How To Recover Deleted/ Lost NEF Files?

Updated on September 7, 2022

If you are looking for recovering deleted or lost NEF files, this article is for you. This article will not only help you recover lost or deleted NEF files but, also helps you recover other RAW image files like CR2, KDC, DCR, DC2 with the help of the powerful file recovery tool Remo Recover.

Photos shot on a Nikon camera are saved in the .nef file format on the external SD card. The NEF file is Nikon’s raw image format, which basically includes all the metadata about the image captured including the type of Nikon camera used and its settings, camera lens data, etc.

Losing or deleting NEF image files from any Nikon camera or SD card can be very devastating, especially those high-resolution raw image files that mean a lot to anyone. In case, if you are looking to recover deleted NEF files, then you need not worry! Here is a complete guide on how to recover NEF files from SD card in simple clicks using Remo Recover software.

Before we perform lost or deleted NEF file recovery from Nikon camera, let us have a look at the scenarios leading to data loss from the Nikon camera.

Table of Contents

  1. How NEF Files Can Be Lost from SD Card?
  2. Is It Possible to Recover Lost NEF Files?
  3. How to Recover Deleted NEF Files from SD Card or PC?
  4. Conclusion

How NEF files can be lost from SD card?

  • Accidental deletion of NEF files while deleting unwanted files from the Nikon camera or accidentally pressing the Delete All button while previewing the NEF photos files on the camera.
  • Formatting the camera/ SD card without having a backup.
  • Improper usage of the memory card can lead to corruption or data loss. For example, using the SD card on infected devices.
  • Clicking images when the Nikon camera is low on battery.
  • Abrupt removal of the camera card from the system while moving the files from the card to the computer may lead to deletion of files.

Whatever may be the reasons behind the loss of NEF files, they are recoverable. But make sure the lost or deleted NEF files on the camera card are not overwritten with new files so that recovering lost raw photos is possible. Therefore it is strictly advised to stop the further usage of the camera card in order to avoid overwriting the deleted NEF image files.

Is it Possible to Recover Lost NEF Files?

Yes, it is possible to recover lost NEF files. Make use of Remo Photo Recovery tool to recover photos from Nikon camera on Mac/ Windows. This tool is compatible with all the latest macOS including Big Sur, Catalina, Mojave, High Sierra, etc., and Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, etc. With its inbuilt scanning mechanisms, the application scans the entire camera memory card and recovers NEF files easily. Apart from recovering NEF files, the utility can also retrieve RAW files like CR2, CRW, ORF, 3FR, PEF, etc., and photo files like JPEG, PNG, TIFF, GIF, and so on, will be restored.

How To Recover Deleted NEF Files from SD card or PC?

Follow the below steps to recover your deleted or lost NEF files from your SD card using Remo Recover:

    • Download, install and run Remo Recover software.
    • Choose the drive from which you wish to recover the NEF files and click on Scan.
    • select-the-drive-to-recover-nef-files

    • After the scanning process, you will see all the recovered files, In the Search box search for .nef to filter out the other files.
    • Note: You can use Filter and Advanced filter option also to sort the files as per your preference.


    • You can Preview the recovered files to examine if the NEF files are restored properly.
    • preview-the-nef-files

    • If you are satisfied with the recovery results, select the NEF files which you want to restore and hit the Recover button to save them at your desired location.


Remo Photo Recovery software can also recover media files such as videos, audio files, Office files, and many more that are erased or lost. With this tool, you can even recover large-sized RAW photo files (FAQ).


We highly recommend you to take regular backup of your important files. Which can be used in the event of data loss. In this article, we have explained how you can easily recover your NEF files from your SD Card by using Remo Recover with ease. With the help of the Remo Recover, you can restore photos and other files as well from any SD card, USB drive, external hard drive, etc. on any version of Windows and Mac effortlessly.

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