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Flash memory card is an external storage device used in digital cameras, mobile phones, audio players, gaming consoles, etc. Various types of memory cards like SD card, XD card, Compact Flash card, Memory stick, Multi Media Card, etc are manufactured by popular brands like Transcend, SanDisk, Sony, Kingston, Olympus, etc. Memory cards use flash memory to store the digital information; hence most of the people call them as flash cards or flash memory cards. Flash memory is a non-volatile chip that can be electrically erased and reprogrammed.
Most of the times flash memory cards are connected to computer to synchronize the data. File transfer between flash card and computer can be done in various ways like connecting flash card though a USB card reader, by inserting memory card directly into the memory card slot available in laptops, or connecting via Bluetooth when it comes to mobile phones. In case of digital camera, the digital camera can be directly connected to computer with a USB cable without removing memory card.
Formatting is a process of preparing storage medium for data storage by erasing all the files stored in the storage medium. You can recover data from unformatted memory card in very simple and hassle free manner. But, in case of flash memory card, formatting process erases all the data that is stored. Flash cards could get formatted in different ways. Few of them are listed here,
Few people think that formatting a flash memory card erases all the files stored in it permanently but it won’t delete all the files as soon as you format it. Only the pointer which points to the location of data stored in memory card will be removed and that space will be marked as available. The actual stream of bytes still exists on the stored sector until the flash card is overwritten with new data. You can recover deleted files from flash card with the help of flash card recovery software. This flash card recovery software can undelete files from corrupt memory card and restore photo, audio and video files effectively. You can avoid the deletion of data with a few simple precautionary measures, like examining the contents and priority of files stored in memory card before formatting, taking a backup prior to formatting flash cards, etc. Even if you have formatted any drive on your system and want to get back all information from that drive, use this efficient tool.
Recover Flash Card utility is a popular data recovery software which retrieve files from flash memory card on Windows after it has been formatted. This software helps you to recover photos from flash card and recover all popular audio, video and image file formats along with the digital RAW photo files. Using this software you can sort the recovered files based on name, creation date, size, etc and it helps to preview the files prior to restoration. You can also use this utility to restore flash card used in digital cameras and restore deleted or lost images. If the data gets damaged due to some unexpected reasons, you can use this software to recover damaged flash memory card. Follow the steps given below to recover flash card after format:
Step 1: Download and install the Recover Flash Card application. Click on desktop icon or select the option from "Start Menu" to launch the software. Once the software is launched, it will display the main screen as shown in fig 1
Fig 1:Main Screen
Step 2: Select "Recover Photos" option from main screen, then you will get two options. Since we have to recover files from formatted flash memory card select "Recover Lost Photos". The software will shows the available storage drives as shown in figure 2
Fig 2: Select Drive
Step 3: Select the Removable Disk and click "Next". A window appears with a list of file types which can be recovered as shown in fig 3
Fig 3: Select File Type
Step 4: Select the file type which you want to recover and click "Next". The software scans the selected drive and displays the list of files as shown in fig 4
Fig 4: Recovered files