Category Archives: memory card recovery

Corrupted Micro SD Card freezes computer

If inserting a corrupted Micro SD Card, that you need to recover data from, freezes your computer, then this kind of puts you into a catch 22 situation. For recovery software to work the card needs to be detected and ID correctly. As long as it doesn’t you will be unable to recover your data.… Read More »

RAW file recovery and duplicates

Recovery is resulting in duplicate photos One of the drawbacks of ‘raw recovery’ is that generally files are recovered with auto generated meaningless filenames. To conclusively identify files you have to open them although initial culling can be done by sorting by size, or with help of a tool that can sort files by creation date,… Read More »

Some thoughts on signature based file recovery

But first, file system based recovery I am A ‘Windows person’ and deal with data recovery on file systems that were for the most part designed by Microsoft. As a consequence I can predict with reasonable certainty the chances of successful data recovery after you formatted your NTFS drive. Because I understand what such a… Read More »

USB Stabilizer, flash drives and ‘the big three’

Notification: Since this blogpost R-Studio has addressed USB Stabilizer issues (not tested yet), UFS Explorer has added functionality to streamline operation with USB Stabilizer (tested, nice!) and ReclaiMe reworked their imaging module (not tested yet). Just FWIW. I have been experimenting with imaging flash. Using R-Studio, ReclaiMe Pro and UFS Explorer, the ones that I… Read More »

Physically broken SD Card – Data Recovery

Seems that many articles about ‘broken SD cards’ refer to software solutions. If a SD card is truly physically broken no software will be able to help. Suggestions to format the card, use DiskPart, run chkdsk are just bullshit (pardon my French). Broken SD Card Micro SD cards If we talk about the standard form… Read More »

SD geheugen kaart bevriest computer, gegevens redden, data recovery (NL)

Probleem: SD geheugen kaart niet leesbaar (SD card, micro SD card) Symptoom: Computer bevriest wanneer SD kaart in lezer aanwezig is Doel: Data recovery Computer bevriest bij detecteren SD memory kaart Om deze symptomen  te verklaren moeten we bergijpen wat er gebeurt wanneer Windows een opslag apparaat detecteert. Windows zal proberen een aantal meta-data structuren… Read More »

USB Flash drive not detected after fall

Will a USB flash drive survive a drop? Modern USB Flash drives are quite solid and will most likely survive a fall due to their monolithic design. Older USB keys typically consist of several components micro soldered to a flimsy PCB. Apart from the smaller chip (the controller) and the large chip (NAND flash memory),… Read More »

Repairing corrupt .aac (Advanced Audio Coding) files

Corrupt .aac files Although no advertised service I received an email from someone asking if I could repair .aac files. Until I try I can not answer yes or no. My interest was further sparked by the fact the extensions for the files changed to .kasp which suggests files were corrupted by ransomware. What helps… Read More »

If photos can be recovered, I will.

In several places on this website I make the bold claim that I may recover your photos even if: File recovery or photo recovery software does not. File or photo recovery software recovers corrupt photos. Other labs can’t or recover corrupt files … Of course this is a claim you should not take my word… Read More »

Why is photo repair more expensive than photo recovery?

In this post I’ll try to explain why photo repair is relatively expensive compared to photo recovery. Why is it many photos can be recovered at a fraction of the cost of repairing just a few images?