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How to Recover Lost DIR files on SD card | Beginners guide 

Find out how to recover lost DIR files from an external SD card/USB or android phone. Also, find how you can manually recover your pictures using Lost.DIR folder. Moreover, if you are looking for file recovery software to restore your lost files, then use Remo Recover. It can easily recover any file format of your choice safely. Be it lost or deleted photos, videos, Lost DIR files, raw-images, documents, etc., it takes a few clicks to restore them. Also, it offers a preview of the recovered files for free.

LOST.DIR is a folder created by an Android phone on the SD card to get back accidentally deleted files like photos, videos, etc. If you are a smartphone user, you would have already seen LOST.DIR folders are located on your external SD card. 

Lost.DIR folder basically helps you recover files lost due to various scenarios like application crash, improper ejection of the USB drive or SD card, removing SD card during the reading/writing process, Android abruptly frozen or shut down unexpectedly, interruptions while downloading files on SD card, etc.

Some users might delete Lost.DIR folder thinking that it is a virus folder, which is completely false. You might have observed that once you delete Lost.DIR folder, it gets automatically recreated after you boot your phone, this is because LOST.DIR is the Android system folder.

How to Recover LOST.DIR folder from External SD card and pen drive?

Method 1: Recover LOST.DIR files from SD card using Data Recovery Software

Utilize Remo Recover software which is an advanced file recovery tool to restore more than 500 deleted or lost file formats like LOST.DIR files, raw images, photos, videos, audio files, excel files, word documents, PDF files, and many more. This tool support file recovery from more than 1000 devices including various brands of SD cards, pen drives, memory cards, SSDs, etc. Download this LOST DIR file recovery tool to restore your LOST.DIR files now!

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Steps to Recover LOST DIR files using Remo Recover software

  • Launch Remo Recover software on your Windows or Mac and connect the SD card or pen drive from which you want to recover Lost.DIR files
  • From the main screen, select the external SD card/pen drive and click on the Scan button. During the scanning process, you can click on the Dynamic Recovery View to find how the software is recovering your deleted or lost DIR files from the drive
    launch Remo Recover to restore  deleted lost dir files
  • Once the scanning process is completed, you can go to the Lost and Found Files folder, and locate all your LOST DIR files. Also, you can use the Tags folder to locate your lost photos, videos, or any other file with various properties
    locate the LOST DIR files using Tags and Filter
  • Now, you can select the LOST.DIR folders or files which you want to recover and click the Recover option to restore them to a location of your choice

Method 2: Recover files using LOST.DIR by Adding File Extension

Lost.DIR folder serves the purpose of recovering deleted files similar to that of recovering files from the Recycle bin on a Windows computer or from a Trash bin on Mac during accidental deletion. Follow the below steps to recover files from LOST.DIR folder by adding filename extension. 

Quick Tip: File Extension refers to a suffix at the end of the filename which indicates a file type. Such as .png, .jpg, .mov, .mp4, .avi, .mp3, .pdf, etc. 

Steps to Recover files using LOST.DIR (Add Filename Extension)

  1. Go to the LOST.DIR folder and select the LOST.DIR file which you want to recover. 
  2. Now, rename and add the filename extension to the LOST.DIR file.
    Eg: (Filename.extension) Audio.mp3, favorite audio.mp3,, Wedding video.mp4, Image.png, etc.

Search for the LOST.DIR folder using the file name and check all LOST.DIR files to Batch rename and start adding the file extension.

recover files using Lost DIR folderOnce you complete adding relevant file extension to the lost directory files, you can try opening them.

In case, if you don’t find the LOST.DIR files or folders on your external SD card or USB, then you can make use of professional SD card Recovery software like Remo Recover. Remo Recover is capable of running an effective SD card recovery on Windows 10 and the latest macOS Monterey version.

Frequently Asked Questions?

1. Is it safe to delete LOST.DIR files?

Yes, it is safe to delete the Lost directory from your Android phone. Basically, Lost.DIR folder saves the memory data, cache files, and multiple other documents. So, you can safely delete LOST.DIR folder if there are no important files saved on it. This will also increase your SD card’s storage space. However, when you reboot your Android phone, the LOST.DIR folder will be automatically recreated.

2. Why choose Remo Recover to recover LOST DIR files on SD card or USB?

a) A user-friendly LOST DIR file recovery tool to easily recover LOST DIR files from pen drive and external SD card. 
b) Recover deleted or lost files from external hard drive, pen drive, SD card, etc. in simple clicks.
c) Apart from LOST DIR files recovery, you can also get back deleted or lost images, videos, audio files, Office files, etc. from various internal and external storage devices.
d) Easily perform data recovery under various data loss scenarios like SD card or pen drive corruption, formatting, accidental deletion or loss, etc.
e) Remo Recover is compatible with all the latest versions of Windows and Mac operating systems including Windows 11 and macOS Monterey.

3. How can I avoid LOST.DIR files on Android phone?

Follow the below tips to prevent LOST directory files on your Android;
1. Avoid sudden shut down of your Android phone.
2. Frequently clear junk and cache files. 
3. Properly eject the SD card. 
4. Avoid running unused apps in the background.
5. Format your SD card or Flash your Android phone.

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