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How to rescue photos from a formatted or damaged memory card.

It's happened to most of us; accidentally formatted a memory card, inexplicably corrupted - either way - this is what to do and what you need, to recover your photos for free.
4 years ago, August 18th 2011 No: 21 Msg: #142019  

In response to: Msg #84970

I just used Zero Assumption Recovery to try to recover my corrupt SDHC card but then as I got to the step to save the files my pc display went dead and I couldn't get it back up. After I restarted the computer I tried ZAR again but this time instead of data fragments it's all become red dots (bad sectors)... I tried a different card reader but still the same, any advice/help?

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3 years ago, December 8th 2011 No: 22 Msg: #148513  
I have used memory card recovery software to recover accidentally deleted photos from my CF card. This software can also recover lost photos from different types of memory cards like MMC, XD cards, CF cards, SD cards, memory stick etc. This software also has an ability to recover lost photos from accidentally formatted memory cards. Along with photos, this software can also recover lost audios, videos, text files etc from memory cards. You can download free demo version of this software, where you can preview recovered photos. If you find your lost or deleted photos then you can use full version to save recovered photos. Reply to this

3 years ago, December 27th 2011 No: 23 Msg: #149394  
Formatting won't make the files on a memory card erase permanently.Those erased photos are still stored on your memory card, it's just invisible or inaccessible.You can recover them with memory card recovery software. But once the deleted photos were overwritten by new data,they are gone for good.
I used this one and it worked.Anyway,you can download it and scan your memory card for free to preview whether your photos can be recovered.By the way,it will show you the file name,type,date and size of your files and thumbnails for your photos that it found on your card.Give it a shot!
Here is a helpful tutorial for you.
How to Recover Photos from Memory Card?
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3 years ago, December 27th 2011 No: 24 Msg: #149398  
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Lots of replies on this from people representing their software.

TIP: Try the free options first!

For most of us - this will be a one off event - not worth paying to fix - for those working in data-recovery or PC repair - please support software developers and buy the software after researching which is best.

Good luck! Reply to this

3 years ago, February 20th 2012 No: 25 Msg: #152150  
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I have a flash memory, capable of withstanding are different extreme conditions , so I'm copying all data from a flash card at first, as possible. Reply to this

3 years ago, March 21st 2012 No: 26 Msg: #153526  
Try Wondershare Photo Recovery. It's free for 30 days. They offer both Windows & Mac version. You can preview how the photos appear when recovered before hitting the "Recover" button. Details here:http://www.wondershare.com/data-recovery/photo-recovery.html Reply to this

3 years ago, July 20th 2012 No: 27 Msg: #158998  
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Hi, thanks for the advice. I had a problem where my SD card was actually snapped. Thankfully http://recoverfab.com managed to recover all the pictures for me! So don't give up hope! All may not be lost. Reply to this

34 months ago, October 21st 2012 No: 28 Msg: #162322  
In my experience, there are two kinds of data loss from SD card. The first is a simple case of the files being logically deleted or formatted, and this can be easily fixed. In this case, the actual files are still present on the memory card, but cannot be properly read by the camera or default software. There are many free or inexpensive pieces of software which will allow your computer to access the files, such as zero assumption recovery (http://www.z-a-recovery.com/) and wondershare photo recovery (http://www.wondershare.co.uk/data-recovery/).
The second is a technical fault with the SD card, meaning it cannot be read at all. You'll know if you have this problem, because even when trying to use one of the pieces of software mentioned above, it will not even recognise the memory card. For example, it may say 'unknown device' or something similar. In this case, there is probably a fault with the controller, which means that no software will be able to read it.

There is, however, a solution. There is a company called Recoverfab (http://recoverfab.com/) who are based in Germany. What they do is to actually open up the SD card and solder the memory chips onto another form of reader in order to read the data. This gets around the problem of the faulty controller. They then save the files from the memory chips and send it to you via FTP or via a DVD. Understandably, it's more expensive than just a software based recovery, but they got back many photos that are very precious to me when I thought the situation was lost, and I don't know of any other companies who offer the same service. Reply to this

32 months ago, January 11th 2013 No: 29 Msg: #165058  
When you delete pictures (or any files) from a memory card or USB memory device the data itself isn't deleted, just the file system pointers that says where the data for those files is located. The area where the deleted picture data was stored is also now marked as free space so it is available to the system for any new files to be written there instead.

If and when that happens, then it is not too late to recover your deleted pictures, try this way: http://www.any-data-recovery.com/product/photo-recovery.htm Reply to this

27 months ago, May 28th 2013 No: 30 Msg: #171151  
I had the similar problem last time with my digital camera's memory card, suddenly shows memory card not formatted error, I did a lot of research and tried many software including those mentioned above, but none of them worked before I found this memory card error solution. You may see it from:
Fix memory card error and get back files

hope that this helps if you also encounter memory card error problem. Reply to this

25 months ago, August 6th 2013 No: 31 Msg: #173757  
In my experience, there are two kinds of data loss from SD card. The first is spoken about in this article, and can be solved using software. However, my problem was that my card could not be read by any software, it just said 'unknown device'. I just purchased Vibosoft card data recovery, i have to say it really perfectly, I'd like to share it with others.http://www.vibosoft.com/disk-utility/retrieve-photos-from-formatted-micro-sd.html

I was looking at about 600 photos. I had taken half last week in Bali, and the rest at a Drag Racing meet. Had some really great photos. While viewing them, don't really know what happened, but it said my card was not formatted. Couldn't veiw them on computor or camera. All recovered now. Worked a treat.
[Edited: 2013 Aug 06 17:25 - Tinashuffle:271724 ]
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19 months ago, February 6th 2014 No: 32 Msg: #179148  
Recover lost photos from formatted damaged memory card, I suggest safe and risk-free solution, you can use Kernel for Digital Media Recovery Tool. This software is one of the top file recovery utility for sd card, memory card, cf card recovery . It supports almost all memory card including SD Card, CF Card, xD Picture Card, Memory Stick, MicroDrive, SmartMedia Card, MMC, MicroSD, MiniSD, SDHC. For more details : http://digitalmediarecovery.blogspot.com/2013/12/recover-corrupt-photos.html Reply to this

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