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

Thasnim Chowdhury May 11, 2013

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?

  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:

    The attempt confirmed the Zero Assumption Recovery (ZAR),, mentioned in the 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

    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.

  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:

    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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