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Can I recover RAW data folder from a micro SD card?

  1. #1

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    Windows 8.1 64-bit

    Can I recover RAW data folder from a micro SD card?

    (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? Click image for larger version

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  2. #2

    Austin TX metro area
    Posts : 640
    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]

    I think you might have to purchase an inexpensive 5-in-1 [or something similar] card reader which plugs into any usb port. I bought one in order to read from/write to/reformat for Samsung Galaxy Tab -- haven't done that yet; will be listening in for your solution, and will report back if my reader is successful.
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  3. #3

    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64

    As you may already understand, there can be situations where files are not visible on a drive but are still there. For instance, if I used the Diskpart Clean command, it will erase the File Allocation Table and the drive appears empty. But you can recover those files if done correctly and they are still there.

    Some Cameras may have proprietary formatting for it pictures. If that is the case you may need a utility from the manufacturer to recover the files. Perhaps that is what the iCare utility is.

    Below is a listing I got from a SD card in Diskpart. If you have the ability, perhaps you can show what you get running the same commands.

    I am thinking the drive is uninitialized for some reason but not really sure. To recover partitions of a Cleaned drive, I use Partition Wizard, the bootable version. If you are working on a secondary drive, the installed one may also work. I have no experience working on an SD card so I am not sure if you can even convert it to some configuration or not. The older OSes may be better so if you can use Windows 7 or even XP it might work better.

    Microsoft DiskPart version 6.1.7601
    Copyright (C) 1999-2008 Microsoft Corporation.
    On computer: DELL-LAPTOP
    DISKPART> lis dis
    Disk ### Status Size Free Dyn Gpt
    -------- ------------- ------- ------- --- ---
    Disk 0 Online 298 GB 1024 KB
    Disk 1 Online 3796 MB 0 B
    DISKPART> sel dis 1
    Disk 1 is now the selected disk.
    DISKPART> list part
    Partition ### Type Size Offset
    ------------- ---------------- ------- -------
    Partition 1 Primary 3792 MB 4096 KB

    DISKPART> detail disk
    Generic- Multi-Card USB Device
    Disk ID: 00000000
    Type : USB
    Status : Online
    Path : 0
    Target : 0
    LUN ID : 0
    Location Path : UNAVAILABLE
    Current Read-only State : No
    Read-only : No
    Boot Disk : No
    Pagefile Disk : No
    Hibernation File Disk : No
    Crashdump Disk : No
    Clustered Disk : No
    Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info
    ---------- --- ----------- ----- ---------- ------- --------- --------
    Volume 4 F FAT32 Removable 3792 MB Healthy
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