How can I recover data from a broken microSD card?
Question by daniel rodriguez /

I have a 1 GB microSD card that stopped working on my phone and it will not show up on any computer adapter I use. What can I do because I don’t want to lose the files I have in there.

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  • Brandon Phillips

    My card is not just corrupted, its somehow physically damaged. It doesn’t show up in GParted and it won’t mount at all. In dmesg, i get: 

        mmc0: error -110 whilst initialising SD card

    I’ve read that I can crack open the case and resolder the contacts but then I wouldn’t be able to use the card after that because the case would be broken…
    Am I completely screwed here?

    • Tina

      Bericp,

      it sounds pretty hopeless.

      If you urgently need the data on your SD card, you can maybe have it recovered by a professional service. Which one you should turn to depends on the country you live in.

    • Marisse Aquino

      my memory card is broken into 2 pcs . because i left it in my bag . i transfer all my files in my computer there for a while because my PC getting slower . can i retrieve all my files .. i can pay a all i can to retrive it .. it was so important to me …

  • FIDELIS

    Hello, chances are your memory card got corrupted. There have been question similar to that before. I would say you will probably need to see if you can recover the files. You could start by using Recuva:http://www.piriform.com/recuva

  • Socrtwo

    I have reviewed a bunch freeware for recovering data (in the test images actually) off memory cards here: http://www.s2services.com/cameraundeletefreeware.htm

  • Sonny Bass

    I have had good luck with gparted or disk utility in Mint, they have seen SD cards & usb drives that other programs could not recognize.I have recovered data, then reformat so that the drives were usable again. You can use a live Mint or Ubuntu CD or DVD. 

  • FIDELIS

    Hello, chances are your memory card got corrupted. There have been question similar to that before. I would say you will probably need to see if you can recover the files. You could start by using Recuva:
    http://www.piriform.com/recuva