How can I recover photos from a mini SD card?

Erica February 13, 2012
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My 8 GB mini SD card from my HTC EVO suddenly stopped working from one second to the next. Sprint says there is nothing I can do. I purchased a SD card reader and new SD card but my computer and my phone don’t recognize the original SD card at all. The SD card reader works with the new SD card and will open up on my computer but the old one won’t.

I’m not super tech savvy but I would really love some help. I tried the other suggestions given to the similar questions but nothing works. I am desperate to repair this SD card as we have some pictures from the birth of my son on it. I was actually in the process of emailing the pictures to myself so that I could save them to my computer because they are so precious to us. Anyone have suggestions? I read about a professional service to recover but does anyone have any recommendations?

Thank you so much in advance for any help you provide.

  1. Michaela
    September 11, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Did you manage to get it sorted?
    ive got exactly the same problem :(

  2. roger james
    August 6, 2012 at 6:58 am

    Many people have experienced this problem of data loss from the corrupted, or formatted memory card. In order to get back the deleted data user must create create backup. (

  3. Pixelmac
    February 17, 2012 at 6:19 am


    I would suggest, as a professional in that field, to give this card to a person who really know about data salvage, and how that hardware works.
    If you need to find someone, send me a message.

    Also, if your SD card has a small locking pin handle onnthenside of it, use it to lock the card from being able to write on it.
    I'll be happy to help.

    Dan Lavie

    • Keste402
      March 7, 2012 at 12:54 am

       hi dan i noticed your post and am actually really desperate to try to find someone who can help recovery my files i know u said to msg u but i cant find the option if u can email me at and give your advice i would be much appreciated.

    • Donna
      October 6, 2012 at 5:55 am

      Hi Dave. Im having the exact same issue. If there is anyway you are reading this message please email me at dmgobia06 at yahoo dot com. Much appreciated.

  4. Jay.0
    February 15, 2012 at 12:13 am

    1.MUO's list of data recovery tools:

    2. you can consult a hardware expert, who does the recovery of damaged storage devices.
    It is possible that your card is corrupt, and it will never work .

    And also try to find the data elsewhere.
    Eg. : Use recovery tools on your pc, if you copied data on your card from your pc.

  5. Anonymous
    February 14, 2012 at 9:04 am

    if the sd card do not appear in windows so you can't access it or do other operations. Try under  MAC or Linux.

    you can look for companies that works on this situation, the price can be high, if the files are important perhaps you can ask them.

  6. Anonymous
    February 14, 2012 at 7:06 am

    You should still try Recuva if you haven't yet.

  7. Mike
    February 13, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    You could try PhotoRec but it's not the easiest one. However there is a Step by Step guide

    One recommendation on the XDA forum for such a problem was Undelete Plus.

    Another user also reported the following to solve a similar problem:

    open up command prompt (start->run->cmd.exe) and type
    chkdsk /X /F SD-card-drive-letter
    e.g. chkdsk /X /F X:

    SanDisk recommends RescuePRO for SD card recovery. I successfully used it myself once but I'm not sure it's worth the money.

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