Often used in smartphones, digital cameras, and action cameras as a storage medium, SD cards are a popular method of storing personal data such as photos, videos, or other file types. However, SD cards are just as prone to data loss as other storage mediums and so you might wonder if it is possible to recover data from an SD card or flash drive.
As it happens, yes, it is possible to get lost data back from such mediums, but there are several caveats. First of all, SD (secure digital) cards use solid-state storage (the same as SSDs) and don't have any moving parts. These devices typically contain NAND flash memory chips and a microcontroller facilitating host access to the flash memory through the SD interface as a drive.
So, SDs are practically using with the same technology as that used in SSDs, which means you will need to stop using an accidentally formatted SD card immediately to increase the chances of data recovery. By doing so, no new data will be saved onto the SD card and so the space containing the deleted files isn't overwritten.
Since SD cards don't have a recycle bin of their own, they move the deleted files to the computer's trash can. If the computer's trash can is emptied, then the chances of data recovery are reduced and the only option available is to use data recovery software.
Fortunately, data recovery applications are very easy to use and all of them support the most common formats: picture formats such as JPG, TIF, BMP; video formats such as AVI, MPG, MOV; or documents like DOC, TXT, PDF. The list of supported file types differs by data recovery software, so it’s important to check the supported file types before you jump into buying a license. Also, data recovery applications have a free version that allows users to check whether or not the lost data can be discovered (and therefore restored). That's a neat option because users will know for sure whether or not the lost file(s) can be recovered before even purchasing a license.
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