What is a SD Memory Card
A Secure Digital (SD) memory card come in blue standard (32mm x 24mm x2.1mm) or Green miniSD (21.5mm x 20mm x 1.4mm) or Red microSD (15mm x 11mm x 1,mm) format. An SD card of any SD family, as per other flash memory card types is a block-addressable storage device. They are commonly used in portable devices like Cameras from all major brands including Canon, Casio, Fujifilm, Kodak, Leica, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Ricoh, Samsung, and Sony. They are also used in many other portable devices like Nintendo game consoles and android phones.
SD cards are advertised as water-proof, temperature proof, X-ray proof, shock proof but can fail requiring data recovery. A SD card that has malfunctioned can be repaired using specialized equipment. But usually only if the flash storage is not physically damaged.
Why Memory Cards Fail:
Memory cards are small and delicate pieces of hardware and are often more susceptible to damage then hard drives or their portable storage device counterparts. Bearing this in mind they can also sustain errors due to internal failings and can sometimes be very difficult if not impossible to retrieve your data from. With this in mind at Brighton Data Recovery we can offer you a wealth of knowledge and experience when recovering your data from these intricate and often too easily damaged storage devices.
Camera Memory Card Physical Storage Problems:
Have you ever seen inside a memory card? If you have then you will know that they have a series of pins at the end, that connects to the connectors inside a card reader. The card reader itself can be an external or internally fitted one. These pins are often damaged through general wear and tear or because they have been exposed to extreme cold, heat or damp conditions. We at Brighton Data Recovery can recover your data from a memory card even if the pins are damaged. Simply trying to clean the pins and then reinserting the card into a card reader will do nothing to cure the problem and could potentially make it worse.
Camera Memory Card Onboard Electronics Issues:
NAND flash memory is contained within memory cards and generally cannot be formatted or deleted unless the user starts the process themselves. There are however exceptions to this and one such exception is when the memory card is brought into contact with a large electromagnetic field. You may not have stopped to consider it but there are magnetic fields around your home and office daily and they are strong enough to cause irreparable damage. Appliances like washing machines, satellite recording devices and even household DIY tools exude enough of a magnetic charge so as to render the card useless. We at Brighton Data Recovery can help retrieve your data should this happen and also offer helpful advice and hints on how best to store your memory cards in the future.
Camera SD Memory Card – Accidentally Deleting The Contents:
It is a fact of life that as human beings we make mistake. One of these mistakes is to delete items from storage devices without thinking or considering if we will need them again or not. We often format memory cards when we should be deleting their contents and with this in mind Brighton Data Recovery are often called upon to help recover missing data. If you have accidentally erased data from a memory card the first thing you should do is remove the card and keep it somewhere safe. Somewhere it cannot be used again until you have contacted us. Writing new material or formatting the card again will make it almost impossible for even the hardened professionals such as ourselves to retrieve your data so once you have realised your mistake remove the card and contact us.
Camera SD Memory Card Not Responding:
Have recently used a memory card that has taken longer than normal to load? If the answer is yes then you may well have a problem with the card. The slow down of data retrieval is a sure sign that a problem exists with the storage device and you would be well advised to seek advice from us at Brighton Data Recovery before proceeding. Likewise if you have inserted your memory card into an internal card reader and this has caused the computer to crash the chances are the card reader has developed a firmware problem, which cannot be rectified by the computer to which it has been attached.