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[Q] How to recover photos from memory stick?

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5th March 2014, 07:21 AM   |  #1  
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I accustomed to storing their audio or video file like photos into a mini memory stick. However, how can we recover them once lost? What can I do ? Any software like Power Data Recovery?? 3Q for your advice.
5th March 2014, 09:48 AM   |  #2  
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Wait, what does this have to do with Win8? I'm confused (or maybe you are)...

Assuming "memory stick" (whatever the <REDACTED> that is) exposes itself as a standard block-storage device, you can probably use whatever recovery tools you're used to... no guarantee they'll work, though.
13th March 2014, 04:40 AM   |  #3  
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I've had a positive experience using MiniTool Power Data Recovery.
It worked wonders on a flash disk that apparently lost its data, but with this software I could recover most of them, although with very ugly file names.
There are 4 options which can be confusing but I've mostly used Digital Media Recovery and Undelete Recovery.

For non media files, the result wasn't so great but I recovered some files from an almost defective SD card.
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15th March 2014, 03:36 PM   |  #4  
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I've had a positive experience using MiniTool Power Data Recovery

Well, what can i say but thank you so much!

Had the same problem and all the pictures of my holiday were gone.

With kind regards, Basti
15th March 2014, 07:25 PM   |  #5  
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Well, what can i say but thank you so much!

Had the same problem and all the pictures of my holiday were gone.

With kind regards, Basti

You're welcome! I'm glad it helped.
I had the same problem a while ago so now I recommend this software
26th March 2014, 06:16 AM   |  #6  
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I accustomed to storing their audio or video file like photos into a mini memory stick. However, how can we recover them once lost? What can I do ? Any software like Power Data Recovery?? 3Q for your advice.

yup, any recovery software will do, just defrag first before recovering for best result
26th March 2014, 12:46 PM   |  #7  
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yup, any recovery software will do, just defrag first before recovering for best result

Worst result dont you mean... Recovery software relies on the fact that when deleting a file it is simply removed from the file table but the data itself is still present. Defragging will move files around and will now believe where your file previously existed is now unallocated space and will happily over-write it. For recovery software to work at its best you need to ensure as few changes are made to the file system as physically possible.
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SixSixSevenSeven is correct. Leaving aside the fact that defragging a flash storage device (like a memory stick, SD card, SSD, CompactFlash, etc.) is a terrible idea in general*, it will drastically reduce your chances of being able to recover any data at all. If you have already done a defrag, the odds are very good that your data is now unrecoverable.

* Win7 and up know not to actually defrag Flash-based storage, but what they do instead - called TRIM, and intended to optimize the storage - is almost as bad for purposes of data recovery. TRIM tells the "disk" that the physical memory cells which were storing the data of deleted files are no longer needed, which typically has the effect of zeroing the data.

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