[3 Ways] How to Retrieve Pictures from Micro SD Card

If you accidentally delete or lost pictures from a Micro SD card, don’t panic. Read this guide to learn how to retrieve pictures from Micro SD card in three effective ways.


By Demi / Updated on April 2, 2024

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Micro SD card is widely used in different devices in your daily life, such as DSLRs, mobile phones, digital cameras, laptops, and so on. It helps save numerous digital photos and videos. However, you should know that every data has risk of losing, so does the pictures in your Micro SD card.

The photos in Micro SD card can be lost for kinds of reasons, like accidental deletion, system crash, damaged Micro SD card, etc. Then, how can you retrieve lost pictures?

Recover Deleted Photos SD Card

Please stop using your Micro SD card immediately when you discover data loss. Then, keep reading this guide to learn how to retrieve pictures from Micro SD card in three effective methods.

How to retrieve pictures from Micro SD card via CMD

If you are looking for a way to recover deleted photos from Micro SD card without software, the Command Prompt on Windows can be a nice tool for you. However, the premise to make use of CMD is that you have got some basic knowledge about it and need to be much careful.

If you prefer a simpler way, you can also skip to the next part to know how to retrieve pictures from Micro SD card with the best photo recovery software.

Way 1. Recover photos from Micro SD card using CMD Attrib

CMD Attrib can help you recover photos that have been hidden due to inappropriate operations or virus attack in your Micro SD card. Plug your Micro SD card, like a Sandisk memory card to computer, and learn about how to recover lost/deleted photos from it using CMD Attrib.

Step 1. Go to the Start menu, type in cmd in the search bar > From the search result, locate and right click cmd.exe.

Step 2. After the command window prompts, type in attrib -h -r -s /s /d #:*.* (Replace # with the drive letter of your Micro SD card.)

Type Attrib

Step 3. When the command prompt returns to its original location, the process is finished. You can go to your Micro SD card to check these files.

Way 2. Recover photos from Micro SD card by running CHKDSK

How can you recover pictures from a corrupted Micro SD card? You can run CHKDSK to repair and restore Micro SD card. Here are the detailed steps.

Step 1. Plug in your Micro SD card to computer > Press both the Windows and R key to launch Run.

Step 2. In the Run windows, type in cmd and click OK > Enter the command chkdsk X: /f /r (Replace X with the drive letter of your SD card).

CHKDSK Command

The easiest way to retrieve pictures from Micro SD card with GUI tool

Without having to have programming knowledge or entering text commands into a console, the professional data recovery software - MyRecover provides you with an easy and quick way to get lost photos back to your Micro SD card.

What MyRecover can provide you:
👍 Supports all-inclusive file types. MyRecover supports recovering photos in JPG/JPEG/JPE, PNG, GIF, etc. format, as well as other types of files like documents, videos, audio, and so on.
👍 Applies to different data loss situation. MyRecover can handle kinds of data loss scenario your Micro SD card encounters, which include but are not limited to accidental deletions, virus attack, system crash, and so on.
👍 Simple interface and operation. Different from CMD, the user-friendly interface of MyRecover enables you to finish the data recovery process in three steps without effort.
👍 Recovers wanted photos quickly. The powerful tool scans your Micro SD card quickly and deeply and filters all deleted and lost files. You can preview and choose the wanted photos to recover to your Micro SD card or anywhere else.

Click the icon below to free download MyRecover on your computer, and learn how to retrieve pictures from Micro SD card with MyRecover.

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Step 1. Plug your Micro SD card to computer > Run MyRecover > Hover the mouse over your Micro SD card from the main interface > Click Scan to begin.

Select Partition To Scan

Step 2. Wait for the process to complete. You can click each folder from the Scanned files list to preview the deleted/lost pictures during the process.

Scan Lost Data

Step 3. Choose the lost photos from the list > Click Recover x files > Finally, choose the Micro SD card or other destination to save the files, and the recovery process will be finished in seconds.

Choose Lost Photos

Besides recovering pictures from Micro SD card on Windows, you are also given a choice to recover deleted photos from SD card without computer. You can try to insert the Micro SD card to your iPhone and recover lost photos on iPhone with its iOS version software.

Bonus: How to backup photos to avoid data loss

Hope you can successfully retrieve pictures from Micro SD card with the methods mentioned above. However, recovering data from Micro SD card is your last hope to get lost photos back. Actually, there are many things you can do in advance to avoid data loss in Micro SD card, and make regular backups is one of the most reliable one. In the AOMEI software family, you are offered two backup tools to help you.

Backup photos on iPhone with FoneTool
If you usually save iPhone photos in Micro SD card, you can backup iPhone photos to PC with FoneTool. Just within three steps, you can backup all wanted photos from iPhone/Micro SD card to computer. You can even delete duplicate photos on iPhone with its Photo Deduplication function.

Select Pictures

Backup photos to Windows PC with AOMEI Backupper Standard
You can also choose to backup SD card to computer directly with powerful AOMEI Backupper Standard. You can rely on it to backup the whole disk or backup selective files as per your need.

Disk Backup


How to retrieve pictures from Micro SD card? You can make use of inbuilt CMD in Windows without computer. You can also choose MyRecover to recover photos as well as other wanted files with no effort.

Besides, don’t forget to take some measures in advance to avoid data loss. If this guide helps you, please share it with others.

Demi · Editor
Demi is an editor of FoneTool group as well as a good advisor in the area of iOS-related issues. She does well in finding solutions to people's problems. She enjoys traveling, gardening, and watching movies. She spends most of her free time with her pet and family.