Undelete and recover lost photos from an SD card


RECOVER and repair lost photos & videos with Stellar Photo Recovery Premium. Special Offer, Save $10 at $59.99. Get it now, no coupon code required!
Stellar Photo Recovery for Mac is available at $10 off.
Image: Stellar

Recover and undelete lost photos from an SD card with Stellar Photo Recovery Premium, a versatile tool that can rescue your work from corrupt files and formatting.

The worst nightmare of every content creator is getting back to your Mac, plugging in your SD card, only to find all your work from a photo shoot is missing.

Stellar Photo Recovery can save the heartache. This tool for Mac and PC can restore photos and videos that have been deleted or corrupted from all kinds of storage media and all major cameras.

It’s available from Stellar’s website with a free trial. The Premium version typically costs $69.99, but Cult of Mac readers get an extra $10 discount.

Undelete photos from an SD card

Stellar Photo Recovery showing a list of photos and an image of two very good dogs
Don’t lose your precious memories.
Screenshot: Stellar

It’s easy to see how it might happen — some cameras have confusing, hard-to-navigate user interfaces. You might try to delete one particularly useless blurry shot only to find you’ve deleted everything.

This post is brought to you by Stellar Data Recovery.

No need to schedule another photo shoot. Using Stellar Photo Recovery, you can bring deleted photos back from the digital graveyard.

Plug your SD card or drive into your Mac and launch Stellar Photo Recovery. Click to select the disk and click Scan. You’ll see the files organized by type; select the ones you want to keep and click Recover to save them to your Mac.

It’s that easy.

Recover from other disks and devices, too

Stellar Photo Recovery showing a list of disks to scan
Scan any kind of disk or drive for lost photos.
Screenshot: Stellar

Since the iPhone 15 Pro enabled shooting video directly onto an external drive, a lot of professional content has been shot using the smartphone in place of a bulkier camera — from Olivia Rodrigo music videos to Apple’s own Keynote media events.

But you have to be careful — some cheap SSDs might flake out considering the iPhone’s super-high-quality video output.

If you have a corrupted file, Stellar Photo Recovery can help restore your work. It can handle drives as big as 18 TB and more.

Extra tools and features

Stellar Photo Recovery showing photo and video repair tools
Repair corrupt photos and videos, too.
Screenshot: Stellar

If you have an older drive that’s starting to wear out, individual sectors that make up the entire disk will become inaccessible. Stellar Photo Recovery can help you pull all the data on the remaining good sectors before the drive kicks the bucket. It’ll create a disk image file that you can run a scan on.

After you run a quick scan on a disk, you can choose to run a more detailed Deep Scan. This can bring up even more files that were deleted without leaving a file signature.

Stellar Photo Recovery supports drives encrypted with BitLocker, too. Select it and click Scan just like any other drive, then enter the BitLocker password.

Extensive support for cameras and formats

Stellar Photo Recovery works with all kinds of storage media:

  • SD cards
  • MicroSD cards
  • SSDs and HDDs
  • Memory sticks
  • Compact flash

You can preview common media formats inside the app to quickly see if it’s found the photos or videos you need. It works with JPEG, RAW, TIFF, PNG, MP4, MOV, FLV, MKV, MP3, OGG and more; including proprietary formats from Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Sony, Fuji, Canon and others.

It even supports a swath of file systems, from PC-standard FAT32, ExFAT and NTFS to Apple’s HFS+ and APFS.

Undelete photos from an SD card with Stellar Photo Recovery

Stellar Photo Recovery comes in three versions: Standard, Professional, and Premium.

Standard recovers your photos and videos from all kinds of storage media and cameras. Professional adds the ability to repair corrupt photos. Premium adds the ability to repair corrupt videos and can repair files in bulk.

Buy now: Stellar
Price: $59.99 for Premium with our discount


Daily round-ups or a weekly refresher, straight from Cult of Mac to your inbox.

  • The Weekender

    The week's best Apple news, reviews and how-tos from Cult of Mac, every Saturday morning. Our readers say: "Thank you guys for always posting cool stuff" -- Vaughn Nevins. "Very informative" -- Kenly Xavier.