How To Recover Deleted or Lost Videos From SD Card?

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If you recently deleted, formatted or lost data on your SD card and need to recover it, you have come to the right place. You can recover all of your videos, photos and audio files including those files emptied from the Recycle Bin. Just make sure you act quickly. Although it's possible deleted files are still on the memory card, they can be overwritten at any time. This article will explain why deleted video recovery is available and how to recover deleted videos from an SD card in Windows 10/8/7.

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Can I recover deleted videos and photos from SD card without backups?

"Hi, there! I want to recover videos from GoPro memory card. Here is the story: The GoPro studio wat set to automatically import new files once the camera is connected to computer. This morning I did not need to import files to the studio, so I disabled this feature. The program prompted me to either maintain or delete files. I was sure only imported files would be deleted, and yet all video got deleted from the memory card in the end. Tried to look for files in backups with no success. Please help! I cannot afford to lose these videos!"

"What is the best way of recovering deleted videos files from digital camera's SD card? I accidentally pressed the delete button and a lot of photos and videos disappears. I'm a Youtuber and these video clips are important material for the video I'm going to create. I really do not want to take these videos all over again. I know there are solutions to get them back, but what's the best solution? All suggestions will be very welcome. Thanks!"

Accidentally deleting of videos and photos from SD card can be a painful experience, especially when deleted files are of great importance to you and you just press the delete button unintentionally. Deleted videos may bear beautiful memories, for example, they might be taken for your kids, family party, trips, etc. and they cannot be recreated again. Apart from accidentally deleting video files from SD card, you may also lose video files due to reasons like formatting, power outage, SD card corruption, bad sectors, RAW drive, virus and so on. If you do not keep backups, you are likely to be struck by the disaster of data loss at anytime. However, luckily, you do no have to worry even though you end up with deleting videos from memory card for whatever reasons, as you can get back delete videos from memory SD card easily.

Why SD card video recovery is possible? This is one of the frequently asked questions after accidental deletion of video files. The reason why deleted videos are recoverable is that system does not erase them from SD card immediately. When you delete a video file from SD card, it becomes invisible to both system and users, and yet data is still on the SD card. File system removes its records and marks space as Free so that you can reuse it to store data. As long as the free space is not occupied by other data again, you can perform SD card video recovery easily with the help of a proper recovery tool. The following content will explain how to restore lost and deleted videos via a step-by-step guide.

How to recover recently deleted videos from memory SD card?

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The best choice to recover delete videos files from SD card is DiskGenius. DiskGenius is specialized data recovery software that is developed by a team of professionals, providing complete and advanced features. It is effective to deal with all sorts of data loss issues on memory cards used in digital cameras, mobile phones, camcorders, GoPro and much more. More highlights of the product:

  • Recover deleted videos and other data from SD card, hard drive, external HDD, USB flash drive, virtual disk, and other devices.
  • Recover videos lost due to deletion, formatting, RAW drive, virus attack, partition loss, bad sectors, etc.
  • Supported video formats: MP4, AVI, MPG, MPEG, VOB, M2V, H264, WMV, ASF, M4V, MOV, RMVB, RM, WRF, SWI, FLA, WTV, MXF, DAT, FLV, F4V, MTS, M2TS, M2T, TS, TP, MT2S, MKV, WEBM, MKA, 3G2, 3GP, etc.
  • Supported OS: Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, XP; Windows Server 2019/2016/2012/2008/2003.
  • Supported file system: FAT (FAT12, FAT16, FAT32)/exFAT/NTFS/NTFS5/EXT2/EXT3/EXT4

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The step-by-step guide to restore deleted videos and photos from SD card

Tip: It is recommended to stay calm and pay attention to following two points to maximize the chance of successful video recovery

  • Stop using the SD card at once: When you realize some videos get deleted from SD card, you must stop using the SD card and the digital device as soon as possible. If you continue using the device to take photos or videos, you are going to overwrite the space that contains deleted files, making the recovery thing impossible.
  • Do not format the SD card: Formatting or reformatting the SD card does not play a positive role in recovering lost data. Instead, formatting process may cause further damage to lost files.

Step 1. Connect the SD card to computer.

Take out the SD card from your camera or mobile phone and insert it to a card reader by which the SD card can be easily connected to computer and recognized by Windows system.

Step 2. Download and install DiskGenius on your computer. After that, run the software and you can see the connected SD card from the home interface. If the SD card does not show up in the software, reconnect it and make sure it can be detected properly.

Step 3. Locate and select the SD card and click Tools > Recover Lost Files option, as follows. Alternatively, you can select the SD card partition and click File Recovery button.

How to recover deleted videos from SD card

Step 4. Scan the SD card for deleted videos and wait for the scanning to complete.

Click Start button on the pop-up window and DiskGenius starts to scan it and look for lost files.

How to recover deleted videos from SD card

Simply wait for a couple of minutes and the scanning will finish. As the program starts to scan the SD card, it begins to display found files in the software, and the scanning process tries to show all files it can find, which may include photos, videos, audio, documents, etc. You can view listed files to check if wanted files have been found out. Besides, you can either pause or stop the scanning process to control the progress based on your needs.

How to recover deleted videos from SD card

Step 5. Preview lost videos to check if deleted videos are corrupted.

When scanning process finishes, both existing and lost files will be listed in the software, categorized into two parts: Partition (Recognized) and Recovered Types. They are found by two scanning methods, and both may contain files you want to recover. Thus, you need to preview files listed under these two parts. How to preview files? Double-click a video file and you can play it on a pop-up window, as follows. If the video can play from beginning to end without errors, that means the file is not corrupted.

How to recover deleted videos from SD card

Step 6. Select files you want to restore and copy them to a specified location.

Now you can choose files you want to recover and set a location to store recovered data. The unregistered edition of the software allows to copy files that are smaller than 64KB, and you can upgrade it to a proper edition so as to copy larger files.

How to recover deleted videos from SD card

How to avoid losing videos and photos from SD card?

Although in most cases, you can get back deleted videos and photos from SD card with the help of recovery software, that does not mean you can ignore the importance to protect them. There are ways you can follow to prevent data loss in the future, and here are the most recommended ones:

  • Backup your videos and other files that are important to you: Always keep a regular backup for files or folders of SD card, for instance, transfer data to local hard drive or external hard drive, or upload to cloud drives. Plus, it is important to keep multiple backup copies on difference devices in case that backups get lost.
  • Invest in reliable memory cards: do not choose cheap memory cards from unknown manufactures if you are going to capture videos/photos for an important event.
  • Safely eject SD card from computer: Do not remove SD card from computer before system finishing reading/writing; remember to click Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media before disconnecting SD card.

Frequently asked questions on SD card video deleted recovery

1. Can you get back deleted GoPro videos?

Videos deleted from GoPro memory card are not erased immediately, and we get chance to recover them. Here is the recovery process:

Step 1: Connect the GoPro SD card to computer and let it show in File Explorer.

Step 2: Launch GoPro recovery software DiskGenius. Use the software to scan the memory card with File Recovery function.

Step 3: Choose videos you want to restore in scanning result, and copy them to a specified location.

2. How do I recover deleted videos from my camera?

It is recommended to use camera video deleted recovery software DiskGenius to perform the recovery. How? Here are steps:

Step 1: Select the digital memory card and click File Recovery button.

Step 2: Click Start button to run a quick and deep scanning of the memory card.

Step 3: Preview and filter found files to locate what you want to recover. Choose wanted data and copy them to a safe location.

3. How can I recover deleted videos from my SD card for free?

You can follow the following steps to recover deleted videos from my SD card for free:

Step 1: Turn off the device and remove the SD card from it. Connect the SD card to computer via a card reader.

Step 2: Install and launch SD card recovery freeware Eassos Recovery Free, and fully and deeply scan the SD card.

Step 3: Preview recoverable video files and copy wanted files to computer hard drive.

Final Thoughts

In this page, we just discussed how to recover deleted videos from SD card, and it also applies to recovering deleted photos, documents and audio files from memory card. Do not hesitate to share this article to your friends if you find it helpful, and feel free to tell us your stories and questions regarding recovering deleted SD card files.

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