What’s the Best Way to Retrieve Files from Sony Camera Memory Card?

As Sony memory cards are getting cheaper and larger, it's also a lot easier to more precious photographs on the card. Chances are that it may be a disaster if you may mistakenly delete some pictures, or the little storage media become corrupted. If you are used to holding that card for too long and not transferring photos and videos from your Sony camera's memory card, data loss might strike at some point. What do you do then?

Fortunately, technology makes it easier to rescue files deleted or lost from a Sony camera memory card, be it an SD, CF, memory stick or other types of flash cards. In this article, we'll walk you through the whole Sony data recovery process — by using a third-party photo recovery software. Yes, this is by far the best way to do.

What you'll need:

  • Your Sony camera memory card
  • A card reader or USB cable
  • A personal computer that runs on Windows or Mac OS X
  • Sony photo recovery tool
  • 15-20 minutes' time

Let's jump right in!

First things first

In order to increase your chances of recovery, the moment you find your photo and videos missing, immediately stop using the device. That means, do not take additional pictures using the same camera. Because even if you've deleted something out if it due to accidental deletion, card reformatting, etc., the data remains for a while until they are fully written over.

If you can, gently remove the card from your camera and put it in a safe place. Make sure the card won't suffer any physical or water damage.

Sony Photo Recovery Software

There is a wide range of programs out there, and we recommend Stellar Photo Recovery in this situation, for two reasons: it's very powerful and can find and rescue more files than other alternatives; plus, it has both a Windows and Mac OS X version, so you don't have to worry about compatibility issues when to use it. By the way, besides photos, the program also retrieves videos and voice recordings.

Below is a quick step by step guide.

How to Recover Lost Files from a Sony Memory Card? 4 Steps

Step 1: Connect your Sony memory card to your PC or Mac. If your card is full-size, directly insert it into the card adapter on your computer. If you use a MicroSD card, load it into a card reader first. You can also use a USB cable to connect if you can find the device.

Step 2: Free download Stellar Photo Recovery and install the application on your computer. Open the program, on the main interface, click "Recover Photo, Audio & Video" to get started.

Step 3: Highlight the disk drive your Sony storage media represents and click Scan to continue. Now the application will perform a quick scanning to try to find those lost photos. Depending on the volume of your card, it may take extra minutes.

Step 4: Preview found photos and Recover. Once the scanning is completed, feel free to preview the files by operating through the directory tree on the left part of the software interface. Then click Recover option and save them to another drive. Note: do not save recovered items back to your Sony camera card.

In case your Sony memory card is showing strange errors such as "the card is not formatted, do you want to format it now?" — Try this: use the above Sony photo recovery tool to scan and recover from the error memory card for lost pictures. Then format the memory card through the quick format option on your computer. Usually, this will make it work as normal. After that retry the recovery software to see if you can get back more valuable data.

What do you think?

Hopefully, you have managed to rescue the lost files from your Sony digital cameras. If you have any questions or problems in the process, feel free to let us know by leaving a comment below.

Chris Hwang

Chris is a certified computer technician since 2008. He writes everything related to computer issues and loves helping people solve problems. Currently, he's extending his interests into cloud computing.

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