Free Recover LOST.DIR Files on External SD Card

Jean updated on Dec 28, 2018 to File Recovery | How-to Articles

Summary

This article introduces you to a simple way to recover lost .dir files from an Android external SD card with a free file recovery software from EaseUS. Download this software free to see how to recover lost .dir files for free with these few simple clicks now.

How to recover lost .dir files for free

What is a LOST.DIR folder, and how to free recover LOST.DIR files for free and easy?

LOST.DIR file folder in Android devices performs like the Recycle Bin on Windows platforms, from which you are allowed to retrieve files such as documents and photos. Usually, an Android phone or tablet creates a LOST.DIR directory for when the device suddenly shuts off or you pull out the external sd card while the read-write process is carrying on, so it’s able to create a log for the next time you reboot the device.

But it's not an easy job to recover the lost files from LOST.DIR just like you do from Windows Recycle Bin. Why is that?  Sometimes, you'll have difficulty in finding the specific files that you're trying to recover since the files in LOST.DIR are named with random numbers instead of the original names they were given. To overcome this difficulty, you need the help of a proficient data recovery solution.

EaseUS data recovery: the best way to recover LOST.DIR files from Android devices

As I've said, among all the recoverable files in LOST.DIR directory, you will surely find it hard to get started. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard can well solve this problem easily by offering a full recovery of your files and folder structure.

Step by step guide to perform lost .dir recovery:

Just connect the external sd card of your Android phones or tablets to a computer, and download EaseUS free recovery software. You can perform SD card data recovery and recover LOST.DIR files on external sd card easily all by yourself with the guide below.

Stop using your SD card immediately once you lost files on it. Continuing using the card would hugely increase the chance of data overwriting, which makes data unrecoverable.

Step 1: Connect the SD card to PC

Insert the SD card to a card reader, and connect the card reader with your SD card to a healthy computer.

Step 2: Run SD card recovery software and scan the card.

  • Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on your PC and select your SD card under the External Devices column.
  • Then click Scan to start finding lost data on your SD card now.
Run SD card recovery software.

Step 3: Check found SD card data.

After the scanning process, you can preview and find your lost SD card files from below listed tabs:

  • Deleted Files: List your deleted files there.
  • Drive X: All lost files can be found here.
  • Lost Partition Files: Check first if it's for formatted recovery.
  • Extra Files: Finds files that lost names or paths.

And you can use Filter and Search to quickly find your files.

Find lost SD card files.

Step 4: Restore SD card data.

  • You can check and preview found files by double-clicking each one of them.
  • Then click Recover to save found SD card files to a secure location on your PC or an external storage.
Restore lost SD card files.
 
 

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Frequently Asked Qusetions

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

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

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

5. 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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