How to Recover Data from Formatted Memory Card


memory cardIf you are a digital camera, camcorder or even mobile phone user, you probably know this tiny piece of device called memory card (such as SD card, CF card, XD picture card or memory stick etc.) as it stores all your digital memories. But formatting a memory card by mistake without backing data up is common problem. You are never alone. Question is any possibility to recover data from formatted memory card on a PC or Mac computer?


Before answering this question, take an overview of how data (photos, videos and other files) is stored on a memory card (on your digital camera, cell phone etc). Let’s put it simple, when a memory card is manufactured and delivered to the market, it is usually formatted as this kind of FAT (File Allocation Table) file system. The allocation table records all the information about where, when and how the data you save when you take photos or videos. When you formatted the memory card, what you deleted is just those surface information the file system records. BUT the real data contained in the files are NEVER gone until new data occupy the space where those old data take. As a result it is very clear that even if you formatted memory card, you have great chance to recover data as long as they are NOT overwritten.


How to Recover Files Formatted from Memory Card?

By relying on a third-party data recovery program, you can easily recover formatted memory card on your own.

Formatted Memory Card Recovery Tool for Windows

If you are Windows users, and the files on your memory card are mostly digital photos, videos, mucis etc, then you probably need the photo recovery software. Not only formatted photos, this program can also recover pictures deleted or inaccessible due to memory card error. General photo formats such as JPG (JPEG), PNG, PCX, BMP, GIF etc and RAW photos like Canon CR2(CRW), Nikon NEF, Fuji RAF, Pentax PEF, Olympus ORF can all be retrieved at great ease. The app is fully compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 etc.

Formatted Memory Card Recovery Software for Mac

If you are Mac OS X users, and the files formatted from your memory card etc contains medio files, then the Mac photo recovery tool is right what you need. It can recover formatted, deleted or lost files from various storage devices like digital camera, camcorder, computer hard drive, USB flash drive, external disk, cell phone, iPod, music player, and more. Free trial version even allows you to preview the found files before recovery. The app is fully compatible with Mac OS X 10.4, 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, 10.8 Mountain Lion.



You should remember – In order to increase chances of recovering data from formatted memory card, before you use the previous file recovery program, you’d better stop using the memory card which means immediately stop taking more photos or videos and keep the memory card safe from any physical damage. As you already know that once data got overwritten or damaged, it is impossible to perform formatted memory card data recovery.

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