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    How to Recover Photos from Encrypted SD Card

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      Summary: Windows BitLocker Encryption feature is an easy way to protect your personal photos, videos, and other data stored in SD card from theft or unauthorized access. But this built-in security feature doesn’t protect you from risk of accidental deletion, formatting, virus infection, or corruption in encrypted SD card. This post shares how you can recover lost/deleted photos and videos from an encrypted SD card recovery.

      ‘I stored my wedding photos and videos in a 64GB SanDisk SD card and encrypted it using Windows BitLocker. But I accidently formatted the SD card and lost all my photos and videos! Please help! How can I recover photos/videos files from an encrypted SD card?’

      Encrypted SD Card Recovery—When Password is Known

      If you know the BitLocker password for your encrypted SD card, you can easily recover data using the encrypted sd card recovery tool—Stellar Photo Recovery—in cases such as:-

      • Accidental deletion
      • Formatting and reformatting
      • Corruption in encrypted SD card
      • Encrypted SD card inaccessible, asks to format or show other errors
      • Virus infection in the system

      The software restores lost or deleted photos and videos from encrypted SD cards. It works on corrupt and formatted BitLocker-encrypted memory cards, SDXC, SDHC, USB flash drives, CF cards, HDDs, SSD, etc.

      You need to simply select an encrypted or locked SD card in the software window, click ‘Scan’ and enter your BitLocker password. Once you enter the password, the software begins the scanning and recovery process.

      In case your encrypted memory card has bad sectors, create an image of the corrupt storage media with the help of Stellar Photo Recovery software. You can use this image to recover photos and videos anytime later. Further, the software can also restore audio recordings, podcasts, and music files.

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      Step-by-step: How to Recover photos and videos from an encrypted SD card

      • Connect encrypted SD card to computer via card reader.
      • Download Stellar Photo Recovery software on your PC.
      • On the Home screen of the software, select encrypted SD card.
      Stellar Photo Recovery- Select
      • Click ‘Scan’and enter your BitLocker password.
      • Once the scan process finishes, you can Preview recoverable photos and videos.
      Stellar Photo Recovery- Preview
      • Click ‘Recover
      Stellar Photo Recovery- Recover
      • In the dialog box, click ‘Browse’ to select the location for saving the recovered photos and videos.

      Encrypted SD card recovery—When Password is not Known

      Don’t remember your BitLocker Password?

      No problem. Access your encrypted SD card by using BitLocker Recovery Key.

      Your Recovery Key is a 48-digit numerical password that was automatically generated when you activated BitLocker encryption. This key can be used to unlock encrypted media or drive, in case you have forgotten your password.

      Where can you find your BitLocker Recovery Key?

      BitLocker Drive Encryption

      At the time of encryption, Windows asks you to back up your Recovery Key. BitLocker Recovery Key may be stored in your Microsoft account, in a file, or in print, depending on the option you chose to back up the key during the encryption process.

      Step-by-step: How to access BitLocker-encrypted SD card using Recovery Key

      • Double-click BitLocker-encrypted memory card on your Windows PC.
      • Click More options.
      • Click Enter recovery key.
      Enter recovery key- Bitlocker
      • Enter the 48-digit recovery key. Click Unlock.
      Bitlocker- 48-digit recovery Key

      You can now access the encrypted SD card data. In case the desired photos and videos are missing from the storage card, use Stellar Photo Recovery software to recover data from the encrypted sd card.

      Remove SD Card encryption using Diskpart Utility

      Another workaround if you forget your password is to decrypt your SD card by using Windows Diskpart utility. Although the feature wipes all data from the SD card but you can reuse the storage card as fresh.

      Note: Decrypting SD card with Diskpart utility diminishes chances of data recovery by using the software. But advanced tools like Stellar Photo Recovery may sometime restore your lost photos and videos from such decrypted SD cards as well.

      Steps to decrypt SD card using Diskpart utility:

      • Press Windows+R and type ‘cmd’ in the Run box and press the ‘Enter’ key.
      • In the command prompt window type ‘diskpart’ and press ‘Enter’. Volume information of all drives installed on your system are displayed.
      • Enter ‘select disk G’ at the prompt and press ‘Enter’. Note: Here g is the disk number of the encrypted SD card in the Computer Management window. In case the volume number of the SD card is shown as ‘5’, type ‘select disk 5’.
      • Type ‘clean all’ and hit ‘Enter’.
      • Next, exit the Diskpart window.

      Wrapping Up

      You need professional encrypted memory card recovery software that works in common data loss scenarios including accidental deletion, formatting, and corruption of encrypted drives. Use Stellar Photo Recovery software to recover files from encrypted sd cards, that supports all SD cards’ brands, classes, and capacities, used in DSLRs, mobile phones, dashcams, and other devices.

      In case you have forgotten your encrypted drive’s password, first unlock the drive by using the Encryption Key recovery method mentioned above. Next, use encrypted SD card recovery software to restore lost or deleted photos and videos.

      You may also download the free trial version to evaluate Stellar Photo Recovery software. Do share your query in the comment section below or contact our customer support via phone, email, or live chat.

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      Sumona is a tech blogger, avid photographer, & technogeek with vast experience in writing about media file recovery tips and tutorials. She has over 10 years of experience in media file recovery/media file repair technology. She is passionate about Photography, Creative Designing, Music, and Exploring lesser-known destinations.


      1. Hi there, I can’t find a way to encrypt the SD card. I read that it might be possible to secure your device with password. Any pointers?

        1. Hi Matthew, you can follow below steps to encrypt your SD card:
          1. Plug-in your SD drive into PC. Click on “Open folder to view files”.
          2. Select the desired file. Click on the manage tab and turn on BitLocker.
          3. A popping up message will appear, you need to put the password twice to unlock the drive.
          4. Select the option for saving the recovery key
          5. Choose your current Microsoft account and click “Next”
          6. Select one option from “Encrypt entire drive” or “encrypt used disk space only”
          7. Check the compatible mode and click the “Next” tab
          8. Click on “Start Encrypting”

      2. I install the free version of your software, but it only shows the preview of recovered files but not save it. Then I purchase the Professional version of Stellar Photo Recovery software it’s rescued 90% of my deleted data from SD card. Thanks!

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