You can see many people asked the same question "can I recover RAW photos from SD card" due to some mistaken operation on the cameras. You can’t avoid the incidents at all. The only way to make it up is by recovering the deleted or lost files whenever it happens. The sooner you do it, the better result you’ll get. Let you tell you the reason and steps for how to recover RAW image files from SD card.
Before answering the question directly, you must know how the SD card stores files. You know, every SD card has a fixed storage, say 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and more. Storing files in the SD card likes you store stuff in a container, but is different as well. The capacity is fixed. If you want to store more stuff in a container when it is almost full, you need to clear the existing stuff. It is different in an SD card. Whether it is full or not, when you delete files, they disappear visually, but still, exist. Any being replaced by new data, the old ones disappear permanently. It is named as "overwritten". In this case, no matter how you lost the RAW photos from SD card, say formatting, deletion, virus attack, SD card crash, files disappear while transferring, or any situations cause the data loss, you can recover the RAW photos from the SD card if you hurry up to do it before the data are overwritten.
The next thing is that you can’t recover RAW images from SD card manually since you can’t see them unless you’re a computer geek. It’s a pity not everyone is a computer geek. In this case, you should make full use of data recovery software tools. They’re the tools specially designed for users to solve the problems.
For sure, you can search for some other tools as claimed to recover deleted raw photos from SD card. To save your time, you can directly try iBeesoft Data Recovery. One of the most popular data recovery software to recover photos, videos, audio files, documents, emails, and more file types. Compared with other software, it is simpler to use and understand:
Download the SD card Raw photo recovery software to have a try! Click the Download button to download and install the latest version of the software. There are versions for Windows PC and Mac data recovery respectively. Choose the right version according to your computer OS. Follow the steps and you'll definitely find the files you need.
In the next step, you should connect your SD card with your computer first, making sure it appears like an external hard drive on your computer. After then, launch the recover RAW photos SD card software and in the main window, keep "Pictures" selected as the file types the software will scan. And then, click "Start".
Next, you can see all hard drives on your computer as well as other connected external hard drives. Please select the SD card as the target destination to scan for the deleted raw images. And click "Scan" to recover deleted photos from SD card or formatted card recovery.
Generally, it takes a few minutes for the recover SD card RAW photos software to finish the whole scan. It might take longer if there are many files on the SD card. It depends how many files it found. Anyway, be patient for the scanning. The longer it scans means more files are found. After the scan, you can filter the found pictures by filtering the file types, file extensions and more. Select files and preview them on the right side. When finding the raw photos or images, select them and click "Recover" to save them on your computer.
There is an option named "Deep Scan" in the result window. Click it and it will scan for more RAW files on your SD card. You can try it. It is able to find files with incomplete file properties.