How to Recover Lost Photos, and Other Files from Corrupted/Damaged SD Card

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Got the despairing message "SD card corrupted and damaged, you may have to reformat it" while transfer photos from digital camera to PC? Sure, SD card got damaged makes one frustrated, especially when you have really cherished photos or files that you don't want to lose. When SD memory card got corrupted, we often get error messages like:

  • 1. SD memory card error, please check the card;
  • 2. F:/ is not accessible;
  • 3. Unknown error;
  • 4. Memory card error;
  • 5. Memory card locked

In some cases the SD card may become unreadable by computer, and of course, this case is the worst one, if it does not appear or mount in PC any way, you have to put the SD card to a specialist data recovery company to have a repair. Conversely, there are many software can help you recover data from corrupted SD card, no need to spend a large number of money as well as taking few hours to drive to data recovery company center.

How to Rescue Data from Corrupted SD Card

What You Need to Recover Lost Files from a Card

  • 1. A SD memory card reader (not necessary, but highly recommended)
  • 2. SD card data recovery software
  • 3. Windows operating system based PC or Mac OS X based computer

Corrupted Card Data Recovery Process

If the SD card can be recognized by PC, you are lucky. You can salvage corrupted SD card with data recovery software. Corrupted SD Card Recovery and Corrupted SD Card Recovery for Mac can scan damaged SD card to find out the detailed data stored in it swiftly. Both are featured with intuitive interface concise operating procedure. Only three steps, you can get back lost data in SD card.

Part I: How to Recover Photos from Corrupted SD Card in Windows?

Step 1: Scan Corrupted SD Card

Insert SD card to card reader and connect it to PC. Launch Corrupted SD Card Data Recovery which has installed in your PC. In the main interface, click "Start" and you will see bellow picture, just select a partition and file types, then press "Scan" button.

Step 2: Preview Lost Card Data and Recover Them

You will see all recoverable data displayed in this window with individual file extension. Check each one to preview the specific data. After indentifying the data you prefer to recover, click "Recover" to proceed with recovery.

Step 3: Save the Deleted Card Data

This comes the last step, isn't it easy? Choose a safe place to preserve the recovered data and click "OK" to finish operation.

Note: When got error messages like "SD card damaged, you may have to reformat it", please backup the card first, then reformat SD card and perform data recovery as above tutorial.

Part II: How to Recover Photos from Corrupted SD Card on Mac?

The instructions for Mac Corrupted Memory Card Data recovery are similar with the above steps of how to recover MMC in Windows. Here you can find how to recover corrupted memory card for Mac.

How to Repair Damaged SD Card

SD card corrupted is always because it has boot sector errors. If you want to respaire a currupted SD card and use it to restore data again, the resonable wayout is to format the damaged SD card.

For PC Users- From "my computer" right click on the SD card drive letter, IF it appears and choose to "format".
For MAC Users - From "disk utility" select the disk, IF the Disk mounts, then from the erase tab, select "erase".

/ Posted by Jerry Cook to Data Recovery Follow @Jerry Cook