SanDisk RescuePRO Review and Alternatives

You may have learned that deleted pictures from an SD card may be still recoverable if you act quickly, with a so-call photo recovery software. One of the popular options in the market is — SanDisk RescuePro.

Is this program really developed by SanDisk (or its parent company Western Digital)? How does it perform? Are there any other good alternatives to RescuePro when it comes to retrieving pictures and other types of media files from a memory card?

We’re going to answer all these questions in this article.

What is SanDisk RescuePRO?

RescuePRO software is designed and developed by LC Technology International Inc, a company based out of Florida, USA. The program actually includes two versions: RescuePRO (standard) & RescuePRO Deluxe.

Both versions can recover many types of file formats ranging from images, videos, music, and more.

But the Deluxe version tends to be more powerful as it supports many more additional RAW image formats and multimedia formats; also, RescuePRO Deluxe supports card capability up to 512GB while the standard version is only up to 64GB.

We couldn’t find any publicly disclosed information about the relationship between LC Technology and SanDisk. We thus assume they are business partners, that could be the reason why SanDisk directs its card users to the LC Technology product.

Quick Review of SanDisk RescuePRO

We tested the free trials of both its standard and deluxe versions. Here’re our own findings. Note that these are just our own opinions and do not serve as official reviews.


  • Recover many types of RAW image formats.
  • Able to backup and wipe a SanDisk card.
  • Compatible with Windows and macOS.


  • Price is higher than the competition. The standard version is priced at $40, Deluxe at $60, and Deluxe Commercial at $250.
  • Do not support hard drives or RAIDs.
  • Not that easy to use, software UI/UX has room to improve.

Alternatives to SanDisk RescuePRO

There is an extensive list of data recovery programs available in the market, but only a handful is actually good at retrieving photos and videos from a SanDisk memory card. Here are a few that we recommend.

Stellar Photo Recovery — sits on our top recommendation list. Besides pictures, it can also retrieve a wide range of video and audio formats from SanDisk cards and other types of storage media like computer hard drives, external flash disks, etc.

A free trial is available for both Windows and macOS versions; Price: $39.95 to buy.

CardRecovery Pro — specifically designed to recover media files deleted or lost from memory cards. It supports up to 50 different media file formats. Windows only, $49.96 to buy.

RecoverIt — works great to deep search and recover almost all common image, video and audio formats. With only three steps: connect, scan, recover; you’ll see your lost items back alive again. Available for PC and Mac, $49.95 to buy.

Meanwhile, we’ve also reviewed several other options in this post: Best Photo Recovery Software. Check it out!

What if They Still Can’t Recover My Files?

All data recovery software work only when your memory card can be recognized by a computer, and the data contained in your deleted files are not fully written over. That means if your card is damaged or the data has been overwritten, chances of recovery can be slim if not none.

If the pictures and files are really important to you, you can contact a professional data recovery center for services. Be sure to choose a reliable one preferably in your area as many remote centers are scams.

One last thing: always back up your data, and backup the backups!

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  • David Lear

    I have nothing but trouble with full version of Sandisk rescue pro. it hangs up at the ‘select device screen. needs restarting 20-25 times before it might actually find drives. Stellar photo first time every time.

  • Charles

    Hi have a Panasonic fz-1000. One of the cards I used was recording video when the camera ran out of battery, thus leaving a .mds/mts file behind, unreadable by all video players. That file was copied to hard drive as the rest of them (no file system corruption). What software do you recommend? I have a rescue pro version from sandisk, but this card is not sandisk I think. What would you do? Can you just repair a single file on your hard drive? Await for your recommendations.

  • Bolakunmi

    I have this huge issue, my laptop hard disk has issues which and i have weddings a yet to deliver on it. My question now is i want to try and recover the deleted files from my sd card, is it possible, although i have shot New jobs on the card which am yet to delete, will rescue pro still see the deleted files or will it only read the undelete ones.

    Thanks in anticipation

  • Holly Phillips

    Hi Chris

    I did a factory reset on my alcatel pixie phone, and I removed my SanDisk micro sim first to keep images safe as recommended on website and now when I tried it in the phone it wants me to reformat. I really don’t want to lose all my family photos! Is there anything I can do? Thanks in advance. Holly

  • Jane

    Hi Chris-

    Do you know of any good recovery software that rescues wiped photos from a Mac or PC hard drive, and not from a SanDisk card specifically?


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      Hi Jane, RecoverIt should be a good option for you. It does support both PC and Mac hard drive 🙂