The client in this memory card recovery case study had an eight-gigabyte SanDisk SD card full of videos. Or, at least, it had been full of videos, until they reformatted it. Soon after they’d reformatted the memory card and wiped the slate clean, they remembered that they hadn’t transferred all of their video files from the SD card to their computer.
Rarely are accidental reformats truly accidental. Most of the time, the user in question fully intends to wipe their device, and doesn’t realize until after the deed is done that they’d forgotten to transfer some or all of the data over before reformatting. Unfortunately, reformats don’t have “undo” buttons. Unlike many things in the world of computers, a reformat isn’t something you can ctrl+Z your way out of.
The client first brought his SD card to a computer repair shop. Of all the videos they’d lost due to the reformat, one in particular was of the utmost importance, and the client needed it back. The technician attempted to use SD card file recovery software in order to resurrect the lost video file. But the software proved unsuccessful. The file the technician managed to recover had suffered severe corruption.