Use your Windows computer to recover deleted files from a memory card. Disk Drill data recovery software is a free SD card recovery solution that restores lost and deleted images, videos, audio files, and more. Deleted files can be recovered from virtually any storage device with this flexible tool.
If your card’s filesystem suddenly changes to RAW making it impossible to view your files, Disk Drill can scan the device and recover its data safely.
Use Free Memory Card Recovery Software to Restore Lost Data
Have you deleted some important photos from your memory card? Disk Drill can recover files from an SD card and get your valuable data back where it belongs. Some of the features that make Disk Drill the best tool for SD card data recovery include:
A user-friendly and intuitive interface
Recovers data from all types of memory cards
Restores files from digital cameras and mobile devices
Quick and deep scans to find all of your missing data
Disk Drill works with any type of file system you have – NTFS, FAT32, EXT, ExFAT, HFS+, etc. Recovering lost files has never been so versatile. SD card data recovery and CF card recovery is not all Disk Drill can do. You can restore erased files on system disks, external devices, USB drives, other computers, etc. Free Disk Drill is smart. It will scan your system and let you know what it can recover. Recover 500 MB of data for free.
Recover Deleted Data From any Memory Card
Disk Drill supports data recovery on all types of memory cards. From a microSD card to an SDHC card taken out of a professional-grade digital camera, this reliable software tool will get your lost data back in the space of a few clicks. Take a look at the range of devices that are compatible with Disk Drill.
Disk Drill can recover virtually any kind of file that might have been stored on your SD card or compact flash card. The software supports over 400 different file signatures when performing a deep scan and will find all of your images, videos, and any other type of data on your card.
WEBM (HTML5 WebM Videos), M4V (iTunes video), MP4 (MPEG-4 video), M4P (iTunes Music Store audio), R3D (Redcode Raw video image)
Use the following steps to recover lost or deleted files from an SD card using Disk Drill.
1. Download and Install Disk Drill SD Data Recovery Software for Windows
Download and install the freeware version of Disk Drill for Windows on your computer. During installation, you will be prompted to provide administrator-level credentials to complete the process. You can recover up to 500 MB of data for free without upgrading to the Pro version of the tool. Connect the SD card to your computer with either a card reader or by attaching the device that contains it.
2. Choose the SD card and recovery method you need
Select the SD card from the disk list presented in Disk Drill’s interface. After making your selection, you can choose the type of recovery method you want to use. If you are looking for files that were recently deleted, you may want to try a quick scan. Harder to find files can often be recovered with a deep scan which can reconstruct files from fragments and file signatures.
Click the Search for lost data button to initiate Disk Drill’s advanced scanning algorithms. Over 400 different file types are defined in the application’s recovery database and are recognized by the scanning procedures. They include virtually any kind of file you are likely to be using on a memory card or digital device. Scans can be paused and restarted at any time for a more convenient recovery.
4. Select the files which you want to recover on your flash drive
During the scan, you will see progress as the process executes. You can pause the scan to recover files or wait for it to complete. You have several methods by which you can search for the files that you want to recover. This can save a lot of time when compared to looking through the potentially long list of files that Disk Drill may have found.
4.1. Use "filters" for faster search by selecting the right file type
Recovered files are displayed in folders and categorized by file type to simplify your search for recoverable data. You can choose to look only at Pictures, Video, Audio, Documents, Archives, and other files to narrow the search. If you are interested in the videos that have been recovered, why waste your time looking at everything that the app found?
4.2. Search for files
If you know the name of the file you are looking for, you can just look for it directly in the app’s search bar. You can use wildcards as in other search boxes, so as long as you know part of the name this can still save a lot of time sorting through recovery results. Just jump right to the file you need.
4.3. Check Reconstruction section
Reconstructed files are those that have been found through a deep scan. The file fragment did not supply enough metadata to recreate the filename. They are found in the Reconstruction section and will have a generic filename with a valid file extension. You can preview the files and rename them after you perform the recovery.
5. Recover the deleted data from your SD card
Click the Recover button once you have identified the files you wish to restore. You will be prompted for a safe location at which to save the recovered files. Don’t save them to the SD card that suffered data loss or you may cause file corruption during the recovery process. When recovery is complete, you can move the files to the location of your choice.
Operating Systems Supported:
Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP Windows Server 2019/2016/2012/2008
File Systems Supported:
FAT/FAT32/exFAT, NTFS, HFS & HFS+, APFS, EXT3/EXT4 and any RAW disk
Disk Space: 30MB minimum space for Disk Drill Data Recovery installation CPU: at least with x86 RAM: at least 128MB
Protect Your Data with Enhanced SD Card Recovery
One of the free data protection tools provided by Disk Drill is called Recovery Vault. This tool allows you to designate specific important folders and files for additional protection against accidental deletion. Recovery Vault backs up the file’s meta-data in the background and enables you to recover protected data quickly without performing a full data recovery procedure.
A Comparison of the Best Memory Card Recovery Software
There are a lot of software applications available that claim to be able to recover data from memory cards. To help you find the best solution for your needs, we have put together this comparison of five of the most popular recovery tools for Windows that work and can restore your files. Take a look at the features offered by each solution and find the right one to resolve your data loss situation.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Updated on by Disk Drill Team
How to Recover Deleted Files from an SD Card?
To recover deleted files from an SD card:
Download and install Disk Drill.
Connect the SD card to your computer.
Launch the application and choose the SD card from the list of disks.
Click Search for lost data to scan for lost files.
Preview and choose the files for recovery.
Click the Recover all button to restore your selected files.
Connect the SanDisk card to your Windows computer.
Start Disk Drill and select the card from the disk list.
Click the Search for lost data button to scan the card.
Preview the recoverable files and make your selections.
Choose a location to save the recovered data.
Click Recover to perform the recovery.
Can an SD card be recovered?
Yes, deleted files on an SD card can be recovered with Disk Drill data recovery software. The application scans your memory card and finds lost and deleted files and recovers them to the storage media of your choice. Even if the card has been formatted, Disk Drill will check it sector by sector to recover all of the data that had been on the device.