How to Recover Data from FAT32 SD Card

Jean updated on Jan 07, 2021 to Data Recovery | How-to Articles

Deleted files from FAT32 SD card? Relax! Just download and apply FAT32 data recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to effectively perform FAT32 file recovery on your SD card within 3 simple steps now.

I have a 4GB FAT32 SD card with some family pictures on it. When I double click the SD card in Windows, an error occurs. It says the card needs to be formatted. Before I could figure out what's going on there, abruptly, I click yes, and everything now gets removed. I need to recover files from FAT32 SD card, do you have any suggestion?

Overview of FAT32 File Recovery

SD cards of many popular brands, such as Samsung, SanDisk, PNY, Transcend, Sony, Kingston, Lexar, and Toshiba, facilitate our life and work by adding extra storage capacity, universally from 2GB to 64GB. SD cards are using the FAT32 file system, and we can use them on PCs, cameras, smartphones, game consoles, etc.

Be careful while using FAT32 SD cards. As the scenario presented above, the memory card can turn bad or corrupted. The FAT32 file system may become RAW. Once SD card becomes RAW, it indicates there is no file system on it. To bring it back to normal, it has to be reformatted to FAT32 on a Windows-based computer. In this case, you'll lose all data on the memory card.

How to Recover Data from A Bad FAT32 SD Card

Besides, accidental deletion, formatting, virus infection and other threats attack will risk contents on the SD card. Most of the cases require an instant FAT32 SD card data recovery solution. Here you need to learn how to recover data files on FAT32 SD card after accidents with free memory card recovery software. EaseUS disk data recovery software ranks to the top list for the following highlights:


Easy Operation:

It only takes three steps to recover lost data. You do not need to have the technical background


Wide Compatibility:

Fully supports FAT32/16/12, NTFS, EXT2/3, HFS+, ReFS.


High Quality:

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard promises high quality of data recovery. It can fully scan the drive and will not bring any damage to the original data.


Supports 250+ Files:

Recover all types of lost files: photos, documents, videos, audio, emails, compressed files, etc.


Recover FAT32 SD card data all by yourself now:

Step 1. Select and scan FAT or FAT32 partition.

Select the FAT/FAT32 drive where you lost files on EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and click "Scan" to find the lost files and data.

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Preview found Files on FAT or FAT32 partition.

When the scanning process finishes, find and double-click to preview found files from "Deleted Files" or "Lost Files". You can also use Filter or Search to access files via file types, names or extensions.

Preview found FAT partition

Step 3. Restore found FAT or FAT32 partition data.

Choose the files you want to restore and click "Recover" to save them to a safe location on your PC or to an external storage device. Don't save the files back to FAT or FAT32 partition before making it safe for file saving again.

Recover and save found FAT partition files

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

"EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the best we've seen. It's far from perfect, partly because today's advanced disk technology makes data-recovery more difficult than it was with the simpler technology of the past, but it's fast and efficient..."PCMag

"The first thing you'll notice about EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro is that its interface is very clear and uncluttered, with only a small collection of self-explanatory controls. You won't find lots of extra options hidden in a system of hidden menus, either; what you see really is what you get."techradar

"Recover lost files, even after deleting a partition or formatting your drive."Macworld

2. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

3. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

4. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

5. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files, so verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

6. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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