Free SD card recovery software??

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by allisonv7, May 30, 2012.

  1. allisonv7 macrumors 6502

    Jul 20, 2004
    Does anyone know of a good (free) program on a Mac to recover lost pics off an SD card?

    Thanks, Allison
  2. itickings macrumors 6502a


    Apr 14, 2007
  3. itickings macrumors 6502a


    Apr 14, 2007
    There, fixed it for you. Paid or free, nothing is guaranteed to recover lost files completely.
  4. allisonv7 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 20, 2004
    Wow, you guys are a little rough, will watch my adjectives in the future ;)

    Ended up getting them back with a different program I found. Thanks, Allison
  5. coachsusan macrumors newbie

    Nov 27, 2012
    Morro Bay, CA
    PhotoRec. worked

    @itickings-- thanks! the only others I had found so far were not free-- this worked for me. I had 76 photos that I was importing into iPhoto when it crashed (right after I said it was OK to delete the originals)-- PhotoRec restored 71 of them-- but it ALSO restored THUMBNAILS of all 76 of them. I was able to compare a list of the large files with a list of the small ones to find which full size images were missing-- so I could see exactly what I didn't have. Thanks so much! :)
  6. karld macrumors newbie

    Mar 30, 2004
    Fort Worth, TX
    Thanks! PhotoRec did the trick for me, once I got through the interface, retrieving the pictures off an SD card that most recovery apps were unable to find anything.
  7. Michael Anthony macrumors regular

    Oct 18, 2012
    Agreed, testdisk/photorec are what I go to when I really need to save something.
  8. gdavis115 macrumors newbie


    Sep 22, 2016
    --- Post Merged, Sep 22, 2016 ---

    Hi allison, i was wondering if you could share the program you used to recover your files? just got back from holiday and lost all my videos... did you have to pay for it?
  9. elf69 macrumors 68020


    Jun 2, 2016
    Cornwall UK
    I paid for stella photo recovery.

    I once recovered almost 1.5GB from a 512MB card.

    OK most was garbage but was well worth it.
    Used it a few times at work.

    I used a free one on windows (sorry name escapes me at min) was almost as good.

    We use photorec at work on a linux machine for recovery.

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