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Have you ever deleted or formatted SD card by mistake, or lost SD card files due to overwritten? In fact, the file is lost by overwritten in SD card still can be recovered by means of file rescue. The following is to introduce the principle of file recovery and specific rescue methods of SD card.

how to recover overwritten files for sd cards

Why SD card files can be recovered? The principles of file recovery

Deleting a file from an SD card does not mean that the file is actually erased. In fact, the space of the SD card to store the file can be used for the file transfer process, such as copying, deleting, and formatting. These operations only simply change the storage location of the file to a writable state, which do not eliminate it completely.
That is, although we cannot open the file with the appropriate path on the operating system, the file still exists in the SD card in digital form. However, once the original storage location of the file saves new file, the files in that location of the SD card will be overwritten and corrupted and finally could lead to recovery failure. Even if this part of the file is recovered by technical means, you can retrieve files that are corrupted and cannot be opened at most.
how to recover overwitten files in sd card
Therefore, as long as the user does not perform a secondary write to cover the new file after losing the file, it is likely that the lost file can be recovered completely. So how can you safely and efficiently recover SD card files? Please refer to the following two methods.

Method 1: Use Windows “Previous Versions” function to recover the lost files

If you’re looking for the methods of recovering the lost files from Windows 10/8/7, you can try the “Previous Versions” feature that comes with Windows for file rescue. This feature enables users to recover SD card files that have been accidentally deleted, formatted, or overwritten with the help of a backup file history and a restore point. Although most users don’t realize the existence of this feature, it can be very useful in finding back the lost data.
1. Navigate to the folder where the lost files were recovered.
2. Right-click the empty area of the folder, and then select “Properties”.
righ-click at the blank area to select properties
3. Go to the “Previous Versions” TAB. Select the latest version from here, click the “Restore” and save the replaced file or deleted file to complete the save operation of the original file.
restore the files to the previous version in windows
Limitation: Windows uses the “Previous Versions” function, which requires users to back up regularly in advance, but most users don’t use them actively, so it is often impossible to use this function for recover. If there is no previous version available for recover, you can refer to the method below to retrieve the lost files that are not backed up.

Method 2: use Renee Undeleter to recover the lost files

Renee Undeleter is professional file rescue software, which not only supports saving multiple types of files to be deleted by mistake, but also has a good effect on saving formatted disk, especially SD card. This software has built-in three scanning schemes: fast parittion scan, whole partition scan and whole disk scan, which can meet the different needs of users. In the process of recovery scan, users can preview the files so that users can quickly filter the files they really want to recover.

At the same time, the entry of various functions of the software interface is concise and clear, even the newbie can easily complete the rescue operation, so that users can save a lot of time and money when recovering files. Therefore, Renee Undeleter is one of your best choices when SD card files are missing.

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Easy to use Only simple steps to recover data from storage devices.

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

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

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

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1. Download and install Renee Undeleter to the computer.
press to the download buttonmac download button gif
2. Open the software, according to the situation to select the recovery mode (Fast Partition Scan, Whole Partition Scan and Whole Disk Scan). Here take format recovery as an example, click “Whole Partition Scan“.

select whole partition scan in renee undeleter

3. Select the SD card, and then click “Next“.

select the target drive to scan in renee undeleter

4. Wait for the completion of scanning. In the process of scanning, the users can preview and search on the scanning results instantly to find the target file to be recovered quickly. After the completion of scanning, check the file to be recovered and click “Recover” button.

scan and preview files to recover