How to Decrypt and Recover Data from Encrypted SD Card

Whether you know the password or not, you can easily decrypt and recover data from encrypted SD card in 6 useful methods below. If there are any data loss, try data recovery software - MyRecover.


By Ivy / Updated on April 2, 2024

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About SD Card Encryption and Decryption

SD card now is widely used in digital cameras, Android phones & tablets and other devices to store photos, videos, audio files, etc. In order to prevent data loss or any unwanted access, many users choose to encrypt SD card with Windows Bitlocker, Android phone, tablet or other third-party software. So what exactly is it?

SD card encryption: If you use Windows Bitlocker, it will encrypt the entire SD card and transform data into a secret code. During the encryption process, it requires you to type a password and backup the recovery key. Both are helpful for decryption.

SD card decryption: Decryption is a way to unlock your data's protection and make it accessible. To decrypt an SD card, you need to use software that encrypts it. Or there are other feasible methods.

Recover Data from Encrypted SD Card

IMPORTANT: Nowadays many hard drives, SSD disks, and photos are self-encrypting devices (SED). It has a controller chip to encrypt and decrypt the device’s data automatically. However, there is no decryption solution and your data will lose if it gets damaged physically.

Decrypt an Encrypted SD Card with Password

Whether you use Windows Bitlocker, an Android phone, tablet, you can decrypt the SD card with a password and the software you encrypt SD card. Then, you are able to access all the data on SD card. If you find any data loss, try data recovery software to get them back.

Note: If you want to decrypt SD card without original device, connect it to Windows PC with card reader instead of the phone or other devices.

Way 1. Decrypt SD Card in Windows PC

If you encrypted your SD card with Windows Bitlocker and still know the password, you can easily decrypt SD card in Windows Explorer.

Step 1. Connect your encrypted SD card to a Windows PC. Go to Windows Explorer and Double-click it.

Step 2. Type the Bitlocker password of your SD card. Then, click Unlock. Wait until the decrypted SD card recovery process is complete.  

Unlock Bitlocker Password


  • F: is the drive letter of your SD card. Yours may be different.
  • If you don’t remember the encrypted SD card password, you can also use the Bitlocker recovery key. Click More options > Enter recovery key instead.

Way 2. Decrypt SD Card in Samsung

If you use the Android phone settings to encrypt your SD card, you can also use it to decrypt SD card. Here take “decrypt SD card in Samsung” as an example:

Step 1. Insert the SD card into the Samsung phone and restart.

Step 2. Go to Settings and select Lock Screen and Security.

Lock Screen and Security

Step 3. Scroll down to Decrypt SD card and select it.

Decrypt SD Card

Step 4. Click Decrypt SD card again and enter your password.

Decrypt SD  Card

Step 5. Wait until the decryption process is complete. The time depends on how much data you have.


  • Please keep your device charged during the process. Otherwise you may lose some data due to a power cut.
  • The more SD card data you have, the longer it will take to decrypt.

Decrypt an Encrypted SD Card without Password

If you don’t remember the encrypted SD card password, you still can use third-party tools like FExplorer to restore your password or use the encrypted SD card settings. If both of them are not working, the only way is to clean the SD card with DiskPart command line utility.

Warning: The DiskPart method will erase all the data on the SD card. If you don’t remember the password, please try FExplorer first.

Way 1. Restore Password of the Encrypted SD Card with FExplorer

Step 1. Keep the SD card inserted in your phone and connect it to a Windows PC.

Step 2. Go to App Store and download FExplorer. Ru it on your phone.

Step 3. Go to Internal storage and locate a folder named mmcstore. Then, rename it to mcstore.txt.

Internal Storage

Step 4. Copy the mcstore.txt file to your Windows PC. Open it with Notepad, you will see the password of your encrypted SD card.

Step 5. Go to Settings of your phone and decrypt the SD card with the password.

Way 2. Decrypt SD Card with Encrypt Settings

Step 1. Connect the encrypted SD card to a Windows PC and copy all the contents from SD card to this PC.

Step 2. On your Samsung phone, go to Settings and format SD card.

Step 3. Then, go to Settings again. Now select Lock Screen and Security and Encrypt SD card.

Encrypt SD Card Samsung

Step 4. Connect the SD card back to the PC. Then, copy all the content back to SD card.

Step 5. On your Samsung phone, go to Settings > Lock Screen and Security and select Decrypt SD card.

Way 3. Decryption SD Card with DiskPart

Step 1. Connect your encrypted SD card to a Windows PC.

Step 2. Type cmd in the search box and select Run as administrator. Then, type diskpart in the following window and press Enter.

Step 3. Type the commands below to find and decrypt the encrypted SD card. Please remember to press Enter in order.

  • list disk
  • select disk m (m is the number of your encrypted SD card)
  • clean all

Diskpart Clean All

Step 4 (optional): Type the following commands to create a partition and specify a file system for the SD card. Remember to press Enter after typing each command.

  • create partition primary
  • format fs=fat32

Recover Data from Encrypted SD Card with MyRecover

MyRecover is a very useful encrypted SD card data recovery software for Windows 7, 8, 10, 11, etc. and Windows Server. It is able to recover more than 200+ file types, such as pictures, videos, documents, compressed files, etc.

  • Support two advanced scanning methods - Quick Scan and Deep Scan. It helps to find and recover deleted photos or videos on SD card.
  • Filter specific files quickly with Type, Date Modified & Size and recover them as soon as they are found.
  • Recover SD card data with a high success rate and fast speed, keeping its original file name, format, quality, and path.
Download SoftwareWin 11/10/8/7/Server
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IMPORTANT: The encrypted SD card data recovery is easy if you know the Bitlocker password. It requires you to decrypt the SD card in Windows Explorer beforehand.

Step 1. Connect your SD card to a Windows PC and decrypt your SD card in Windows Explorer. Skip this step if you already decrypt the encrypted SD card.

Step 2. Launch Windows data recovery software- MyRecover. Hover the mouse over the unlocked decrypted SD card and click Scan.

Choose the Unlocked Bitlocker Drive Start Scan

Tip: Before you choose the unlocked decrypted SD card to start scan, you need to unlock it in advance.

Please Unlock the Bitlocker Drive

Step 3. The software will run Quick Scan & Deep Scan automatically and find all the deleted or lost SD card data. Once any of files found, it will display in the following window. You can then preview or select them to recover immediately.


To recover a specific file on SD card, directly type its file name in the Search for files or folders box. Or click Filter > Type and select Images or Video, depending on the file type you want to recover. Then, type a subdivision file type, such as jpg, png, gif, mp4, mov, etc.  

Scanning Bitlocker Drive

Step 3. Select the deleted or lost photos or videos on the SD card. Then, click Recover XX files.

Choose Files from Bitlocker Drive to Restore


  • MyRecover will display the number of files to be recovered and their entire size. You can free recover files up to 500MB in total. To recover unlimited files, please upgrade MyRecover.
  • Select a new location to store the deleted or lost photos or video files. Retrieving files to original location may overwrite the space of deleted data, resulting in data recovery failure.
  • Except for Windows 10 or 11, it is still able to recover deleted files from Windows Server 2016, 2019, 2022, etc.

Besides, you still can use this software to recover files from formatted hard drive, or other data loss scenarios due to virus attack, system or disk failure, etc.

Common Causes for SD Card Data Loss

In general, the encryption of SD card does not cause any data loss. However, after decrypting the SD card, you may find some data loss. Below are some possible reasons:

  • File system corruption due to virus or malware infection.
  • Frequently using the same SD card on different devices, such as cameras, mobile phones, etc. may logically damage the SD cards, resulting in data loss.
  • Interruption or abrupt removal during the data transfer process.
  • Accidentally format or erase the SD card using digital devices or on a Windows PC.  

How to Prevent Data Loss on SD Card

You may not want to lose any data, especially if your SD card stores your family photos, videos, or important working documents. Here are some practical solutions to help you protect your data safely.

  • Make use of encryption applications, instead of using self-encrypting devices
  • Save your username and password in a safe place if you encrypt the SD card.
  • Do not use the same card on multiple devices.
  • Double-check before formatting or erasing a card.
  • Always take a backup of your SD card if you need to do any operations that may result in data loss, such as format, factory reset, upgrade smartphone, etc. Try the File Backup feature in the free backup software - AOMEI Backupper Standard.

File Backup



If you have problems decrypting and recovering data from encrypted SD card, you can read this article and get 6 useful methods above. Whether you remember the password or not, there are one or more methods to help you.

In theory, you can get your data back after encrypting. But sometimes you may find your data lose. In this case, try data recovery software - MyRecover right now. At the same time, to avoid data loss, it’s essential to create a copy of your files on SD card or do other data loss precautions.

Ivy · Editor
Ivy is an editor of AOMEI Technology, she covers backup & restore,hard disk & partitions management and cloud files transfer and so on for AOMEI. She is an outgoing girl and enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. She loves traveling, eating, reading and so on. She usually hangs out with friends at her leisure time.