Disk Drill is the best SD card recovery Mac app supporting Mac OS X 10.8.5 and even macOS Big Sur. Whether you have an SD card or a MicroSD card, Disk Drill can help you recover files from it. This page will show you how to get your valuable data back using a variety of operating system and software methods.
If you’ve lost data on your SD card, there is a good chance Disk Drill can help you get it back – even if the card has been corrupted or reformatted. Of course, there are a lot of variables involved in SD recovery on Mac OS X and sometimes a file can be lost for good.
The good news is that Disk Drill allows you to scan your SD card or MicroSD card and preview the recovered files for free. Upgrading to Disk Drill PRO is not necessary until you are positive the files you need are recoverable.
You can lose data from a microSD card due to a variety of issues. These are the most common reasons you will need to perform a microSD card recovery on Mac.
Accidental File Deletion
The most common reason that data is lost from a microSD card is accidental file deletion. It’s very easy to click the delete button by mistake which can result in the loss of a lot of data.
Formatting the Card
Formatting the microSD card can result in the loss of everything that was on the storage device. Fortunately, this damage can be undone and the files recovered with data recovery software.
MicroSD cards are not indestructible and can be damaged by improperly inserting or removing them from a device or card reader. Data may not be retrievable if the physical damage is extensive.
MicroSD Card Corruption
File corruption can occur with a microSD card due to several reasons. You may have removed the card from its device during a write operation, been infected with a virus, or been affected by a power issue.
Virus or Malware Infection
Infection with a virus or malware can lead to many types of problems including data loss on a microSD card. Try to keep your card out of computers and devices that are not virus-free.
Data can be lost from your microSD card due to power problems with the device using the storage media. Loss of power during a write operation can lead to missing or corrupted files.
Using MicroSD Card Recovery Software to Retrieve Your Data
The most reliable method of recovering lost data from a microSD card is with data recovery software. Disk Drill is a user-friendly data recovery software application that can restore your lost files in a few clicks. This is how to get files off of a SanDisk Ultra Plus microSD card on Mac or any other kind of memory card.
Install Disk Drill
Download and install Disk Drill for Mac on your computer. You will need to provide an administrator’s password to complete the installation.
Connect Your Card-Reader or Device
Connect the microSD card to your Mac and launch Disk Drill. If your Mac won't recognize microSD, you will not be able to use this recovery method.
Choose a microSD card
Select the microSD card from the list of available disks.
Scan Your SD Card
Click the Search for lost data button to start scanning for deleted files. You can select the type of scan to run or let the software use all of its algorithms in the optimal order. That method will get you the best recovery results.
Click the Recover button to perform the recovery. Choose a safe storage location where the restored files will be saved. DO NOT use the affected microSD card to save recovered data.
Disk Drill Supports Recovering From Any Memory Card on Mac
You can recover lost and deleted data from any type of memory card with Disk Drill. As long as you can connect the card to your computer and the operating system recognizes the device, Disk Drill can scan it and recover your lost data.
SanDisk®, Sony®, Lexar®
PNY®, Genuine SanDisk®, Lexar®
Delkin®, Verbatim®, Silicon Power®
Transcend®, Johnziny®, Canon®
xD Picture Card
Olympus®, xD-Picture®, Fujifilm®
MyMemory®, EgoDisk®, Delkin®
File Types Supported by Disk Drill for SD Card Recovery
Disk Drill can recover over 400 different file types from your SD card. This includes all of the most common and popular image, video, audio, document, and archive file types as well as many lesser-used formats that may be important to you.
AVI, FLV (Flash video), MKV (Matroska Video), MP4 (MPEG-4 video), BRAW (Blackmagic raw video format), SWF (Flash movie)
The best SD card recovery Mac method is protection!
Use unique SD card data protection possibilities of Disk Drill to keep your files safe and intact. These protection methods are Recovery Vault and Guaranteed Recovery. Recovery Vault sketches a special "map" for Disk Drill to easily locate the lost files. The Guaranteed Recovery method keeps an eye on file operations and safely stores invisible copies of trashed files for a successful SD card recovery for Mac when needed.
Alternate Methods of Recovering a MicroSD Card on Mac
Here are several other methods that may be useful in recovering data from a microSD card on your Mac.
Recover From Your Mac’s Trash
Your Mac’s Trash is always a good first place to look for deleted files or folders. Here’s how to check it for your lost data.
Open the Trash by double-clicking on its icon.
Search for the item you wish to recover.
Right-click on the item and choose Put Back to restore it to its original location.
Recover With a Time Machine Backup
Time Machine is a macOS built-in backup and recovery tool. You should consider using it to regularly back up your files. If you have a backup, here is the procedure to follow to attempt a restore with Time Machine.
Open a Finder window in the Folder where the lost data was stored. For example, if you deleted a file from your home folder, open Finder in the home folder.
Open Time Machine by clicking the clock icon on your menu bar, starting it from Launchpad, or by selecting it from System Preferences.
Use the arrows and timeline to browse the local snapshots and backups to find the items you wish to recover.
Select one or more items you want to restore and click Restore.
Restore Using Another Backup Solution
You may be backing up your data with a different tool than Time Machine. Many users take advantage of cloud storage such as iCloud to back up their data. The specific steps for recovering will depend on the solution you are using, but here is a general overview of the procedure you need to use for restoring from a backup.
Connect the backup media to your computer or establish communication with your cloud backup service.
Search the backup catalog for the files or folders you want to restore.
Choose the items for recovery and follow the steps for your backup solution.
Bonus tip: How to fix or repair a microSD card on Mac
Disk Utility is the macOS tool that will allow you to fix or repair a microSD card. Use this procedure:
Connect the microSD card to your computer.
Launch Disk Utility and select the microSD card.
Choose First Aid from the menu at the top of the window.
Disk Utility will attempt a repair and inform you if it cannot fix the card.
Other methods of repairing a microSD card can be found on this page.
Frequently Asked Questions
Updated on by Disk Drill Team
How can I recover deleted files from a microSD card on Mac?
Use this procedure to recover data from a microSD card for a GoPro or any other type of digital camera:
Download and install Disk Drill for Mac.
Connect the microSD card to your computer and start Disk Drill.
Click the Search for lost data button to scan for deleted files.
Preview the recoverable data and select the files you want to restore.
Click the Recover button to complete the recovery.
How do you fix a corrupted microSD card on a Mac?
Use these steps to repair a microSD card on Mac:
Connect the card to your Mac.
Launch Disk Utility.
Select the microSD card and click on the First Aid selection at the top of the window.
Disk Utility will attempt to repair your card. If this fails, you may need to format the card to use it again.
How do I reset my microSD card on a Mac?
Follow these steps to reset a microSD card on Mac:
Connect the SD card to your Mac.
Open Disk Utility and select the memory card.
Click on the Erase button to format the card.
Select the file format you wish to use.
Click Erase again to finish formatting the microSD card.
How do you remove write protection from a microSD card on a Mac?
Use the following steps to remove write protection from a micro SD card on a Mac:
Open a Finder window.
Right-click on the microSD card and select Get info.
Go to Sharing & Permissions.
Click the lock icon and provide your administrator’s password.
Change Read only to Read & Write.
How do you erase a micro SD card on a Mac?
Use Disk Utility to erase a corrupted microSD card on a Mac using this procedure:
Connect the card to your Mac.
Start Disk Utility and select the card from the panel on the left.
Click the Erase button which formats the card. Select the filesystem you want and click Erase again.
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