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Re: SD card is blank or has unsupported file system
I posted this in another forum:
I have successfully used PhotoRec to recover a SD Card that said not accessible on the Android Phone, and when inserted to be read on laptop said needs to be formatted. ALSO, CHKDSK reported that the file system not does not support RAW. I am not an expert in file systems. I searched the internet, only to discover that chkdsk will not work because of the RAW, and nothing else will in this case, except the PhotoRec (there is also a lame YouTube video, but it gives you a feel for how the download, install and use...no audio). The website for the program is: www.security.org/wiki/Testdisk_Download . It recovered 659 pictures, 9 movies and others. The program runs in Windows Command Prompt on your laptop. Now, the card was 16GB, I ran the program for over a day. There was some file recovering even after the 24 hour period, so I kept it running. However I have run the program for over 147 hours, there have been no more files found for quite a while. The program says Pass 1 (omg? ), estimated time to complete is 2788 hours (omg, again? ). I am going to make the leap that the rest of the SD Card had nothing written to it, and I have recovered all that there are, and about to stop the program. It created two sub-directories within the directory where the program resides that contained the recovery files. Don't know why it created two directories, 1st was recup_dir_1, 2nd recup_dir_2. Both contained different recovered files. The SD Card came from a Samsung Galaxy phone, which goes along with many comments that Samsung phones get corrupted more often than other phones. I have a Note 2, using a 32GBP from 4 phones ago, and never had a problem. But, now I use Verizon's Cloud, and feel better that all my stuff is securely backed up (pictures, video, docs, music, texts, call log, contacts...EVERYTHING important in case of disaster! ! )
Hope this helps!
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