How to Get Back Files from Canon Camera Memory Card?

“Need help, I ran into a big trouble by formatting my Canon camera’s memory card. I had all my precious pictures and few videos on it that are lost now. I accidentally formatted the card when it was connected to system to transfer all its files. I don’t even posses backup of these files. So can anyone suggest me how to perform Canon camera memory card recovery? Thanks in advance.”

This kind of situation may be quite frequent among camera users, since all the camera models save the captured images on external storage device like memory card. In the top list of camera manufacturers, Canon is a well known brand that has served in producing high quality superior images. As Canon camera stores all its captured pictures in the format CRW / CR2 on memory card mounted on it, any damage or mishandling of the card will lead to unforeseen data disasters.

Given below are the common scenarios that result in loss of valuable files from Canon camera’s memory card:

  • Unintentional memory card formatting / reformatting without proper backup on Windows system can lead to complete loss of card data
  • Interruptions while moving files from memory card to system or other external devices due to power surge, system shutdown, etc.
  • Memory card getting corrupt as a result of abrupt removal from Canon camera or system during any read / write process
  • Malicious malware attack to Canon camera’s card by connecting it to virus infected system can delete certain files from it
  • File system corruption on memory card, accidental deletion of necessary files, selecting Delete All option while the card is on camera, etc. will all lead to data loss from the card.

In few other cases, memory card may turn corrupt or inaccessible due to Malfunctioning of Canon camera, using it with insufficient battery or when there is no free space on the memory card and other software conflicts. When any of these occur, user may lose access to all priceless data like pictures, videos, etc. from Canon camera memory card. But, there is no need to worry much as the files are not lost forever. This is because, losing or deletion of files from memory card will only make the file invisible to the OS and the files still reside in the same memory location. If any new data is not saved to this memory then, recovery of Canon camera memory card data is possible with the use of proficient recovery tool.

Software to regain data from Canon camera memory card:

Among the most preferred and advanced recovery products, Yodot Photo Recovery is one that is efficient to restore all types of media files from memory cards. This program is excelled with powerful scanning algorithms that identify picture files types like JPG, PNG, BMP, TIGG, IMG, PIC, GIF, etc. and Raw images like CRW, CR2, SR2, PEF, ORF, NEF and many other.

The software is also capable of retrieving videos and audios file types like MP3, MP4, MOV, AVI, M4V, DIVX, XVID, 3GP, WAV, AIFF and so on from various memory card types like SD, micro SD, CF, MMC, XQD, SDHC, etc. One can also recover files from memory Stick, system hard drive, external hard disk, USB drive on Windows operated systems like Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, etc.

Steps to perform Canon camera memory card recovery:

  • Download Yodot Photo Recovery software on to a healthy Windows computer
  • Connect your Canon camera along with memory card to this Windows PC
  • Install and run the tool to trigger recovery process
  • In the main screen, click on “Deleted Photo Recovery” option to restore erased files from memory card
  • Or click on “Lost Photo Recovery” option to get back lost files
  • In the upcoming screen, choose the drive that represents Canon camera’s card
  • Then, specify the file types to be recovered or just click on Mark All option
  • Clicking on Next, the tool scans selected drive for few span of time to extract lost and erased files
  • After completion of scanning process, all restored files will be shown under Data view and File type view options
  • Go through the list of retrieved files, select necessary file and view it by clicking on Preview button
  • Target destination location on host system drive or other external storage device and save these files (But not to the same memory card from which files were recovered)

Important Note:

  • Avoid mishandling of memory card while using it on Canon camera or system
  • Always make use of Safely remove hardware option while removing the card from system
  • Before capturing pictures on Canon camera check for sufficient memory on the card
  • Do not click any pictures when Canon camera shows low battery

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