When the other day my wife switched on our digicam we had no idea we’d be in for SD card recovery soon.
Right after switching the camera said it couldn’t access the SD card inside. I tried inserting the card into my MacBook – wasn’t recognized. Then I tried with the old Windows XP PC and a card reader – same result.
With a card in such condition SD card recovery using software recovery solutions such as Zero Assumption Recovery just won’t work.
After searching the Internet I came across Recoverfab. Sent the card there by mail, got receipt confirmation three days later and recovery confirmation another three days later. A fine service… The guy behind it has a high credibility because he’s worked in the semiconductor industry for more than 35 years.
SD card recovery…
As it’s usually just the controller on the card that’s broken and not the actual memory chips they disassemble the card and extract the chips. Then the data is read from the chips with a special device in raw format and compiled into something readable. There’s a video on their website – quite interesting for the technically inclined.
…doesn’t have to be expensive
A word about the pricing. In contrast to digital SD card recovery using software tools physical SD card recovery is
a) only provided by a handful of companies and
b) usually terribly expensive
Those companies in general target enterprise customers for whom money isn’t an issue because their data is so valuable. With recovering SD cards one obviously targets John Doe customers, folks like you and I. The service provided by Recoverfab still isn’t cheap but affordable for most people. You pay per GB capacity no matter how much of your card’s capacity you actually used.