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Micro SD card corrupt

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I have had 2 Transcend Micro SD cards become corrupt on me. Both were used in an Android Galaxy S4. They have a lot of photos on them and I would like to recover them. I have tried using the adapter in my computer but it will not recognize the cards either. Any suggestions? Thanks

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Did you try Recuva?
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Tried it

Yes, I tried Recuva. It kept giving me a "Can't determine file system type" error--on both cards. Ugh. So many pictures lost. Any other suggestions?

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There are many other titles in the Storage Forum
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do a chkdsk on the cards
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Not so fast.

I'd only do that on a clone of the card. Otherwise we could wipe out our last source copy.

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as you say, it could

I used it before and saved my pictures on a sd card. as with anything you do, whether it be using recovery software or chkdsk, you could lose everything.

It is a last resort and IF able to fix, you might be able to try the recovery software again. It depends upon the corruption.

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There's where Easeus comes in

They appear to recover but not write to the card. Smart folk.

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EaseUS

I tried EaseUS and it was able to recover data from both SD cards but only file folders, no photos. Nothing in any folder and there were quite a lot. I got a message that half of the information was recovered but I had to upgrade to premium to recover the other half. I wasn't at all impressed with what was recovered and worry that, if I upgrade, the data won't be any more helpful. What do you think? And thanks for your help.

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GPArted has a file recovery in it

Works really well too. Use a Linux LIVE DVD and open that program. It's all graphical, so even windows users can do it. It's under "Device" called "Attempt Data Rescue". Free.

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CHKDSK

When I right click on the drive (having to use a card reader) an error message appears telling me to insert a disk in the drive. No matter how I try, I cannot get the cards (either of them) recognized by the system. Looking for a miracle...

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(NT) That would be Drivesavers.com
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(NT) I will check with them and see if they can help. Thanks.
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(NT) do they have locks on them?
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Locks

Yes but neither of them are locked. I verified this.

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That depends

You said your card is corrupted, but how? If it is broken because of physical damage, there i s nothing you could do about it. But if not, as long as your data hasn't been overwritten, there is a great chance that you can find it back. To do that, you need a photo recovery software. I used Jihosoft photo recovery,got all my photos back.You can google it. Just have a try. Good luck.

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Older thread but maybe OP is tracking

I recently ran into the same situation with an Sandisk HD 4GB card in my camera. The computer media center wouldn't read it either. I moved the lock slider up and down a few times, but still no luck. I noted the contacts were a bit dull looking, so I rubbed them a few times with my thumb, plugged back into media center and it was all back. It was just some electrical resistance built up on the contacts that rendered it "dead". May you be so lucky.

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SD card recovery successful

A few months ago, I also had a big scare with my 32G microSD. Likewise, my card was used in a Galaxy S4. I had accumulated nearly 3,000 photos and videos, and foolishly had not set up any back up program. This was several years of precious photos highlighting our family life and adventures, so talk about panic when I realized that I may have lost these memories forever! The memory card had somehow become corrupted and could no longer be read. I tried everything I could possibly find on the internet, took it into our local Verizon store for their review, and finally consulted with my business’ IT support company. Their tech specialists attempted recovery through a variety of available recovery software programs to no avail, and then gave my card back with the verdict that it looked like the memory controller was bad and recommendation that I follow up with Recoverfab, a German company specializing in data recovery. Thankfully, Recoverfab was able to recover my lost files. I was impressed with how they conduct business and the quick turn around. Initially, I electronically submitted information regarding my situation to which they responded with an estimate on the charge if successful and good instructions on how to send the memory card to their lab in Germany. Within days, I had received confirmation of receipt and then confirmation that the recovery was successful. Other than postage, there was little financial risk as you do not pay unless the recovery is completed. Recoverfab sends you a password protected link to where they’ve posted a screenshot of some of the data and if satisfied, you then submit payment and download your stored data. Overall, it was a very easy process and they were very communicative along the way.

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Avoid for spam.

Recoverfab seems to "encourage their customers to "plug" them in forums"

Fake reviews are a scourge for your company. Don't do that.

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