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Free SD Memory Card Data Recovery can help you retrieve deleted or lost files. The program is specifically intended to be used with SD cards but it also works with other types of removable devices, such as USB pen drives and smartphones.
It has a quite straightforward interface, which has different tabs for the steps of scanning the drives and recovering data. When you start the program, there is a tile-based screen that lets you pick the desired file types, including but not limited to photos, documents, emails, audio, archives and video.
The tool can detect the inserted removable devices without your intervention. Besides, it shows some information about the selected drive, such as its label, file system, capacity and used space. Next, you should simply make your selection. Probably because traditionally removable devices are not supposed to store so many files, the tool does not support more than one type of scan. However, as their storage capacity tends to increase, it would have been nice to have a quick scan mode available.
Once the scan is over, you can simply select the desired files and choose a target location for them. Unfortunately, there is no way to preview their contents or know the actual chances of successfully recovering them.
All in all, while Free SD Memory Card Data Recovery can solve the problem of saving lost data from removable storage devices, it certainly lacks advanced recovery options. What is more, it cannot help you recover files from your local drives, that is why, looking for a more comprehensive tool seems to be the right thing to do.
- Supports various file types
- Works with various brands of cards, USB pen drives and smartphones
- Does not support local disks
- Does not allow previewing files