Proven ways to recover files from a formatted SD Card

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In this article, we show you how to recover files from a formatted SD Card. Secure Digital (SD), is a proprietary non-volatile memory card format developed by the SD Association for use in portable devices. The standard was introduced in 1999 by joint efforts between SanDisk, Panasonic, and Toshiba as an improvement over MultiMediaCards. It has become the industry standard. The three companies formed SD-3C, LLC, a company that licenses and enforces intellectual property rights associated with SD memory cards and SD host and ancillary products.

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SD cards are very convenient for smartphones that have very low storage. Mostly internal storage since it is used up for app installs and their related content. When you are a heavy smartphone user, you realize soon that you can not rely on internal storage alone. That is where the SD comes in. It offers more space for photos, videos, documents, files, etc. The best part about all this is that you can go for a 32GB, 64GB, 128GB SD Card. The only thing that can limit you is your smartphone’s limit to the SD Card’s space capacity.

How to recover files from a formatted SD Card

recover files from a formatted SD Card
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So, you are having some files on an SD Card. And maybe you accidentally format it. What do you do? Some not-so-techy people here just accept it for what it is and start thinking about adding more newer files to the SD Card. On the other hand, the techy people know there is some way in which one can surely recover those files. Techy and not so techy people, read on to discover how you are going to recover files from a formatted SD Card.

a) Firstly; connect your formatted SD Card to your computer. Newer computers have built-in card readers, so you just have to put in your SD card. You can use an external SD card reader that plugs into a USB drive in case your computer does not have a card reader.

b) Secondly; install the minitool power data recovery on your computer and launch it.

c) Thirdly; the home screen of the application lists all the drives currently available on your computer, including any removable disks connected through a card reader or USB cable. Select the drive representing your SD card from this list and then click on Scan.

d) Lastly; as the scanning continues, recovered partitions start appearing in the middle. You have the option to wait a bit for the scan to complete, or start looking into the partitions to see if the files you want are there. Previewing is a bit glitchy, so it is recommended to restore anything that looks promising and check it out later.

NOTE: Keep in mind that the free version only allows you to recover up to 1GB of data. The trial also does not let you save the scan results, so try to finish restoring the data you want in one sitting unless you want to wait for a scan again.