I had an SD card that would not read and could not be formatted. I found a Panasonic utility that can read and reformat an "unreadable" card. Info and a download link for the utility can be found here:
It may work sometimes. Usually can be quite successful when you accidentally format your card. Otherwise it all depends on type of damage that card has. It's worth trying, but if you got any signs of problems with card (reading or writing errors) just dump this card and buy new one. Cards are cheap now, and not worth the risk of loosing data to save few bucks.
My take is that if you have some otherwise lost data on a card (say photos or such) it makes sense to try recovery measures to get it off the card.
But I'd never use again a card that somehow got into such a state as described here. Just not worth the risks.
Be a sport....
Take a chance...
Put something critical on it and have it become unusable when you need critically need it!!!
Then claim the NSA hacked it when it wasn't connected to anything!!!
I had two cards (a full size and a mini) that were mechanically damaged near the connector, probably by too quick insertion or removal. Very difficult to actually see the damage without a magnifier. No solution for these, they were "history".
Speaking of SD Cards, I recently found something in my shorts left pocket. So I reached into the pocket and took it out. I was surprised to see my 32GB SD Card in its tiny plastic box. So I immediately inserted into my PC to see if it's damaged. All my photos are intact. Washing machine and an extremely hot dryer didn't kill it. Amazing.
Thanks for this. I had some old POIs I couldn't recover before using this.
Lexar also have SD recovery software. A licence code is usually included with any SD card bought.
All your x-rated or otherwise dirty pictures were cleaned up?
That's right. They're no longer dirty
Another great use of the utility - say you want to donate or sell something with an old SD card in it, and want to make absolutely sure someone does not use a format (or file) recovery program to recover data you thought you destroyed.
To do this - use the SDformatter with the settings:
FORMAT TYPE: FULL (Overwrite)
in addition to re partitioning/reformatting the card, but writes a zero to every memory location, truly destroying all data.
You could go to
Http://sysinternals.com and get the
Utility. After formatting, you can clear the unused storage spa've and have it over write all fer space multiple times.
I forgot about that suite of utilities - very nice suite of handy tools - FOR FREE!
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