Do you enjoy music? I bet most people’s answer to this question is a big yes, right? As a matter of fact, music is really a wonderful thing in life. The beautiful melody brings us joy and happiness. But can you imagine this: your favorite music gets lost from your devices suddenly? What are you going to do about it?

Phenomena – Music Missing from SD Card

To tell the truth, music makes our life more colorful and meaningful. Most important of all, music has a magic power to:

  • Relax our mood
  • Make life & study easier

As a result, almost everybody loves music. It must be a nightmare when you lose your favorite music and realize that you can never get it again from any other way. How terrible it is!

Recently, I discover music missing from SD card is talked widely. There are plenty of people saying that their music files disappear from SD card due to various reasons. And the best way they can think of to make up for the situation is to recover music files from SD card as soon as possible. The possible reasons could be:

  • Accidental deletion
  • Unexpected virus attack
  • Storage media damage
  • Other unknown reasons

music missing from SD card

Now, here comes the question – how to quickly recover lost songs from SD card. Considering that most of you don’t know how to choose quality data recovery software, I decide to recommend a good choice for you: MiniTool Power Data Recovery; it provides different license types to satisfy various needs of both home users and business users.

Of course, you are welcome to use the trial edition to experience its performance without paying money first. As for how to recover data from SD card in different situations, I’ll discuss in the next part.

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Solutions – How to Find Music Files on SD Card

As you can see, there are a lot of reasons should be blamed for causing data loss. In today’s post, I’d like to introduce the three most common cases of music file loss. And in each case, I will give detailed suggestions on how to retrieve music disappeared from SD card.

Now, let’s take a closer look at them.

Get Back Deleted Music from SD Card

I accidentally deleted the files on my SD card. How can I recover them?

What is the best way to recover deleted photos, videos, and music from an SD card from my Canon camera? I accidentally pressed a wrong button, and presto, a lot of photos, videos, and music disappeared. I don’t know whether I can get them back. Any information and solutions will be very welcome, especially the solutions that you have personally used and have had success with. Thank you very much in advance.– A true example from Lee Koo (ADMIN) on CNET Storage Forum

You may have heard of or met accidental deletion frequently, right? To be honest, it is not so terrible when compared to other kinds of file loss cases on SD card (for instance, SD card becomes dead suddenly). Though the music files deleted from memory card will not be sent to recycle bin for temporary storage, it is still an easy task to restore deleted songs from memory card.

Steps of using recommended software to recover deleted music files from SD card:

One: download MiniTool Power Data Recovery from the reliable link and save it to your local drive. After that, please open the target drive to run the setup program. Please check “Launch MiniTool Power Data Recovery” option and click on the “Finish” button at the end of the installation process.

launch the software

Two: connect your SD card properly to the current computer by using an adapter. Please make sure it appears in the computer File Explorer (you should click here to know how to fix when a USB drive is not recognized by computer). After that, please select “This PC” located on the left side of the software main interface.

select This PC

Three: pick out the SD card partition that includes the deleted music files from the right side of the interface. Then, you should click on the “Scan” button to start to search for the music files in the SD card. Upon clicking, the scan will be started immediately and it will be finished automatically.

select the partition containing music

Four: when the scan is completed, the following interface will leap into your eyes. In this window, you are able to see all the files and folders found by the software. And you’ll discover that there’s a square box in front of each file and folder.

scan is completed

At this time, please do the following things:

  1. Browse the found files and folders carefully to confirm which music files are needed by looking at the “File Name”, “Size” and “Creation Date”.
  2. Add a check mark in the certain square box by mouse clicking.
  3. Click on the “Save” button and you will see a pop-up window, in which you’re expected to select a directory to save files.
  4. Click on the “OK” button to confirm your selection and starting recovering these files.
Tip: As you can see from the legend, all the deleted files & folders will be marked by a red “x”.

That’s all you should know in order to recover music files deleted from SD card by mistake. Now, let’s move on to the next situation.

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Retrieve Songs Not Showing up on SD Card

Some songs not showing on SD card.

I have tried to check in the details of the file and cannot figure out how some songs are not showing up on my SD card. Out of 200 songs on my SD card only 113 show up. A lot of songs are ones that I ripped from CDs. I didn’t have this problem with my 2014 SRT. Any suggestions?– A true example from Rivalry.

You must be freaked out if finding songs on memory card does not appear (especially when those lost songs are really important to you). Please don’t be since I am sure that you can restore lost music on SD card before they get overwritten. So you have to acquire Power Data Recovery mentioned above or other powerful data recovery software without any delay.

What if files are not showing up in the external hard drive?

Steps of how to recover missing music files from memory card:

One: also, in the first step, you should download, install and run the software immediately to see its main interface.

Two: now, you also need to insert your SD card into a card reader and then connect the USB interface of the reader to that of the computer. After all these things are done, please select “Removable Disk Drive” option.

select Removable Disk Drive

Three: you’ll see the USB Mass Storage Device that represents your SD card on the right side. Now, please double click on it to start a full scan so as to find lost music files completely. Of course, the full scan

Settings feature

You are allowed to make the software scan and show only certain types of files by clicking on the “Settings” button at the bottom left before starting the scan.

Tip: Scrupulous users may find there’s a “Settings” button on the left side of the “Scan” button. What’s the function of it? To put it simply, it is a feature designed to help you narrow the scanning range; you can check to scan specific file systems or file types manually and this is going to save a lot of your time.

Four: after waiting for a period of time (which depends on the usage of your SD card), you will see a lot of files (and folders) are displayed in the software interface. Also, there’s a square box in front of each file and folder.

You can take a look at the found items during the scan and then decide which files to recover and which are not. Afterward, you ought to click on the “Save” button to set a storage destination for them. At last, you should wait for the recovery to be completed.

browse files during scan

Look, SD card recovery is not as difficult as some users thought it would be.

Recover Music from Damaged SD Card

Android SD Card showing ready but is not usable/Applications not showing.

The card had been working for a long time with no issues, was formatted to be used as internal storage so that I could move applications to it. The card was encrypted and when I go to decrypt the card (attempting to recover with my laptop) on the phone it has ‘Decrypting SD Card’ as a notification but I have yet to have it complete. The notification just stays there and when I click it, it goes away but gives no further information. I can plug it into my computer and see the JPG’s and other files but am unable to open them. When it is plugged into my phone it shows as ‘SD Card Ready’ under storage, but all the applications, music and photos that I had on the card are not showing on the phone. Thank you for any help you can give and let me know if you have any questions!– A true example from weslexcore on Samsung Android Phones Forum

Sometimes, you’ll receive error messages indicating that your SD card is damaged. Or you find the memory card is corrupted/dead suddenly without giving a sign. Does this mean that you’ll lose your data forever? Of course not; you still have a chance to get them back. But you should know that you must perform damaged SD card recovery at once.

How to recover data from damaged SD card:

One: in the case of SD card damage, you can also download the software I have mentioned in the above content to recover music files (for example, MP3 files) from USB.

Two: after that, please connect SD card to computer & choose “Removable Disk Drive”, which is suitable for formatting SD card recovery, dead memory card recovery, and RAW drive recovery.

Three: also, you ought to pick out your damaged SD card from the drive list from the right side, making it highlighted. Then, click on the “Scan” button to scan the selected card sector by sector. As I have said, this may take a relatively long time (depending on the usage of your memory card).

wait for the scan

Four: when the scan is finished totally, the software will load the scan results automatically. All you need to do now are:

  1. Check the MP3 files you need.
  2. Click on the “Save” button.
  3. Set a new storage path for these MP3 files.
  4. Click on the “OK” button to confirm.

save MP3 files you need

You should forget about free USB data recovery and get a personal license and use it to register the software. That is because the trial edition I have demonstrated in the above content supports only disk scan and file preview.

trial edition cannot recover files


You should not choose the SD card again as the storage drive in case of unwilling data overwriting. On the contrary, you are expected to select a local drive or another removable device to save the music files waiting to be recovered. But you have to be clear that the remaining space on the target disk must be not less than the space required by the music files.

That’s all of how to recover music from SD card. This method also works if you’d like to recover music files lost during moving or if you want to recover other types of files (such as pictures) from SD card.

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Suggestions – Prevent SD Card Corruption & Protect Data

In addition to telling you the ways to restore files from SD card, I also think it’s necessary to let you know the suggestions on how to prevent SD card and protect data on it in an effective way. These tips will keep you away from SD card data loss as much as possible.

How to Prevent SD Card Corruption

  • Always leave space left on the card.
  • Don’t use the SD card when the battery is low.
  • Keep SD card in an appropriate environment.
  • Format new SD card ASAP in the original device.
  • Remember to eject the card safely every time you move it.
  • Stop using the card immediately when you receive an error message.
  • Choose a high-quality card and reader/adapter when you need to connect it to computer/other devices.

How to Protect SD card Data

  • Set password for SD card.
  • Encrypt SD card when necessary.
  • Enable write protection on the card.
  • Always keep SD card in a safe
  • Try your best to avoid any physical damages on the card.

How to Enable or Disable Write Protection for a Disk Drive in Windows?

If you master well these tips about protecting data on SD card, there won’t be so many people ask how to recover data from SD card.


According to users’ feedback, music missing from SD card becomes a problem that troubles a lot of people now and then. Taking that into account, I have demonstrated 3 ways to recover music files from SD card step by step. Hope these methods could help you get rid of your trouble. And please remember, you are expected to protect SD card properly in order to get away from SD card data loss as much as possible.

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