Is It Possible to Recover Deleted Photos from SD Card?

Most consumer point-and-shoot cameras and DSLRs make it very easy to format SD cards and delete individual photos & pictures. DSLRs, in particular, are designed with speed and efficiency in mind, meaning they don’t place any roadblocks in the way of the user, and they, above everything else, don’t second-guess what the user tells the camera to do.

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But the same cameras rarely make it equally easy to recover deleted photos. Once deleted, your precious photos are gone for good. That is, unless you don’t go beyond the limited set of features of your camera. With data recovery software for Windows or Mac OS X, you can retrieve lost or deleted pictures and photos from just about any storage device, including SD cards.

There’s just one requirement for the data recovery procedure to work: you have to act quickly. You see, when you delete a photo from an SD card, the photo is actually still on the storage medium until another photo overwrites it. It’s like when you crumble a sheet of paper and throw it into the bin. Until you take out the trash and your local garbage collection crew picks it up, you can still get the sheet of paper back.

Your camera is an efficient device. It has no reason to waste processing power by shredding your pictures when it can just throw them aside. This is something that you can use to your advantage. What you need is a tool like Disk Drill, renowned data recovery software used by large multinational corporations and individual home users alike.

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Disk Drill loves to get its hands dirty and go through the hidden garbage pile on your SD card, hard drive, USB thumb drive, and many other storage devices. Just like you can take out a crumpled sheet of paper from a paper bin and, with a bit of persuasion, make it usable again, Disk Drill can recover all common and not-so-common pictures and photos from your SD card.

What You Need to Do

  1. Download Disk Drill from its official website and install it on your Windows or Mac OS X computer. The installation process — just like the app itself — is self-explanatory, but should you run into any problems, there’s a large knowledge-base on Disk Drill’s website as well as helpful customer support.
  2. Launch Disk Drill and let it scan your SD card. To do this, insert the affected SD card into your desktop computer or laptop. Disk Drill will automatically recognize it and display it on its main screen. The photo recovery process can take a few minutes until it finishes.
  3. Select which pictures you would like Disk Drill to recover. Alternatively, select all found files and click on the Recover button. Disk Drill will restore your deleted images, saving your precious memories from disaster.
Arthur Cole

Arthur Cole is a freelance content creator. He also has a more than 10-year experience in program development for macOS, Windows, iOS, Android.Arthur Cole is a writer with deep expertise in programming, who can easily...

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Brett Johnson

This article has been approved by Brett Johnson, Data Recovery Engineer at ACE Data Recovery. Brett has a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Systems and Network, 12 years of experience.