Recover Deleted Files from Flash Card

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)

How to Recover Deleted Files from Flash Card ?

Flash memory cards are referred to as solid-state storage devices, which are used for storing digital information. Solid-state means there are no moving parts. Absence of moving parts increases the data accessing speed of memory card resulting in faster retrieval of data. Its capacity and compatibility are the key character that makes it more popular. As compared to hard disk drives, memory cards are small, re-writable, and have the ability to retain data without power. They are almost everywhere from digital cameras and mobile phones to mp3 players and gaming consoles. MiniSD Cards and MicroSD Cards are flash memory card, which are mainly used in mobile phones and other small handheld devices. Flash memory cards like CompactFlash, SmartMedia, and Memory Stick are used in digital cameras, which support photo files. PCMCIA Type I and Type II memory cards are used as solid-state disks in laptops and supports photo files, audio files as well as video files. Nowadays it is difficult to find a multimedia device, which does not support memory card. Like the advantages, the memory card also has certain disadvantages. They can be easily misplaced or otherwise lost because of its tiny size. As most modern operating system can read and write to them, they can carry viruses from one computer to another. Sometimes flash memory card can be quite expensive to buy, if you want them for storing large amount of data.


Some scenarios describing how files can be deleted from memory card are as below:


Accidental deletion: If you have unwillingly deleted few images while viewing it in your digital camera, it will be lost and same thing happens, if some image are deleted when your memory card is connected to computer, because it does not go to Recycle Bin. One more situation can be while adding some new images if you get error message saying “not enough memory, delete some item” and if you delete your important images in this scenario, then you will lose them. In such cases you can undelete flash card data used in digital cameras and restore pictures.


Corruption of flash card: Memory cards can be used in almost all multimedia devices and if you use memory card of your mobile in your computer, later in your digital camera, and later in MP3 player then it might get corrupted. When your memory card is corrupted, BIOS may detect your memory card but data becomes inaccessible and gets damaged. You sholud use recovery tool to recover damaged memory card.


Formatting of flash card: Sometimes, file system used in your memory card becomes RAW, means DBR (DOS Boot Record, which is important to organize information in the hard drive) is damaged because of virus infection, power outages, etc. In this case, if you connect your memory card to your system you will get error message saying, "The drive is not formatted, do you want to format it now". However the data is inaccessible in this scenario and you will be forced to format the card. Once you do so you will end up with data loss. Nevertheless it is possible to restore formatted flash card data using a good flash card recovery software


While transferring: When you are transferring data from memory card to your computer or vice versa, there are possibilities of losing the data if you remove the card improperly in between transferring process or if you abort the transferring process. If power goes off or because of careless shutdown in between the process then also few files may get deleted


When a particular image is deleted in digital camera there is no Deleted Item folder to recover it back and when memory card is connected to PC, the deleted images do not go to Recycle Bin. When you delete a particular image file, the pointer pointing to the file gets deleted and the space is made available. However, the data remains on the memory card. Therefore, if you want to recover your deleted files from the memory card then you should follow few precautions. This involves avoiding usage of the memory card after data loss as new data can overwrite the previous data. Using this trustable file recovery tool you can restore all hard drive data after formatting or corruption. To carry out this type of recovery operation, Recover Flash Card software is appropriate one. It is equally useful on all brands of flash card to restore entire data. You can employ this prominent tool to rescue fils from SanDisk, Kingston, HP, Samsung amd all other types of flash card.

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)

Recover Flash Card (Windows) software uses inbuilt algorithms to retrieve flash card files on Windows. This software can undelete photos from flash memory card and supports recovery of MP3, MP4, WAV, MIDI, AIFF, AIFC, AIF, RA, AMR audio file format and AVI, MP4, MOV, MPEG, MPG, M4V,3G2, 3GP, RM video file formats. This also supports recovery of JPEG, JPG, TIFF, TIF, PNG, BMP, GIF, and PSD image formats. You can make use of Remo Recover (Mac) - Media Edition to perform Mac flash card recovery OS X.


Steps to recover lost files from corrupted flash card data and restore data are given below:


Step 1: Download the demo version of Recover Flash Card (Windows) software and connect your memory card to the system, which will be detected as the external hard drive. Install the software. Select "Recover Photos" option from the main screen as shown in figure 1


Flash Card Recovery - Main Window


Fig 1: Main Screen


Step 2: Select "Recover Deleted Photos" option after which the list of detected drives is displayed. Then select the memory card from which the photo needs to be recovered as shown in figure 2


Select Flash Card for recovery


Fig 2:Select Flash Card

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: Select the "File type" you want to recover and click on "Next" to start the recovery process. You can also skip the step by using "Skip" button as shown in figure 3



Select file type


Fig 3: Select File Type


Step 4:The software starts scanning the selected memory card. Once the scanning is completed the recovered data is displayed as shown in figure 4


Recovered files from flash card


Fig 4:Recovered files list

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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