Best SD Card Recovery to Recover Your Lost Photos on Android/Mac

SD Card Data Recovery

SD card is the helpful digital tool for storing data when you use the camera, or camcorder, even the Android phone. However, accidentally lost photos, videos or other data from your SD card due to the deleted, corrupted, damaged memory card, will panic you, right? If you are reading here. Then you come to the right place now. In the following description, we will collect the top 5 SD card recovery to help you retrieve the deleted files from the SD memory card.

Part 1. Best 5 SD card recovery software

No. 1- FoneLab for Android - SD card recovery for Android

FoneLab for Android

FoneLab for Android is the powerful SD card photo recovery software for Android mobile. This tool enables you to retrieve the deleted videos, photos, documents, etc. from SD card to computer.

Platform: Windows, Mac

Price: $39.16


1. Recover deleted files like photos, videos, audio, documents like WORD, EXCEL, ZIP, etc.

2. Extract data from Android SD card to computer (Windows and Mac).

3. Preview the data details before you recover from SD card.

4. Compatible with almost Android phone SD card data recovery like Samsung, LG, HTC, etc.

Connect Android

No. 2- CardRecovery - SD card photo recovery software


CardRecovery is the photo recovery software for memory card used by digital or phone. This app only works with JPG and RAW-format image files, and video and audio files like AVI, MOV, MP3, etc.

    Platform: Windows

    Price: $39.95


    1. It supports almost all memory card types like SD Card, MicroSD, SDHC, CF (Compact Flash) Card, xD Picture Card, Memory Stick, Flash Drive, etc.

    2. Recover deleted photos due to formatting or "Delete All" operation.

    3. Recover data due to memory card error, damage or corruption.


No. 3 - CardRescue - Camera SD card recovery for Mac


CardRescue is the SD card photo recovery software for digital camera memory cards. This app enables you to restore lost pictures and movies from SD, CF, xD card, MemoryStick and more.

    Platform:Mac OS X 10.8 or later



    1. It recovers deleted images like JPG, TIF, and ran image formats like Nikon NEF, Canon CRW, CR2, etc.

    2. The software recovers lost photos and videos from phone micro SD and micro SDHC.

    3. It lets you get back the deleted photos due to SD card format, reformat, damage, etc.


No. 4 - PhotoRec - Free cross-platform SD card recovery


PhotoRec is the mighty but free memory card data recovery app, which recover files from almost any device, whether or not it's mounted with a drive letter, has a partition or is even formatted.

    Platform:Windows, Linux and Mac OS X



    1. It recovers more than 30 types of data like ZIP, Office, PDF, HTML, JPEG, etc. from SD card.

    2. It recovers deleted data from from hard disks, CD-ROMs, digital camera memory, etc.

    3. It retrieves files from FAT, NTFS, exFAT, ext2/ext3/ext4 filesystem, HFS+, even if the file system is damaged.


No. 5 - Disk Drill - Free SD card recovery app on Mac

Disk Drill

Disk Drill is the free SD card data recovery application for Mac, which will let recover you data from external or internal hard drives, memory cards and just about any formatted or raw, media.




    1. It recovers the deleted data about itself and its properties, like original file name, location, etc.

    2. It is compatible with almost SD card like SDHC, SDXC, MicroSD, CompactFlash Cards, XD Cards, Sony Memory Sticks, MMC Cards, and virtually any other card your Mac.

    3. In its free version, certain data are disabled such as bookmarks synchronization, folder synchronization, iTunes synchronization etc.

Disk Drill

Part 2. How to recover deleted files from SD card

In this part, we will show you the steps of recovering deleted data(photos, videos, etc.) from SD card. Here, you need to download the FoneLab for Android first.

Step 1Connect Android to PC with SD card

You need to install the SD card to your Android phone, and click "Android Data Recovery", and then plug your Android phone with SD card to computer.

Connect Android

Step 2Scan Android phone internal and SD card

After connecting your phone successfully, you could select data type to scan. And click "Next" to start to scan your phone and SD card.

Note:For connecting your phone successfully, you need to tap "Trust", and then debug USB mode.

Scan Android

Step 3Recover data on SD card

After the scanning process is complete, you could click the data type(photos, videos, etc.) on the left sidebar, and view the details on the right window. If you want to save the deleted data to computer, just click "Recover" to save them on your computer.

Recover data on SD

Part 3. How to fix corrupted SD card

Sometimes, the inappropriate operation will lead to your SD card corruption. At that point, you could take the simple solutions as below to fix the corrupted SD memory card.

1. Change another device to connect SD card again.

2. Reinstall the driver.

3. Format SD card to use it as new.

4. Use Sandisk built-in solution.

5. Assign a new drive letter.

6. Try "chydsk" command. Type "chydsk" followed by drive letter, colon and /f at the command prompt corresponding to that SD card and press Enter.

Here the conclusion about SD card recovery will be made here that different SD card data recovery software will help you to find back the deleted files from SD card on Android, Mac or PC. You just find the best one based on your own situations.

iPhone does fail to provide users SD card, but you can still recover the data with iOS data recovery software when your data is lost.

In this post, we mainly talk about 5 great SD card recovery tools. You can pick your preferred one to recover deleted or lost photos, videos, audios, contacts, messages and more from SD card. We also show you detailed steps to recover deleted files from SD card and fix a damaged SD card. If you have any question or better solution, please leave us a message.

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November 24, 2017 09:37 / Updated by to Mac, App, Android
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