(First, please note that I am a general computer user and not very familiar with data terms so please bear with my explanation attempts, and newbie-friendly responses are greatly appreciated! I also am new to the forum, so hoping I'm posting this in the right area.)
Tonight I found my micro SD card with pictures on it that I've been missing for years. I excitedly popped it into its adapter and inserted into my laptop, and encounter a formatting error. I tried putting it in my camera and it said the same thing. I knew formatting would risk losing data, but it was my understanding that I could not access my data at all without formatting first. I attempted to format, but immediately got a message that the format failed. I searched the internet and didn't find much. In desperation I turned to youtube, and followed the instructions in this video:
I had no idea what I was doing, but followed along with the video. I was able to open diskpart, and follow all the instructions, but when I entered the "clean" command (not clean all) it was successful. (In the youtube video tutorial, clean was not successful). I have tried to run multiple data-recovery programs without success, including easeus, icare, recuva, and getdataback. Even after the clean in diskpart, windows still tells me to format and attempting to format fails.
My Micro SD is still recognized by my computer. In every data recovery program it is recognized in partition recovery mode, yet in deep recovery mode it does not show up. Running partition recovery, many of the programs recover a RAW folder. However, clicking on the folder does nothing, no file tree opens, and it shows 0.0 bytes. In hindsight I should have checked if the Micro SD card had any used storage space recognized on it before trying all this, but I didn't even think about it. I've posted an image below of what I see (pretty much the same across all programs) and I can't seem to get any further. Can anyone help? Are my pictures lost forever?