Recover Memory Card after Format Error


Requirements: Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008

Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5.x and above (including Leopard, Snow Leopard and Lion)

Memory Card Recovery after Format Error

Memory card is a compact storage medium used for storing digital information. They offer fast, easy and reliable storage of digital data. Most of the memory cards use flash memory, although other technologies have been developed and have constantly powered non-volatile memory. There are different types of memory cards like secure digital (SD) card, MiniSD card, Compact Flash, Memory Stick, Multi Media Card (MMC), Smart Media, and XD-Picture card. It also supports SDHC card recovery in a hassle free way. Memory cards are used in small, portable or remote computing devices such as digital cameras, mobile phones, mp3 players, gaming consoles and laptops. Some of the popular brands of memory cards are Transcend, Kingston, SanDisk, Olympus, Sony, etc. Today memory cards are widely used in digital cameras to store the captured images because they offer a huge storage space, are easy to synchronize the captured photos with computers, portable, re-recordable and they are very small in size compared to ancient camera films.

When compared to other storage devices, memory cards have various advantages like portability, offers fast access for reading data, more resistant to damage from dropping and cost effective. While using memory cards, sometimes you might encounter a "format error". This error usually occurs when you insert your memory card into digital camera or any other device. You might become anxious when this error message is displayed, because some of your important pictures or other data is stored in your memory card. In digital cameras this error is usually displayed in the LCD screen with a blue background. There are various reasons for this format error like, the device may not be able to recognize the memory card or the memory card might be corrupted due to virus infection, card might be inaccessible due to file system errors, etc. In order to prevent the loss of data stored in memory card when you face format error, it is advised to take some precautionary measures. A few of them are listed below:

  • As soon as you get the format error message, stop using the card which avoids overwriting of data. Don’t try to use the card in other device to check whether it is corrupted or not. Moreover, you can utilize this award winning software to get back deleted data from memory card of digital camera of various manufacturing brands like Kodak, Nikon, Canon, Panasonic, etc.
  • Sometimes an error message is displayed asking you to format the memory card to use it further, but don’t ever do that. If you format the card then you might lose the data stored in it. Instead, use good software to recover SD card data.

If you followed the above precautionary measures, then you can restore data stored in your memory card even after getting format error message. There are some memory card recovery software for Mac and Windows which will help you to get back data stored in your memory card easily. This software can also be used to recover XD card.

Memory card restoration tool for Windows OS comes with an advanced algorithms, which scans the entire memory card in few minutes to bring back all media files like images, mp3 files, videos, etc. The software supports deleted memory card photo recovery of different formats like JPEG, PNG, GIF along with digital RAW photos, audio formats like MP4, MPG, 3GP, AVI, etc and video formats like MP4, WAV, MIDI, AIFF, etc. This tool can not only recover deleted files from memory card but is also able to recover files from hard drives, iPods, FireWire Drives, etc. The recovered files can be saved in any storage device which is accessible in Windows operating system.

Steps to Perform Memory Card Recovery after Format Error:

Requirements: Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008

Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5.x and above (including Leopard, Snow Leopard and Lion)

Step 1: Download and install the demo version of Memory card recovery software. Double click the desktop shortcut or use the Start Menu to launch the software. The main window will be displayed as shown in Fig 1. Select the "Recover Photos" option.

Recover Memory Card after Format Error - Main screen

Fig 1 : Main Screen

Step 2: Two options will be displayed. Since you have lost your photos, select "Recover Lost Photos" option. The software will display the list of logical drives. Select the memory card from which you want to recover the files and click on "Next" as shown in Fig 2.

Recover Memory Card after Format Error - Select Logical Drive Window

Fig 2 : Select Drive

Requirements: Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008

Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5.x and above (including Leopard, Snow Leopard and Lion)

Step 3: A list of file types that can be recovered are displayed as shown in Fig 3. Select the files which you want to recover and click "Next".

Recover Memory Card after Format Error - Select file types screen

Fig 3 : Select File Type

Step 4: After clicking the "Next" button the software scans the selected memory card. Once it is finished, you can use the "File Type View" option to view the recovered photos as shown in Fig 4.

Recover Memory Card after Format Error - Recovered Files

Fig 4 : Recovered Files

Requirements: Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008

Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5.x and above (including Leopard, Snow Leopard and Lion)

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