Recover lost or deleted SR2 files from Sony a6000

‘While trying to transfer photos from Sony a6000 camera to my PC, I accidentally deleted them. They were RAW files of SR2 format. These photos are really important to me. Is there a way I can get them back?’

Usually, photographers save images in RAW file formats like SR2 to obtain high-quality bright images. RAW images are uncompressed and minimally processed.  Sony SR2 files that are saved on SD/SDHC/SDXC cards allow necessary photo corrections to improve various picture aspects and get the desired results.

Thus, deleting or losing hundreds of your RAW image files is naturally a panicky situation as you are on the verge of unrecoverable photo loss!

But no more need to fret on the damage. Although deleted, you still have a chance to a successful recovery of your lost SR2 image files shot from Sony a6000 camera.

So how to recover those important photographs lost or deleted from Sony a6000 camera?

You can achieve successful recovery of lost or deleted Sony SR2 images through secure third-party software. A safe photo recovery tool from a trusted developer that supports Sony a6000 SR2 files and enables RAW recovery would be an ideal recovery solution for recovering deleted or lost Soy camera photos. 

Recovery SR2 images through software suite

One of the software that can be a safest bet and popularly used is Stellar  Photo Recovery for the purpose. It not only supports Sony a6000 cameras file formats but efficiently does RAW recovery too. An easy-to-use interface and advanced algorithm can recover lost photos from formatted and corrupt storage media also.

The recovered photos are restored in their original format from the Sony a6000 SD cards of any type, be it SDHC or SDXC.

Steps to recover SR2 files using Stellar Photo Recovery

Step 1: Connect your memory card to the computer

Step 2: Launch Stellar Photo Recovery

Step 3: Check in All multimedia files in What to Recover Click Next.

Step 4: Select the memory card from where you want to recover.

Step 5: Click on Advanced Settings option. Select SR2 file types from your – Photo File Format. Click Scan

Step 6: All the photos found on Sony camera drive are listed.

Step 7: Select the photos you want to recover and click on Recover and save the files at the desired location

Manual approach to recover lost SR2 files

There are other manual approaches you can follow to recover lost or deleted Sony SR2 files, although they do not always assure success.

 Manual method 1: Recover from backup

Recover lost photos from the backup folder created on an external drive or Cloud storage. But this is only possible if you have been well-organized and took timely backup of all your Sony SR2 files.

Manual method 2: Install Sony RAW Driver

There are chances your Windows PC does not have a supporting Sony driver to display RAW files due to which you are unable to view SR2 files. Install Sony RAW Driver on your system to display Sony RAW data SR2 files on Windows 7 ⁄ Windows 8.1 ⁄ Windows 10.

Manual method 3: Perform chkdsk (applicable if you had saved your RAW files on your PC)

If your Sony SR2 images are already saved in the system, you can recover them by performing Check disk (chkdsk). Connect the SD card of your Sony camera to your PC and follow the below steps:

  1. Press Win + R and type cmd
  2. Command Prompt window opens, type: chkdsk E: / f and hit Enter (Replace E with the drive letter of the Sony a6000 SD card)
  3. Type:Yand Enter
  4. Type:Eand Enter again
  5. Type: E:\>attrib -h -r -s /s /d *.*and Enter
  6. A new folder of all recovered RAW photos is created in your Sony card. Copy and save them to a new location.


Sony a6000 mirrorless cameras are delight to work with owing to their functionality and the ability to produce high-resolution pictures. But a sudden loss of SR2 images from it can be really annoying. Thankfully trusted photo recovery software especially tailored to recover RAW images are available to help you restore Sony SR2 files.

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