How to Recover Deleted Files from Memory Card Using CMD

I'm trying to find a free method to recover some deleted photos from a 64GB SanDisk SD card. I heard that using CMD might work, but where should I start?

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Dany· Answered on Jul 20, 2023

The attrib command is usually used to recover files hidden in SD cards/memory cards that viruses have attacked. If you have accidentally deleted files or photos from the SD card or got it formatted without a backup, there is no way to recover files from the SD card using CMD for Windows. Whenever Instead, seek help from exclusive data recovery software.

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To achieve a high success rate of deleted file recovery from a formatted SD card, third-party SD card recovery software is recommended for you to try. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard can perfectly replace the role of the attrib command in retrieving hidden files.

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If you lost the memory card files without an apparent reason, it's likely that they are hidden. Usually, the culprits can be a virus, malware, encryption software, or other system manners, such as Windows system update, reinstallation, and so on.

You're supposed to unhide all the missing files and folders by using the following command lines. They'll return all invisible items to the original location until you execute the entered commands.

Step 1. Use a card reader to connect the memory card where you deleted files to a Windows computer. Assuming that the drive letter of the card appears as "drive G:".

Step 2. Press the "Windows + X" keys and choose Command Prompt (Admin) to open the Command Prompt this time.

Step 3. Type attrib -h -r -s G:\*.* /s /d. This attrib command will recover everything that you cannot see from the memory card.

Syntax explanation:

  • –h clears the Hidden file attribute.
  • –r clears the Read-only file attribute
  • –s clears the System file attribute.
  • /s applies attrib and any command-line options to matching files in the current directory and all of its subdirectories.
  • /d applies attrib and any command-line options to directories

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