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Micro SD, short for Micro Secure Digital, cards are the latest in miniature flash drives in 2010. Increasingly, digital cameras and cell phones are using these cards, as their small size (about the size of the nail on your pinkie finger) takes up less space in the device itself. Unfortunately, like any memory device, Micro SD cards can be corrupted by anything from static electricity to improperly removing the card, causing whatever is stored on them(such as photos) to become inexplicably irretrievable. But it is possible to recover most of the data.

How to Recover photos from SD Card

1. Determine the type of SD card you have. If it is 2GB or less, then it is a standard SD card. If it is 4GB or greater, then it is a high capacity or SDHC card. (There are some 4GB standard SD cards but most are SDHC). An SDHC reader is required to read the high capacity cards since the memory allocation formatting is different. If your data is on an SDHC card, it may be intact but you'll need the SDHC device to read it. Some devices, such as readers and cameras, may have software downloads available to upgrade the device to read the SDHC cards. Go to the device manufacturer's website to determine whether such an upgrade is available.
2. Insert your SD card into the card reader. If no drive letter is assigned to it, then the computer isn't reading it. In some cases, the reader may be assigned a drive letter but when you click on it you get the message "Please insert disk into drive E:" indicating that it isn't reading the card.
3. Sometimes a particular device may not read an SD card while other devices will. If you don't have another device, ask a friend to try reading your card.
4. You may find that your computer accesses the card, but won't read the files on it. Try several different files on the card. If some of them read and some don't, then one or more files may be corrupt. There are numerous file recovery programs available; some of them are free. If certain vital parts of the file are corrupted it won't be recoverable. Sometimes scanning the SD card will fix things. It usually won't correct a bad file but it may be worth a try. To do this, locate the card in "My Computer" or Windows Explorer" and right-click on it. From the pop-up menu, click on "Properties." A new window showing a pie chart displays the used and available space on the disk. Select the "Tools" tab, then click on the "Error Checking" button. Click the check box for fixing file system errors and click the "Start" button. The process should only take a few seconds.
5. In some cases, none of the files can be read. Sometimes the directory will list the file names but the files can't be accessed. In other cases, the file names are garbage characters or they may not show up at all. Right-click on the drive letter and select "Properties." The pie chart will show the used space on the card. If it shows all or almost all free space, then either the files have been deleted or the directory has been erased. In this case, a file recovery or undelete program may help (but don't count on it).
6. If you card reads okay but you can't save a file, the card may be write protected. On the edge of the card is a small slide switch usually labeled "Lock." If this switch is slid away from the connector end of the card, then it is "locked" or write protected. To save or modify files on the card, the switch must be in the unlocked position or toward the connector end of the card.
If you still can't read or write photos on the SD card, your files are probably lost. In this case, the most effective way is to download a recovery tool to help you recover the image from your SD card.

How to Use CardRecovery to Recover Photos from SD Card

Step 1

Double-Click the CardRecoveryPro and open it.

Step 2

Connect the device and select the destination folder.

Step 3

Scan and select the files you want to recover.

Step 4

Press recover and get what you want.
Professional SD Card Recovery Software Recover Lost or Deleted Photos in 3 Steps
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