Restore Erased Photos from SD Card on iMac

“I am fond of taking lot of pictures using my digital camera; all the pictures captured are stored in its SD card itself. Later on I use to move it to my iMac computer for freeing the space to capture more photos, but this time when I tried to move photos from SD card to iMac, I made it all wrong by clicking on format option, in a matter of time all the pictures and videos in my SD card got erased. The pictures that I lost were of really high priority. How can I recover erased photos from SD card on iMac?”

SD card is a flash storage device that is widely used as a secondary storage area in different digital devices. Within this very small storage device we can store lot of files like photos, audios, videos, etc. SD cards are no different when it comes to data loss situations like every other digital storage device. Losing photos stored in SD card is really heartening for any of us; it may have captured using camcorder, digital camera, mobile phone. There are so many situations pertaining to loss of photos from SD card, let’s have a look at the most common reasons before going through how to recover erased photos from SD card on iMac.

You need to unerase or undelete SD card due to following reasons:


  • Accidental Deletion: Deletion of photos from SD card on iMac or other digital devices accidentally is one of the most common reasons behind erasing of photos from SD card.

  • Virus Intrusion: Connecting the memory card to an infected PC will attach viruses to the photos stored in the SD card and there by erases the infected photos.

  • Card Corruption: SD card gets corrupted which forces the user to format card this will erase all photos and data stored in it.

  • Improper Usage: Frequent removal of the SD card and using it in other storage devices may lead to deletion of files from the SD card.

The deleted or erased pictures might not be visible on your SD card, but it is virtually present on the memory location but for this you have to ensure the data is not overwritten by new data. To make data recovery on SD card a reality try to avoid any modification to the SD card. You can recover erased photos from SD card on iMac by using specialized tool like Uneraser.

Uneraser application is a powerful tool which helps to recover erased photos from SD card on iMac computer. Using this tool you can easily retrieve lost or deleted photos from SD card that are lost due to any reason. This utility is perfectly capable of retrieving lost photos from CF card, XD, MMC, SDHC, SDXC and other flash cards. Apart from photos using this tool you can also recover deleted songs, video, document and other digital media files stored from SD card, hard drive or any other storage devices on iMac.

Other Relinquishing features of Uneraser utility:


  • The very efficient and simple graphical user interface makes it very convenient for the user and he/she doesn’t need to be technically sound to perform SD card recovery on iMac.
  • Using this tool you can easily restore erased photos from SD card on iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, MacBook Mini and other Mac PC’s.
  • This tool is also capable of recovering deleted photos from USB Drive, Mac System hard drive, external hard drive and other storage devices on Mac PC’s.
  • Saving the recovery session helps the user in big way, incase user needs to halt the scanning process for some reason, user can save the session and resume the process to retrieve erased photos from SD card by calling it again whenever required.
  • Trial version of this utility supports all other features of this tool except the save option to enable save option user can opt for full version.

Steps to Recover Data from Erased SD on iMac:


Step 1: Download and install File Unerase software on iMac computer. Mount the SD card on iMac computer via card reader or USB. Click “Recover Drives” option from the main screen.

Fig A. Main Screen

Step 2: Select SD drive from the screen as you need to recover lost photos from SD. If it's not present then click on the reload drives on interface. Now, click on "OK" option to start scanning process

Fig B. Select Erased Hard Drive

Step 3: Once the recovering process is completed, a list of recovered files will be displayed. Preview it and save the file on the drive you wish.

Fig C. Save Recovered Files

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