How to Perform Sony Handycam Video Recovery?

Learn how to perform Sony Handycam video recovery with two solutions in this article. Meanwhile, there’re related SD card tips and data loss prevention measures for you.


By Penny / Updated on April 2, 2024

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Can you recover deleted videos from Sony Handycam?

Released in 1985, Sony’s Handycam brand aims to replace its Betamax-based models by offering users a handy palm camera size. Thanks to this advantage and high-definition imaging technology, this camera is popular with those users who love taking videos. 


If you’re someone who cherishes your taken videos as treasured memories, it could be distressing for you to lose these videos and other photographic works.


I accidentally deleted videos from my Handycam. So is there any way to recover these videos? Please let me know! Thanks.

- A user from Tom’s guide

Since the SD card is the data carrier of Sony Handycam cameras, recovering deleted videos from Handycam refers to recovering deleted videos from SD cards.

Are you seeking ways to perform Sony Handycam video recovery? If it happens to be your case, please read on.

What causes the loss of Sony Handycam videos?

Various reasons can lead to the loss of Sony Handycam videos. Please get an overview of the following common reasons.

Accidental deletion: Accidental deletion is one of the most common data loss reasons.
Accidental formatting: In some cases, you may need a fresh memory card in your camcorder, and you may inadvertently format your SD card without realizing that your desired videos are still on it.   
Power outages: Disruptions like a power failure during the file transfer process can lead to file corruption or deletion.
Memory card recognition issues: If your device is correctly connected to your computer but the SD card is not accessible or recognized, it’s recommended to diagnose the problem further. It can be caused by physical damage to the card or other underlying issues.   
Corrupted SD card: Memory card corruption renders your data inaccessible and can be caused by factors such as computer viruses.

How do I recover videos from my Sony Handycam?

In cases of physical damage to the storage device, it’s advisable not to attempt DIY file recovery because it may worsen the situation. You’d better send your SD card to a repair shop.

When it comes to problems regarding how to recover deleted videos from SD cards, seeking the assistance of powerful data recovery software is recommended if there’s no disk backup for you.

1st: Use MyRecover

It’s not surprising that most users need to ask for help from SD card recovery software because they haven’t developed a good habit of making regular backups.

Among all the reliable software, professional MyRecover stands out as the best to help you recover deleted & missing videos from SD cards within three steps.   

Key features of MyRecover:   
High-efficiency: Recover videos (MP4, MOV, etc.), 42+ types of images (PNG, JPG, JPEG, BMP, etc.), MS Office files, WPS files, folders, compressed files, audio, songs, videos, and websites from SD cards, internal and external HDDs, USBs, etc.
Advanced scanning method: MyRecover runs Quick Scan & Deep Scan automatically to search all the recoverable files. Specify the filename, saved path, date, or size to filter your needed files.   
Convenience: Retain the original filename, path, and format for the deleted files.
Excellent compatibility: Support NTFS, FAT32, exFAT, and ReFS file systems and be compatible with Windows 11, 10, 8, 7, or Server PC.
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Step 1. Connect the SD card to your Windows. Hover the mouse over the drive saved deleted files before, and click Scan.


Step 2. MyRecover can scan your SD card automatically and display all the recoverable files on your SD card. You can also preview/filter your needed data according to Name, Date, Document Type, or Path.

  • Name: Type the filenames of your desired files to narrow the search area.
  • Date modified: Set the date (today, yesterday, last 7/30 days, and so on) according to your situation.
  • Size: Filter the file size (<128KB, 128KB~1MB, 1MB~ 512MB, etc) based on your needs.


Step 3. Select your desired SD card files in the Other Missing Files folder. Then click “Recover x files” to begin the Sony SD card recovery process.


After recovery, you’d better store these retrieved files in another partition instead of the original SD card. 
MyRecover enables you to recover 500MB of files for free. Besides, upgrading MyRecover to the Professional or Technician edition is a more cost-effective method if you desire to recover many deleted/lost files from SD cards and other local hard drives.

2nd: Use Windows File Recovery

Many users wonder if there is another way to perform Sony Handycam video recovery. It turns out there is.

Windows users who’re proficient in computers might recover deleted videos from Sony Handycam cameras via Windows File Recovery because it is designed to recover lost files from local storage devices like SD cards.

But Windows File Recovery is a command-line tool, which asks users to type CMD to interact with this software. If you intend to use Windows File Recovery, it’s unavoidable for you to resemble and adjust the following basic command format.

winfr source-drive: destination-drive: [/mode] [/switches]

Please ensure the source drive (stores your needed SD card data before data loss) differs from the destination drive (saves your recovered SD card data).   

Windows File Recovery is only compatible with Windows 10 and above.
Windows File Recovery does not support the recovery of cloud storage and network file shares.
Recover the deleted & missing MP3, MP4, MOV, Word documents, Excel, PPT, ZIP, PDF, PNG, JPG, JPEG, etc.
Check the file system of your SD card: Connect the SD card to your PC > press Win + E to open File Explorer, click This PC > right-click on your inserted SD card > Properties.


After figuring out the file system of the SD card, let’s designate the mode and switches.

Step 1. Select the basic Regular or Extensive mode.

  • The Regular mode is the standard recovery option for non-corrupted NTFS drives.
  • The Extensive mode is a thorough recovery option suitable for all file systems. 

File system




Deleted recently



Deleted for a while



Formatted disk



corrupted disk


FAT and exFAT



Step 2. Select some common switches from the following switches.



Supported          modes


Recover specific extension groups, comma-separated



Saves a log file of the recovery operation in a different location than the default location on the recovery drive (for example, D:\logfile).



Overrides user prompts, which is useful in a script file.



Recovers undeleted files, for example, from the Recycle Bin.

NTFS Segment


Recovers system files.

NTFS Segment​​​​​


Recovers files without primary data streams.

NTFS Segment


To keep your results manageable and focus on user files, some file types are filtered by default, but this switch removes that filter. 

NTFS Segment


Specifies which file types are filtered.

NTFS Segment

Step 3. Please go to Microsoft Store to download and install Windows File Recovery by clicking the “Get” button. Then “Open” it.


Step 4. Assume your source drive is the C drive, and the destination drive is the D drive. The following adjusted command line depicts how to recover deleted JPG files.

However, if you can’t open JPG files in Windows 10/11 PCs, please get fixes on another page.

winfr source-drive: destination-drive: [/mode] [/switches]

winfr C: D: /n \Users\pics\*.jpg


Please copy the command line in the command prompt window, and press “y” to go on. If you want to stop the photo recovery process, press the “Ctrl + C” keys.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about SD cards

The above part describes how to perform Sony Handycam video recovery. In addition, there’re some related tips about SD cards for your reference.

Penny · Editor
Penny works as an editor at AOMEI Technology, while she's a tester and editor for AOMEI Data Recovery Tools. She enjoys helping users with data recovery issues on Windows and iPhones using simple and practical solutions. Outside of work, she has a strong affection for pets, particularly giant pandas.