Broken SD card problems and the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International convention. Oddly enough, this hard working group of professionals often suffers from digital image meltdowns. Specifically those with a broken SD card or cracked microSD card. Therefore it’s a concern of great magnitude. A show not to miss, this (‘WPPI’ convention) held yearly in Las Vegas, Nevada. Being the owner of eProvided, I am fascinated talking with the attendees. I spent time with many wedding photographer professionals.
Broken SD Card Questions & Answers for Professional Photographers & End Users.
Repair a broken SD card? Firstly, don’t attempt repair, contact a file recovery service.
Do not attempt to repair cracked memory cards. You wake up one morning after a photo shoot. You thought something was off the night before. As a consequence, your photos from the wedding shoot are missing. Regrettably, you do not know what to do. In fact, you contact your colleague who has no solutions either. Now you realize, what will I tell my customer? No doubt you must be truthful. The first step must be the right step. You call your friend Katrina. Katrina advises you to contact a data recovery company immediately.
Broken SD card media? How one can read data?
Plugging in a damaged SD card or broken SD card could result in a few scenarios. For this reason, be careful not to make matters worse. SD card recovery options diminish when altering files. When you plug in the SD storage drive be sure all your photos are extracting. USB connected SD flash card readers can extract files even if issues are present. Look at the files transferred to your PC. Anything looking wrong? If anything is missing then SD card data recovery experts should be called. Arguably, not all SD card readers are equal. Shop for high-rated memory card readers. Research programs that allow one to make an image of an entire SD card. If you can make a byte to byte image then do so. In fact, this is the first step to preserving your data.
Options photographers have in recovering damaged files on cracked SD cards?
You’re a Pro wedding photographer. All things considered, you need a backup plan. Photo shoots disappear with faulty equipment. eProvided doesn’t recommend SD card recovery software. File recovery software can make matters worse. If you overwrite your files by accident, SD card recovery isn’t possible. As a result, you may have no solution. Consequently, your photos might be deleted for good. Prevent all of this.
You need to protect your photos. In fact, contacting a professional SD photo recovery company is the best option. DIY types really could damage their data or photos forever. Now what? A microSD card recovery expert will handle the entire process.
Can a Corrupted SD card be recovered?
You have a corrupted SD, maybe SDXC or SDHC drive. MicroSD, microSDXC and microSDHC camera cards are all the same. The difference is speed to write files. SD card data recovery companies take the same exact approach. Any SD card that is broken is a standard SD card or a microSD card. One is much smaller, the microSD based storage drive. Furthermore, it is important to delicately handle any microSD card damage. SD cards are finicky. The keyword is micro. Micro is smaller, treat with extra care. An SD card recovery service company can recover photos and recover files. Broken SD card retrieval services are lifesavers. In conclusion, don’t give up.
Damage to an SD card, the causes?
SD card damage happens from force & bad workmanship. These are the two most common corruption causes. Strangely enough, they happen without warning. Most cases that arrive at eProvided are due to users bending and cracking the SD card. Be careful, do not apply force to the micro SD. Bad workmanship strikes at random. microSD cards can stop working for no reason. Accordingly, heat and water damage causes failure. Bending a microSD or SD card will damage the drive.
The type of damage occurring on microSD and SD cards?
SD card damage severity depends on each circumstance. On a microSD flash drive, the inner circuits are tiny. A broken micro SD card can have numerous shorted circuits. A bend on the SD card will break hairline sized traces in the circuit board. Scratches from blunt trauma will disconnect connectivity pads made of gold. By and large, microSD and SD cards suffer from misuse. Damaged data and lost files can be caused by user error. Corrupted data stems from files that are deleted by accident.
SD card data recovery experts agree. Arguably, corruption of files on SD flash drives are common. Furthermore, users must practice care to back up all thier data.
My broken SD card isn’t detected, can I recover my data?
The simple answer is yes. In addition, photographers need to contact the client and give them hope. It is important to keep the client abreast of any problems. By the same token keep yourself on top of the case. Data recovery companies like eProvided provide real-time updates on case progress. A professional photographer will find a professional file recovery company.
As a matter of fact, when an SD card is not detected eProvided will put the device in a lab. Using a microscope, broken solder joints are soldered back together. Do not try this at home. This is painfully complicated. No doubt, some try, almost all fail.
Can damaged microSD cards in Android smartphones be recovered the same as in an iPhone?
Of course. Damage from bent microSD cards is similar on Android and iPhone smart phones. Accordingly, the issue will be the same on both a microSD or SD card. Damages, bends, corruption, and cracks happen often on both. Android and iPhones have a microSD card slot. You plug in the storage device (micro SD) into this port. Consequently, smartphone ports become damaged. Actually taking time to carefully insert a microSD os microSDXC is quite important. Above all, don’t rush anything. Insert SD cards carefully & with care.
Smartphone data storage is your best friend. Spend some time cleaning your storage slots. Air cans will remove dust from ports. Regrettably, photographers fail to clean all points of contact on storage drives. By and large, it is important to manage your smartphone correctly. In addition, be sure to keep up with new and higher performance SD cards. SD cards become smashed when not handled properly.
Can experts recover lost data on broken SD card drives?
Sophisticated data recovery firms are your answer. You need an experienced team. File recovery companies have years of experience. Furthermore, years of drive use produce thousands of parts. File extraction is less complex when parts are available to temporarily bandage broken connections. Stay with a data recovery service with an extended background. At the same time be sure to research who does. Arguably the longer a data company exists the more successful they are.
One Consideration in choosing a microSD card. Chose higher Speed Classes.
This little circle to the left is important. The SD Card Speed Class indicates slowest writing performance. Also, it describes the write speed of streaming data. In addition, it explains how it saves HD video data at a higher rate of speed.
A broken SD card that’s not detected, with a higher class speed, more likely holds video files. This is important if you have multiple damaged cards. Many use the higher class speeds for shooting video. Yes, our SD card recovery team has many such cases.
Your SD card not detected, now what?
The moment your SD card is not recognized is the moment you stop in your tracks. Accordingly, now’s the time to contact a storage recovery specialist in recovering data. Do not mess with the device. If you are a professional photographer, take the next step properly. Strangely enough, most do not follow their own advice. Place the drive into a bubble wrap envelope. In addition place the card inside a static free baggie. From here, protect the drive. Do not place it near any heat or moisture. SD cards that are not detectable can be saved.
Recovery software does not recognize my device?
Do not attempt using file recovery programs. Many photographers actually make the problem worse. Furthermore, why bother getting deeper in the hole. At this point, preserve your lost photos. Your clients want the images of this special day. Don’t risk anything here. Recovery software won’t solve advanced failures. Micro SD card recovery services require hands-on work. As a result, you want to hire the pros. Contact one and ask questions. At the same time get answers. Above all make yourself comfortable.
My broken SD card has a lock or write protection. Does this matter if I try to recover data?
Your microSD card is locked, out of the blue. Consequently, the card is damaged. Accordingly, write protection is an option one can turn on and off. Read the manual that comes with the storage device. SD card data recovery is needed when a user can not switch the option back and forth. No doubt this shows card corruption has happened. Make sure you follow the manual guidance. Test the switch for write protection. Locate the lock on the left of the SD card. Next, check that the lock switch is facing upwards (the unlock state). At this point, you can’t delete files on a memory stick if locked.
Is it possible to fix my broken SD drive without formatting?
A broken SD card does not need formatting. In fact, never format a drive unless you are sure you want to delete data permanently. Presently proper methods to recover data from SD cards will not require formatting files. You can fix the problem by contacting a file recovery expert. Ultimately file recovery not the formatting of data is what you need.
There is a difference between a low-level format and a standard default format. Therefore it’s important, only if you want to delete files permanently to chose a low-level format. In addition, ask yourself, do I want to wipe this data out forever?
Default formatting options on devices vary by device. Some DSLR cameras have a low-level format as a default. Some smartphones have a default format option that is not a low-level format (LLF). Consequently, if you don’t know, find out before you start a format operation. So, what Is High-level Disk Formatting? It’s the method of writing a file system, partition label, cluster size and so on for a recently created partition or volume. A cracked or broken SD card might not have an option to format. Therefore, always use caution in any decision you make.
Can you repair a damaged microSD flash drive using the CMD option?
First things first. You have lost or damaged photos correct? Repair to a microSD is temporary. The CMD option on Windows rarely solves any problems with data loss. In fact, as an expert, I do not advise messing around with this. You do not want to rewrite data, scan and make changes to anything at this point. Moreover, you, as a professional wedding photographer must stay above the fold. Preserve your photos. Do not make mistakes at this time. Consult with professional SD card recovery professionals.
SD card damaged Vs. cracked, what’s the difference?
Everyone calls eProvided asking the chances at retrieving files. In particular is your microSD or SD card damaged? The difference between a crack and damage is important to understand. 1) Cracked micro SD or SD cards have a higher failure rate with data recovery. 2) The storage card is damaged. In this case, there are no signs of cracks, the success rate increases by 40%. If your SD card has bent but has no visual cracks, the same goes. A micro sd card broken in half does have a chance at document recovery.
Black epoxy plastic type shells surround each storage unit. Sometimes you might not notice the crack so look closely. If you notice a crack call a file recovery expert. Notice a bend? Your SD card is damaged. While plugged into your PC or Smartphone, if it’s not recognized you will need a file retrieval expert.
Understanding the key point. Generally, a damaged SD card experiences two important damage types.
- Cracked, and Maybe Bent, Mangled, etc.
- Not Cracked but Damaged, Bent or Corrupted.
Many sources, online, Best Buy, the manufacturer are not knowledgeable. Cracked microSD storage drives are recoverable. There are many variables. Above all, data retrieval experts at eProvided will get to the bottom of it.
My SD card broke in half, it’s cracked. What you can do.
MicroSD and SD cards do break in half. You only have one option now. Reach out to a photo recovery expert. Do not make the situation worse. Put the SD card carefully into a static free bag and place it in a bubble wrap mailer. At this point, this is the only option. Accordingly, contact your client and be honest. Tell them this will take at least a few weeks to a few months to solve. This allows the data recovery experts to have proper time to diagnose and solve the case. Finally, broken SD cards do have a chance at restoration. Arguably, you must follow this advice.
When the data recovery expert has the broken SD card in the lab they will attempt data dump extraction. Trial and error takes time. Recovering lost photos is not a simple task. The expert will attempt a clean dump of data sets from within the MicroSD or SD card. The file recovery professional will unscramble algorithms. In addition, they will then turn the dumps back into user data. Therefore the files will be the same state they were in before the damage took place.
Know when your SD card has damage.
When you plug in your microSD card into a card reader and download the data a few things may happen. 1) You find photos, you see a thumbnail but the image won’t open. 2) You see a thumbnail, the image is open, half the image is blurry. You see strange colored lines. 3) No drive letter appears when plugging the card into a card reader. 4) The drive shows up as a new drive letter but with an improper size. 5) The file names include strange non-traditional characters. 6) In addition, broken SD card drives will not transfer data.
All these symptoms point to the need for a professional SD card data recovery expert. Similarly, all these symptoms require the photographer to take great care to avoid further damages to the media.
Can I learn to fix my broken SD card by myself?
Damaged microSD cards with symptoms mentioned above are difficult to recover from. Accordingly, years of experience and specialized tools will get you started. eProvided file recovery is located in Las Vegas, Nevada. Questions about anything you read? Call us.
Author: Bruce Cullen, as written about in Popular Mechanics Magazine. Bruce regularly consults with NASA. eProvided recovered the SD card data for the famous Helios mission. Bruce recently consulted with NASA on the Future Mars Missions. The basis was to improve data storage techniques & recovery in case of disasters. eProvided, in business for over 18 years. Clients list: The White House, Army Chief Of Staff, FBI, Jet Propulsion Laboratories (NASA), US Special Agents and more. Toll-Free 1-866-857-5950.