Memory Card Data Recovery&Repair - 100% Safe


How to recover photos videos from memory card (SD/CF/MicroSD/xD...) android phone, camera or other digital devices if files were deleted from memory card by mistake; memory card was formatted, raw 0 bytes, blank; memory card asks formatting; memory card is not showing up, unreadable, corrupted? Follow this tutorial for 100% safe memory card data recovery no matter what happened to your memory card on your Android phone, camera, device, or computer.

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The best chance of memory card data recovery is to keep it untouched from any use, and use a readonly program iCare Pro Free that will do no harm but just scan data on the memory card and pull them out safely (100% no data destruction).

Download Memory Card Recovery Software

With iCare Recovery Pro Free, the powerful free memory card recovery software, it helps recover photos, videos, music from formatted, deleted or corrupted memory card, and it supports all kinds of memory card including SD, XD, CF, Micro SD, and memory stick, etc.

3-Step to Rescue Photos Videos Deleted From SD Card Free

insert sd card to computer with card readerInsert sd card to computer with a card reader

Step1. You need to connect your memory card to a Windows computer with a card reader or to the card slot if your PC hosts one. Then, run iCare Pro and try recovery mode "Deep Scan Recovery".

select recovery

Step2. Select the memory card and click 'Next' to wait the software for a full read-only scan. (100% safe)

select drive

Step3. Preview files displayed in the list and then save data to another destination

recover files

It is especially useful when you want to

  • Retrieve pictures/videos after formatted memory card
  • Need to recover deleted photos (camera photos or phone photos) from memory card(sd, microsd, cf, xd...) after deleting images by mistake
  • Recover corrupted memory card pictures when it shows error (RAW, not formatted)
  • Recover images from storage device for Android phone(Samsung Galaxy, Blackberry, HTC, etc), digital camera (Nikon, Canon, Samsung, or Olympus)
  • Pull out data from sd card which cannot be formatted when it still contains important files
  • Recover deleted videos (mp4, avi, mkv, flv, mov, VCF file...) from memory card when videos were deleted on phone, camera, device, computer...
  • Unknown memory card data loss or memory card is damaged, corrupted, not showing up...

You probably lose data from your memory card due to various kinds of reasons such as mistaken deletion, formatting or memory card shows not formatted error, RAW error and more. When you meet any data loss problem on your storage card, first of all, you should stop using the card for storing new images/videos.

Solution for Memory Card Data Security

What should we do once a memory card has a problem? Stop using your memory card! This would keep the best chance for the inside data.

recover files from micro sd card

If you save new data to the deleted/formatted memory card, missing files would be overwritten. Percentage of proximity to data saving and destruction for most memory cards.

  1. 0MB files saved after delete/format -> 100% chance of successful recovery for most memory cards
  2. 10MB files saved after delete/format on to the same memory card -> 10% or more old data would be corrupted, unreadable or some partially overwritten for a 1GB memory card.
  3. 100MB files saved after delete/format -> 30% or more lost data would be corrupted for a 1GB memory card

Never save data from memory card to the same memory cardNever save data to the same memory card which lost data before data was restored.

This percentage of proximity data destruction is the reason why it is better to avoid memory card data recovery on Android mobile phones itself.

Repair Corrupted Storage Memory Card

What to do if the memory card is corrupted and disables you to access any picture? This is a problem that might result from many reasons. A corrupted memory card cannot be used in mobile phones, digital cameras or any other device.

As the best memory card photo recovery program, iCare Recovery Pro can help you do corrupted memory card photo recovery. If you want to fix the corrupted memory card, you can connect it to a Windows computer and try the Windows Error-checking function to scan and fix bad sectors on it.

How to open error-checking for memory card repair on Windows 10? Follow this route:

Insert memory card to computer -> Open 'This PC' -> Right click memory card -> Property -> Tools, and the error checking tab will show up there.

check and fix errors on memory cardFix memory card with error-checking on Windows 10

Video - Repair Corrupted Memory Card with chkdsk

Chkdsk is able to fix possible errors on a corrupted storage card especially when it has logical errors that was brought by unknown causes or power surge, unsafe removal, file system error etc.

More methods for memory card repair? Try this: sd card repair tool (7 free)

Memory card recovery FAQs

Memory card recovery free using cmd

How do I recover memory card using cmd? Can I recover deleted photos videos from memory card using cmd? The answer is YES if you can remember your file name and image type. Here are the steps for a memory card recovery with command prompt.

  • Open your computer on desktop 'THIS PC', insert your memory card and see which drive letter it is, here for example the memory card is E
  • Open cmd from Run -> type 'cmd' and press enter to get it started
  • Type "E:" (to enter the volume e)
  • Type "recover *.jpg", and press enter (here you need to remember which file name was your deleted image and its file type jpg? png? gif? psd? The following photo shows the steps.)

unformat sd card using cmd recoverUndelete files from memory card using cmd on Windows 10

If this one does not work, you may try another cmd to undelete images from memory card using attrib.

  • Insert your card to computer, remember the drive letter of your memory card (you may find its drive letter under THIS PC, here we make an example of F volume to be the memory card)
  • Open cmd from RUN
  • Type "F:" (you need to replace F with your own memory card volume letter, for example e, i, x, n???)
  • Type "attrib -h -r -s /s /d *.*" and press enter

cmd pen drive recoveryUndelete files from memory card using cmd attrib on Windows 10

memory card not detected in mobile/device, how to repair

If memory card was not detected in mobile phone or pc, repair it by updating its driver in Windows computer in device manager.

Fix #1 - update memory card driver under device manager on Windows computer

change sd card drive letter

Fix #2 - update sd card driver, or uninstall memory card driver on pc, and then reload for memory card fix.

Fix #3 - Fix sd card driver issue with chipgenius

More ways to fix sd card not recognized issue at page: memory card not detected on pc/phone

Related Resource

Memory Card - An evolution of data storage

Data storage used to rely on some big, not easy to take devices like hard disk drives. However, as memory cards were first introduced in Digital camera, a popular digital device to take photos, memory card brought an evolution to our data storage. How? It is small but has a huge capacity and is easy to take. There are many types of memory card like SD card, xd card, cf card, mmc card, flash card etc.

Hot Questions

Q: How can I recover my memory card for free?

Yes, there are several ways that you may try memory card recovery software free or recover memory card using cmd attrib or recover command.

  • Recover memory card data with iCare Recovery Pro free
  • Recover images from memory card with cmd recover
  • Recover memory card files using attrib

Q: How can I recover my deleted data from memory card?

If deleted files were not overwritten by new data, there is great chance of recovery with a professional memory card recovery tool with the following steps.

  • Download iCare Pro Free to a Windows computer
  • Insert memory card to computer with a card reader
  • Open iCare Recovery Pro and select 'Deep Scan Recovery' and select memory card to scan its files
  • Save found data

Last updated on March 28, 2024

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