We understand your files are very important to you, and you never want to lose them. If you have accidentally lost or deleted your files, you can still recover them. In this article, we will explain how you can recover your deleted files from your SD Card. We will share the step-by-step procedure so that you can recover files without any hassle.Let’s begin!

Part 1. Recover Deleted Files from a Micro SD Memory Card (Windows&Mac)

When you delete your file from an SD card, it is not actually deleted. Instead, the file is physically present there, and its space is made available for the next file to come. But if you have moved or copied any file to the SD card, the deleted files are gone. You can only recover those permanently deleted files using a file recovery tool.

iMyFone D-Back Hard Drive Recovery is a file recovery tool that can recover your deleted files from an SD card, flash drive, hard drive, or any other storage. It recovers your data with a few clicks and saves your important images, videos, documents, or any other type of data. It works in all cases, even if the files are deleted accidentally, or the drive is formatted. It is a simple tool made for beginners and can be used by anyone without any prior experience. The best part is that it works on both Windows and Mac OS.

Watch this video for quick guide about recover deleted files from formatted SD card:

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  • Key Features of D-Back Hard Drive Recovery:
  • iMyFone D-Back Hard Drive Recovery recovers almost all types and formats of files. It supports more than 1000 formats, including videos, images, documents, archives, emails, and HTML files.
  • It offers excellent results and works on hard drives, SD cards, USB flash drives, digital cameras, and other storage devices.
  • Files can also be searched using their name, folder, and path. It saves time and recovers the file you need.
  • The powerful algorithm scans your files quickly, and you can select the ones you want to recover.
  • The scanning process can also be paused in the middle and resumed whenever needed.
  • Steps to Recover Deleted Files Via D-Back Hard Drive Recovery:

Step 1:Download D-Back Hard Drive Recovery and open the tool on your computer. Open the tool. You will see the main screen of D-Back Hard Drive Recovery. The drives on your computer will be shown on the main interface. You will also see connected storage devices, such as SD cards, cameras, or smartphones. Click on the SD Card.

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Step 2:D-Back Hard Drive Recovery will start the scanning process automatically. It will scan files and filter them according to their type and format. The scanning will take time, depending on the size of the SD Card.

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Step 3:You can select the files you want to recover. There is no need to recover the whole data; however, you can do it if you want. You can also search the file with its name, folder, and path. Click on "Recover" after selecting the files.

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Step 4:Select the destination folder where you want to save the files. You can also enter the path. Click on "OK". D-Back Hard Drive Recovery will recover your files instantly, and you can access them inside the selected folder.

Part 2. How to Recover Deleted Files from SD Card Free Without Software

Data recovery tools are the ultimate solution for recovering data from your SD card. However, not everyone would like to pay for the tool. There are a few free methods you can try before buying a data recovery tool. If any of the methods work for you, you dont need a third-party tool.

Here, we will share three methods to recover deleted files from SD cards. You can try them one by one. We will also share the conditions, prerequisites, and proscons so that you can easily select the right one.

Method 1: Using CMD to Recover Deleted Files from SD Card Free (Windows)

CMD or Command Prompt is the ages-old command-line interpreter. It is a by-default application on your Windows PC. You can use it to recover your deleted or lost files from the SD card. This method works if your files are not permanently deleted. For instance, if the files are hidden or archived, the method can easily recover those files. If the files are permanently deleted, the only solution is data recovery software.

Step 1:You need to open the command prompt. For that, type cmd on the search bar, and open the application.

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Step 2:After opening the CMD, connect your SD card to the computer. Go to This PC and check the letter of the SD Card. It could be C, D, E, F, or anything else. For now, we are assuming that your SD Card is represented by Z. Type the given command and hit enter.

chkdsk Z: /f

The Z in the command represents the letter of the SD card, so you need to change it according to your situation.

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Step 3:Now, you need to enter the last command and hit Enter. Dont forget to replace Z with the drive letter of your SD card.

attrib -h -r -s /s /d Z:*.*

After this command, if your files were missing and were there on the SD card, they will be recovered. You can check the card. If your files are not recovered, your files are permanently deleted.

Method 2: Using Windows File History to Recover Deleted Files from SD Card Free

File History is a splendid feature of Windows 8, 8.1, and 10. It keeps old histories of the files present on your drive and allows you to go back to any previous version. It makes things more than simple, and with a few clicks, you can recover your lost files by going back to previous versions. But this method will only work if File History was enabled before the deletion of the files.

Step 1:Connect the SD card to your computer. Open the File Explorer and go to the SD card drive.

Step 2:Click on theHometab. In the ribbon, you will see an option for History. Click on that option.

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Step 3:It will open Windows File History. It will show you the history of all files present on the SD card. You can move forward and backward to see the changes in the files. Look for your deleted files in the previous versions.

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Step 4:Once you find the files, select them. Click on the Restore button to restore those files on the SD card. After that, you will have your files on your SD card.

Method 3: Using Time Machine Backup to Recover Deleted Files from SD Card (Mac)

If you use a Mac, there is an excellent way to recover your lost file, but this method works if you have ever created a backup of your SD card. You can restore the lost file by going to that backup and saving them on the SD card or any other destination. For Mac users, Time Machine Backup is a default feature that helps you create a backup and recover your lost files. Using this feature of Mac is pretty easy.

Step 1:Time Machine Backup is created in a separate drive. Connect that drive to your computer.

Step 2:In the menu bar, you will have theEnter Time Machineoption. Click on it.

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Step 3:Search for the lost files. You can also use the search bar for that. Once you find those files, you can select them and click on theRestorebutton. Your files will be restored without any hassle.

Part 3. FAQs About How to Recover Deleted Files from SD Card

1. Are there any free SD card recovery software to restore deleted files from an SD card?

Yes, you can find recovery software that offers a trial version. You can recover a few files using the trial version. For massive recovery, you need to buy the premium plan. You can try D-Back Hard Drive Recovery. You can scan your SD card for free and see the files. It offers free recovery for a few files.

2. How to recover deleted files from an SD card without a computer?

You can recover your deleted files from your SD card using an Android or iOS data recovery application. There are many applications available, and you need to select a suitable one. Install the application on your device and follow a few simple steps to recover your data—however, a reliable solution would be recovering the deleted files using a computer.

3. Can you recover deleted files from SD card free online?

If you are looking for a web-based tool to recover deleted files, unfortunately, there is no such tool. You need to download a file recovery tool on your computer, and then you can use it for the recovery of your files. The problem here is that the files are located on your computer, scanned through a tool that also needs to be on your computer.


If you know the right tools and methods, it is possible to recover your lost data. We have explained three methods in this article. First, you can try CMD and Windows File History. If these do not work or you have a Mac, you can try iMyFone D-Back Hard Drive Recovery. It is a splendid data recovery tool that recovers your data in almost every case, and you can use it on your own.