How to Restore Files from Bad SD Card?

“Hi there, the SD memory card on my camera has turned bad. As I connected this 16GB Lexar SD card on my Windows PC, error is getting displayed stating that card is damaged. This card holds all the precious pictures and videos captured in various occasions. Can someone please suggest me on how to recover files from bad SD card? All suggestions are appreciable. Many thanks in advance.”

SD memory card is the widely spread storage media that is used on vivid digital gadgets to store media files. However, this SD card may turn bad due to severe reasons. In the above mentioned scenario, SD card might have turned bad after connecting it to a virus infected system or due to its wrong usage on camera. Apart from this, there are mere more scenarios in which SD memory card gets damaged and becomes bad by not showing any of its files.

Most common instances that result in bad SD memory card:

  • Unintended removal of SD card: While using SD card data on digital gadgets or on system, unorthodox way of removing SD card can damage its file system
  • Severe malware intrusion: Connecting the SD memory card to virus infected systems or downloading malware affected files on card it can cause affect to its file structure, due to which SD card turns bad
  • Inappropriate usage of SD card: Making use of same SD memory card on different digital gadgets and saving new data when there is insufficient free memory on card can damage the card relentlessly
  • Interruptions while read / write process: While transferring files from / to SD memory card by connecting it on system, intrusion of interrupts like system shutdown, power surge, improper connectivity, etc. will all end up in damaging the card

In all of these situations, SD card turns bad and refuses to show the files preserved in it. And hence, users have to face catastrophes by losing access to their priceless data on bad SD card. Fortunately, various files from bad SD card can be easily extracted by employing efficient card retrieval SD card data recovery tool.

Best tool to rescue files from bad SD memory card:

Yodot Photo Recovery is the best utility to bring back data from SD memory cards that are corrupt, bad or damaged due to any of the above reasons. This tool is exclusively built to recover files like pictures, videos, audios, RAW images and other files from SD memory cards on various Windows Platforms. The software contains excellent recovery modules that quickly scan bad SD card to retrieve all its files in little span of time. Also, the program supports file recovery from CF, MMC, micro SDHC, SDXC, mini SD, XQD and other flash memory cards manufactured by SanDisk, Transcend, Samsung, Lexar, Kingston, iBall, so on. This software is compatible to work on Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and 2008 OS based computers and notebooks. Mac users can avail Yodot Mac Photo Recovery to perform the same on various Mac OS X computers.

Recommended steps to regain files from bad SD card:

  • Connect your damaged / bad SD card to a healthy Windows system via card reader
  • Download Yodot Photo Recovery tool to that system and complete the installation process
  • Run the utility and wait for the main screen to get displayed
  • Two options namely; Deleted Photo Recovery and Lost Photo Recovery will be shown under main screen
  • Click on Lost Photo Recovery option and proceed next
  • Now, from the list of drives present on the screen, click for the drive that represents bad SD card connected externally to system
  • Software performs a quick scan of selected SD card and restores various files
  • Toggle between Data view and File Type options to go through the list of rescued files
  • Then, select required location on host system drive (but not on same SD card) and save these files for further usage

Necessary Tips:

  • Always backup crucial files from SD memory card on other external storage components
  • Avoid unorthodox way of performing data activities on SD card that might cause damage to the card
  • Do not use same SD card on different digital gadgets and use ‘Safely Remove drive’ option while ejecting SD card from system

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