Sometimes we face that any important files on a flash card are inaccessible to us more. It happens for various reasons: we could remove incidentally them or format a flash card, on the carrier the virus could get. Make data inaccessible the power surge, incorrect extraction of the carrier from port, mechanical damages could. How to restore data from a flash card?
First of all, do not panic. If you incidentally removed files - do not hurry to format, restore data from a flash card it will be much more difficult. If you after all formatted the carrier, do not write down any new files atop, it too can complicate restoration.
And what if you did nothing, but files became all the same inaccessible? In such cases in attempt to connect a removable disk or to work with files and folders from a disk (to open them or to copy) there are system error messages when reading a disk. If you come into properties of a removable disk, you will see that the disk capacity, quantity of the free and taken place, and also file system incorrectly is defined.
To restore data from a flash card, first of all try to reboot - worse you will definitely not make, but can help. If the flash card still is not read, disconnect it (only correctly, through "safe extraction of the device"), and then connect again. If it did not help - execute check of a removable disk. To check file system of a flash card, it is necessary to open "My computer". Right-click on a flash card badge (a removable disk). The context menu will open, in it select the Properties item. The dialog box will open, in it it is necessary to open the Service tab and in it to press the button "To execute check..." In the opened dialog box establish tags "Automatically to correct system errors" and "To check and restore the damaged sectors". Then press the Start button and wait for the end of check.
If these simple methods did not help, it is necessary to use special programs to restore data from a flash card. Such programs work on two basic principles. The first type of programs collects information on file system of a flash card and builds hierarchical structure of files and folders. Programs of the second type find headings of files and their contents, but do not restore structure of folders and the name of files. The choice of the program of this or that type depends on a concrete situation.
As examples of programs for recovery of data from a flash card in Windows it is possible to call the following programs.
Recovery Toolbox for Flash serves for recovery of data in a flash carriers can work with memory cards and USB stores. It supports only file FAT system. The program paid, but using a demoversion, you can scan a disk and restore 5 files.
The free utility of PC Inspector File Recovery restores data in file FAT and NTFS systems, but NTFS is supported much worse. It is possible to restore files with original time and date of their creation.
One more free SuperCopy program is quite simple. It allows to copy data from the damaged carriers, replacing the damaged sectors with sequence of zero. Such copying takes not much time.
The Recuva program restores the files which are incidentally removed with the user or as a result of program failure. She allows to look for files on a name or expansion and works with different types of files.
The Unstoppable Copier program carries out copying and movement of files from the damaged carriers, trying to copy the maximum quantity of data. It prevents damage of a disk at copying failure.
Undelete Plus supports all file systems, and also can restore data from memory cards. This program is also free.
Unfortunately, the majority of programs for recovery of data from carriers are conditional and free. It means that you can download a free demoversion of the program, but its functionality will be considerably cut down (you will not be able to restore more certain number of files, or the maximum size of the restored file it will be limited).
To restore data from a flash card in Linux, it is possible to use the following utilities:
The Sleuth Kit
NtfsUnDelete and The Sleuth Kit are used for recovery of data on not formatted flash card with the kept file system. NtfsUnDelete is used for devices with file system NTFS, The Sleuth Kit - for other file systems. Foremost is suitable for the formatted carriers or in a case damage of the section.
At recovery of data from a flash card surely keep them on other carrier. Of course, independently it is necessary to restore files from carriers extremely carefully, but in especially emergencies it is quite possible to avoid the address to experts and successfully to restore data from a flash card.
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