How can I recover a SD card that was not ejected properly?

Lin Prescott October 15, 2012

I had my SD card in a card reader when the wire for it pulled out before the card was properly ejected. Now I can’t read the card in any other card reader or my digital camera. What can I do?

  1. Mark Williams
    February 8, 2013 at 6:21 am

    Use a SD card recovery software

  2. Robert
    November 10, 2012 at 5:47 am

    Hi Lin Prescott,

    you can try connecting your SD card to any other Mac system and check whether it is getting detected. Usually improper ejection of an SD card results in card corruption which leads to data loss from them. However you can recover those lost data by using a Mac photo recovery software the one which I use Yodot Mac photo Recovery software which recover SD card on Mac with ease. for further details click on the below link

  3. chariat
    October 30, 2012 at 10:53 am


    This means that your card is corrupted after improper ejection the only way to use that card is by formatting it. But formatting will erase all your data present in that SD card. the only way to recover lost file is digital camera card recover tool. For further details click on the below links:

    Software link:

    Download link:

  4. Tony Gonzaga
    October 28, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Try Recoverx. This is a free software from for recovering pictures.

  5. Jim Chambers
    October 21, 2012 at 4:48 pm
  6. Cliff Weissman
    October 16, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Are you looking to recover files from the card that are no longer accessible, or you just want to be able to use the card in other card readers? If you want to just use the card in other readers, have you tried reformatting the card within your Mac using the Disk Utility? Here's a link for the process:

    If you're looking to recover files, I have found that PhotoRec is an excellent data recovery tool, and it's free. The only thing is, it doesn't have a nice GUI interface, it's all command line driven. If you're ok with that, the tool works really well and is excellent at recovering files. I used it on my friend's usb hard drive - it was not ejected properly either, and all his files were showing as corrupted. PhotoRec got back everything. Their website is Hope this is helpful!

    • Lin Prescott
      October 19, 2012 at 2:48 am

      Thank you .. I may try this one first.. free is better... sometimes companies really charge a lot.. I called a computer repair company and they said they cannot recover because it was on a mac...

  7. Dimal Chandrasiri
    October 16, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    try a low level format and your SD would be fine!

    • Lin Prescott
      October 19, 2012 at 2:51 am

      Yes, but I would like the pictures..

  8. Kypros Vassiliou
    October 16, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Either try to format it or use Recuva. It's free and fairly easy to use

    • Lin Prescott
      October 19, 2012 at 2:45 am

      Thank you..

  9. Harry Barnes
    October 16, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    shake it, and if you hear it rattle, then it is totally broken, if not, leave it for 24 hours in a cool, dry place, and then it should work when youk plug it in the next day.

    • Lin Prescott
      October 19, 2012 at 2:50 am

      The reader's wires are totally broken .. they pulled away from the reader..

  10. Ahmed Khalil
    October 16, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    it is not clear what you mean, is it not recognizied ?

    • Lin Prescott
      October 19, 2012 at 2:45 am

      My camera says it does not recognize the card.. and when I put it into another card reader and the same laptop.. nothing happens

  11. Grr
    October 16, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    You can try iCare Data Recovery Standard Edition trial to see if it could recover data.
    The trial can restore 10 files for free

  12. Saurabh Banwaskar
    October 16, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Have You Tried On Another Desktop !!!!!!

    • Lin Prescott
      October 19, 2012 at 2:49 am

      No, but I will..

  13. ha14
    October 16, 2012 at 9:44 am

    if the SD card is no longer recognized by windows or by any other OS (MAC, Linux) then you should seek recovery company if the data are important for you.

    • Lin Prescott
      October 19, 2012 at 2:49 am

      I did try that they said they cannot because it was used on a mac..

  14. Caroline West
    October 16, 2012 at 5:12 am

    Just to add; If you format it, be careful because from what I am aware of you will lose all the media on the card. If you are then ok with that go ahead and you will have a clean card again, but if not keep searching for more answers is my advice.

    • Lin Prescott
      October 19, 2012 at 2:48 am

      Thanks.. I am trying to recover the files..

    • Lin
      October 19, 2012 at 2:58 am

      Thank you .. I am trying to save the photos..

  15. Drew Butler
    October 15, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    needs to be formatted and then should be fine. Try HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool. This tool is not specific to HP only. Also works on other brands

    Read more: HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool - CNET

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