How to Restore Images from SD Flash Cards
Digital cameras have become an integral part of our life. We use them on regular occasions in order to store our precious moments. The days of taking photos on film and then having them developed are a thing of the past. These days all our photographs are stored on a memory card such as an SD Card, XD Card, MMC Card, CF Cards, etc. SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) cards are flash memory cards with a least the capacity of 4GB and are designed for devices which are well-suited with Secure Digital 2.00 specification. The demand of these cards has raised due to the introduction of reasonable and advanced high-resolution point-and-shoot digital cameras. You can get better performance from your digital cameras by using Secure Digital flash cards which not only offer high-capacity storage but better data transfer speed as well. Though Secure digital flash cards are considered reliable and safe storage media for photos, they get corrupted under many circumstances. Due to corruption, a digital camera using SD flash card may throw several errors. Additionally, after the corruption, the image files stored on a SD card also become inaccessible. In such situation to restore images from SD flash card you need to make use of appropriate memory card recovery software.
Common error messages displayed when the SD card gets corrupted:
"The Media is not formatted would you like to format now?"
"Memory Card Not Formatted"
You may witness the above error messages on the LCD screen of your digital camera if your SD flash card has got corrupted. Secure digital cards can get corrupt owing to reasons like an interruption in read/write process, file system damage, virus attacks and so on.
If you have unintentionally pressed the Delete-All option on your digital camera or formatted the SD card, you can still recover your deleted images from the SD Card if you act quickly. The reason the files are still recoverable is due to the fact that the memory card won't overwrite the files immediately. So until you take any new pictures, all of your old images will still be there. All your lost image files can be restored from your SD flash card by using good professional memory card recovery software.
A Memory card recovery utility can successfully restore images from a formatted SD flash card if you refrain from storing new data onto the card. If you store new files on the card before retrieving lost photos, it is very much possible that you may end up over-writing the previous content. In such situations, it becomes almost impossible for any software to do the recovery job. Therefore if you wish to recover deleted photos from your SD flash card then you must get a good memory card recovery tool, and you should have all your favorite photos back within minutes. This tool is an exceptional utility which recovers lost or deleted photos from various types of memory cards including SDHC, SD, MMC, XD, MMC, etc. The memory card recovery software lets you restore memory card on Mac and Windows with ease. The good news is that this recovery software offers a free download, so you can try and see if your lost images are recoverable at absolutely no cost.
Follow the steps given below to restore images from SD Flash Card:
Step 1: Remove the SD Flash Crad from the digital camera, and connect it to a PC / laptop on which Memory Card Recovery software has already been installed. Run the application, either from the Programs Menu or by clicking on the desktop shortcut icon. A main window displays with "Recover Photos" option select the option as shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1. Main Window
Step 2: To recover deleted files from SD Flash Card choose "Recover Deleted Photos" option as shown in Figure 2.
Figure 2. Select Appropriate Option
Step 3: The software displays all the drives that are connected to the PC, select the memory card from which you want to recover lost files as shown in Figure 3.
Figure 3. Select Memory Card
Step 4: You can perform an additional search for files by selecting the file types provided or you an even add / edit file types that are not listed or you may skip this process by clicking on the "Skip" option as shown in Figure 4.
Figure 4. Select File Types
Step 5: Then the software scans the memory stick for lost / deleted files and once the scanning process is completed displays the found data which can be viewed by using "Data View" or "File Type View" option as shown in Figure 5.
Figure 5. View Recovered Photos
Step 6: You can make use of the "Preview" option to preview the recovered files and evaluate the recovery results as shown in Figure 6.
Figure 6. Preview Recovered Files