Are you looking for help with memory card recovery, because you’ve not been able to get your memory card to read on any device? It’s really a scary thing to think that you may have lost photos of important events in your life. It does not matter if you’ve taken pictures of your child’s first words, your best friend’s wedding, your retirement party, or even your wedding, the ordeal of having to go through the idea of losing those precious photos, never to be seen again is pretty frightening.
Lost photos, data and files can happen to the best of us. Maybe your new digital cam fell into the wrong hands, like your toddler’s. Or you may have had a momentary lapse of coordination and accidentally ended up deleting your photos. The chances are likely that you’re able to recover them, given that you haven’t written anything else on the SD card.
In most cases, the the delete feature simply marks the space on the card to be available for use later, instead of overwriting the actual space left on the SD card. As long as you haven’t put anything else on to the SD card after the deletion, you should have an easy time recovering the files yourself. However, there is also a possibility of the actual card failure. Controller chip that operates the memory can get corrupt due to number of reasons, and your data gets trapped on memory chips. Good news, is that your photos may still be recoverable even when the card itself is not recognized on any device.
You May Be Able To Recover Data Yourself
In addition to the above, you may also be able to recover your files from a memory card that’s been reformatted, given that you’ve done it with the standard format command instead of low-level formatting. Low-level formatting deletes every file on your card, as well as the recreating of the folder structures and directory structures of your card. This in effect renders the files that were previously deleted completely unrecoverable.
You can do a simple online search for memory card recovery programs. The one I like to use is called R-studio. This program is very easy to use, and most importantly it provides incredible results.
How to recover lost files with R-studio:
1. Download and install R-Studio then simply navigate towards the volume that you need to recover data from (this could be your SD card, CF card, usb stick, hard drive ect.)
2. Right click on the volume and select “Scan”
3. In the scan option pop-up select “detailed scan”
4. Allow the scanning process to finish
5. Explore the volume by double clicking on it.
6. Select your lost data by marking the check box next to the folder/file.
7. When you have all of your needed data selected right click onto the root folder, and hit “recover marked” *make sure not to save requested data onto the same device*
- DO NOT SAVE RECOVERED DATA ONTO THE SAME CARD
8. Select your destination for the data to be saved to.
Hopefully, this was all you needed for successful memory card recovery. If you still have issues or problems with the memory card recovery, then you’ll definitely need to think about enlisting the help of a recovery service. A recovery service can help you recover your files directly of flash memory chip, while you get back to the more important things in life. If your card has failed, and is no longer recognized on any reading devices, then only manual data recovery directly of flash chip is the way to get your files back. While performing data recovery from chips that contain data, providers of this service bypass all other components that could have failed and made you flash device inaccessible in the first place.
In summary, you don’t have to live life in fear of losing the precious photos. Even after you’ve tried everything, but no device reads your card, there is still hope for SD card recovery. That said, most of the free options you get online cannot guarantee data security. If you have personal or confidential data on your SD card, you may not want to use the memory card recovery programs available online.
You do have choices available to you. The steps to getting back those photos is to either try to figure things out yourself, give up, or to seek the help of a service provider that can help you with the memory card recovery process.