When a memory card becomes corrupted, this will lead to the loss of some or even all the data stored on it. Interestingly, the data loss can be caused by a number of reasons. Common reasons for corruption of memory cards include: abrupt removal of memory card from your device; formatting of memory card; sudden power surge during copying process and virus attack. Besides the four common reasons for memory card corruption, there are also many other reasons such as capturing photos when the camera is low on battery, or shooting and deleting files rapidly when the card is full etc. If you are encountering this problem, don't worry, for here I will teach you how to perform memory card recovery by yourself.

Part 1. Corrupted Memory Card Data Recovery on Mac (macOS High Sierra)

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It is recommended that the best program to recover corrupted memory card is iSkysoft Data Recovery for Mac. This program can recover all kinds of data from your memory card, including pictures, videos, audio files, document files and more.

No matter, the data was lost due to deletion, format or corrupt, Data Recovery for Mac will help you get them back without hassle. With it, you can even preview found images and some videos before recovery. It is totally a risk-free and easy-to-use card recovery program.

Below is a step-by-step procedure on to how to recover data from a corrupted memory card on Mac (MacOS 10.12 Sierra and MacOS 10.13 High Sierra included) using iSkysoft Data Recovery for Mac. Get more tips about recovering files from SD card.

What You Will Need:

A Computer;
iSkysoft Data Recovery for Mac

Time Required:

Time will vary according to file's size



Step 1: Once you have successfully installed iSkysoft Data Recovery on your Mac, you then need to launch it. Now let's select the file types that you have lost. The program will help you recover them in the following steps. Then click "Next".

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Step 2: Insert your memory card into your computer and ensure it can still be shown as a drive. The program will show all drives on your Mac, you only need to select your corrupted memory card and click the "Start" button to start searching for data on it.

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Step 3: After scanning, all found contents will be displayed in the window according to file structures or file types. You only need to select files you need to retrieve and click the "Recover" button to save them on your Mac.

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"Deep Scan" option located on the bottom of the window allows you to make another deep and throughly scan on your drive. It will bring you more lost files.

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Part 2. How to Recover Files from Damaged Memory Card on Windows

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If you are using Windows-based computer, you can iSkysoft Data Recovery for Windows. The software can easily recover accidentally deleted or lost photos, videos, audio files etc. just like the Mac version does.

Data Recovery supports recovering files from almost all types of memory cards like CF, SD, SDHC, SDXC, XD, MMC cards and more. Advanced algorithms that can even recover digital RAW files supported by various DSLRs which makes possible to SDXC card recovery.

The ideal way to make sure that you properly recover the lost or corrupted data from your SDHC card is to use the iSkysoft Data Recovery for Windows. This step-by-step guide shows you how to accomplish the task on Windows.

What You Will Need:

A Computer;
iSkysoft Data Recovery for Windows

Time Required:

Time will vary according to file's size



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Step 1. Choose Types of Lost Files

As soon as the memory card recovery tool is opened, the dialogue box will show you the 6 file type options. Select one or more tabs as to recover the target type of files on corrupted memory card. Then click "Next" button.

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Step 2. Scan for the Lost Data

Connect the corrupt memory card to your computer. Ensure that the memory card is shown as a drive. You need to select the card from the displayed drives and then click the "Start" button to begin the searching of lost data.

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Step 3. Recover the Data You Need

After the process of scanning is completed, all the files will the displayed on the iSkysoft dialogue box according to their structure. You just need to select files to retrieve all the files. Finally, click on the "Recover" button to save them on your computer. The files you selected will be recovered from your corrupt memory card.

Part 3. Tips for Avoiding Corrupting Memory Card

So, here are 10 tips that will help prevent you from running into a memory card disaster:

  • Format a new memory card as soon as you get it to make sure the memory card is using a file system the camera recognizes.
  • Use multiple small cards, instead of one big one.
  • Always leave a few extra shots on your memory card.
  • Always safely "eject" your memory card from the computer.
  • Store your cards in a safe place.
  • Turn off your camera before removing the memory card.
  • Use a good quality card reader.
  • Don't push your batteries to the limit.
  • Don't use the same card on multiple cameras.
  • Only use good quality memory cards.

What people say about our software

Data Recovery for Mac

Erased my photos from Sd card, tried this software and regained it instantly. Highly recommended.

- Joseph

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