Appropriate procedure to recover lost photos from SD card on Mac

The use of SD cards is to store the user’s data in the digital information format. Most commonly the SD cards are used in various portable electronic devices like cellular mobile phone, digital camera, printer, PDA, laptop computer and video camcorder etc. SD cards are used to store the media files such as digital photo image files, music files, and video files. Sometimes you may lose the media files stored in the SD card due to accidental deletion or formatting when it is connected to the Mac computer. But nothing to worry the deleted or lost media files will not be removed until a new data is overwritten on them. In such kind of a situation you can recover lost photos from SD card on Mac by making use of a good memory card software.

SD cards are divided into three categories namely standard capacity (SDSC), high capacity (SDHC), and extended capacity (SDXC). The storage capacity of the SD card ranges from 2 GB SDSC card to 2 TB SDXC card. Secure digital card is developed and marked by several companies like SanDisk, Transcend, SanDisk, and Matsushita etc. However, photos from the SD card may get deleted or lost due to various situations like damage or corruption to the file system on the SD card, accidental deletion of photos, abruptly taking out the SD card during transfer of photo and accidental formatting the SD card etc.

Sometimes when you connect the SD card to your Mac computer, you may get the following error messages on computer screen.

“This card cannot be read.”


“This card cannot be used.”

This kind of a situation may be caused due to corruption of a file system on the SD card. A file system on the SD card may be corrupted due to various situations like accidental ejection of the SD card from a card reader or digital camera during transfer of photos, accidentally choosing the format option in the digital camera or on your Mac computer and suddenly cancelled it, and improper shutdown of the system when SD card being used by the computer etc. Such kind of a situation may lead to photos stored on the SD card become inaccessible.

The digital cameras will have an option to delete single photo as well as multiple photos at a time. For deleting all photos at a time you will get one option in digital camera called “Delete All”. While previewing the photos if you accidentally used this option then all photos stored on the SD card will be deleted.

Anyhow, you can recover lost photos from SD card on Mac computers by using a memory card recovery software. It also supports Mac recovery for OS X operating system. By making use of this software you can recover deleted or lost photos with various file formats like JPEG, JPG, TIFF, TIF, PNG, BMP, GIF, PSD and also RAW photos with file formats like CR2, CRW, ARW, SR2, KDC, K25, DCR etc and other media files with various file formats from the SD card. You can download the demo tool to evaluate the recovery results by previewing the recovered photos.