How to Recover Files from SanDisk Flash Memory
I have an 8GB Sandisk flash drive, in which I've stored all of our family photos taken in the past few years. Today when I connected it to my computer to access the data, the computer crashed all of a sudden and I had to force reboot it. Then the problem comes, the flash drive reformats it and erases all data. Does anyone have any idea how I can retrieve my pictures from the SanDisk flash memory? Any help would be really appreciated! We don't have these pictures anywhere else and I'd really hate to lose them all!
Similar SanDisk data loss scenarios can be seen here or there. Besides disk reformat, you may also encounter accidental deletion, card corruption and showing "Media/Drive is not formatted, would you like to format now?", and more. Luckily those lost data can be got back if you act as soon as possible before the files are gone forever (which means overwritten technically).
So what do you need to rescue data from the disk? Simple! A file recovery software, a computer (running under Windows or Mac OS X).
SanDisk Data Recovery Software for PC & Mac
The professional data recovery program allows you to recover data accidentally deleted or lost from any storage devices including all SanDisk flash memory products. It is capable of recovering data that is lost due to reasons like virus attack, disk formatting, memory corruption, loss of MBR, unexpected system shut down, etc. Note: you can recover up to 100MB files for free in the free trial version. The software is equipped with an easy-to-use wizard, no prior recovery skills needed. The Windows version is fully compatible with Windows 8/7/Vista/XP, while the Mac version is 100% compatible with OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.7 Lion, 10.6 Snow Leopard, 10.5 Leopard.
Step 1: Connect your SanDisk memory card, flash drive or music player to your PC or Mac.
Step 2: Download, install and run the data recovery program on your computer. Then let it scan the device for recoverable items.
Step 3: Preview the found files (photos, videos, music, documents etc) and recover them easily. Lastly save them to a destination on another disk. That’s it!
Note: the software supports recovering data from the following storage devices:
SanDisk memory cards: PCMCIA, ExpressCard, CompactFlash, MultiMediaCard, xD-Picture Card, Memory Stick, RS-MMC, SD Card The industry standard, SDHC Card, SD Mini Card, SD Micro Card, MicroSD etc.
SanDisk USB flash drives: Cruzer® USB flash drive, Ultra® USB flash drive, Extreme® USB 3.0 flash drive, Xbox 360® USB flash drive by SanDisk etc.
SanDisk audio and video players: Sansa Clip, Sansa Fuze, Sansa c200, Sansa e100, Sansa e200, Sansa Connect, Sansa Shaker, Sansa Express, Sansa TakeTV, Sansa View, slotRadio Player, slotMusic Player.