How to recover deleted or lost data from SD cards on Mac?

Posted by Juno to Mac Data Recovery, updated on May 28th, 2019

I accidentally deleted all my video files on an SD card on my Canon DSLR. I immediately removed the card and haven't touched it since. What's the best (safest) software to recover data from SD card on Mac? I'm using OS X Yosemite. Thanks!

The SD card is a very helpful tool to store files. With its increasing storage capacity and decreasing price, it has been widely used on portable devices, such as mobile phones and digital cameras. But every coin has two sides. Although SD card helps us a lot by extending storage capacity, it is also so fragile that we may lose data on SD card. In this article, we will tell you the causes of data loss on SD cards and solutions to recover data from SD cards with SD card data recovery freeware for Mac, such as iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery.

Possible reasons of losing data on an SD card

There are some common reasons of losing data on an SD card.

File deletion on an SD card: Whether with intention or not, we delete files on an SD card from time to time. That could be a photo, a video, a Word or Excel file or something else we stored on the SD card.

The SD card is not mounted on Mac: Sometimes, when you connect your SD card to the Mac, the SD card appears in Disk Utility but not in Finder. That means the SD card is not mounted on Mac. In this case, you will be unable access the files on the SD card.

The SD card is unreadable on Mac: The SD card is mounted both in Disk Utility and Finder. However, when you try to open the SD card to edit or move files on it, a message pops up "The drive is not accessible. The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable."

The SD card is formatted: We may format an SD card for various reasons, including formatting by accident, formatting for other usage, or just formatting it because the operating system asks to. If you have no previous backups, then files on the formatetd SD card will be lost.

Virus attacks to the SD card: The SD card is as easy to be affected by virus as other storage devices. Once that happens, you'll lose files on the SD card.

Tips after deleting or losing files on SD cards

Files deleted or lost on SD cards are recoverable. But you should avoid making any further operation on the SD card once data loss occurs. It includes formatting SD cards, saving new files onto the SD card, and so on. That's because any operation on the SD card may write new data which overwrites the lost files and makes them irrecoverable.

Best SD card data recovery software for Mac

Don't worry. We are going to showing you how to recover data from SD cards with one of the best SD card data recovery freeware for Mac - iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery.

iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery is professional Mac SD card data recovery freeware. It can help recover deleted files from SD cards, recover data from unreadable SD cards, recover data from inaccessible SD cards, and recover data from corrupted SD cards. It supports macOS 10.14/10.13/10.12 and Mac OS X 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.

With iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery, we can recover deleted or lost images, documents, videos, audio, emails and many other types of files on Mac computers.

Aside from recovering data from SD cards, iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery also supports recovering data from Macintosh HD, external hard drives, USB flash drives, memory cards, pen drives, etc.

If you're running Windows OS, you can also refer to this SD card data recovery tutorial.

How to recover files from SD cards on Mac?

Video tutorial: How to recover deleted files on SD cards?

Text tutorial: How to recover data on SD cards?

Step 1: Download and install iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery on Mac.

Step 2: Connect the SD card to Mac with a card reader.

Step 3: Launch this Mac SD card data recovery freeware - iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery, and select the SD card.

Mac SD card data recovery freeware - iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery

Step 4: Click "Next" to scan for deleted or lost files on the SD card.

Step 5: Preview the scanning results, choose files we need and click "Recover" to get those lost files back.

At last, check the recovered files and make sure you have got all the files you want.

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