Best Free Memory Card Recovery Software for Windows PC - 2018

Submitted on 09/18/2018

The spread of SD Cards and USB sticks brought along the problem of accidental data loss on portable devices. We can list a whole bunch of tools designed to help you out in problematic situations. Many of them you have to pay for, but there are some free ones as well. We are looking at the sd recovery software whose free versions are efficient indeed.

In this review we are going to tell you if there are any limits on the size of files or the features of the program in general, as well as talking about key features and strong points of each of those recovery apps.

Best sd card recovery software:



Recuva – few limitations, Deep Scan mode

Recuva isn’t just a general program supporting data recovery from SD Cards, it’s also 100% free. If you want to compare it to other software, Recuva’s features are similar to those of its paid analogues such as Ontrack EasyRecovery Pro.

Recuva - sd card recovery app for Windows 10
Recuva app for Windows

It doesn’t really matter whether you lost your files from a USB flash drive, HDD or memory card. Whether it’s your phone or camera, Recuva is going to find damaged photos and videos, undelete them on sd card.

To restore the content of the SD Card, define the type(s) of the deleted files, start the scan and have a look at the preview. Afterwards save the result to any device.

The price of Recuva Pro is $19.95. Recuva Free doesn’t include user support. Nevertheless, it provides detailed instructions, and you can get prompt answers to your questions on the forum.

Recuva Free can be installed on a Windows 10, 7 and below device; there are both 32 and 64 bit versions of the tool. For the autonomous installation you can use the Portable version (don’t copy it to the memory card!). 

Strong points of Recuva Free:

  • Deep Scan option is great when you need to rescue damaged files and partially erased data as well as to find the data which had been overlooked by other recovery tools
  • Clear interface which caters both for more experienced users (Advanced mode) and newbies (Recuva Wizard)
  • No limitations on the amount of recoverable data in the Free version
  • A possibility to create a virtual image of a sd card to connect it as a partition on your disk and then restore memory card from the copy
  • Color marking depending on how damaged your deleted files are

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EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard – restore 2GB on your SD Card for free

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is quite a celebrity on the market of free memory card data recovery software for mobile and desktop devices. It is suitable for restoring files on a memory card. Compatible with Windows 7,10, Server and others versions of the OS.

Recovery cases include damaged SD Cards, formatted RAW (what is it?) and those having reading errors as well as SSD/HDD with bad blocks. It’s easy to create a VHD image of the disk and restore from it without the risk of overwriting the files.

The program is easy to use and is similar to the Explorer. In the settings specify a memory device/storage media and preferred file type, and this can be both file extensions selected by you and all the found data.

The developer confirms in the comparative table on its website that EaseUS Data Recovery Free can save up to 2GB of data, which is more than enough for a photo archive or a short video/clip.

If you feel restrained by the limitations and features of the Free version, there is always an option to buy the full version of it – Data Recovery Wizard Pro (priced at ($69.95). Fully-functional for 30 days.

Strong points of EaseUS Data Recovery:

  • 2GB of data restored for free,
  • Flexibility: besides memory cards it supports SSD/HDD/USB flash drives,
  • Creation of an ISO image for an SD Card.

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Disk Drill – recover up to 500BM of deleted files from sd card for free

Disk Drill is a user-friendly sd card data recovery software for any version of Mac OS and Windows. It is suitable for memory cards in photo cameras and phones in mass storage mode. It supports data recovery on MMC, SDHC/X, MicroSD, CF, XD and Sony Memory Sticks.

In HFS+, FAT or NTFS file systems Quick Scan is applicable while raw and unknown filesystems can only be scanned in the Deep Scan mode, which involves search by signatures in file system tables.

Free (Personal) version is limited by the max of 500MB that you can restore. If you excess the limitation, you can but the Pro version for $89.

Disk Drill Free includes a number of add-ons, including backup and preview before saving selected files.

Strong points of Disk Drill:

  • Shows disks with unallocated space in the device list
  • Handy filtering of recovered files by file type and other attributes
  • An option to pause a recovery session
  • Scanning SD Card for data by signatures (Deep Scan)

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7-Data Recovery – usable unit for data recovery on SD Card

7-Data Recovery can retrieve less deleted files from sd card for you than, say, EaseUS Data Recovery – up to 1GB. However, this can be quite enough not only to test the tool but get the needed files recovered.

7-Data sd card recovery tool

Using 7-Data Recovery makes sense if you had lost files on SD Card of a digital camera or smartphone (mostly because if reading errors or formatting). Yet it can be any device recognized by Windows as NTFS or FAT file system.

The results are displayed as a Directory tree; you can see Name, Size, File type and Modification date of selected files. There is also a preview option that can be enabled.

The settings are not complicated. You can enable scanning for RAW files and define file types you want to scan for (Graphics/Documents/Multimedia, etc.).

On top of the basic tool the developer offers 7-Data Card Recovery on its page. This one supports all the essential types of memory cards, including Memory Stick, microSD, Compact Flash and others.

Strong points of 7-Data Recovery:

  • Wide coverage of numerous memory card and USB flash drive types
  • Simple User Interface
  • Handy-to-set up scan and filter of results

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Glary Undelete – unlimited memory card recovery

Glary Undelete (also known as File Undelete) is a little free tool which does data recovery on SD Cards. It only works with the file systems FAT and NTFS, so if your USB flash drive or SD Card uses one of these, Glary Undelete cab be of help.

Inside Glary Undelete basic recovery features are easy to see. Still the paid version of the program provides a few pleasant additions, deep scan in particular. This is the key feature, whereas so often such utilities are simply useless without it.

The program offers filtering by name of the file, size, date and status. It comes in super handy when you need to sort all those tons of files the tool is going to find for you. Filtering enables you to save only selected data.

State of the file can be marked either as “Very Good” or “Poor”, marking like in Recuva tool.

Glary Undelete, no doubt, can’t compete with other recovery tools reviewed in this article in terms of its features, but it has an undeniable advantage: unlimited size of data you can recover.

Strong points of Glary Undelete:

  • Unlimited recovery on SD Card
  • Filtering and preview of scan results
  • Marking the status of the data being restored

Bottom Line

Well, obviously there are many more free sd card data recovery software, but while doing my research I found out that many of them stopped being developed.

It is also an often case when the software description claims it to be free, while what they do is they offer you to buy the program once you’ve previewed the results and pressed “Recover”. 

Besides, by a free version they can possibly mean a demo with limited features.

Leave your comments whether any of the reviewed software has been of help and suggest other tools you used to our readers. Thanks!

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