How to Recover Deleted Files from SD Card on Mac

Daisy updated on Feb 21, 2020 to Mac File Recovery | How-to Articles


EaseUS provides you with an effective method to recover files from SD card on Mac. EaseUS SD card recovery tool is a perfect program supporting recovering deleted files from SD card or MicroSD card on Mac OS X and macOS.

What's the best data recovery software for Mac SD card recovery  
How to recover deleted files from SD card on Mac
Effective tips to avoid SD card data loss

Lost files from SD card on Mac, how to recover?

"I was planning to transfer some important photos from an SD card for Camera to my Mac. But the transferring process lasted a long period, showing no sign to stop. I unplugged the SD card from the USB port directly. When I reconnected it to the computer, Mac showed a warning message, asking me to format the SD card. I formatted the SD card, and here is my problem - all my photos on the SD card are lost. I want to get back all of the photos and data from the formatted SD card, is it possible?"

Most users may face the same issue that you're asked to format the SD card or USB flash drive before reusing it. If you do what the Mac requires, you'll lose your files. Except for formatting, there are many other cases you can lose data on your SD card.

  • Accidentally deleted files from SD card
  • Formatted SD card
  • SD card got corrupted or inaccessible
  • Attacked by virus
  • Power failed

If any of the problems happen and you lose files from the SD card, you may wonder whether you will lose data forever. The answer is NO. You still have a great chance to recover files from SD card on Mac by using powerful Mac data recovery software. Keep in mind, the less you use the memory card after data loss, the higher the chance you get data back from the SD or CF card. 

Also read: Recover Files from Formatted SD Card in Windows 10/8.1/8/7.

What's the Best Mac SD Card Recovery Software 

When your files are lost from an SD card, they are not gone forever, only file names and file properties are deleted, and your photos, videos, and music data remain on the memory card until they are overwritten. If you want to restore them, a professional SD card data recovery program can help you. Here, we highly recommend you try EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac.

It is reliable and capable of restoring lost data from Mac hard drive, external hard drive, memory stick, memory card, USB flash drive, and SD card due to deletion, formatting, partition loss, virus attack, system crash, unmounted drive, and more. EaseUS Mac data recovery software still offers you the free version with 1GB data recovery capacity to recover files from SD card for free. 

Here is a table that shows what EaseUS Mac data recovery software support and what it can do. 

Classifications Tech Specification
Supported OS macOS 10.15(Catalina) - 10.12, Mac OS X 10.11 ~ 10.9
Supported devices MacBook/iMac, hard drive, memory card, USB drive, camera, SD card, CF/XD/MMC card
Supported file system APFS, HFS X, HFS+, FAT (FAT16, FAT32), exFAT, NTFS
Supported files Document (DOC, XLS, PPT, PDF, etc.), photos (JPEG, TIFF, PNG, BMP, GIF), video, music, emails, archives, DMG

How to Recover Deleted Files from SD Card on Mac 

Download and install EaseUS SD card recovery software on your Mac. Connect your SD card to the Mac computer and follow the next steps to recover SD card on Mac. And remember once lost data on your SD card or Mac computer, stop using it, or lost data could never be found again.

Note: Save the recovered files to another disk instead of the original card.

Step 1. Correctly connect your memory card to your Mac. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac. Start selecting the card and click Scan to let the software search for lost files on it.

select the sd card where data lost and click scan

Step 2. After quick scan and deep scan, all files will be presented in the left pane in the scan results.

scan the sd card to find the lost data on it

Step 3. Select files you want to recover and click Recover Now button. Don't save the recoverable files to the SD card itself in case of data overwriting.

click recover now button to recover the sd card data

Data Protection in Advance is the Best Recovery Solution

Use unique SD card data protection of EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to keep your files safe and intact. It keeps your valuable data protected from accidental deletion. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac keeps a detailed record of protected files when they are deleted for later recovery. If you want to get the data back, simply check the protected files section in the interface, choose from the list, and recover.

protect data with easeus data recovery wizard for mac

Effective Tips to Avoid SD Card Data Loss

  • Make your data files backup regularly
  • Remove SD card from Mac in a safe way
  • Don’t remove the SD card during the data transfer
  • Don't eject the SD memory card when your Mac is in the sleeping mode
  • Know about the symptoms of the damaged or corrupted SD card to avoid data loss

People Also Ask

1. Is there a way to recover trashed items on a Mac?

There are a few practical ways to recover deleted files on Mac. For example, restore lost files from Trash Bin, Undo option, Terminal, Time Machine backup, or recover permanently deleted files using EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac.

2. How can I recover my SD card for free?

You can use the free version of EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac to recover SD files up to 1 GB. This is a great solution to recover a few lost photos.

3. What's the best data recovery software for Mac?

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac is one of the best data recovery software for Mac users. It is a full-featured and competent data recovery tool that helps you recover lost data from the emptied Trash Bin, accidental deletion, or other causes. It can restore unlimited data by three simple steps - choose a hard drive, scan to find deleted files, preview and recover all recoverable files.

4. How do I access my SD card on my Macbook Pro?

To access the SD card on your Macbook Pro, you can choose the Apple menu > About This Mac. Click System Report. In the Hardware section of System Information, select USB. Then, in the list of USB devices, select Internal Memory Card Reader to access information about the interface hardware and the media inserted into the SD card slot. 


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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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