Damaged Memory Card Recovery on Macintosh

Lost access to your memory card due to logical damage?

The memory card is an electronic flash memory data storage device used for storing digital information. They are commonly used in many electronic devices including digital cameras, mobile phones, laptop, MP3 player and other small portable devices. Types of memory card include SD (Secure Digital) Card, CF (Compact Flash) Card, XD Picture Card, Memory Stick, Smart Media Card, Micro SD, SDHC and more. It is small, the recordable and nonvolatile device. Mac OS X is popular because it provides best graphical user interface and because of its support for photo viewing and editing. The Mac operating system provides utilities like iPhoto for photos, Adobe South booth for music and sound track editing, Garage Band for music/podcast production etc.

Suppose, you are a photographer who uses a Mac PC and memory card to manage and store all your photos and videos. One day, when you were working on few photos to be sent across to the customer in the next days, you connected the memory card to a PC in order to download photos. The downloading process was interrupted after 2-3 minutes because of system hang. When you restarted your Mac PC and tried to resume the transfer process, you found that the photos have become inaccessible. When you inserted the memory card in your camera to view photos, you received the following error message “Memory card error”. Undoubtedly, it was a shocking moment for you. Don’t panic! There is still a chance to recover images if they are not overwritten. One of the appropriate and powerful software for lost / deleted photos, audios or videos from memory card is memory card recovery Mac software. This software will allow you to perform Macintosh Memory Card Recovery.

Other than interrupted file transfer, there are some other prominent data loss scenarios for memory card on Mac OS X. Before knowing the features of this software, you should better go though those scenarios so as to avoid them in the future.

Interrupted read / write process: Interruptions in the read / write process in the memory card is the main reason behind file system error. The read / write process can be interrupted by the abrupt removal of the memory card, sudden power failure or accidental system shut down while the photos are being transferred or downloaded from the memory card to the hard drive of the computer. The file system on the memory card gets damaged due to incomplete read / write process and hence shows file system error when tried to be accessed. In such case, you can recover your memory card using memory card recovery Mac software.

Improper usage: Improper usage like using the memory card even after the memory card is full on memory, continuously clicking photos with the digital camera, switching off the camera instantly or pulling out the memory card from the digital camera suddenly after clicking image can also damage the file system of the memory card leading to file system error. You need memory card recovery Mac software to recover the files on the memory card.

An error occurred during file system conversion: Formatting the memory card from one file system to the other file system accidentally and any error encountered in that file system conversion also makes the file system on the memory card corrupt. For e.g. if the memory card will have a FAT file system originally and you want an NTFS file system. Then you should format your memory card and while formatting the file system if an error occurs then the file system may get corrupted which ultimately leads to file system error. You can recover your damaged memory card using memory card recovery Mac, software.

Virus attack: The file system on the memory card may get corrupted due to virus infection. Hence throws error messages while accessing the photos stored in the memory card. You will lose all the important photos on it. If you do not have the back up then you will regret for the cause. But there is a way out of it, you can restore images from memory card Mac using memory card recovery Mac software.

The unique features of this software will help you to retrieve data lost from memory card on your Mac based computer in few easy steps.

Memory card recovery Mac software identifies your deleted / lost photos, audios, videos by using the signature search. The software helps you in Mac SD card recovery. You can also recover memory cards like CF (Compact Flash) Card, XD Picture Card, Memory Stick, Smart Media Card, Micro SD, SDHC etc. It supports recovery of files from HFS+, HFSX, FAT16 and FAT32 volumes. You can recover music files from memory cards easily, discover more here. It can recover photos including  generic photo formats like JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, PCX, PNG, PSD, TGA, TIF, TIFF, and digital camera RAW picture formats such as Canon (CR2/CRW), Olympus(ORF), Nikon(NEF), Fuji(RAF), Pentax(PEF) etc. It is a Universal Binary application, which supports both Intel and PowerPC Mac platforms. It supports 64 bit Mac OS X i.e. Snow Leopard. Using this software, you can also recover deleted images from MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and other Apple computers. You can check the recovery chances by using the demo version of this software.

Now the simple steps that are needed to restore files from memory card on Mac are:

Step 1: Connect the damaged memory card to your Mac PC. Download and install Mac memory card recovery software. Run the application and select the “Recover photos” from the main window to retrieve photos, music files or videos. Select either “Recover Deleted photos” or “Recover Lost photos” from the next screen depending on your data loss scenario.


Memory Card Recovery Mac - Main Screen

Step 2: Select the drive of the memory card from which the photos need to be recovered and select scan option to recover deleted / lost files. After scanning, preview the recovered files and save them back safe.

Memory Card Recovery Mac - View Recovered Memory Card data on Mac

Important tips:

  • Take a proper backup of your photos and media files, so if you come across any data loss problems you can easily recover data from the backup file.
  • If you have accidentally formatted your memory card and want to recover all the data from it, then it is very important that you do not add any new data onto the formatted memory card, as it will overwrite the old data and you will lose previous data permanently.

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