This Teaches You How Video File Recovery Can Be Done

The reasons for why many people take photos and why they shot videos are almost the same. They need to use those media to record the precious and unforgettable moments in our life. Apart from this, we may save some videos important for work. But, did you ever have the experience of losing a precious/important video? Certainly, you know video file recovery is necessary in such case. But the problem lies in that most people don't know how to recover lost video files.

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So our task here is to teach users how to recover video files on their own in 3 different file loss cases. Do you often think of data recovery companies/professionals when crucial video files are lost? Now, please put a spin on it. We'll introduce MiniTool Power Data Recovery to you since it's more economical and suitable for video recovery (especially when you don't want to put privacy at risk).

You can free download the full version of MiniTool Power Data Recovery and then use it for free video recovery; the free edition can help you recover 1GB of data for totally free. After knowing its real performance, you can choose to buy a license to break the free recovery limit or not.

According to statistics, this file recovery software has over 1 million supporters and the number is increasing at a rapid pace. We can say it would one of the best video recovery software you've ever seen.

In the following part, we'll guide you through the whole process of using video recovery software to regain lost video files from SD card/hard drive. After that, we'll analyze the most common causes for video file loss and then introduce several common video file formats in brief. You can navigate directly to the part in which you're interested.

Part 1 – Carry out Video File Recovery

Since content in videos is often significant, you must be eager to know an effective way to recover video files from SD card or hard drive. Considering that videos are often saved on SD card, we'll show you how to recover video from SD card in the following content (after all, the way to recover video files from hard drive is almost the same as SD card video recovery).

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Now, let's get to the point: how to recover deleted videos, how to recover video files from deleted/lost partitions and how to recover video files from formatted SD card. After reading this part, you'll not ask questions like "how can I find a lost video on my computer".

Recover Deleted Video Files from SD Card

Oops, I've made a mistake carelessly – deleting a very important video file by pressing the wrong button. This is a common scenario for you, right? After accidental deletion is done, you must remember 2 things:

a). resort to MiniTool Power Data Recovery immediately.
b). stop running any programs on SD card or writing new data to it.

Then, follow this tutorial to restore deleted videos you need:
Step 1: take out the SD card from removable device, and then insert it into a card reader.

Step 2: connect the SD card reader to computer and launch MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition V7.0 to start deleted video recovery.

Step 3: click on "Undelete Recovery" from main interface of this video recovery app. And then select the partition that represents your SD card.

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1. If you run software before connecting SD card to computer, it will not appear in partition list. At this time, you should click on "Refresh" button from lower left corner.

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Note: 2. If the SD card still does not appear after refreshing, you may go to USB Flash Drive Not Recognized – Don't Worry Too Much to know the possible reasons.

Step 4: click on "Scan" button from lower right corner to detect all deleted files on SD card.

Step 5: look at the video files found by this file recovery software and then select what you need one by one.

Step 6: afterwards, click on "Save" button and choose a storage path for them from the pop-up window. In the end, you should click on "OK" to confirm your selection.

When all selected video files are recovered to appointed place, a prompt window will pop up in the software, indicating the end of recovery.

By the way, you can also choose "Digital Media Recovery" to recover lost video files when the partition containing lost videos is not lost or damaged. After entering this module, you can click on "Settings" button in lower left corner to uncheck other file types (check only the formats of videos you want to recover); then, click on "OK" button to confirm changes. The rest steps are the same.

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If you need to recover video from SD card on Mac, you should choose MiniTool Mac Data Recovery, instead of Power Data Recovery.

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Recover Videos from Missing Partition

What if it is not the file but partition that has been deleted accidentally? At this time, both "Undelete Recovery" and "Digital Media Recovery" would be useless. Well then, what should you do? In fact, you should choose "Lost Partition Recovery" from main interface.

Here's how to recover files from lost partition:

Step 1: choose "Lost Partition Recovery" from main interface of software (if the deleted partition is located on a memory card, you must connect the memory card to computer at first).

Step 2: select the disk in which deleted partition was stored and then press "Full Scan" button to search for lost video files in deleted partition.

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Or you can select the deleted partition directly if it is also displayed in this interface. Then, choose to click on "Open" button to see exiting files in it or click on "Full Scan" button to detect more files in it.

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Note: in both cases, you can click on "Settings" button to check only needed video formats so as to accelerate scan by narrowing the scan range.

Step 3: check the video files you need from the scan result and then press "Save" button to set a storage path for them. When all selected files are recovered to this storage path, the software will give you a prompt message, indicating that you can close it.

Recover Video from Formatted Drive

"I stupidly formatted the wrong hard drive when there are two external hard drives connected on my computer. It is a WD external hard drive. I heard about the data recovery software which could help restore the saved data back from a formatted drive. But, I am afraid the program may make things worse. Do I have to use a data recovery program to get back my videos? Is there any one that could give me some suggestions? Thanks!"
– by Camaer00yoo at CNET Storage forum

Formatting a drive with useful files is also a common mistake that lots of people tend to make when using the drive. Though this problem is clearly more serious than accidental deletion of important files, it can still be solved easily with the help of MiniTool Power Data Recovery.

Let's show you how to recover video files from formatted SD card:

Step 1: take out your SD card from other devices carefully, and then connect it to your computer by using a card reader.

Step 2: launch the video recovery software for memory card and choose "Damaged Partition Recovery". Then, select the SD card and press "Full Scan" to search for video file in it.

Step 3: please look through the found files carefully at the end of scan so as to pick out the needed video files one by one. After that, you should click on "Save" button and choose another drive to store the recovered videos.

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Part 2 – Why Your Video Files Are Lost

You know your videos are lost sometimes without giving a sign. But do you know the actual reasons for causing such problem? Here is our answer:

  • Pressing wrong button on digital devices or computer to delete valuable videos by mistake.
  • Getting attacked by virus due to the lack of crisis awareness.
  • Deleting/formatting a wrong drive.
  • Performing wrong operations during data backup & recovery or system reinstall.

Those are only the common reasons why we lose needed videos.

Regular Backup Is Important

In most of the time, file is lost unexpectedly; it will not give us an omen. Because of this, you should backup important files on a regular basis, and the time interval shouldn't be too long. Otherwise, when files were lost before the backup is completed, you'll lose them.

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Thus, we say file backup and recovery is very useful to prevent accidental data loss!

Part 3 – Common Video Formats

Video file is one of the most important components of internet multimedia. It mainly refers to those files containing real-time audio and video information. The multimedia information is usually derived from video input devices.

Here, we'd like to introduce some common video file formats that you may see frequently in life and work.

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  • AVI: earlier AVI was developed by Microsoft. AVI is short for Audio Video Interactive; it refers to the storage of encoded and mixed video and audio. As an old format, AVI has many limitations and it does not provide any control functions.

  • FLV: FLV is short for Flash Video; it is a streaming media format developed with the introduction of Flash MX. FLV is adopted by many video sharing sites.

  • MOV: QuickTime Movie is a container developed by Apple. The QuickTime format is essentially a common format in film production industry due to Apple's dominance in professional graphics.

  • MP4: MP4 is a set of compression coding standards used for audio and video information and developed by the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) under International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

  • MPEG: MPEG format is media package form that is approved by International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and supported by most machines.

  • WMV: known as the abbreviation of Windows Media Video, WMV is a group of digital video codec format that was developed by Microsoft; ASF (Advanced Systems Format) is the corresponding encapsulation format.

  • MKV: Matroska is a new multimedia encapsulation format, which can encapsulate a variety of encoded videos, 16 or more audios in different formats and subtitles with different languages into one Matroska Media file.

  • DV: it is generally used to refer to a device, such as camcorder, that captures and stores video in a digital format.

  • MOD: it is the storage format used by JVC's hard disk camcorders.

  • OGG: Ogg Media is a completely open multimedia system plan and OGM is the container format. OGM can support multiple video, audio, subtitles (text subtitles) and other tracks.

  • RM/RMVB: Real Video or Real Media (RM) is a file container developed by RealNetworks. It usually holds only the media encoded by Real Video & Real Audio.

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Part 4 – Bottom Line

It can be devastating if your precious videos are lost before you have a chance to make a backup. At this time, timely video file recovery seems to be the only way to compensate. To ensure the successful rate of recovery, you are suggested to choose MiniTool Power Data Recovery – one of the best video recovery software we've ever known.

Choose a module that is most suitable for your data loss case and then follow the steps we gave in part 1 to recover lost video files without trouble.

After all the needed videos files were recovered to a safe place, we strongly recommend that you make a backup of all important files immediately to prevent further data loss. Hope you all can regain the precious videos you need after reading this article.