Memory Card Recovery


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 Software for Windows

Windows is a popular GUI operating system which is used by many people. It supports two types of file systems which are FAT (File Allocation Table) and NTFS (New Technology File System). FAT file system was used in earlier versions of Windows OS like Windows 95, 98 and Windows Millennium Edition and in all the later version like Windows 2000, XP, Server 2003, Server 2008 Vista and Windows 7, FAT is replaced by NTFS. Since the removable data storage devices like memory cards, USB drives support only FAT file system and since all these latest versions of Windows support both FAT and NTFS file system there is very less compatibility issues. FAT file system has been developed in different versions like FAT 12, FAT 16, FAT 32, FATX and exFAT. Compared to FAT file system, NTFS is highly secure, provides an improved support for large hard drives and is less prone to disk related errors. FATX file system is used in all the memory cards. Since Windows OS supports all the versions of FAT files system, access of data from memory cards will be very fast in Windows based computers. Sometimes a user might end up deleting files which are stored in memory cards. Most of the people get worried about how this has happened.

There are various reasons behind this. Let us see a few scenarios where the data stored in memory card gets deleted or lost:

  • While deleting some unwanted files stored in memory card by accessing it through Windows 7 PC, a user might accidentally delete an important file by using Shift + Delete key combination. This will make the file bypass the Recycle Bin and resulting in loss of data.
  • In some cases when a user tries to access the data from his memory card in Windows Vista, a message saying that the drive is not formatted is displayed, which is due to some file system errors. At this point of time, if the user formats the device, then it will result in deletion of entire data stored in that memory card.
  • Memory cards are widely used in digital cameras and mobile phones. If a user ejects the card improperly when the device is turned on, the card might get corrupted and chances of losing data are more.

You can avoid the corruption of memory card or deletion of data with a few precautionary measures like following a proper plug and play procedure, by making sure that there is no critical data stored in the memory card before formatting it, etc. Even if you end up with a corrupted memory card having some important data in it, you still have a chance to recover it. Once you confirm that the card is corrupted, stop using it, because the data stored in the corrupted memory card can be recovered by using a memory card recovery software for Windows. In case of Mac, a good memory card recovery software for Mac can resolve the issue. This memory card recovery software can also recover lost images, pictures, photos from SanDisk memory stick in an effective manner.

When a file is deleted from memory card, only the index file which consists of all the information related to that file will be erased and the disk occupied by the file will be marked as available, but the stream of bytes still exist on the stored sector until it is overwritten by new data. Unfortunately any device or computer cannot access this data without an index file, but an efficient memory card recovery software for SD card can scan the device and recovers it with the help of unique signature search.

Memory card recovery is one such utility which is recommended by data recovery experts. With the help of built-in special algorithm you can recover all types of media files like audio, video, images, etc. This memory card recovery software for CF card supports all types of CF cards along with memory card and other data storage devices which use different file systems like FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, ExFAT partitions/drives. Using this tool you can even recover data from a device which is having bad sectors by creating disk images and also perform memory card recovery after format error. The software also supports memory card recovery after deleting photos accidentally from digital cameras.

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

Step to perform memory card recovery on Windows OS:

Step 1: First of all user must download the software's trial version from this page and run this program on their Windows Operating System. If you want to recover deleted or lost data from damaged memory card, select "Recover Files" option from the window as shown in below Fig A.

Memory Card Recovery Software for Windows - Main Screen

Fig A : Main Screen

Step 2: Then a new window displays and you can select "Recover Deleted Files" option if they want to retrieve deleted files from Windows OS and proceed further. Later user need to select the memory card from which they want to recover deleted files as shown in below Fig B.

Memory Card Recovery Software for Windows - Select corrupt memory card

Fig B : Select Memory Card

Step 3: Finally the recovered data displayed on the screen and you can view these recovered data by using "File Type / Data View" option as shown in below Fig C.

Memory Card Recovery Software for Windows - File type view window

Fig C : File Type View Screen

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

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