I can't believe it, you did it again, you deleted files that you didn't have to delete from the memory card that you generally use to store data on your devices. Can you be more careless than that? The answer, you know, is no. But today I feel good and I want to help you avoid further bad figures by explaining step by step how to recover deleted files from memory card. I beg your pardon? Are you totally unfamiliar with new technologies and you're afraid you're not up to it? Come on, don't be a wimp! Rather concentrate on reading the directions below, I assure you that you won't have to do anything too difficult.
To recover deleted files from memory cards you just need to use some special programs (and apps), connect the external media to your computer (or your smartphone or tablet), click (or tap) on a couple of buttons and wait for the chosen software (or application) to do its job. As you can see, everything is within your reach. Clearly you have to keep in mind that unfortunately these are not magic tools. By this I mean that if the portions of memory on which the removed files were stored have been occupied by other data, there is absolutely nothing you can do with your hands to fix it. If such a circumstance were to occur, you would in fact have to go to specialized centers.
Anyway, let's not think the worst right away! Take a few moments off for yourself, sit comfortably in front of your beloved computer and start focusing on reading this tutorial. I sincerely hope you can recover your files. Have a good read and, of course, good luck!
EaseUS Data Recovery (Windows/Mac)
The first tool I want to suggest you to use to recover deleted files from memory card is EaseUS Data Recovery. It is a software for Windows and Mac specifically designed to allow recovery of files from hard drive and any other media connected to the computer (UBS flash drives, memory cards etc.). It is capable of working on multiple types of files and is free but has one limitation: it allows you to recover up to a maximum of 2GB of data. To overcome this limit, it is necessary to switch to the paid version including additional functions. Anyway, if you just need to recover a few files from time to time, the basic version of the software should be more than enough.
To download EaseUS Data Recovery to your computer, go to the home page of the program, press the Free Download button and wait a few moments for the software download to complete. Then open the drw_free.exe file, click Yes, OK and then the Next button, click Accept, Confirm and Install and to finish, press the Complete button.
If you are using a Mac, connect to the website of the software, click on the Mac version link below the download button and then click on Free trial on the new web page displayed. Then open the Mac_drw_free.dmg file you just obtained, drag the program icon into the Applications folder and then open EaseUS Data Recovery by right-clicking its icon in the Applications folder and choosing Open from the menu that appears (this will bypass Apple's restrictions on unauthorized developers).
Now you are finally ready to take the real action! Select the external memory card connected to your computer where the files you deleted were stored, click on the Scan button at the bottom and wait for the media scan to start and complete. The progress is indicated by the blue bar at the top.
When the analysis is finished, if everything went well you will find yourself in front of a list of files that you can recover. To quickly view only the items you are interested in, you can use the filters located at the top (Graphics, Audio, Document, etc.) and click on the arrows on the side to further filter the results by extension. You can also preview each complaint by clicking on the eye icon in the lower right corner of the program window.
Once you find the deleted files to recover, select them by checking the box next to their names and then click on the Recover button. Then indicate the location on your computer where you want to save them and click the Well button. When the recovery process is complete the Explorer/File Explorer window will automatically open for the location you chose to save the files.
Disk Drill (Windows/Mac)
Disk Drill is another popular data recovery software available for both Windows and Mac. It is undoubtedly useful for recovering deleted files from memory card but also allows you to work on hard drives, SSD drives, USB sticks and so on. It is available for free but, as with EaseUS Data Recovery, it has some limitations that can be bypassed by switching to Pro version of the program.
To download the free version of Disk Drill on your computer, connect to its official website and click on the Download Free button. Then open the file disk.drill-win.msi, click the Next button three consecutive times, then click Yes and finally Close.
If you are using a Mac, you need to open the diskdrill.dmg package that contains the software, copy its icon to the Applications folder of macOS and then start the program by right-clicking on its icon in the Applications folder of macOS/OS X and choosing Open from the menu. Then click the Start button, type the password for your Mac user account and press Enter to access the main Disk Drill screen.
At this point, regardless of the operating system you are using, you should be in front of the main program window. Then locate the drive related to the memory card from which you want to recover deleted files and click on Recover (on Windows) or Recover (on Mac) button located next to its name.
Once the analysis procedure is complete, locate the files to recover by expanding the folders listed in the program window, using the search bar at the top and/or the filters on the left. Then click on the magnifying glass icon (on Windows) or eye icon (on Mac) located next to their names to preview them and press the Recover button (on Windows) or Recover button (on Mac) to export them to a folder.
If you're using a PC with Windows installed and if you haven't been particularly enthusiastic about the above mentioned software, you can turn to Recuva, a free tool specifically for Microsoft's home operating systems that is the result of the work of the same developers of CCleaner that allows you to recover deleted files from memory cards, hard drives and other drives in a few clicks.
To download it to your computer, connect to its website and click on the Download Free Version button, then on the Free Download button at the bottom, then on the Priform.com link in the page that opens and finally on the Download latest version button. When the download is complete, start the file rcsetupxx.exe, click on Yes, choose the language from the menu at the top right and click first on Install and then on Run Recuva to complete the setup and start the software.
Once the main window of the program appears, press the Next button and indicate the type of files you want to restore (Pictures, Music, Documents, Videos, Compressed archives, Email or All files) then tick next to the On media card or iPod item and start scanning the memory card by clicking the Next button first and then the Start button.
Then tick the names of the previously deleted files you want to recover: those with the green light are 100% recoverable, those with the yellow light may be corrupted, and those with the red light cannot be recovered in any way. Then click the Recover button. To finish, indicate the folder where you want to save everything and confirm that you want to complete the whole procedure.
Lazesoft Mac Data Recovery (Mac)
Do you use a Mac and the solutions to recover deleted files from memory card that I have already proposed do not interest you? Sorry but... don't throw in the towel yet! Try Lazesoft Mac Data Recovery first. It is a free application for macOS/OS X that allows you to recover deleted data from external drives (hence also memory cards) and computer hard drive. It is very easy to use... now let me tell you how to proceed.
To begin with, connect to the program's website and press the Download button first and then Free Download Now! Then open, by double-clicking on it, the lazesoftmacdatarecovery.dmg file you just obtained and drag the Lazesoft Mac Data Recovery icon into the Applications folder. Then start the program by right-clicking its icon in the Applications folder of macOS/OS X and choosing Open from the menu shown.
In the window that opens, click on Fast Scan, select the entry for the memory card wing to recover the deleted files, click on the Start search button and wait for the scanning process to start and finish.
Then select the File Type tab from the left bar and indicate the type of file you are interested in recovering. To finish, put the check mark next to the names of the items you are interested in, click the Save Files button at the top right and choose the folder where you want to save the recovered files. Before recovering this or that file, make sure they are all intact (some may not be) by helping you with the preview that appears automatically when you select a given item.
Then, if you prefer, you can select the Path tab from the sidebar of Lazesoft Mac Data Recovery and browse through the various files available for recovery by accessing the folder where they were originally located. You can also perform a deeper scan of the memory card (useful in case the method indicated in the previous lines proved to be ineffective) by clicking Deep Scan on the program's home screen.
If you own an Android smartphone or tablet, you can recover deleted files from memory cards without having to connect the memory card to your computer. How? Simple: using DiskDigger. It is in fact an application that offers the possibility to recover JPG and PNG files for free (to recover other types of files you need to buy the paid version of the app). In order to work at its best, however, it needs root.
To use the app, all you have to do is launch it, give it root permissions by tapping Grant, refuse to switch to the paid version by selecting No, thanks and choose the memory card to scan.
Then place a checkmark next to the JPG and PNG entries and step on the OK button to start the scanning process. Finally, select the previews of the images to be recovered, step on Recovery and choose the folder icon to export the images to a specific folder or choose the cloud icon to upload them to a cloud storage service.
Note: Unfortunately, the preview is not available for all file types, so you will have to make several attempts to find the right files to recover. Please note that some items, such as ZIP archives and APK packages, are shown without their original names (they are all called sector xx).