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Windows 7: SD Card corrupted, any good software out there to recover my files?

21 Mar 2015   #11
SteveH66

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

JohnPC, it can read it, and so can the system, but some files are corrupted


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21 Mar 2015   #12
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Everything seems to be absolutely fine on Windows Disk management.

You just said you are unable to copy the files. What exactly happens when you try to copy the file? If you get any error message what exactly is that?
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21 Mar 2015   #13
SteveH66

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

It starts to copy them to the C: drive into the directory I made to copy them off into, starts counting up the size of the copy operation, and then partway into the operation the copy window just disappears and the destination directory is empty. Also, some of the files can be accessed, the others are corrupted. I get a message that the application can't read the file or the file is corrupted.
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21 Mar 2015   #14
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

OK, this is indeed a strange problem which I hadn't come across before.

But considering the clue that the file system has been damaged, we have to try some data recovery program that can rebuild the file from its signature and file format attributes. With this in mind, I would recommend that you try data recovery with PhotoRec.

Go to the topic "Recovery:" in my thread Guide to using PhotoRec recovery software.

( Do not format your SD Card. In the experiment I did. I formatted just to prove that even after formatting PhotoRec can recover the data. You need not format.)

I would recommend copying the data to another external drive or flash drive to be safe (rather than to your system drive). And that drive should be plugged in before you run PhotoRec for it to see it.
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22 Mar 2015   #15
SteveH66

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

OK jumanji, I ran photoRec following the steps in your guide you linked to. No files were recovered. A cap of it is attached.


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23 Mar 2015   #16
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Can you please post the screenshot of the third Window showing the file formats selected? You should select the file formats you want to recover. If in doubt select all formats.

The file formats you selected should have an X in it.

I just want to make sure you did the right thing.
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23 Mar 2015   #17
SteveH66

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Here's the screenshot, all the file types are selected with the x in the [ ] as you can see. Except db3 or whatever that had the warning that it gives false positives. I don't have any of those files anyway as far as a know, I don't have DBase on this system.


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23 Mar 2015   #18
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

OK, one last time , repeat but now press s to deselect all file formats and then select only a few file formats you know you have on that SD Card, press b to save the settings and proceed.

( Pressing the down arrow will highlight each successive file format. When you reach the end of the page and highlight "next", a new page with more file formats will appear for you to make the selection. What file formats do you have on that card? Select only those, press b to save settings and proceed)

I still can't believe that PhotoRec is not copying any files.
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23 Mar 2015   #19
SteveH66

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

It is saying that no files were saved to cygdrive/c/sdcard or something like that. What is cygdrive and where would I find it? Or is something not correct in the setup of photoRec software? Screen cap attached

P.S. I have found a recup_dir in a couple of places, one of them had files but they were just text files and in them wasn't text it was text and a bunch of other characters (AASCII characters?) all mixed together


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24 Mar 2015   #20
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

To avoid all this confusion only I had recommended "I would recommend copying the data to another external drive or flash drive to be safe (rather than to your system drive). And that drive should be plugged in before you run PhotoRec for it to see it." (post#14).But you paid no heed.

Please connect another external drive to copy the data. Run Photorec and you should see your system drive, the SD card and the external drive in Photorec.

Follow the procedure indicated in my guide. Deselect all file formats shown and select only the file formats in the SD Card which you want to copy and press b to save the settings and proceed further.. In the tenth Window you have to select your destination where to copy - in your case the external drive - and then press C (Shift+C) and copying to the external drive will start.

Note: My system drive apart from C: had other partitions D, E, F, G.and H and so I did not connect any external drive and chose a Work Area folder on H as my destination to which to copy.You do not have any other partition and hence an external drive is recommended.
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