How can I retrieve RAW files from a corrupted SD card?

Thasnim Chowdhury May 11, 2013
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Is there any way of recovering files from a corrupted 8GB SD card that is now a RAW (used to be FAT, I think)? I tried chkdsk as shown in an article, but it won’t work with RAW files apparently. Is there any way of getting the data from it before formatting it?

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  1. Daniel Wimberley
    July 24, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    I recently ran into a problem with a corrupted card as well. I tried every recovery software I could get my hands on and had no luck; my card wasn't recognized by my computer, so therefore the software couldn't detect it either. I ended up sending my card off to Recoverfab in Germany. Took about a week for the card to arrive. I heard back from them a day or two later with news that my files had been recovered. The cost was extremely reasonable, too. Couldn't be happier.

  2. reha andrew
    May 15, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Though your card got corrupted but still you can recover your data. For recovering the data you can use a SD card recovery software and easily you will gain access to your data.

  3. Paul Pruitt
    May 11, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    I review a bunch of free ones here:

    http://legacy.s2services.com/cameraundeletefreeware.htm.

    The attempt confirmed the Zero Assumption Recovery (ZAR), http://www.z-a-recovery.com/digital-image-recovery.htm, mentioned in the berry.com article mentioned by Chinmay Sarupria was the best.

    • Thasnim Chowdhury
      May 13, 2013 at 4:19 pm

      Thanks very much! :)

  4. Chinmay Sarupria
    May 11, 2013 at 3:28 pm
  5. ha14
    May 11, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Freeware for RAW Recovery from SD Card - iCare Data Recovery Free
    http://www.icare-recovery.com/data-recovery-free/free-raw-recovery-sd-card.html

    or you can try this if you wish
    open computer management-disk management, right click on the sd card and choose change driver letter and Paths

    • Thasnim Chowdhury
      May 12, 2013 at 9:51 pm

      Thanks for this, it worked to get my recognisable file type files. I now have all my pictures back, which were a priority :P

    • ha14
      May 13, 2013 at 8:30 pm

      you mean SD Card – iCare Data Recovery Free worked for you?

  6. Jeffrey Wilson
    May 11, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Try using testdisk which an open source software, go this link to get a better
    understanding of the process.
    http://trickswithhacker.blogspot.com/2012/03/recover-your-data-from-corrupt-usb_24.html

  7. susendeep dutta
    May 11, 2013 at 8:05 am
  8. Rajaa Chowdhury
    May 11, 2013 at 1:47 am

    Probably you need to use a data recovery tool. Read these:

    https://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9224577/6_data_recovery_tools_for_SD_cards_USB_drives_and_more

    Tip: Make sure your Secured Digital memory card is unlocked - If you’re using a SD or SDHC card, make sure the small write-protection switch on the left side near the top of the card is not enabled. Sometimes a card gets locked when inserting it into the camera or card reader. Gently slide the write-protection switch down to unlock it.

    • Thasnim Chowdhury
      May 13, 2013 at 4:18 pm

      Thank you! I ended up using Photorec :)

    • Julian Williams
      June 14, 2013 at 6:04 am

      try use free data recovery software recuva

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