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How to Recover Photos from Locked SD Card

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Jan 24, 2024 • Filed to: Recoverit Topic • Proven solutions

Usually, when we change our mobile phones, we forget to safely remove the SD card and simply eject it to install it onto the new phone. If you had kept your SD card lock enabled in the previous device, you won't be able to access the new device files anymore.

Hence, this article helps you know the right ways to break the locked barrier of the SD card photos and gain access to it.

At times, most people also get their photos corrupted or locked during the transfer of the SD cards or unsafe ejections from the connected devices. It locks the SD card, and the only way to access it without knowledge is to format it. Formatting will erase all your data. Therefore, this article has some practical measures to help you unlock SD cards and retrieve the locked photos.

Part 1: How to Unlock the SD Card?

To unlock the photos stored in the locked SD card, the first step you need to implement is unlocking the SD card. Here are the steps about how to unlock the SD card.

Solution 1: Manual Unlocking of The SD Card

unlock sd card manually

Solution 2: Eliminate The Digital Write Protection for Unlocking The SD Card

This method is to implement CMD for unlocking the SD card by eliminating the write protection. Follow the steps mentioned below to do what is required:

encrypt sd card

Remember not to use the double-inverted comma signs as it is mentioned here to distinguish the commands from one another. Replace the '#' in the third command with the SD card number to get 'write protected' error.

run diskpart

Solution 3: Use The Password to Decrypt or Unlock the SD Card

For android phones, there is an option for the users to encrypt the SD card with a password. Most of the users do it to protect their SD card from unwanted access. If you had enabled that sometime while you were using the SD card on your phone, then you might be facing trouble now to use it for accessing photos in other devices.

encrypt sd card

For most of the devices, people use a third-party tool to encrypt the SD card. In that case, you have to download the app again and decrypt the SD card by entering the password. But if you have used an android phone for encrypting the SD card, then the only way to gain access to your SD card photos is to decrypt it.

Follow these steps below to decrypt the SD card with password:

Solution 4: Force Unlock the SD Card by Formatting It

SD Cards, when removed without being ejected from the present device, gets corrupted. In that case, formatting can be the option for force unlocking the SD card. Here are the steps:

encrypt sd card

format disk

Once done, the SD card will be forcibly unlocked, but you will lose the data within. You can use the SD card as a fresh and new one again and start to store files and use it.

Part 2: How to Recover Files from The Unlocked SD Card?

Solution 1: Recover Files from The Unlocked SD Card On Windows

You need to follow some subtle steps to ensure that you retrieve your lost files or pictures from the SD card after unlocking it. At times, unlocking the SD card might delete the files in the process. So, follow these steps to take the needful:

choose the sd card location

scan the sd card to find photos

preview and recover unlock sd card photos

You can repeat the process with multiple SD cards if you have any more unlocked ones. But remember that you need to unlock the card first before you can use it for recovering the files. Wondershare Recoverit is one of the best tools meant for the purpose that is easy and convenient to use.

Solution 2: Recover Data from The Unlocked SD Card On Mac

Follow the steps to recover deleted files from SD Card by connecting it to Mac:

select the sd card on mac

scan the unlock sd card on mac

preview and recover unlock sd card photos on mac

Repeat the process for other unlocked SD cards to retrieve the file over a Mac device. The SD card needs to be unlocked before you can put it for recovering the lost files.

Closing Words

These are a few of the things you need to keep in mind whenever you get your SD card locked. Once you know the procedure, you will never be stressed about losing your precious SD card data. So, implement these processes as per the steps mentioned.

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