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Recover data from Micro SD

Many devices, including smartphones, tablets and cameras, allow you to save data on external storage media such as micro SD and SD memory cards.The fact of using micro SD and SD memory cards allows you to save a lot of data (photos, videos , documents, etc.) which otherwise would occupy "vital" space in the internal memory of the device.

Unfortunately, it often happens that micro SD / SD memories present problems that almost always cause the loss of data that has been stored (usually photos and videos).

Recover data from micro sdEven those who use the best micro SD / SD memory cards may not be able to read the data stored on them anymore, even if their use is certainly more reliable than micro SD / SD memory cards of unknown brands.For the uninitiated, it should be noted that in any case all micro SD / SD memory cards are destined to give problems: they have a maximum number of write / read cycles beyond which it is very likely that errors will occur. Precisely for this reason, it is a good rule to always make backup copies of the data stored in the micro SD / SD memory card to avoid data loss in the event of a memory card malfunction.

If unfortunately you have not been wary of making a backup copy of the data of your micro SD / SD memory card you will be looking for how to recover data from micro SD / SD.

Below you will find instructions on how to recover data from micro SD / SD using a free program for Windows.

It should be made clear from the outset that data recovery is not always possible and more often than not, when it is, it is not always possible to recover 100% of the lost data.

Hardware or software damage

If the Micro SD memory has had "physical" damage (ie hardware damage), it is very unlikely, if not impossible, that data will be recovered. Recovery can usually be attempted with support from specialized data recovery labs. It is good to know that many micro SD cards are "disguised" by some sellers to appear much more capacious and performing in the eyes of a user: in this case, they are real fakes and after the purchase, the best thing to do is always to verify the originality of a micro SD.

The different story if the data loss was caused by a "software" problem: for example if we deleted the data by mistake, if we installed a program that deleted the data, etc.

In the second case, that is for software damage, data recovery is almost always possible. The first thing to do, very important, avoid installing or copying data on the micro SD card from which we want to recover data: highly likely that you will go to write on the space where the data we want to recover is stored, thus making the recovery attempt vain.

That said, to start recovering data from Micro SD, you need to get software designed specifically for data recovery.

Program to recover data from micro SD / SD

Among the many programs to recover data from Micro SD, we will use the free Pandora Recovery program. To download it, go to the following download page: http: // To download the program just click on "Pandora Corp Server "and you will be asked where to save the installation file. Once the program has been downloaded, it must be installed on your computer: just start the downloaded file and in the window that will open click on Next, then on I Agree and click on Finish.

When you start the application for the first time, the "Wizard" page will open, where you will be guided step by step through the use of the application. If you want to skip the "Wizard" mode, click on Exit Wizard (if you no longer want to see the Wizard page when starting the application, remove the check from Start this Wizard the next time Pandora Recovery starts and click Exit Wizard).

Recover data from micro SD

In the main screen there will be the list of drives that you can select to search for the data to be recovered. Among these there will be the drive that associated with the micro SD card reader, inside we will find the name of the unit relating to the micro SD memory of which we want to recover data and which we previously inserted into the SD card reader.

Down with the first scan rapid You can view the data that has been detected and that can be recovered from the micro SD.recover data from micro sd pandora recovery

If the data we are interested in retrieving appears in the list, simply select them, right-click on them and, in the menu that opens, click on Recover to …. Select the destination folder where you want to save the micro SD data to be recovered by clicking on Browse (ATTENTION: select a storage medium different from the damaged micro SD to avoid overwriting the data on the micro SD card!). After selecting the folder to save the files, click on Recover Now to proceed with data recovery.

If the file to be recovered is not present in the list, it is necessary to proceed with the analysis depth the micro SD card by clicking on the section Surface Scan.In the section Surface Scan a deep scan of the micro SD memory card is performed: this recovery mode takes much longer because all sectors of the micro SD memory are read in search of files to be recovered.recover data from micro sd pandora recovery deep scan

The found files will be listed in the program window. To save the recovered files it will be sufficient to follow the same steps previously described in the "quick" mode.


As already said, it is preferable to use the best micro sd cards, especially if the micro SD memory card used to save important data.

If you shop online from Chinese stores (but also from the most famous stores, such as Amazon), always check that the microSD card you bought is original and reliable. This verification can be done once you get hold of the project; in this regard, I recommend reading the dedicated article: How to check if an original or false micro SD card.

Another tip, for those who want to be sure not to lose data, is to copy the data on the micro SD card to a second memory medium:

  • For those who prefer portability, pendrives are fine: they take up little space and are very comfortable to use, especially on devices that support OTG (very popular on smartphones and tablets).
  • If you are among those who take a lot of photos and videos, the best option would be to copy data to external hard drives: slower and bulkier than USB sticks, but with the ability to store much more data than pen drives.
  • Another option is to copy data to the cloud: an option often activated on smartphones but which has the limitation of offering little free space (larger spaces are offered only for a fee). In addition, an active internet connection is always required: those who have a consumer internet connection must therefore pay attention to the data thresholds.