What are the best resources to recover photos from damaged SD cards without formatting?

asked by Pariksha Sharma
134 contributors
11 solutions
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    #1Shining Card Data Recovery

    Shining Card Data Recovery

    Shining Card Data Recovery is a software program for recovering files from a damaged memory card. It can retrieve all sorts of files from various memory cards such as MicroSD, SD Card, SDHF, Memory Stick, etc.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $39.99- Free trial available

    Joel Álvarez
    Written on January 21, 2019
    "its cool and useful. as an it professor, i usually get some corrupted files here and there from my students so i use this software to obtain it back, in the process seeing if they actually submitted work or simply corrupted files to get an extension ;)"
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    #2iLike SD Card Data Recovery

    iLike SD Card Data Recovery

    iLike SD Card Data Recovery is a software for Mac and Windows to recover data, photos, documents, audio and other files which got lost due to reformatting, accidental deletion, and corruption due to a virus.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $69.99

    Randy Washington
    Written on January 21, 2019
    "Pretty decent. Gets the job done. No other BS to do besides just recover. 10/10"
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    #3Amazing SD Memory Card Data Recovery

    Amazing SD Memory Card Data Recovery

    Amazing SD Memory Card Data Recovery is a software to recover files which got corrupted, deleted, or lost from a reformatted device such as audios, documents, photos, videos, and so on. Requires Windows XP and up.

    Software

    Windows

    $69.99

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    #4Free SD Memory Card Recovery

    Free SD Memory Card Recovery

    Free SD Memory Card Recovery is a software which is designed for recovering deleted and lost files from a memory card, micro SD card or other flash memory cards. It can recover videos, audios, photos, documents, and so on.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    charlesclement711
    Written on July 8, 2019
    "100% Free SD Memory Card Data Recovery Software for memory cards, micro SD cards, memory stick, CF cards, MMC cards, SDXC cards, XD cards, SDHC cards, mini SD cards, and other types of flash memory cards, USB drives and external drives. For removable storage devices with capacities under 16GB (included), Free SD Card Recovery is completely free. It also freely recovers 2GB files for free from devices larger than 16GB."
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    #5Safe365 SD Card Data Recovery Wizard

    Safe365 SD Card Data Recovery Wizard

    Safe365 SD Card Data Recovery Wizard is a software which can recover corrupted, deleted, formatted and lost files including photos, videos, music, documents and more from various memory card types. 

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free- $89.99

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    #6Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery

    Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery

    Data recovery software to restore documents, photos, music or videos lost due to deletion from any HFS, HFS+, FAT, ExFAT and NTFS format based file system. Recover data and pics from your phone and more.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free- Varies by plan

    Zhang Fang
    Written on January 21, 2019
    "ive got the crappiest phone in existence possibly since it erases my sd cards random files every now and then but i cant afford to buy a new one now. stellar phoenix is a pretty neat way to recover my photos, videos, and songs from my card and it requires little to no tech kno how"
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    #7Super Backup & Restore

    Super Backup & Restore
    Super Backup & Restore is a free backup and restore tool for Android devices. It allows you saving the data on SD cards and cloud storage, and sharing an installation APK files to some of your friends easily.
    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Cindy Lu
    Written on January 21, 2019
    "Not only does it let me restore broken files and photos, it also lets me create a back up of them on my personal laptop so in the case of another corrupt data, i can siimply copy and paste lol"
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    #8Glary Undelete

    Glary Undelete

    Glary Undelete is a free data recovery software for Windows that can scan compressed, encrypted, and fragmented NTFS + EFS, FAT, NTFS file formats on hard drives, USB sticks, memory cards, and other storage devices.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Christina West
    Written on January 21, 2019
    "nt exclusive to sd cards but can also handle hard drives and even cds if anyone still uses those things."
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    #9Recuva

    Recuva
    Recuva is a data recovery software for Windows that can recover lost data on hard drives, DVD or CDs, memory cards, and external drives.
    Software

    Windows

    Free- Varies by plan

    Vibhore Gavde
    Written on January 21, 2019
    "The name itself is perfect for what i want to do since it apples perfectly to the recovering of my datas in my memory card since it got corrupted"
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    #10Wise Data Recovery

    Wise Data Recovery

    Wise Data Recovery is a free data recovery software for Windows that is able to recover data from hard drives, memory cards, media players, and other storage devices that support FAT, exFAT, and NTFS file formats.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Rodolfo Navarro
    Written on January 21, 2019
    "Not the best out there since its a little complicated to use, but its still a data recovery tool for sd cards so I guess that it actually belongs here"
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    #11Disk Drill

    Disk Drill
    Disk Drill is a data recovery software for Mac OS X and Windows where you can recover deleted or lost data from any storage device, iOS, and Android. It also has a free scanning.
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free- Varies by plan.

    Sai Rodrigues
    Written on January 21, 2019
    "Cool. I like the free scanning part. But its not the best. Id rather use CMD"

Summary

Best What are the best resources to recover photos from damaged SD cards without formatting
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Shining Card Data RecoverySoftware 24 Paid
2iLike SD Card Data RecoverySoftware 23 Paid
3Amazing SD Memory Card Data RecoverySoftware 20 Paid
4Free SD Memory Card RecoverySoftware 17 Free
5Safe365 SD Card Data Recovery WizardSoftware 13 Free
6Stellar Phoenix Data RecoverySoftware -3 Free
7Super Backup & RestoreApps -3 Free
8Glary UndeleteSoftware -3 Free
9RecuvaSoftware -4 Free
10Wise Data RecoverySoftware -4 Free
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