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How to Recover Lost Photos from Corrupted Memory Cards

Causes of memory card corruption

If you haven't backed up your files lately, a corrupted memory card can put precious photos in jeopardy. To prevent your memory card from being corrupted, you'd better know why it's corrupted and how to avoid it. Read on and remember it.

» Turn off your camera when pictures are being transferred to your computer or vice versa;
» View photos when there are still photos being transferred or written in;
» Eject your memory card when the camera is still on;
» Take photos with a low battery;
» Shoot the next photo when the first one is still being written;
» Continually shoot and delete pictures when the memory card is full;
» Use the memory card in different cameras without formatting it;
» Still use the memory card showing problems before.

How to recover lost photos from a corrupted memory card

If you still want to repair the corrupted memory card, the way used most is to format the card. The bad news is formatting will erase all the contents, while the good point is that you can use your card again. If you don't plan to buy a new memory card, you can choose to get back the content from your corrupted memory card. All you need is a photo recovery program.

My recommendation: Wondershare Photo Recovery, or Wondershare Photo Recovery for Mac.

Try the free trial version of this corrupted memory card recovery software now below.

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Note: Remember to save the scan results if you're going to recover the found files later, to prevent data loss.

Both of the photo recovery software enable you to:

» Recover deleted photos from memory cards
» Recover lost photos from memory cards
» Recover formatted photos from memory cards
» Recover photos from inaccessible, unreadable, damaged, or defective memory cards

Step1. Connect your corrupted memory card to the computer

Get started by connecting your corrupted memory card to the computer with a card reader, or directly connect your camera with a USB cable. Then launch the program and click "Start" to begin corrupted memory card data recovery.

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Step2. Scan your corrupted memory card

Select the memory card and click the "Scan" button to begin scanning.

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Step3. Preview and recover photos from corrupted memory card

When the scan finishes, you can preview the recoverable photos one by one to decide which you want to recover. Then check those photos and click "Recover" to perform a corrupted memory card recovery and save those lost photos on your computer.

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Note: Don't save the recovered data on your corrupted memory card again. Find another place for it like on your computer or other external disk, for safety's sake.

Video tutorial of corrupted memory card recovery

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