Tutorial to Recover Deleted Photos from SD Card Effectively and Easily

"I got my Samsung Galaxy S8 and set my SD card as the location to save photos captured on my phone; however, I deleted some HD photos on the SD card by mistake, how to recover deleted photos from SD card? Please help."

Recover Photos from SD Card

In addition to accidental deletion, many facts could lead to photos loss on SD card, such as suddenly pull off the card when writing or transferring photos, unintentionally format, attack by malicious programs, and more. Fortunately, it is possible to get back deleted pictures. All you need is a professional data recovery application. In this tutorial, we will tell you how to recover deleted pictures from SD card effectively.

Part 1: Best way to recover photos from SD card

As mentioned before, whether SD photo recovery succeeds or not depends on what tool you use. To get back important pictures, you may be looking for the best photo recovery software. According to our research, it should integrate several features, such as:

1. Easy to use. The best photo recovery software is able to get back lost pictures from your SD card in one click, so even beginners and non-tech savvy could grasp it in a few seconds.

2. Photo and video recovery in various situations. It should get back multimedia files easily; no matter your files are erased due to mistake operation, accidental deletion, virus attack, or card format.

3. Support a variety of data types and formats. There are a lot of image and video file formats, like JPG, ICO, PNG, BMP, GIF, PSD, TIFF, RAW, MP4, WAV, AVI, etc.

4. Lossless recovery. With the best photo recovery software, users could restore deleted photos in original format and quality.

5. Preview for selectively recovery. After scanning, it should allow you to preview the pictures and let you decide to recover all of them or several specific images.

6. Quicker and lighter. It should restore deleted photos on SD card quickly.

And Apeaksoft Data Recovery is equipped all these features. Plus, it is available to 10/8.1/8/Vista/XP and a variety of file systems, like NTFS, FAT16, FAT32, exFAT, EXT, etc.

How to recover deleted photos from SD card

Step 1. Scan SD card to look for deleted photos.

Install the best picture recovery software on your computer, connect your SD card to your PC when you found pictures are gone, and launch Data Recovery. Locate to the data type section on the home interface, and tick the checkbox on the "Image" option. Then move to the locations section, and make sure to select your SD card under "Removable Drives" area. Once click on the "Scan" button, Data Recovery will work by itself.

How to recover deleted photos from computer? You only need to select a local disk under "Hard Disk Drives" area.


Step 2. Preview pictures before SD card recovery.

When standard scanning is done, you will be taken to the detail window. All deleted photos will be arranged by formats. For instance, go to the "Image" tab from left hand column, you will be presented several folders on right panel titled JPG, ICO, PNG, GIF, etc. Open each folder and look for your pictures deleted from SD card. Moreover, the "Filter" feature at very top ribbon can help you to search for the desired pictures quickly by entering key words.

If the pictures that you want to recover are not in the scanning result, click on the "Deep Scan" button at upper right corner. It will spend more time to scan the SD card deeply and find more recoverable pictures.


Step 3. Restore deleted photos on SD card in one click.

Select all desired pictures that you’d like to get back by checking the corresponding boxes, or choose entire folders. Click the "Recover" button to initiate restoring deleted photos on SD card. Wait for the process to finish. Then you can view, transfer or edit your photos on your SD card as usual. With its help, you can handily recover deleted pictures.


Part 2: Recover deleted photos from SD card with ZAR

Of course, there are several ways to recover photos from SD card free, such as ZAR. If you do not care about the limited data recovery ability and other downsides, it is another option to get back deleted pictures from SD card. We use ZAR as the example to show you the workflow.

How to recover photos from SD card free with ZAR

Step 1. Put the SD card into your computer and start ZAR after installed it on your computer. Click on the "Image Recovery" button on main window to continue.

Step 2. Highlight your SD card in the "Disk and partitions" panel and click "Next" to start SD photo recovery. It may take a while to scan your SD card.

Step 3. When go into the result window, select the picture formats that you want to view, such as GIF, JPEG, PNG and TIFF, and then the files will show up on next panel. If not sure, select the picture and look at the thumbnail in the preview dialog.

Step 4. Check the box in front of each picture that you want to recover from the SD card, and then drop a location in the “Destination” box. If your SD card is damaged, you can save photos to local hard drive.

Step 5. Finally, click on the "Start copying" button to start recovering photos from SD card.


Bear in mind that you have to keep the SD card connected to your computer until the SD photo recovery is complete. Plus, many users reported that some pictures were not able to be fully restored with ZAR, even though the thumbnail looks ok.

You may also want to know: How to extract photos from iPhone backup.


Today, we are used to communicate with pictures. If you visit Facebook or other social platforms, a lot of pictures and selfies will pop up. It makes sense that more and more people search for how to recover photos from SD card on forums. In this tutorial, we have shared two best ways to get back your pictures from SD card in various situations. If the pictures are not very important to you, ZAR may be able to retrieve them for free. On the other hand, the professional SD photo recovery program, Apeaksoft Data Recovery, could restore almost all deleted photos on SD card in original quality. Pick the proper option based on your demands. However, you’d better backup your SD card regularly.

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