How to Recover Data from Samsung SD Cards? [2024]

Ultimate guide on Samsung SD card recovery is ready to teach you how to recover data from Samsung SD cards and repair it using proper tools.


By Lora / Updated on April 2, 2024

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How do I restore data from my Samsung SD card?

Samsung has developed a series of SD cards, like SD PRO Plus, micorSD EVO Plus, micorSD PRO Endurance, etc.

Designed for mobile phones, digital cameras, tablets, gaming consoles, and more devices, Samsung SD cards won popularity among users, especially those of Samsung phone users.

Samsung micro SD cards are undoubtedly reliable storage devices with high read and write speed, compatibility, performance, and many advantages. Though, these won’t help it bypass data loss disasters due to misoperation, viruses, deletion, etc.


How to recover deleted photos from SD card on Samsung S7?


OMG, I just deleted a few important photos from my SD card on my new galaxy s7 and deleted everyone… can I recover them? They were on my SD card, and now they are gone. PLEASE help!!!


- Question from SanDisk forum


Some prudent users will back up SD cards to computer in case data loss occurs; yet, more often, file loss occurs all of a sudden without any warnings, leaving no time for users to prepare for it.

If you are in a similar situation, this post will be worth reading since it contains the content you need. Firstly, let’s figure out why files get lost before the Samsung SD card recovery solutions.

Potential causes of Samsung SD card data loss

From the case above, we can find that deletion is one of the causes of file loss from Samsung SD cards. Actually, there are quite a lot more factors leading to file loss in Windows 10/11.

File deletion. Files removed from external storage devices won’t be sent to the desktop Recycle Bin, so users have no way to recover them as usual.
Improper ejection. Some users bypass clicking “Safe to Remove Hardware” when disconnecting SD cards, which might interrupt the read-and-write process and cause data loss. 
SD card corruption. SD cards’ file system/partition table, etc., can get corrupted due to improper operation/virus/errors/physical damage. If the Samsung SD card’s file system is corrupted, it will show as RAW. Then you may need to perform RAW SD card recovery
Physical damage. SD cards are tiny and delicate. It might be inaccessible and irreversible if broken due to dropping, jolting, etc. 
Virus attack. Viruses can modify, move, hide, and delete your files. After a virus infection, symptoms like file location changing, SD card deleting files by itself, filenames becoming mojibake, etc., might occur.

In the following parts, you can get help from the detailed guide on Samsung SD card recovery after deletion and SD card repair.

How to recover data from Samsung SD cards effortlessly?

Since files removed from the SD cards will bypass the Recycle Bin and users cannot simply recover data as usual, it is challenging for users to perform Samsung SD card recovery on their own.

In this case, using a trustworthy tool will be the most straightforward and efficient way. Many SD card recovery tools allow users to scan and restore data from SD cards;

With proper tech and methods, file recovery from Samsung SD cards is not an impossible mission.

Among the SD card rescue apps, we recommend MyRecover – the professional Windows data recovery software. It is designed and developed by the leading benchmark in the data security industry.

With advanced tech and a simple & easy user interface, it facilitates users to retrieve deleted and missing files from SD cards/USB/HDD/SSD, etc., in 3 steps.

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  • Recover the most frequently used file formats: jpg/png/mov/avi/doc/xlsx/ppt/pdf/html/zip, etc.
  • Support sorting/searching/previewing scanned files & choosing files to restore during the scan.
  • Apply to multiple data loss situations: deletion, system crash, SD card formatting, virus infection, etc.
  • Compatible with Windows 11/10/8/7/Server & NTFS/ReFS/FAT32/exFAT, etc.
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Now learn how to recover data from Samsung SD cards in Windows 10/11 using MyRecover in 3 steps.

Step 1. Run the software > connect your Samsung SD card to the PC > hover the mouse over the Saumsung SD card saved deleted files before, and click Scan.


Step 2. Filter/preview/sort the scanned files by type, Size, Date modified, etc. Also, you could click the 3-horizontal-line button to view the scanned files in large thumbnails.


Step 3. Go to Other missing files > choose the specific type you need, e.g., Images or Videos > choose the files you need > click Recover xx files. Thus, you could retrieve deleted videos from micro SD cards easily.


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How to fix corrupted Samsung SD cards?

Besides Samsung SD card recovery, many users are in the plight of micro SD card corruption because SD cards are so delicate that they are prone to get damaged and corrupted.

For example, some users urgently need to recover photos from corrupted SD cards after logical damage.

In this case, you should first make the SD card recognizable and readable by the computer, then use MyRecover to extract your files. To bring the SD cards back to life again, you might also need to format them or use some tools to fix them.

This part will guide you to fix your corrupted Samsung SD card in Windows 10/11.

Solution 1. Change the SD card reader/port

Physical damage can break the contact and port, making it inaccessible. So, first, try to help the computer recognize the Samsung SD cards.

  • Rub and clean the metal contact of the Samsung SD card with erasers.
  • Switch to a different card reader.
  • Replace the adaptor.
  • Use a different port to attach the Samsung SD card.
  • Try connecting to a different computer.

Solution 2. Fix file system errors with the CHKDSK command

The file system may have been damaged if the computer still cannot read the SD card. Try using the CHKDSK tool to fix it.

If it warns you that CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives, then you might need to format the SD card to create a new file system. Check the following method.

Step 1. Input cmd in the search box to start Command Prompt > Run as administrator.


Step 2.   Input chkdsk F:/f to fix the corrupted file system.

CHKDSK command format:

chkdsk [volume[[path]filename]] [/f] [/v] [/r] [/x] [/i] [/c] [/l[:]] [/b]


Parameters you might need:

  • /f: fix the errors on the disk.
  • /r: search for bad sectors and recover readable info.
  • /v: show the name of each file in every directory.
  • [[path]filename]: apply to FAT/FAT32 only.

Solution 3. Assign a new drive letter

Sometimes, drive letter loss can also cause an unreadable SD card. You could give a name to the Samsung SD card and then see if it can help.

Step 1. Connect your Samsung SD card with a card reader > right-click the start menu > Disk Management.

Step 2. Find the Samsung device by checking the partition size> choose Change Drive Letter and Paths > Change > Assign the following drive letter.


Solution 2. Format the Samsung SD card

If you see the message “You need to format the disk before using it” when trying to access the Samsung SD card, it indicates that the file system of the Samsung device has been lost/corrupted/damaged.

The solution is to format the Samsung SD card, and thus a brand new file system will be generated. And therefore, the Samsung device can continue working as usual.

Disk formatting will wipe all your data, especially if you perform a full format, which uses zero-fill to overwrite all the files. So, please use this method with care and awareness.

Step 1. Right-click on the start menu > click Disk Management.

Step 2. Right-click the damaged Samsung SD card > select Format. Choose a target file system like FAT32, exFAT, NTFS, etc.



This comprehensive guide on Samsung SD card recovery covers the recommended tool and detailed steps on how to recover data from Samsung SD cards.

In addition, users can refer to the methods to fix the corrupted Samsung SD cards if they need after physical or logical damage.

To efficiently retrieve accidentally deleted SD card files, users may choose MyRecover as a firm helper, saving time and labor.

Lora · Editor
Lora is an editor of AOMEI Technology. She is also a tester and editor of AOMEI Data Recovery Tools. -- "Keep testing, write the most useful tutorials for helping people recover the lost data for Windows and phones" is the most meaningful thing for her. Dedicated to creating helpful tutorials, she hopes her tutorial can assist users to effortlessly solve data loss problems on their personal computers and mobile phones.