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Old January 3rd, 2013, 03:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was closing the back cover of my phone when I accidentally left the Micro SD card half way open which means it was not fully inserted. As a result, it snapped in to two pieces as shown in the link below. I had important files and I need a solution to recover the pictures/videos so I can transfer them on to my computer. When I insert the SD card in to a card reader or my phone it does not even recognize it even though it sits in properly (lock not broken as shown in picture). Do I have to attach it back together for it to work and if so then how? I need a solution to recover my data but my PC isn't recognizing the SD card and I've tried other cards and it recognizes them. Any help is appreciated. The phone is Samsung Galaxy S2.

Pic of SD card: i48.tinypic.com/69kkgi.jpg

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Old January 3rd, 2013, 03:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hello,

I was closing the back cover of my phone when I accidentally left the Micro SD card half way open which means it was not fully inserted. As a result, it snapped in to two pieces as shown in the link below. I had important files and I need a solution to recover the pictures/videos so I can transfer them on to my computer. When I insert the SD card in to a card reader or my phone it does not even recognize it even though it sits in properly (lock not broken as shown in picture). Do I have to attach it back together for it to work and if so then how? I need a solution to recover my data but my PC isn't recognizing the SD card and I've tried other cards and it recognizes them. Any help is appreciated.

Pic of SD card: i48.tinypic.com/69kkgi.jpg

Thank you for your inputs.
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There are (expensive) data recovery companies that specialize in getting data off of (nearly) destroyed cards.

Also, have you tried a 3rd party app such as Easeus Data Recovery Wizard?
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As the card has broken in half, there's a good chance that the flash-chip and/or controller could be physically damaged. That's why it's not reading even though it appears to be making contact.

Think the only option might be professional data recovery, very expensive, many hundreds of dollars.
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Don't despair there is still hope. I had the same problem last year when my sd card accidently got dented. The sd card contain all our photos taken during our family holiday in Korea so it was really precious. We tried to use recovery softwares but since the card itself cannot be read. Our only hope was to have an expert to recover it for us. We found a data recovery company here in Singapore but they charge an arm and a leg. The cost they charge for recovering can easily afford us to go on a short holiday again. We also tried several shops who claim they can recover buy we only got ripped off by paying processing fees and in the end they cannot actually recover. Until I chanced upon RECOVERFAB in the internet. I read a lot of good reviews and the way they recover, even hardly damaged cards they were able to. Check out their website as it shows a pretty good description of how the recovery process goes. Only downside is they are in Germany. I initially thought it might be difficult but i won't lose anything if i try. And it was indeed worth the try. I sent my sd card and they received it in 4 days. And then just after 2 days I got a link showing me sample pictures of what they recovered. RECOVERFAB is simply amazing. Give them try. And they don't charge unless you are satisfied and would like to get copy of your files.
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Try checking them at Recoverfab.com
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