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NEF Recovery: Easily Recover NEF Images from Nikon Camera

How Can I Restore NEF Pictures from My Nikon D90?

I am looking for a method to recover NEF files from my Nikon D90. I accidentally formatted SD card inside it and then all pictures inside were disappeared. I didn’t find a recovery tool on their website. Are there third-party alternatives? Any suggestions would be very much appreciated. Thanks.

Yes, you can still recover NEF images from SD card in your Nikon D90 as long you have not used it after you formatted it.

Wondershare Photo Recovery, or  Wondershare Photo Recovery for Mac is a third-party program that enables you to recover lost or deleted NEF pictures. It is able to scan the SD card and recover original NEF pictures.

You can download a trial version of Wondershare Photo Recovery and then start the NEF recovery.

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Process NEF Photo Recovery in 3 Steps

Note: Before the recovery, please be sure that the SD card has not been used after losing the images.

Step 1 Select Your SD Card to Scan NEF Photos

Install and launch Wondershare Photo Recovery. And then connect your Nikon camera SD card with your computer. Soon it will be recognized as a drive letter on your computer.

As the below image shows, you just need to select the drive letter of your SD card and click “Scan”.

Note: To recover NEF images, you can click “Filter Option” to select “NEF” file format to scan.

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Step 2 Preview Found NEF Photos

After the scan, all found NEF files will be listed in the scanning result. You can preview them so as to check whether those NEF files are what you want to recover or not.

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Step 3 Recover and Save NEF Photos

You can now select NEF images you want to recover and click “Recover” to save them in your local hard drives or other external storage devices.

Note: Please do not save the recovered NEF images in your SD card again during the process, otherwise the recovery might fail.


1 Apart from performing deleted nikon NEF recovery, you can also recover audios and videos by using Wondershare Photo Recovery. This program is able to recover photos, videos and audios from hard drives, SD cards and many other external storage devices.

2 This NEF recovery guide is based in Windows version of Wondershare Photo Recovery. For Mac users, you can download Mac version and read: User Guide of Wondershare Photo Recovery (Mac).

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