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I had a memory card from a friend and we were trying to copy some pics to and fro my laptop.

TL,DR: Need a software to recover undeleted files from a MMC. That's right, I need to do undeleted files recovery.

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium

What happened: While copying, I got an error that the disc is not present. After clicking on Retry, windows asked me to check the disc and reported its not the same disc that was inserted earlier. I had to cancel finally because nothing else was working.

What did I try: I tried Recuva and restored 436 files. She said they were pics of a trip from 5 months earlier and no pics were recovered from her last vacation that were present on memory card before MMC corrupted

I did notice 5 files recovered from the set that we wanted to recover. These were the files that we "cut" and pasted. Logically, deleted from MMC before it got corrupted

My logic of what happened: The files that were deleted (from her trips earlier and the ones that i "cut") were recovered. This may have happened because the softwares tried to recover only deleted files.

What I need: Some software that searches for undeleted files and recover. Every google search and forum research that I have tried talks about undeleting files.

I dont want to experiment with the card's current state without extracting the files first. If anyone knows about same case happened somewhere else, please let me know what did you try that worked

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try GetDataBack. I didnt put this as an answer because Im not sure if it will work with a memory card or not – MalwareManiac Dec 19 '12 at 13:42
i'll try it. thanks for suggesting – kishu27 Dec 19 '12 at 13:47
At this point you might have to accept they cannot be recovered. MMC devices handle files being deleted in a different way. As for the question itself asking for a list of software to use is not on topic for this website. – Ramhound Dec 19 '12 at 14:11
up vote 1 down vote accepted

You can try PhotoRec, which works natively on many operating systems, and works with all Windows and Linux filesystems. If the filesystem itself is corrupted, you can also use complement software TestDisk (from the same company) which can repair and recover an entire filesystem if possible. Both of these tools are free, open source, and cross platform. From the website:

PhotoRec ignores the file system and goes after the underlying data, so it will still work even if your media's file system has been severely damaged or reformatted.

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thanks. i'll try and let everyone know – kishu27 Dec 19 '12 at 13:58
Worked.. Thanks :) – kishu27 Dec 20 '12 at 16:53

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