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Accidents happen, and deleting the contents of an SD memory card is a relatively simple mistake to make. However, in many cases it is not an irreversible one. Many devices do not clear the card when erasing data, so it is possible to recover lost items with care.

What to Do after Deleting SD Card Files

1. Do not install anything or make any changes to your computer until you've recovered the deleted files. Even though your data is still saved on your hard drive after you delete it, your computer doesn't recognize it and sees it as free space. That means if you install new programs, you run the risk of overwriting the data you want to recover.

2. Download a free data recovery program, such as Pandora Recovery (pandorarecovery.com), FreeUndelete (officerecovery.com/freeundelete) or Recuva (piriform.com/recuva). Download the portable not install version so that you can run it without having to install it. An even better way to ensure that your data won't be overwritten is to download the portable version for flash drives and run it from a USB flash drive.

If you can not recover the lost files in this way, you can try a more reliable tool named WiseRecovery which can recover your lost files.

How to Use WiseRecovery to Save the Lost Files

Step 1

Download WiseRecovery Software, install it and launch it. Click the "Start Scan" button on the main window of WiseRecovery.

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Step 2

You can see the list of all volumes found on your computer, select the exact drive and click the "Next" button to start scanning. If you can't see the drive, please make sure your external drives are connected, and click 'Refresh' button.

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Step 3

It will take about 2-10 minutes to scan, it depends on your disk size and files amount on the disk. After scanning is finished, you can preview text document and files.

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