Videos are magical moments captured in motion. Regardless of the devices you use: A smartphone, DSLR, Go-Pro, iPad, or even the retro camcorder, chances are you stumbled upon the renowned SD Card.
This invention – The Secure Digital (SD) card flooded the memory card market with many benefits. Its uniqueness was exclusive: The ability to use one universal card on multiple devices. However, one infamous woe awaited the SD Card: Deletion!
It’s disheartening to realize that your precious videos got deleted. Fret not, because this guide has concise and actionable steps to help you recover deleted videos from SD Card in no time at all.
Here’s a common list of culprits behind video deletion on an SD Card:
- Accidental Deletion: Yeah, carelessly deleting videos is a frequent mishap. Since there’s no recycle bin on a DSLR, accidental video deletion does cause panic.
- SD Card formatting: Formatting a memory card strips off all data and results in data loss.
- Improper SD Card removal: On smartphones, there’s an eject option (for safe card removal) in the storage device settings. Some Android devices have an “unmount SD card” option. Ejecting a memory card without following the safety steps corrupts the SD Card and makes it inaccessible.
- Physical Damage: SD Cards are mechanical devices, and any inflicted physical damage does have a say in data loss.
That said, here’s how you can streamline your memory card video recovery. We have provided sd card video recovery guides for Windows and Android:
How to recover deleted videos from SD card on Windows 10
Several data recovery tools specialize in SD Card video recovery. Typically most tools have a uniform layout with a standard set of operations. To help you understand how to navigate a data recovery tool, we have chosen Disk Drill as a walkthrough example.
Here’s how you can get started:
Download and install Disk Drill
- The installation procedure is pretty straightforward.
- With the free tool, you can recover up to 500 MB of data.
Choose the Source and Recovery Method
- Disk Drill displays all the connected disks. In your case, choose the SD Card with the deleted videos. For instance, Memory Card (F:)
- The default scanning procedure employs all recovery methods to provide a comprehensive list of “recoverable files.” However, you can choose a more specific scan method from the drop-down, like a deep scan. Our recommendation is to go with the default method – as it yields pretty impressive results.
- Go ahead, and click on the “Search for Lost files” button.
Select Videos for Recovery
- Once the scan gets completed, click on the “Review Found Items” button.
- Now, you can review the files from the “All Files” tab – which has files under each type of recovery.
- Disk Drill has a nifty file category sort feature. You can seamlessly look for your video files by clicking on the “video” category from the left pane.
- Once you hunt down the videos you want to recover, check and mark them for recovery.
Select the Destination
- Now, Disk Drill prompts you to select a folder to house the recovered videos. Click on any folder, and then click “OK.”
- Once the recovery completes, you can find your videos in the respective destination folder.
Assessing the Pros & Cons
Alright, now let’s find out how you can recover deleted videos from SD Card on your Android smartphone.
How to recover deleted videos from SD card on Android
Just like for Windows, the Android developers have coded some pretty impressive applications capable of video recovery – straight from your mobile device.
Again, there are several applications available at your choice. However, our technical team particularly liked the functionality of Ease US MobiSaver. This application is compatible with various smartphone brands and can recover several types of data in addition to video files, including lost contacts, photos, and even messages.Here’s a quick starter guide:
Install and Run the App
- Head over to the Google Play Store and search for “Ease US MobiSaver”
- Click on the “install” button
- Open up the application from your app list.
Choose the category
- The MobiSaver homepage presents lots of file categories for recovery. Choose “photo & video recovery.”
- Click on the “allow” button when prompted.
Choose the videos for recovery
- Now, the application lists all the deleted videos and photos for you to pick your media files for recovery.
By default, EaseUS MobiSaver only shows videos or photos which are larger than 100KB.
- Click on the gear button (on the top right corner of your screen) to access the settings section.
- Now, you can tweak the settings to your preferences, like clicking on the “only display files from third-party applications.” Additionally, you can add media and size filters. For instance, if you are looking for a 105MB video file, you can set the file threshold as 105000 KB and click on the “videos” option under the only display tab.
- Now, select the files you would like to recover, and then press the “recover” button.
Review the Recovered videos
- There’s a view option to check out the recovered videos.’
Using a PC to recover files from your Android Device
If you are reluctant to install an application on your Android device, there’s still another way – this time using your PC:
- Download, install and run EaseUS MobiSaver’s PC version.
- Connect your android device (via a USB cable) to your PC, and click on the “Start” button.
- Upon connecting your mobile, you will encounter a popup window with the following alert. Click on “OK.”
- Now, the application commences the scanning procedure to search for deleted files.
- Once the scan terminates, use the left pane filter option and choose the files that you would like to recover.
- Click on the “recover” button and select the destination folder belonging to another disk (anything other than the SD Card in the Android device).
Now, let’s sync upon an entirely different scenario altogether.
How to Recover Deleted Videos From Malfunctioning SD Card
This section provides valuable insights into the frequent SD Card issues and some quick fixes for a seamless recovery. Some of the following tips may not be “fully-fledged” recovery techniques. However, you never know: You might find your lucky charm here.
Issue #1: Your device Isn’t recognizing the SD Card
At times, your device (DSLR, PC, or Android) refuses to acknowledge the presence of an SD Card. In this case, check out the following hacks:
Hack #1: Try an external card reader
- There’s a high possibility that your system’s stock SD Card reader is malfunctioning. To confirm this possibility, try to access another SD Card. If this new card works, then the issue is with your SD Card.
- However, if the new card isn’t recognized either, try using an external card reader to recover your video files.
- Meanwhile, consult an authorized service provider for repairing your built-in SD Card reader.
Hack #2: Reinstall your Drivers
Hack #3: Assigning a new drive Letter
When you insert an SD Card, Windows automatically assigns a drive letter to the storage device.
Sometimes, the letter assigned to an SD Card already belongs to another device.
Here’s a no-brainer approach for assigning a new letter to your SD Card.
Issue #2: Your video files are readable, but you can’t save them
Hack #1: There’s a possibility that your SD card is write-protected.
Slide the lock switch upwards to unlock the SD card. Now, you will be able to save or delete videos on your SD card.
Issue #3: You encounter the error ‘Damaged SD Card: Try reformatting.’
Hack #1: Perform Chkdsk
Here’s how you can run Chkdsk (check desk):
- Search for cmd in the Windows start menu.
- Run cmd as Administrator.
- In the command prompt window, key in the following command:
chkdsk < drive letter of SD card>:/g (e.g., chkdsk E: /g)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Accidental video deletion from your SD card isn’t the end of the world. There are several commendable data recovery tools for both Windows and Android capable of reliable video recovery.
Sometimes, really “obvious” hacks like ensuring your SD Card isn’t write-protected get the job done. To sum up, data recovery tools facilitate an easy video recovery process. Just a note of caution: Regardless of the device you are dealing with, ensure that you stop all device usage once you encounter deletion.