SD Card Keeps Deleting Files by Itself

Jean updated on Dec 29, 2018 to Storage Media Recovery | How-to Articles

Summary

Does SD card keep deleting files by itself? Try the 3 solutions here to protect files from disappearing from SD card automatically. To recover deleted files from SD card, download EaseUS Data Recovery Software on your PC and get back music, pictures and video files easily.

Why does micro SD card keep deleting files by itself

"Lately, everything on my phone's SD card just deleted itself, including my backups, all my music, and pictures. I'm completely stunned. It seems that the problem is still there, SD card keeps deleting files by itself. I lost all data!"

When your external micro SD card or perhaps USB hard drive starts malfunctioning, one of the typical symptoms is that it erases everything written to it. That's horrible. Your memory card will be totally useless before you find the cause and troubleshooting methods.

How to recover automatically deleted files from SD card

Now take a breath and calm down. You need professional memory card recovery software to get all missing files back. It's easy and quick, only 3 steps are required.

Tip: Download EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. It's free data recovery software that allows customers to recover up to 2GB files for free. Upgrade to its full version once your data amount exceeds the limit.

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.

The recommended data recovery software works great on retrieving files from various storage devices after deleting, formatting, partition loss, ect. You're strongly recommended to rescue deleted files first before trying every means to fix the card!

How to prevent SD card from erasing files

In the event of files keep disappearing from SD card automatically or SD card unknowingly deletes data by itself, the trouble can be mild to severe.

Solution 1. Do some cleaning for the card

We suggest you take a look at your card at the beginning. Is there dust in its slot? If yes, it's time to clean your card. Typically, a small dental floss brush and some water/alcohol will help.

Solution 2. Check SD card corruption and repair

Another proper reason is that your card has developed bad sectors. For this case, when you insert the card into a computer, Windows would prompt a message asking you to format it before you can use it. Do it as told.

Sometimes, the formatting won't go smooth, and you'll encounter an error 'Windows was unable to complete the format' on SD card. Perhaps the memory card has been severely damaged. Solution 3 can be your last chance.

Solution 3. Replace your fake SD card

If Windows can't format SD card, neither an SD card repair utility. If the card hasn't been used for long but appears to bring trouble all the time, it's most likely to be a fake SD card, so do not hesitate to abandon it and buy a new one with big names, such as SanDisk, Toshiba, Samsung, Transcend, etc.

 
 

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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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