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How to Recover Data from Corrupted SD Card?

Secure Digital (SD) cards are one of the latest developments in the flash memory and are extensively used in PowerShot cameras, cell phones,  video game consoles etc.  Flash memory is non-volatile, meaning that it does not require power to retain data and there is no power source or power storage built into the SD card. Since SD cards are reliable, portable and durable,  they are more preferred to store text documents, pictures, videos, games, music etc. Besides all these features SD cards are also not immune to corruption like other type of memory cards.

You just slide your flash SD card from your camera into the card reader and connect it to your computer. As you open it to view photos, you get an error saying that your SD card is damaged and you may need to format it. As your SD card contains some useful data and photos, you cannot format it. Now,  you don’t even have a chance to take a backup of those files!!! If you format the SD card as stated by error then you will lose all your data including photos. This is because, formatting process deletes each and everything from SD card and rebuild a new directory structure to save new files. There are many reasons for SD card corruption. Some of the common reasons are as follows.

Battery Issues: If the battery of your digital camera is about to die or if you’re taking pictures from your digital camera even when a little battery life is left then you may end up in SD card corruption. Therefore, you should make sure that the camera's battery is fully charged before capturing any photos.

Improper Storage Issues: You should not capture photos when your SD card’s storage capacity becomes full. This is because, if you continue saving new images even when SD card become full, it starts overwriting the old photos that already exist on SD card. As a result, your flash SD card may get corrupt making all your data inaccessible.

Haphazard use of digital camera: your digital camera needs some time to process the pictures so that it can properly write them on the SD cards. Therefore, if you shoot pictures in rapid succession without allowing your camera to process it then the file system of your SD card gets corrupted.  Similarly, if you remove the SD card from the card reader during data transfer or from camera without turning it off then also your SD card may get corrupted resulting in weird error messages. These errors make all your data stored in SD card inaccessible.

Other issues: Other reasons responsible for SD card corruption are virus attack, instant power failure, accidental system shutdown during data transfer, formatting issues like formatting the camera’s SD card in computer results in SD card corruption.

Requirements: Microsoft Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows 2008

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

The moment you find that you are not able to access the data from SD card, the first thing you should do is stop using it. Don’t take any more photos. Don’t do anything with the SD card until you have figured out what’s wrong!!! After that, when you come to know that your SD card is corrupted don’t worry!!! All your data is not yet lost!!! you can easily recover sd card data by using one of the best data recovery tool i.e. SD Card Recovery Software. But, you should make sure that you have not used corrupted SD card to save new data as it results in permanent data loss.

SD card recovery software can easily and safely recover each and every file from severely corrupted or damaged SD cards. If you have accidentally deleted some essential files from SD card then you can use this software. This software can also recover SD card deleted files easily. All the deleted / lost files from different types of SD cards like MiniSD cards, MicroSD cards, SDHC cards, SDXC cards etc. can be recovered by using this software. This tool can also recover data from mini sd card which are lost due to file system corruption and accidental formatting. It has the ability to recover SanDisk SD card including all other popular brands of SD card like Transcend, Kingston, Sony, Lexar etc. If you have accidentally formatted your Transcend SDHC card then also you can make use of this software. This software has built in algorithm which is especially designed to restore transcend sdhc card after format error. It is capable of recovering  deleted / lost media files like pictures, videos, audios, digital RAW photos from SD cards on the basis of their unique signature.

Steps to recover data from corrupt SD card:

Step 1: Connect the corrupted SD card to a healthy computer and then download and install SD Card Recovery Software to that computer. After launching the software successfully, you’ll find three different options on the main screen. Choose "Recover Photos" option among those options as shown in Fig 1.

Recover Corrupted SD Card Data - Main Screen

Figure 1: Main Screen

Step 2: Now, select option of your choice from the next screen as shown in Fig 2 below

Recover Corrupted SD Card Data - Select Recovery Mode

Figure 2: Select Recovery Mode

Step 3: Select the corrupted SD card from the next screen and then click on "Next" to start the scanning process as shown in Fig 3 below.

Recover Corrupted SD Card Data - Select SD Card

Figure 3: Select SD Card

Step 4: After the scanning is completed you can view the retrieved data as shown in Fig 4 below.

Recover Corrupted SD Card Data - Recovery Results

Figure 4: Recovery Results

Note: You will be only allowed to save the recovered SD card data if you are using full version of this software.

Requirements: Microsoft Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows 2008

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

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