How to Recover CR2 Files from SD Card on Mac/Windows PC

"Anyone know how to recover CR2 files from the SD card on my Canon EOS 300D? I accidentally removed all the pictures there. It’s a disaster. Please help me recover the CR2 images from memory card. Thank you!!!"

CR2 is a Canon RAW format file, the file extension of pictures taken by Canon cameras. All the CR2 photos are saved on the SD card or TF Card in a camera. While doing any operation on your camera may cause all CR2 files lost or deleted, like:

  • Deleted all the images/photos from Canon camera memory card
  • Accidentally format the SD card in Canon camera
  • CR2 files lost while transferring from the SD card to computer
  • Something wrong with the camera, no images can be previewed normally

If you’ve encountered any of the situations, which caused CR2 files lost, deleted or corrupted, you need to recover the deleted/lost/corrupted CR2 files from SD card right away. Otherwise, you’ll face the fact to lose them permanently.

It is Possible to Recover CR2 Files from SD/Memory Card

All storage devices, including SD card, memory card, USB flash drive, micro-SD card, hard drives, etc. work the same. All files deleted or removed from these storage devices do not disappear permanently right away. They’re waiting to be replaced by new data. The occupation is fixed and only replaced by new data, the lost or deleted files deleted permanently. Before the CR2 files being overwritten, you can recover CR2 files from SD card or memory card. The sooner the better.

Part1. How to Recover CR2 Files from SD Card/Memory Card

Part2. How to Open or Preview CR2 Files in Windows/Mac

How to Recover CR2 Files from SD Card/Memory Card

As I've mentioned, whether lost or deleted, CR2 files are not shown in the SD card or memory card. In this case, you can’t recover CR2 photos from SD card/memory card manually. Only with the help of a software tool, it is possible to restore the lost CR2 files. For this, you can search for a data recovery tool for help over the internet. I Recommend you try iBeesoft Data Recovery. It is trustworthy tool specially designed for users to recover files, including CR2 files from SD cards on Mac or Windows PC. Take a look at its main features:

Your Safe & Effective CR2 File Recovery Software

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  • Easily recover RAW photos, including various camera graphics files from SD cards, CF cards, hard disks, USB Drives, etc.
  • Whether you want to recover CR2 files from SD card on Mac or Windows PC, you can download the corresponding separate version.
  • The unformat or undelete SD card tool support to recover CR2 files lost or deleted due to any accidents, like SD card formatting, intentional/unintentional deletion, corrupted, card access denied, virus attack, system crash, etc.

Download CR2 Photo Recovery Software to Get Files Back Now!

Here in the following are the simple steps for how to recover deleted CR2 files from SD card/memory card on Mac. The steps for doing the recovery on Windows are the same. We take how to recover CR2 images from SD card on Mac as an example.

Step 1. Download CR2 Image Recovery ‎Utility

Click the Download button to download the right version of the CR2 photo recovery software. After then, install it on your computer as the way you once used to install other software. After then, connect the SD card or memory card with your computer, ensure it is detected successfully.

Step 2. Select File Types to Scan

Launch the CR2 file recovery SD card program. After then, you can see you’re required to select the file types to scan. By default, all the supported files are selected. If you only need to recover CR2 files from the SD card or memory card, just keep "Pictures" selected and unselect other file types. It will shorten the scanning process by scanning fewer file types. After then, click "Start".

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Step 3. Select SD Card or Drive to Scan

In the next step, you can see all hard drives, including those connected to the computer, including the SD card or memory card. Select the one where you’ve lost CR2 photos and click "Scan" to recover deleted photos from SD card on Windows or Mac.

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Step 4. Preview and Recover CR2 Files from SD Card

Since CR2 files are large, it might take a few minutes for the application to finish the scanning process. Be patient and let it done. When the CR2 images recovery software stops the scanning process, it is finished. You can filter the file extension on the left side, preview the CR2 photos it found for you. When finding the target CR2 files, select them and click "Recover" to save them on your computer.

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If the default scan, Quick Scan, does not find the CR2 files, try the "Deep Scan" in the result window. After then, it begins the scanning process again, but more carefully. It will find more CR2 images for you.

How to Open or Preview CR2 Files in Windows/Mac

The photos taken by the SLR camera are very beautiful, but the photo format is generally CR2, and the common photo preview tool cannot be opened normally. But don't worry, we will recommend 2 effective ways to open CR2 files.

Method 1: Download the cameraraw plugin to open the Canon camera RAW format file.

Method 2: you can open the viewing with the software Digital Photo Professional on the CD that comes with the Canon camera, and you can also convert CR2 into other formats, including JPG format.

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