Recover SD Card Files on Mac


Requirements: Microsoft Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows 2008

Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5.x and above (including Leopard, Snow Leopard and Lion)


How to perform SD card recovery on Mac

Mac OS is the world famous operating system which is preferred by almost majority of the users all over the world. It is more user-friendly than Windows operating system because it has strong and powerful graphical-user interface. Mac OS is launched by Apple Inc. This operating system is highly compatible by all the latest softwares and utilities such as database software, gaming software, Microsoft Office, project management software and many more. Not only does it support most of the multimedia players such as Apple Quick Time Player, Apple iTunes, VideoLAN VLC media player, Eltima Elmedia Player but also it supports different multimedia file formats such as MPEG-4 (.mp4, m4v), MPEG-1, .m4a, .m4b, .m4p, MP3, Core Audio (.caf), AIFF, AMR, etc. Sometimes it may happen that your data gets deleted from your SD card while storing or transferring any multimedia file. However, you can retrieve deleted photos, videos, audios and other media files but it is better to know about possible causes responsible for such data crisis. This situation arises under many conditions but the most common reasons responsible for data loss are mentioned below:

Accidental file deletion: You may accidentally delete files from SD card stored in digital cameras, camcorders or iPods by pressing Delete All button while previewing or accidentally emptying Recycle Bin without checking your deleted files which can be useful for you. Sometimes it also may happen that your important files get deleted accidentally from your system when you use Command+Delete key combinations for deleting unwanted files.

Files get deleted from SD card due to accidental formatting: You may delete multimedia files by accidentally formatting the SD card using format card option on the digital camera or on your system. All your important file gets deleted if the format option gets pressed by you unknowingly. Once your card gets formatted, you will not be able to restore all deleted files back to its specific location until and unless you use best and advanced SD card recovery software. However, you can employ this powerful software to get back files from unreadable SD card used in digital camera, camcorders, moble phone, etc with ease. For more updated information, simply click on this link:

File lost / deleted during transfer: Files might get deleted / lost while transferring from SD card to PC. It happens due to interruption during transfer process. Continuous power fluctuation, synchronization error, virus attack are some of the most prominent interrupting factors responsible for deletion of important files during transfer process. However, you can employ this powerful tool to restore deleted or lost videos from SanDisk Extreme SD card used in professional DSLR digital camera and camcorder of various manufacturing brands like Kodak, Nikon, Canon, Panasonic, etc. For more information, visit here

Storing or transferring files when the camera is low on battery: If you try to transfer your data from the camera memory card to Mac computer or the other storage devices or vice versa in camera low battery condition, then the files stored on the SD card may get deleted or lost.

But besides these issues of corruption, there are many ways to protect your file from getting deleted or lost. It is necessary that you should take some precautionary measures in order to protect your files from getting lost. The most essential precautionary measures are mentioned below:

  • Never use Delete All button until and unless it is required. Check all your files before deleting it from recycle bin
  • Stop using Shift+Delete combination key for deleting files permanently
  • Keep a backup copy of each and every file in case if you want to format your SD card
  • Keep your system virus free by using best and reliable anti-virus program. Scan your SD card after installing it to your system
  • Keep your camera charged in order to avoid any interruption during storing and transferring any files.

Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5.x and above (including Leopard, Snow Leopard and Lion)

However, above mentioned precautionary measures are just act as a protective shield that helps to protect your files from getting lost or deleted. But to perform SD card recovery Mac or recovering already deleted files you need to take the help of SD Card Recovery Software. This utility is the best to undelete MP3 files deleted from SD card including all other deleted and lost files. It is capable of identifying and recovering more than 50 file formats. This tool is designed specifically for Mac operating system that’s why it supports all the advanced versions of Mac OS such as Mac OS X 10.5.x and above (including Leopard, Snow Leopard and Lion). Not only SD card recovery Mac, but also it can easily recover files from HFS+, HFSX, FAT16 and FAT32 volumes. This software can efficiently perform micro SD card file recovery and thus recovers all deleted files from Micro SD card. Moreover, this tool recovers and restores file from all well-known camcorder brands such as Canon, Nikon, Kodak, Olympus, etc. Besides these features, the most prominent feature of this software is that it effectively retrieve deleted files from cell phone SD cards, hard drives, iPods, flash memory cards, USB external drives, etc. Therefore, this tool is the best compared to all other file recovery tools because it proficiently perform SD card recovery Mac and thus recovers lost files from corrupted SD card. If you want to know about lost video file recovery from SD card, follow the given link:

Steps for using this software are stated below:

Step 1: Download and install the trial edition of SD Card Data Recovery Software and launch the application from Start menu > Programs, and the main window will appear. Click on "Recover Photos" option in order to recover all deleted multimedia files as shown in Figure 1

SD Card Recovery on Mac - Main Window

Figure 1 : Main Window

Step 2: After clicking on it, a new window will pop-up where you have to select any one option from "Recover Deleted Photos" and "Recover Lost Photos". But if your file gets lost due to above mentioned scenario then you have to click on "Recover Lost Photos" option.Immediately after this, a new window will open on your screen where you can see the Mac drives and the different volumes connected to the system as shown in Figure 2. Select the volume from which you want to recover the data, and click the "Next" button.

SD Card Recovery on Mac - Drive selection screen shot

Figure 2 : Select the Drive from where you have lost your files

Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5.x and above (including Leopard, Snow Leopard and Lion)

Step 3: As soon as you click the "Next" button, a new window displays all the file types that can be recovered. You need to select the file type that you wish to recover, or click on the "Mark All" button, to select all the file types, as shown in Figure 3.

SD Card Recovery on Mac - File selection screen shot

Figure 3 : Select the file that needs to be recovered

Step 4: After selecting the file types, click on the "Next" button. As soon as you click the Next button, the software scans the selected volume for lost/deleted files, and lists the found files and folders in the form of a tree structure as shown in Figure 4

SD Card Recovery on Mac - Preview screen shot

Figure 4 : Preview files

Step 5: Lastly once the process gets over, you can easily save the recovery session as shown in Figure 5

SD Card Recovery on Mac - Save Recovery session screen shot

Figure 5 : Save Recovery Session

NOTE: Activate the full version of this software so that you can easily save the recovered files. In demo version, save option is not available, therefore you need to buy the full version of this software in order to save all recoverd files to a specific location in your system successfully


Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5.x and above (including Leopard, Snow Leopard and Lion)

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