Memory Card Recovery - How to Recover Data from Corrupted Memory Card

Valyn Hua

Sep 12, 2018 09:00 / Posted by Valyn Hua

My memory card has file system changed to RAW. When I tried to open the card in laptop, it was asking me to format. Please help me to recover my data.

A memory card or an SD card is an electronic flash memory data storage device, which is popularly used in portable electronic devices, such as digital cameras, mobile phones, laptop computers, tablets, portable media players, USB flash drive.

In recent years, more people like to store various kinds of data in a memory card. However, memory card error may happen, which will cause all data to be erased from the memory card.

recover data from memory card

What we focus is how to recover deleted file from memory card.

The first thing you should take note is to stop using the card which data were deleted from so that the deleted data is not overwritten.

To recover erased files from SD card, you need a memory card recovery program.

Here, I’d like to introduce 2 software to recover file from SD card and memory card.

1. Memory Card Recovery on Computer (Any Memory Card)

FoneLab Data Retriever is a powerful and safe software that can recover almost all deleted or lost data by scanning the memory card. It is able to retrieve data lost for various reasons such as memory card failure, human error, and more.

Key Features:

  1. Recover images, email, document, audio, video, etc. from memory card.
  2. Highly compatible with your computer, memory card, flash drive, digital camera camcorder, hard drive, and other removable drives.
  3. Apply to all situations, such as virus attack, unexpectedly crashes, formation, deletion and more.
  4. Scan, search and preview any data type and hard disk drive with the detailed information.
  5. This software will guarantee the data safe - when you retrieve lost data, it does not store any of these data to its server.

Below is a step-by-step guide.

Run this software

Firstly, you should download, install and launch this data recovery software on your computer. Then insert the memory card into the computer with a card reader.

fonelab data retriver homepage

Scan data

On the main interface, choose data at the file types section and your memory card under the Removable Drives. Then click Scan button to start a quick scan on the memory card.

scan data

choose data

After finishing the scan process, all files will be displayed in the window. Look through these files and find your needed one. You can also use Filter feature to quickly locate the files that you are looking for.

recover document with fonelab

Recover data

Mark the items you want to recover and then click the Recover button. The selected items will be saved back to your computer.

Tip: If you don’t find your missing data, you can choose Deep Scan to try again. It will take more time to complete the whole deep scanning process, but it will offer you more results.

2. SD Card Recovery on Android Phone (SD card)

The second tool, FoneLab Android Data Recovery, is the SD card recovery helper for Android phone and tablet.

If your Android phone is dead, you can check how to recover data from dead phone internal memory.

Key Features:

  1. Retrieve deleted Photos, Messages, Contacts, Videos, Audio, Call Logs, Whatsapp, Documents, etc. on Android SD card.
  2. Fully support all popular Android device including Samsung, HTC, Sony, Motorola, Huawei, Google Nexus, Xiaomi, and more.
  3. Work well both on Mac and Windows systems.
  4. Allow users to preview the details before recovery.

Follow the steps below to get data recovery in memory card.

Connect Android phone with SD card to computer

Download, install and launch this software on your computer and choose Android Data Recovery on the interface. Then connect android phone/tablet to the computer with USB cable.

connect android to computer

Enable USB debugging

The software will detect your Android version and tell you how to open the USB debugging mode on your phone. Follow the on-screen instruction to debug USB mode on your Android device.

USB Debugging

Select data

You will see various data types like contacts, messages, message attachments, whatsApp, picture library, audio, videos, documents, etc. Tick the boxes alongside the data type you want to recover and click Next.

select data to recover

Get privilege

The program requires the privilege to read your device data so you need to follow the on-screen instruction to root Android device. You can also install a root app on your device to do this.

Get Privilege

Recover Data

Choose the files listed on the left sidebar to preview the details. Mark the items you want to recover and then click the Recover button. The selected files will be retrieved and saved to your computer.

scan android data

Both software are easy to use – you can recover the lost data from memory card with just a few clicks.


They all offer a 30-day free trial. Free download them and give it a try.

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