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Recover files from an SD card that needs to be formatted

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Help needed please. On transferrring my SD card from an S4 to a HTC m8, the sd card is no longer readable and requires a format. If I do so, this will wipe all the files. Anyone with experience… Read More
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2y, 4m agoPosted 2 years, 4 months ago
Help needed please.

On transferrring my SD card from an S4 to a HTC m8, the sd card is no longer readable and requires a format.

If I do so, this will wipe all the files. Anyone with experience of using any free recovery programs?

Thank you in advance
ericagradus Avatar
2y, 4m agoPosted 2 years, 4 months ago
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#1
Get a USB micro-sd card reader for a PC so you can access it and take the files off.
#2
Never choose the format a card unless you are sure you have already saved the files you need.
#3
rev6
Get a USB micro-sd card reader for a PC so you can access it and take the files off.

Thank you, tried this. Laptop wants to format the card too
#4
nacho99
Never choose the format a card unless you are sure you have already saved the files you need.

I haven't chosen to format the card, but I cannot take the files off the card at present.
#5
Have you still got the S4, can you not save the files to a PC using a cable to transfer from the S4.
#6
Dyslexic_Dog
Have you still got the S4, can you not save the files to a PC using a cable to transfer from the S4.
Now when I put SD card back in S4 - no longer recognised without being formatted. This was my initial thought, but no luck
#7
I would advise that you look at a free piece of software called Recuva. You can download it from here click click.

Edited By: Grill on Dec 30, 2014 13:53
#8
Simple just format memory-card then use recovery software like iCare Data Recovery, Recuva etc. and recover all your data.
#9
Grill
I would advise that you look at a free piece of software called Recuva. You can download it from here click click.
ah beat me to it. recuva should work fine.
#10
But will Recuva work if the file format and file system isn't recognised, as is the case here? Every recovery program I've ever tried using requires a functioning file system to perform the undeletes.
#11
Ferris
But will Recuva work if the file format and file system isn't recognised, as is the case here? Every recovery program I've ever tried using requires a functioning file system to perform the undeletes.


See #8
#12
Thanks guys. Recovered files are corrupt, i.e. Half a photo. Excuse my ignorance buy if I now format the card, which wipes all the data, how can the data then be recovered?
#13
fromatting normaly just wipes the file allocation table. which is basically a list of where to find the data relating to files ie. picture 1 might be in block 126. progarms like recuva approach in a brute force like method and try all block combinations to see elwhat goes together as a file. you will lose file paths normally but most files will be recovered

Not exactly how it works but near enough for you to get the idea
#14
ericagradus
Thanks guys. Recovered files are corrupt, i.e. Half a photo. Excuse my ignorance buy if I now format the card, which wipes all the data, how can the data then be recovered?


Recuva - Features

File Recovery

Recovery from damaged or formatted disks

The dreaded hard drive crash. The file you forgot to backup before you reformatted a drive. The camera memory card with your holiday snaps that no longer works. Recuva can handle them too.
Windows (and other operating systems) uses a hidden index on hard drives, USB drives, and memory cards. Instead of having to search through the entire drive for a file you request, all it has to do is look it up in the index -- a much faster process.

Unfortunately, if the index is damaged, Windows can no longer find your files, even if the files themselves haven't been corrupted. That's where Recuva comes in.

Unlike Windows, Recuva scans all parts of a drive, looking for the bits that make up your files. If a drive's index has been damaged, chances are other parts of the drive may have been damaged too. Recuva will show you a list of files it has found on the drive, and give you an estimate of the likelihood of success of recovering them.

Similarly, when you format a drive (especially if you use the Quick Format option), Windows erases the hidden index but does not overwrite the existing files until you start saving new data to it. Recuva can still scan the drive's contents to find your files.
#15
ericagradus
Thanks guys. Recovered files are corrupt, i.e. Half a photo. Excuse my ignorance buy if I now format the card, which wipes all the data, how can the data then be recovered?

for me iCare Data Recovery always work formatted lost files..

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RAM: at least 128 MB
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Formatting
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CHKDSK error message - "The type of the filesystem is RAW"
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DE HDD, SATA HDD, SCSI HDD, FireWire HDD, SSD, USB HDD, External HDD, Hardware RAID, Floppy drive, USB flash drive, Compact flash card, Secure Digital card, Memory card/Memory stick, Micro card, Zip drive, IPod, Other storage devices
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Good Luck .!


Edited By: GirN3 on Dec 30, 2014 15:07

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