How to Recover Deleted Videos from SD Card on Windows PC & Android (2021)

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Recover Deleted Videos from SD Card

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.

Note: As soon as you realize the deletion of any video files from an SD Card, stop all memory card usage. Here’s a quick File Management 101: When you delete files on any disk (be it an HDD or SDD) – the files don’t get erased. They are recoverable. However, if you continue using the disk, those “retrievable” files may get overwritten and eliminate all recovery possibilities. As a result, it’s crucial that you set aside your SD Card and don’t shoot any more videos or photos on it.

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

To access an SD Card on your Windows PC, use an SD Card reader. Moreover, many PCs come with a built-in card reader. Additionally, you can directly connect the device (DSLR or Go-Pro) to your computer, and if Windows recognizes the device as a disk-based entity, you are good to go.

memory card reader

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.

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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.
    disk drill installation sequence

Choose the Source and Recovery Method

  1. Disk Drill displays all the connected disks. In your case, choose the SD Card with the deleted videos. For instance, Memory Card (F:) 
  2. 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.
  3. Go ahead, and click on the “Search for Lost files” button.

Disk Drill has sophisticated algorithms that “deep dive” into your SD Card to dig and surface those deleted videos. Depending on your scan type and size of your SD Card, the scanning times may vary.

Select Videos for Recovery

  1. Once the scan gets completed, click on the “Review Found Items” button.
  2. Now, you can review the files from the “All Files” tab – which has files under each type of recovery.
  3. 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.
  4. Once you hunt down the videos you want to recover, check and mark them for recovery.

Hover over any file, and click on the eye icon to bring up a preview of the video. If you can preview the entire video inside the Disk Drill application, you are guaranteed a full file recovery. Consider this tip as a “verification” as to whether you can recover successfully.

Select the Destination

  1. Now, Disk Drill prompts you to select a folder to house the recovered videos. Click on any folder, and then click “OK.”
    selecting destination for saved videos

    We strongly recommend you not to select the same SD card as the destination for the recovered videos. Save the recovered files to a local location on your computer (For instance, your desktop). Later, you can copy these videos to another SD Card.

  2. Once the recovery completes, you can find your videos in the respective destination folder.

Assessing the Pros & Cons

Pros

  1. User-friendly UI
  2. Recovers videos from several types of memory cards
  3. Recovers videos from mobile devices and digital cameras
  4. Preview feature is quite useful
  5. File category sort makes recovery seamless
  6. RAW video recovery

Cons

  1. The free version only permits 500 MB of data recovery
  2. No portable version

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On a side note, if you are wondering how to recover videos that got deleted on your Windows or Mac PC – here’s a super easy guide.

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

  1. Head over to the Google Play Store and search for “Ease US MobiSaver”
  2. Click on the “install” button
  3. Open up the application from your app list.

Ease US MobiSaver only works on rooted devices. In a nutshell, the process of rooting allows Android users to gain privileged access over Android subsystems – thus, paving the way for file manipulation in the form of data recovery.

Choose the category

  1. The MobiSaver homepage presents lots of file categories for recovery. Choose “photo & video recovery.”
  2. Click on the “allow” button when prompted.

Ease US mobisaver android

Choose the videos for recovery

  1. 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.
    select videos for recovery on easeus mobi recovery android
  2. Click on the gear button (on the top right corner of your screen) to access the settings section.
  3. 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.
  4. Now, select the files you would like to recover, and then press the “recover” button.
    settings page in ease us mobisaver android

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:

  1. Download, install and run EaseUS MobiSaver’s PC version.
  2. Connect your android device (via a USB cable) to your PC, and click on the “Start” button.

    For EaseUS MobiSaver to access your Android file systems, you need to enable USB debugging on your device before connecting it. Here’s a super-easy way to enable USB debugging on your Android smartphone.

  3. Upon connecting your mobile, you will encounter a popup window with the following alert. Click on “OK.”
    allowing usb debugging
  • 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).

This SD card video recovery technique also requires rooting your Android device: A practice that is usually frowned upon by the general smartphone userbase. In case your device isn’t rooted, try to follow the PC tutorial using a Windows application like Disk Drill.

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

  1. 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. 
  2. However, if the new card isn’t recognized either, try using an external card reader to recover your video files.
  3. Meanwhile, consult an authorized service provider for repairing your built-in SD Card reader.

Hack #2: Reinstall your Drivers

You can also try reinstalling your driver. Here’s a comprehensive guide to doing so. On a side note, here’s how you can update your SD Card reader drive.

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.

micro sd card reader

Issue #3: You encounter the error ‘Damaged SD Card: Try reformatting.’

Hack #1: Perform Chkdsk

Here’s how you can run Chkdsk (check desk):

  1. Search for cmd in the Windows start menu.
  2. Run cmd as Administrator.
  3. In the command prompt window, key in the following command:
chkdsk < drive letter of SD card>:/g (e.g., chkdsk E: /g)
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Key Takeaways

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.

Joshua Solomon
Joshua is a content curator for Pandora Recovery. His expertise involves taking intricate IT concepts and breaking them down into super easy to understand chunks. He’s been wielding the writing sword for quite some time now - 3 years to be precise. Digital marketing, data recovery, and anything “techy” are Joshua’s niches.
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This article has been approved by Yevgeniy Tolkunov, Hardware Engineer at ACE Data Recovery. Brett has a Master's Degree in Physics, Information Technology; 15+ years of experience.