Recover PSP Memory Stick Data after Format

“Hi, I accidentally formatted my PSP memory stick while using on digital camera. I had saved very important pictures and video files in it, for which I didn’t possess any backup. I cannot lose the files as it holds crucial information. Can anyone please guide me on how to recover formatted PSP memory stick data? Kindly suggest useful tips.”

Losing data from external storage devices like PSP memory stick is very common and most of the times it is due to formatting. Formatting is a process of recrseating file allocation table on memory stick by erasing file entries in registry. However, this process will render loss of files saved in that PSP memory stick if user has no backup. Let us first see few scenarios that compel formatting of PSP memory stick from various gadgets:

  • Using PSP memory stick on vivid gadgets or on different operating systems can induce format error that says memory stick needs to be formatted
  • Malicious malware intrusion to PSP memory stick can sometimes result in file system corruption and throws error saying format the memory stick
  • Making use of newly purchased PSP memory stick directly on gadgets to save data like pictures, videos, etc. may sometimes fling device not formatted error

Apart from this, accidentally choosing PSP memory stick while trying to format any other device connected on system will cause loss of precious data from PSP memory stick. Fortunately there is nothing to worry because formatting does not erase data permanently from PSP memory stick or other storage drive. Formatting will just erase the index values of all files present in device and not the files from its memory locations. Thus, if no new data is added to PSP memory stick after format, then it is very simple to get data which user thinks lost.

Software to bring back formatted data from PSP memory stick:

According to data recovery experts, formatted PSP memory stick data can be recovered with the assistance of excellent card recovery tool like Yodot Photo Recovery. This software is effectively capable of recovering data like pictures, raw images, videos and audio files from PSP memory stick with ease. It can retrieve picture files like JPEG, IMG, PNG, BMP, GIF; videos like AVI, MOV, MPEG, MP4, 3GP, etc; music like AMR, AIFF, MP3, WAV, etc. and Raw images like NEF, CR2, CRW, SRW, OEF, PEF, etc. It can rescue media data from Lexar memory stick, Sony, SanDisk, Transcend, etc. along with PSP memory stick. Apart from memory stick, one can even restore files from system hard drive, pen drive, removable hard drive, memory cards and other storage devices with ease. This utility is compatible on operating systems – Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and 2008. Mac users can use Yodot Mac Photo Recovery to avail the same on Mac OS X – Snow Leopard, Leopard, Lion and Mountain Lion versions.

Guidelines to bring back formatted data from PSP memory stick:

  • Download Yodot Photo Recovery tool on a Windows computer
  • Connect the formatted PSP memory stick to this system via proper connectivity
  • After installation of software, launch it to start recovery process
  • In main screen click on Lost Photo Recovery to avail formatted data and click next
  • From the list of drives shown on screen, select formatted PSP memory stick from which data has to be recovered
  • Then, select the file types to be recovered from memory stick and click next
  • Software performs a deep scan of selected drive and restores all possible files
  • List of recoverable files will get displayed under Data View / File Type View
  • Glance at required files using Preview button and save all files to desired destination location on Windows system drive

Key points to remember:

  • Do not format PSP memory stick until you are sure about correct backup of required files from it
  • Always protect memory stick from disasters like corruption / damage by avoiding mishandling of device

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