Accidentally Formatted An SD Card, Need Help

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  1. Posts : 48
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       #11

    simrick said:
    Hi Ryevick,
    Sorry for the delay responding and sorry you're having to deal with this.
    I have had good luck recovering SD cards that blew up, (from being over filled), by formatting them and then running a recovery program on them, because as you know, formatting doesn't remove the data itself, it simply removes the structuring that tells you where the data is located on the card.

    In your case, since you did remove the card immediately, I would suspect that all or almost all of your data is still there. The question is why are you having difficulty finding the files. Give me a bit, and I will provide you with a list recovery programs I have used with success.
    Thank you! Not sure if you read this but just FYI I created a virtual drive image and that seems to be the only thing that gets any response from scans even though I flashed it back onto the micro SD card using balenaEtcher.

    How many formats could I do and still recover original data?

    Also this scan result in the photo is puzzling. Over 5000Gb found on 200Gb card.

    Thanks for your help.

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       #12

    ryevick said:
    Thank you! Not sure if you read this but just FYI I created a virtual drive image and that seems to be the only thing that gets any response from scans even though I flashed it back onto the micro SD card using balenaEtcher.
    I'm not sure what this is - I've never done that or even heard of it. But, I'm concerned now, that you've written over your SD card? I hope not.
    ryevick said:
    How many formats could I do and still recover original data?
    One, unless you work for the NSA, CIA, FBI or some other similar acronym. LOL
    ryevick said:
    Also this scan result in the photo is puzzling.
    It's been my experience, that scans will present the data they find in several different formats. So, you could have 800GB of data recovered from a 200GB card, because it's been recovered 4 different ways.
    I will post what I've put together for you now.
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       #13

    @ryevick
    Here is some information for you:
    [Keep in mind that “scanning” your SD card is passive and won’t do any damage to it, nor erase any files.]


    MiniTool Data Recovery

    MiniTool Data Recovery Software for Windows & Mac
    I really like MiniTool Power Data Recovery because when it finds files, it captures all the original names, and the “file tree” as well, which comes in handy. I have had the best luck with this program finding data, as compared to others. It even sometimes locates deleted partitions AND the data on them all at the same time. (But, I have a paid version...)The unfortunate part is, you can only recover up to 1GB for free. Over that, you need to buy the program. You can see if it will be successful before you buy. So, if all your data appears to be recoverable after the scan, then the question is, is your data worth $70?

    7-Data Recovery Suite
    Free Data Recovery Software Download | Recover Files Photos Videos and more
    They have selections for Android recovery and Partition recovery. I’d start with Android recovery first. (I address partition recovery later.) It’s been a couple years since I’ve used this one, so they may have changed things a bit from what I recall. Again, 1GB maximum recovery for free version.

    iCare Data Recovery Pro Free

    [Official] iCare Recovery - 100% Free Data Recovery Software [Official]iCare Data Recovery Pro - Free Download Professional data recovery software Free SD Memory Card Recovery - Recover data from mobile phone camera media card Again, 1GB maximum recovered in free versions.
    Our member @jumanji often recommends this one, although I have never used it:

    And here is another he recommends, if you only have photos to recover:

    If all of these are unsuccessful, then you probably need to recover the partition before you can recover the files. If your phone deleted the partition when it formatted your card, then partition recovery may be required first. Once the partition is recovered, then the files can be recovered.

    MiniTool Partition Wizard v9.1 This version, while not the latest, has all the features still available in it. Versions after this took many of the features out of the free version and made these features only available in the Pro (paid) version. One of these features is partition recovery. Version 9.1 still retains partition recovery in its free version. You can download it here:

    Software informer
    Download MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition by MiniTool

    or

    filepuma
    MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition 9.1 - Download - Filepuma.com


    Wayback Machine
    https://web.archive.org/web/20160322221845/http://www.partitionwizard.com/free-partition-manager.html#
    (This is for information only – the actual download was not captured.) You can see that v9.1 included partition recovery and works on Windows 10 (when it was released).

    The MD5 Hash is
    B715DFF95C7ABE6DA2A530B4FA57EDE8
    Please make sure your download matches this MD5 to ensure you have a legitimate file.
    Use this program to check the hash if you don’t have one.
    https://raylin.wordpress.com/downloa...cksum-utility/

    As an aside, I’ll also mention here: There is a bootable version of this as well, which is still available for download on the Wayback Machine. It may come in handy in the future for computer issues.
    https://web.archive.org/web/20160324062016/http://www.partitionwizard.com/partition-wizard-bootable-cd.html

    Once the partition is recovered, you should be able to find the files you lost. Note: I have had MiniTool Data Recovery find lost partitions and the files on those partitions all in one fell swoop, so you may be lucky and avoid the partition recovery step.

    No matter what you do, always be doubly sure you are writing to another drive when you do anything, recover anything.

    If, after this, you are still needing assistance, I would refer you to our recovery guru, jumanji.

    Here is a link to a post in a sevenforums thread by him. He is a recovery expert. If he can’t help you, I'm afraid nobody can, short of a professional recovery service..
    https://www.sevenforums.com/music-pi...ml#post3058576

    Good luck and let us know how it goes.
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       #14

    FYI - you're in luck! 7-Data Card Recovery is free on Bits du Jour today!
    7-Data Card Recovery - Recovery Software - 100% off for PC

    I'd grab it if I were you!
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  5. Posts : 143
    Win 10 - 21H1
       #15

    Hello, in case you missed my previous post, download this free tool, select the unformat option.

    Lazesoft Windows Data Recovery Free

    You seem to have been doing all sorts to the drive so hopfully the data is still on the drive properly. Formatting the drive shouldn't have removed any data, even if you have done that loads of time. Formatting just sets the drive to be overwritten, there are secure formats where the data is overwritten loads of times but that's not standard formatting.

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       #16

    This option from @TidySean looks promising. I have never used it, but it seems, (from their FB page), that they are actively updating their programs (their web page looks old and doesn't mention W10).
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