[Solved]: How To Recover Hidden Media Files From Memory Card

By | December 8, 2016


Summary: If you are on this webpage, then it means you are looking for the solution on how to recover hidden files from memory cards (SD, SDXC, CF, SDHC, etc). Well, in this useful post I am going to describe on how to get back hidden files from memory card in both manual and automatic way, just read it till the end.

The automatic way is to use Photo Recovery Tool, with the help of this software, you can:

  • Efficiently restore hidden, deleted, lost, missing media files (photos, videos & audio) from memory cards.
  • Also retrieve hidden files from USB drives, hard drive, external hard drive, virus infected USB and other data storage devices.
  • Preview recoverable media files within software before you proceed further to recover & save them on your PC.
  • 100% safe and secure and easy to operate.

Rescue Hidden Media Files From Memory Card in Simple Steps

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* Free version of the program only scans and previews recoverable objects.

Memory cards are used to save and transfer files between different computer, smartphones, laptops and it is also used as backup to store personal pictures, movies, videos, music files, etc. But there are also several reasons that cause files and folders on Memory cards and USB drive to be hidden.

Additional Reading: Recover Hidden Pictures on Mac

Let us Take Real Example:

“I have taken almost 500 hundreds of images with my Samsung S6 and they were all saved in SD card. Well, I have a habit of hiding pictures and hence I used hide option to keep all the photos on the card hidden. One day I connected my memory card to my friend PC to transfer movie files but my card got infected with virus because his PC was compromised by virus that I didn’t know. Now I am not able to find my hidden photos. What to do now? I am feeling very angry because all my important and personal photos have gone. It would be highly appreciable if there any way to rescue hidden photos from my SD card?”

This was one real example. There are other several reasons through which users are losing or deleting their photos, videos and audio files from their memory cards. Some of them are mentioned below.

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Reasons for the Loss of Hidden Files from Memory Card

  • Accidental Deletion: We often accidentally use “Delete All” option that deletes all files. Unknowingly, users might select all the files and mistakenly press ‘Delete All’ button. This result in the deletion of all files including hidden files.
  • Formatting: There are several situations such as corruption of card, where users need to format the card in order to re-use it. But formatting the memory card will result in complete loss of files as well as hidden photos. (Also Read: Recover Photos from Formatted Memory Card)
  • Virus Infection: When you connect card to the infected device then it can easily corrupt and delete data stored on your card including your hidden media files.

So, these are some common causes that lead to the deletion or loss of hidden and other media files from memory card. But when you suffer from such scenarios, you don’t need to panic. Just be calm down because there are still chances to get them back, built you need to stop using your card further form adding any new data on it, because adding new data will overwrite the existing data and the recovery of hidden will become almost impossible.

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Below find out the two possible ways to rescue hidden media files (photos, videos and audio) from memory cards.

2 Ways To Recover Media Files [Photos, Video & Audio) From Memory Card

Way #1: Recover Hidden files from Card by Using CMD Command [Manual Method]

  • Insert your memory card into card reader and connect it with PC
  • Note down the name of the disk colon. For example, if you are memory card is named as D: then you have to type d: in the command
  • Run command.
  • If you are using Windows XP, click Start>Run. Type in ‘cmd’ and hit Enter.
  • If you are using Windows Vista, 7, 8 or 10 then press Window + R button together. You will see run box, type in ‘cmd’ and hit Enter
  • Now type the following command: attrib -s -h /s /d *.* (or) attrib -h -s -r /s /d *.* (Note: there should be space after each letter)

  • Now you can open your memory card and can easily access your hidden files and simply use copy and paste command to recover it

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[Video Tutorial]: How To Recover Hidden  Files From Memory Card

Way #2: Retrieve Hidden Media Files from Memory Card Using Recovery Software [Automatic Method]

Photo Recovery Software is the perfect memory card hidden file recovery software for Windows/Mac that is designed to extract hidden photos (jpg/jpeg, png, tif/tiff, psd, gif, etc) videos (mp4, avi, mov, mkv, flv, wmv, etc) and audio (wav, amr, midi, aac, mp3, etc) files as well as show hidden files in sd memory card . The software also restores deleted, lost, missing, formatted, corrupted, hidden media files from USB flash drives, digital cameras, camcorders, smartphones, mobile phones, tablets and other data storage devices. It can effectively rescue hidden files from SanDisk, Lexar, Strontium, Samsung, Sony, HP, Transcend, Toshiba, Kingmax, Kingston and form other memory cards.

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You can download the free trial version of the software that will scan your card and will display the preview of the recoverable media files and if you find your hidden files in the preview, you can then proceed further to purchase the full version of the tool to recover and save them on your PC or Mac.

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Step to Retrieve Hidden Media Files from Memory Card

Step 1 – Install "Photo Recovery" software and launch it on your computer. Click on "Recover Photo, Audio & Video" tab to recover photos, videos and audio files from any SD card, external USB drive or computer hard drive. Connect the media to your computer and then perform the process.

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Step 2 – Select the drive from which you want to recover files. All the hard drive and external media will be shown in the list. Now select the desired drive to scan and then click on "Scan" button.

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Step 3 – Once you click on "Scan" button the software will show that scanning is in progress. The software will search for all multimedia files from your selected drive or attached media.

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Step 4 – After scanning, all the files that are found in the selected volume, hard disk or other storage media devices are listed. You can now select the files to preview them and then you can click on "Recover" button to finally save them on your computer.

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Additional Reading: 10 Tips To Avoid Memory Card Problems!!!


I hope by using any of the above methods had helped you in restoring your hidden pictures, videos and audio files from your memory card. If you ask me from the above solutions, I would recommend automatic method to get back hidden media files from card.

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