How to recover data in a SD card and USB

SD cards and USB are essential technology accessories for expanding phones’ storage space or copying data. Today, we will show you how to recover data for these

Causes of data loss

  • Devices in use are interrupted abruptly (copying data)
  • Formatted, deleted by mistake
  • Deleted by viruses
  • Low quality products and other causes

How to recover data

There are several apps for computers that can help you recover data in SD cards or USB such as GetDataBack, Recuva, MiniTool Partition Recovery, ect. GetDataBack is a pretty effective tool which we will show you how to use it. However, you need to pay attention to these points first:

  • First rule: Stop using the SD card or USB immediately, the probability of saving your data can be up to from 90% to 100%. With common errors, data remains intact in memory, unless users overwrite more data
  • For USB: Connect directly to the computer and start recovering
  • For SD cards: You need a SD card reader connecting to the computer through a USB port, if your computer doesn’t have one

Recover with Getdataback

Download it here 

Extract the file and you will get Getdataback for NTFS and Getdataback for FAT in which:

  • Getdataback for FAT: Use it if your SD card or USB is in FAT/FAT32 format. Most of SD cards and USB use this format
  • Getdataback for NTFS: Use it if your SD card or USB is in NTFS format

If you’re not sure which one to use, install both

After installing, go to the Reg folder and double click the 64-bit.reg and 32-bit-reg files, then select OK to confirm

When the process finished, launch GetDataBack and right-click GetDataBack and select Run as administrator

Step 1: First you will be suggested some recovery modes if you know the causes of data loss, this will shorten the recovery time

  • I don’t know: Don’t know the cause of data loss
  • I want to recover deleted files: Data loss due to mistaken removal
  • Systematic file system damage: Data loss due to format, abruptly shutdown, ect but have not overwritten new data yet
  • Sustained file system damage: Lost data and accidentally overwritten new data

If you have no experience it is best to select I don’t know then click Next

Step 2: Next select the partition for the SD card or USB . You can tell them apart by checking the memory capacity

The software now starts to search for data in your SD card and USB. This process will takes a lot of time depending on the capacity and your selection at step 1

Step 3: Once done, first of all, select show all to see all of the recoverable partitions. Select each partition and click Next to start searching for your lost data

To recover any particular data, select that file and click Copy to copy to external memory