Recover photos from corrupted memory card

Memory card is used in all the digital cameras to store photos that are captured. Accidentally formatting the memory / SD Card is a common problem. However, these memory cards may get corrupted often, which results in loss of photos from them. Some of the scenarios in which the memory card gets corrupted are as follows:

Human error is one of the main causes for memory card corruption. Memory card gets corrupt when you switch off the camera suddenly while processing / saving an image, when memory card is removed abruptly from card reader or camera during photo transfer. Some times the card may be corrupted if you continue taking photos, when the digital camera is low on battery. If you use the same memory card in different cameras, it may result in corruption. Some other reasons of memory card corruption include virus attack, firmware failure, errors like “Memory Card Error” and “Card Locked” etc.

Once you recognize that, your memory card is corrupt, remove it from the camera and keep it safely until you retrieve photos. Avoid using the memory card any further as it may overwrite existing data resulting in permanent loss of pictures.

You can easily restore media files from Recycle Bin by using Photo Recovery Software. Follow the steps given below to recover memory card data

Step 1: Connect the memory to a PC on which the Photo Recovery Software has already been installed. Launch the application by double clicking the desktop shortcut. The main window appears.

Step 2: Select the memory card that is displayed as a logical drive from which you want to perform recovery of deleted images

Step 3: The software lets you perform an additional search for digital photos by selecting the image file types that are listed, based on their unique signatures, as shown in Figure 1

Select photo typesFigure 1: Select photo types

Step 4: The recovered photos are displayed once the scanning process is finished. You can use the “Data View” or the “File Type View” option to view the recovered pictures as shown in Figure 2

View recovered photosFigure 2: View recovered photos

Step 5: You preview the recovered photos by using the “Preview” option and evaluate recovery results and you can save the photos as shown in Figure 3

Save photosFigure 3: Preview photos