash, SD card damage, etc

SD card or Secure Digital card is a small flash memory card designed to provide high capacity memory for various portable electronic gadgets such as digital cameras, cell phones, music players, Tablets, and many other devices. If you encounter any of these above mentioned situations with your SD card and lost JPG files or other data from it, then don’t get panic. In all these situations, the JPG files won’t get permanently deleted from SD card, so you can retrieve them back using the third party recovery application.

JPG file recovery tool:

Yodot Photo Recovery is the best tool to recover lost or deleted JPG files from SD card on Windows computer. It has ability to recover any type of media file from all storage devices including computer hard disk, external hard disk, memory card, iPod, USB drive, memory stick, FireWire drives and many more. This software supports recovery of other image file formats such as JPEG, WMF, TGA, TIF, JPEG, PSD, WPG, PIC, PSP, ART, DCX, SID, PCX, etc from SD card. This recovery application effectively recovers deleted or lost images, RAW image files, videos and music files from all sorts of storage media on Windows 8, 7, XP, Vista, Server 2003 and 2008 operating systems. It has user friendly interface and can be easily used by several users to retrieve their JPG files from SD memory card.

Procedure to recover JPG files from SD card:

  • First download Yodot Photo Recovery software and install it on your Windows PC
  • Then connect the SD card from which you need to recover JPG files
  • Launch the recovery process by clicking on shortcut icon created on desktop and follow instructions present onscreen
  • In main screen, you can see two options i.e. “Deleted Photo recovery” and “Lost Photo Recovery”
  • Select appropriate option to recover JPG files from the SD memory card on computer
  • Recovery program scans the entire computer and display all drives present in system including SD card
  • Select the particular SD card drive from which you need to recover JPG files and click on “Next” option
  • Software starts scanning the selected drive and displays all recovered JPG files in “Data View” or “File Type View”
  • At last save the recovered JPG files to your preferred location on system


  • Regularly backup your precious JPG files in some other reliable storage device
  • Don’t connect your SD card to virus infected computer, it might damage the JPG files
  • Avoid using third party application to convert JPG files to other system supportable file format

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