Recover Formatted SD Card on Mac

Secure Digital (SD) cards are compact removable storage drives which are used in portable media devices. SD cards use flash memory to store the digital files and use FAT file system to store and retrieve the files. Since SD cards are compact in size, provide huge storage space and easy to use, most of the popular brands of digital cameras like Nikon, Canon, Olympus, Sony, Fujifilm, Kodak and others use SD cards to store the captured images. Hence SD cards are much popular in the field of digital photography.



When it comes to storage of captured photos, most of the people prefer their personal computers with Mac operating system, because Mac OS X provides a crystal clear view of the images and it offers a built-in tool called iPhoto to manipulate the image files.

Prior to discussing the recovery process, let us see how SD cards get format and users lose their photos, which might serves as precautionary measures to avoid the loss of pictures in future. Few common SD card formatting scenarios are listed here.

  • Sometimes as soon as you insert the SD card into your camera or connect to your computer, you might encounter with an error message like �Format Now�, which is due to some errors with the file system. In such instances if the card is not backed up, then you will lose all the pictures stored in that SD card.
  • Human beings are prone to mistakes. There are times in which you might accidentally format your SD cards which are used to capture the photos. In case if you have not taken a backup of photos stored in formatted SD card, then you will lose them.

No matter how the card is formatted, Mac photo recovery software will always help you to restore deleted photos on Mac Sd card after formatting. Whenever a photo gets deleted from SD card, it will not be erased immediately from the card, only the pointer that points to the stored location of the image will be removed and space marked as available but the actual data still resides on the stored sector until it is overwritten with new data. Before overwriting such card with new data, Mac photo recovery tool scans the storage drive and recover photos using file attributes like extension, signature, etc.This software easily perform RAW photo recovery Mac and retrieves all the deleted or lost RAW photos with easy manner.

Mac Photo Recovery is an advanced picture recovery software which facilitates you to undelete photos with in a few clicks from formatted SD cards. Apart from SD cards you can use this tool to restore deleted or lost pictures from other memory cards, hard drives, external drives, iPods, etc. This software can also retrieve pictures from iPhoto Trash on Mac after accidentally emptying it. This utility supports recovery of photos from HFS+, HFSX, FAT16 and FAT32 formatted storage devices. With the help of built-in preview option, you can preview the recovered photos before restoration.

Steps to retrieve formatted SD card on Mac:

Step 1: Connect formatted SD card to Mac computer. Download and install trial version of Mac photo recovery utility on your Macintosh systems. Launch the software and choose "Recover Volumes / Drives" option from the main screen as shown in Figure 1.

Formatted SD card Recovery Mac � Main Screen

Figure 1: Main Screen

Step 2: Now, select "Formatted / Reformatted Recovery" option to carry out Formatted SD card Recovery Mac as shown in Figure 2.

Formatted SD card Recovery Mac � Select Recovery Option

Figure 2: Select Recovery Option

Step 3: Choose the connected SD card from which you want to restore pictures and click on "Next" option as shown in Figure 3.

Formatted SD card Recovery Mac � Select SD Card

Figure 3: Select SD Card

Step 4: In the next window, select the photo and video file formats that need to be recovered, and click on �Recover� as shown in Figure 4. Now, the application starts scanning the volume.

Formatted SD card Recovery Mac � File Format Selection

Figure 4: File Format Selection

Step 5:After the completion of file scanning, list of recovered data is displayed. Using “View” option, you can preview the recovered photos. If satisfied with the results, save the data by clicking “Save” button, as shown in Figure 5

Formatted SD card Recovery Mac � Save Recovered Photos

Figure 5: Save Recovered Photos

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