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Help! Micro SD Card Data Recovery Program

jennicruz 478 859 November 19, 2015 at 01:32 PM
I need help recovering data from a micro sd card. All the programs I've downloaded are either fake free (scans, allow preview, but need to pay for recovery) and some only recovers limited amount as trial (~1gb). Any cost free recommendations or method would be appreciated.

Backstory: I was trying out a new portable camera and it requires a micro sd card. I didn't have any extra at the time so I used the one from my phone. As soon as I insert it into the cam, it ask to format it. I took it out right away cause I know I'm not formatting it. But putting the card back into my phone, all data are lost. I've tried about 8 recovery programs, I can see the data, but recovering them for free is almost impossible.

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I need help recovering data from a micro sd card. All the programs I've downloaded are either fake free (scans, allow preview, but need to pay for recovery) and some only recovers limited amount as trial (~1gb). Any cost free recommendations or method would be appreciated.
here are 2 good free options:
http://www.piriform.com/recuva
http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec
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here are 2 good free options:
http://www.piriform.com/recuva
http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec
Recuva is the fake free one.
I saw photorec, and will give that a try. Thanks!
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here are 2 good free options:
http://www.piriform.com/recuva
http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec
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Recuva is the fake free one.
I saw photorec, and will give that a try. Thanks!
photorec/test disk work well, but aren't always as intuitive as other programs.

Recuva has a free version that will actually recover files, it's missing a few features found in the paid version, but should be adequate for you needs. Even if you paid for the full version, it's a pretty cheap option. http://www.piriform.com/recuva/download
You should probably try the "deep scan" and then you click the check box for the files you want to recover and click recover.

While I can understand that it's frustrating to discover a program isn't actually free, most paid data recovery software has a trial / demo that tries to show if it's possible to recover certain files. This prevents angry customers buying the software to discover it didn't work.

Sometime the paid programs succeed where the free options fail. I've had good luck with Runtime's GetDataBack and Kroll's Ontrack EasyRecovery.

With many data recovery programs and depending on what happened, you can loose file names, folder structure, and file creation/modified dates. Thankfully, the metadata embedded in photos is generally not lost.

Here's another one, but this one has a 2gb limit: http://www.easeus.com/datarecover...ftware.htm
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I have also used Recuva to get pictures back on other peoples cards. If your just trying to get pictures back it's a pretty good program. Next time OP will learn to backup the card of critical data like photos (Lots of android apps do this for free) and might copy it before using it in another device. Sorry if that seems a little harsh but in 2015 with all the built in backups available no one should loose a photo on their smartphone.
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photorec/test disk work well, but aren't always as intuitive as other programs.

Recuva has a free version that will actually recover files, it's missing a few features found in the paid version, but should be adequate for you needs. Even if you paid for the full version, it's a pretty cheap option. http://www.piriform.com/recuva/download
You should probably try the "deep scan" and then you click the check box for the files you want to recover and click recover.

While I can understand that it's frustrating to discover a program isn't actually free, most paid data recovery software has a trial / demo that tries to show if it's possible to recover certain files. This prevents angry customers buying the software to discover it didn't work.

Sometime the paid programs succeed where the free options fail. I've had good luck with Runtime's GetDataBack and Kroll's Ontrack EasyRecovery.

With many data recovery programs and depending on what happened, you can loose file names, folder structure, and file creation/modified dates. Thankfully, the metadata embedded in photos is generally not lost.

Here's another one, but this one has a 2gb limit: http://www.easeus.com/datarecover...ftware.htm
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THANK YOU jkee for all the good suggestion!! PhotoRec finally did the trick, I was able to recover all the photos! The UI is a bit old school, like DOS but the instructions were short and easy understand. Got it done in about 30mins.

I also tried Runtime's GetDataBack, but that was limited to 100mb only. Mad

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I have also used Recuva to get pictures back on other peoples cards. If your just trying to get pictures back it's a pretty good program. Next time OP will learn to backup the card of critical data like photos (Lots of android apps do this for free) and might copy it before using it in another device. Sorry if that seems a little harsh but in 2015 with all the built in backups available no one should loose a photo on their smartphone.
Lesson learned. I admit I was careless without thinking about it when swapping the card and never found the need to make backups, but now i will. Thanks for the advice.
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THANK YOU jkee for all the good suggestion!! PhotoRec finally did the trick, I was able to recover all the photos! The UI is a bit old school, like DOS but the instructions were short and easy understand. Got it done in about 30mins.

I also tried Runtime's GetDataBack, but that was limited to 100mb only. Mad

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Lesson learned. I admit I was careless without thinking about it when swapping the card and never found the need to make backups, but now i will. Thanks for the advice.
Sounds like you have an Android phone. The Google Photos app will back them up to the google cloud. Look into it, it's free and would be a life safer in a situation like this or if your phone becomes lost or broken.
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Sounds like you have an Android phone. The Google Photos app will back them up to the google cloud. Look into it, it's free and would be a life safer in a situation like this or if your phone becomes lost or broken.
Are you spying on me?!? Yes, i got an android. Saw those backup apps when looking for recovery apps. Will give those a try too. Thanks again! Rep'd~
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Cloud is good,

but if you want an extra offline backup, try Parchive, it can create files to repair the origin file/folder, run them when you want to verify if any corruption.
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