Recovering Corrupted Memory Card

Corrupted memory card

I thought I would share with you a great disk recovery application called PhotoRec (bundled with TestDisk). Here is the blurb from the website: "PhotoRec is file data recovery software designed to recover lost files including video, documents and archives from hard disks, CD-ROMs, and lost pictures (thus the Photo Recovery name) from digital camera memory. PhotoRec ignores the file system and goes after the underlying data, so it will still work even if your media's file system has been severely damaged or reformatted. PhotoRec is free - this open source multi-platform application is distributed under GNU General Public License. PhotoRec is a companion program to TestDisk, an app for recovering lost partitions on a wide variety of file systems and making non-bootable disks bootable again. You can download them from here...

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  1. Recently I had utilized Remo Recover application to restore video, documents, audio from corrupted SD card. Try once … cost worthy software…

  2. Here’s what the program says : “1586 files saved in testdisk-6.14-WIP/recup_dir directory.” Where can I find that folder please.

  3. You are the best!! It’s totally working and It was going to kill my happy mood because my photos and videos were lost from my camera memory card, which I took in the very same day (today). Thanks a lot!

  4. Hi,
    I have the same problem mentioned above, So i used your software but my memory card only showing 1024 MB while it is 8 GB(Transcend). So what can i do to retrieve my datas. I have to change any setup from Bios. Plz tell me i have data worth of 9 months in it.


    1. As we have already said before, we can’t help you any further than this tutorial. If it doesn’t work for you, I’m afraid you might have to continue your research.

  5. I tried my best by your process, but it can not backup the data from my 4GB Memory Card.
    The recovery backup data folder shows nothing. What can I do ?

    1. Hi Navin

      The help we can provide can be seen in the post above. Besides our findings and the detailed procedure here, there is no more help we can offer. If this procedure does not work for you, we have no idea what else you can do.

  6. Hello ,
    I cant read my memory card in my computer . I have very important things in tht . PLz help me out . This software is not working

  7. I opened the program, but my SD card which is under the F disk doesn't show up, neither does the name of my SD card or anything that points to it. . . . HELP !

    1. My apologies but this article was submitted by one of our readers in order to help others. You will need to reed the instructions carefully and follow them to the letter. If you are not confident enough to proceed, I would suggest to get someone else to help. It is impossible for us to know what is going on in your PC.

      I understand this is not the answer you were expecting but it is the only one I can give you. I believe you need to be slightly advanced with computers to follow the article. I am a mac user myself and haven’t used this little program, hopefully someone else might be able to help you.

  8. I. trying this and it gives me a msg that I should deactivate my antivirus because it's blocking the application, should I do that? it seems kinda fishy to me. I'm having a similar issue where my memory stick is being read by my laptop however when I try to see the files I can't but if I check them from my camera the files are all there. What should I do? :(

    1. Hello Patty

      No one can tell you what you should do, you need to make this decision yourself. If this helps, I believe that your antivirus system thinks the software is not legitimate, however, many people have tried it and it works fine. Going ahead with this will be your own choice.

  9. THANK YOU so much for posting this! I just had an experience with a corrupt card (it was recalled by the manufacturer for this problem) and this worked for me. I tried a different site from first and that did not work. This however did. I am soooo grateful, it recovered about 2500 lost pics and videos. i will definitely be making a contribution to their website.
    Thanks again for the posting!

  10. Nice one. Added for future reference.

    I did something similar a few years ago – told linux to erase as it offloaded, which it misinterpreted as `erase and then fail to offload then sit and gibber for a while. In my case, I found (also open-source) which rescued the JPEGs – luckily I'd been shooting both RAW+JPEG – and one of them is now a portfolio image of mine!

    Incidentally, it should be pointed out how this fits in a maximum-safety workflow:
    a) every session starts by formatting the card, in camera
    b) you offload, backup, process, backup some more
    c) all the while you're processing, the card has the raw images
    d) goto A.

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