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Summary

Micro SD card is the SD card in tiny size. Yet, the data is easily lost from the card due to some unintentional operations. Then, we need an application to recover data from the micro SD card. In this essay, we will introduce some applications used for such situation.



The growing technology sees SD cards are applied to digital cameras, mobile phones and computers due to small size and portability. SD card is divided into three sizes: standard, mini and micro. The standard SD card is the largest one while the micro SD card is the smallest one.
different sd card sizes and types
Many improper or unintentional operations can lead data loss, such as accidentally deleting, formatting, virus attack, file system errors, improper connection and damages on the SD card. Especially when the data is lost from the micro SD card, we need a data recovery application to recover data. How to pick up a suitable application?

How to Pick up An Application for SD Card Recovery?

Here are some points:

  • Ease of use: A sound application should be clear, simple and easily accepted by newbies
  • Availability in more devices: The application should support your operating system and the file system of the target SD card. Also, it should support to recover data from more devices.
  • Reliability: On the premise of complete data recovery, the application should be safe and reliable, which will not bring bad effects to data, SD card and device.
  • Multiple functions: A powerful application can support to recover various file types and recover the lost data due to different situations, such as accidentally deleting and formatting. What’s more, it should contain other utility functions.
  • Cost effectiveness: You can select the free application if the free application can fully match with your needs. Otherwise, you can select the paid application that fits the points mentioned above.

Which Applications can be used to Recover Data from Micro SD Card?

1. PhotoRec (Free)

PhotoRec is file data recovery software. It can ignore the file system and go after the underlying data with the signature database. Therefore, it will still work even if the file system of the SD card has been severely damaged or reformatted.
use photorec to recover deleted photos from sd card
This safe and reliable software can support various file types, which can also be applied to different operating systems and drives. Deleted and lost files can be effectively recovered from hard disks, USB flash drives and storage cards. Yet, PhotoRec should run with commands. If you do not know how to write commands, it may be not suitable for you.
use photorec to recover deleted data from micro sd card

2. Renee Undeleter (Free Trial)

Renee Undeleter is powerful, safe, reliable and user-friendly software for data recovery. With the “fingerprint” technology and the technology of file system reestablishment, it can skip the bad blocks to rebuild the file system, which can recover data from the formatted / deleted / damaged micro SD card as much as possible.
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Easy to use Only simple steps to recover data from storage devices.

Multiple scan modes Fulfill different data lost and recovery needs.

File types Recover pictures, videos, audios, documents, mails, etc.

Supported storage devices Recover data from recycle bin, SD card, external disk, etc.

Supported System Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP, 2000 and Mac OS X10.6, 10.7, 10.8.

Easy to use Simple steps to recover data

Recover different file formats Support to recover multiple file types

Support different devices Recover data from multiple storage devices

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① Download and install Renee Undeleter. Then, connect the SD card to the PC and launch the software.
② Select one of the scan modes: fast partition scan, whole partition scan or whole disk scan. Here we select [Fast Partition Scan].
select the function fast partition scan in renee undeleter
③ Select the target SD card and click [Next] to go on.
select the target drive to scan in renee undeleter
④ Select one of the scan ways: fast scan or deep scan. [Fast Scan] can save time while [Deep Scan] can go through the entire disk.
select fast scan mode in renee undeleter
⑤ Select the file types to be recovered. If you don’t know, please select [Default Settings].
select file types to recover
⑥ Then, it will scan the SD card. As the process is finished, check the target files and click [Recover] to save them.
select the target files to recover in fast partition scan

3. iCare Data Recovery Technician (Limited in Free Version)

iCare Data Recovery Technician is a simple data recovery application. It supports hard disk / USB / SD card and recovers the deleted, formatted and lost partition data. Yet, users can only recover 2GB files and have to await the scan process for a long time. Besides, it only runs in Windows OS.
use icare to recover data from micro sd card

4. Recuva (Free)

Recuva is a free data recovery application in Windows OS. Its interface is simple and clear. Users can recover deleted, formatted files from SD card and disk. Yet, since it is designed with few scan modes, it cannot recover multiple files in the free version.
check the files to recover sd card files in recuva

5. Power Data Recovery (Limited in Free Version)

Power Data Recovery is a data recovery application developed by Mini Tool, a Canadian software company. It runs in both of Windows and Mac OS. It can recover data from the damaged, inaccessible, lost, formatted disk / micro SD card. Although it is free, it can only recover 1GB files. You can use it to handle with a few files.
use power data recovery to recover data from micro sd card

6. Disk Drill (Limited in Free Version)

Disk Drill is a data recovery application that can run in both of Windows and Mac OS. It supports HFS, HFS+, FAT and NTFS file systems. It can recover data from such storage installations as micro SD card, internal/external disk and USB flash drive. Users who use the free version can only recover 500MB files. More files are only allowed in the full version.
use disk drill to recover data from micro sd card
TipsYou can select one of the above applications to recover you data. Mac users can refer to “SD Card Recovery on Mac” if you are interested in this topic. Or, if you want to fix and recover the damaged SD card, please refer to “How to Recover Deleted Photos from SD Card of Android Phone