What are the best resources for restoring a damaged memory card or pen drive?

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    #1iLike Any Data Recovery Pro

    iLike Any Data Recovery Pro

     iLike Any Data Recovery Pro is an easy-to-use recovery tool which will retrieve files that have been accidentally deleted or lost from your desktop computer, laptop or other storage media. No configurations are necessary to use this. 

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $99.99- Free trial available

    Amazing Share
    Written on November 15, 2018
    "It allows you to recover data from various cards that made by different manufacturers like SanDisk, Kingston, KingMax, Sony, Lexar, PNY, PQI, Toshiba, Panasonic, FujiFilm, Samsung, Canon, Qmemory, Transcend, Apacer, PRETEC, HITACHI, Olympus, SimpleTech, Viking, OCZ Flash Media, ATP, Delkin Devices, A-Data and more."
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    #2Amazing SD Memory Card Data Recovery

    Amazing SD Memory Card Data Recovery

    Amazing SD Memory Card Data Recovery is a software to recover files which got corrupted, deleted, or lost from a reformatted device such as audios, documents, photos, videos, and so on. Requires Windows XP and up.

    Software

    Windows

    $69.99

    Amazing Share
    Written on November 13, 2018
    "It recover data from nearly all cards: Compact Flash, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Pro, Memory Stick Pro Duo, SD Card, mini-SD, micro-SD, Multimedia Card MMC, Smart Media, xD Picture Card, USB drive, flash drive that made by different manufacturers: SanDisk, Kingston, KingMax, Sony, Lexar, PNY, PQI, Toshiba, Panasonic, FujiFilm, Samsung, Canon, Qmemory, Transcend, Apacer, PRETEC, HITACHI, Olympus, SimpleTech, Viking, OCZ Flash Media, ATP, Delkin Devices, A-Data."
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    #3Shining Pen Drive Data Recovery

    Shining Pen Drive Data Recovery

    Shining Pen Drive Data Recovery is a software which is designed for recovering all types of files from Pen drive such as flash drive. This supports all pen drive brands, and it allows recovering of data that has been deleted permanently.

    Software

    Windows

    $39.99- Free trial available

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    #4Free Card Data Recovery

    Free Card Data Recovery

    Free Card Data Recovery is a software to recover SD or memory card data, photos, documents, audio and other files which got lost due to reformatting, accidental deletion, and corruption due to a virus.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Amazing Share
    Written on November 13, 2018
    "Recover Deleted Data from All Kinds of SD Memory Card"
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    #5Safe365 SD Card Data Recovery Wizard

    Safe365 SD Card Data Recovery Wizard

    Safe365 SD Card Data Recovery Wizard is a software which can recover corrupted, deleted, formatted and lost files including photos, videos, music, documents and more from various memory card types. 

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free- $89.99

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    #6[TUTORIAL] How to Repair a USB Flash Drive

    [TUTORIAL] How to Repair a USB Flash Drive

    How to Repair a USB Flash Drive is a wikiHow that teaches you how to fix a malfunctioning flash drive. 

    Articles

    Free

    Bob Tang
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "This is a good resource for repairing a USB flash drive with software issues. For hardware issues, this would not be the place to look. But this site does have an exhaustive explanation of common and some uncommon issues. It is very detailed, but the page layout needs work. It has intermittent ads throughout, and in strange places. Also, it is set up as one long page when it probably would have flowed better broken up into multiple pages."
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    #7[TUTORIAL] Repairing Corrupted Files using CMD

    [TUTORIAL] Repairing Corrupted Files using CMD

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    Repairing Corrupted Files using CMD is a video by C For Click that teaches you how to use CMD to restore or fix any a storage device along with any other files that may have been lost or deleted within it.

    Videos
    Charles Watson
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "My camera memory card was ruined, or so I thought. This site helped me fix it. It took some trial and error since it was my first time trying to fix one, but it worked!"
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    #8iData Recovery Wizard

    iData Recovery Wizard

    iData Recovery Wizard is a data recovery software which will retrieve unlimited lost and deleted types of files from your USB drive, hard drive, memory card, mobile phone and more. 

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free- $89.99

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    #9[TUTORIAL] USB Drive Recovery

    [TUTORIAL] USB Drive Recovery

    USB Drive Recovery is an article by Fabrizio Ferri-Benedetti on the Softonic website that explains how to use the software Partition Wizard to recover a USB drive that can’t be read.

    Articles

    Free

    Lori Roberts
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "This article is a great start for how to restore a damaged memory card using the Partition Wizard software. It gives step by step, clear instructions."
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    #10EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard

    EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard

    EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is a professional data recovery software used to backup solutions, partition manager & other PC utilities. It has a partition tool that allows you to erase, format and create a partition for your hard drive or storage data system.

    Software

    Mac, Android, Windows

    Free- Varies by plan

    Cynthia Patterson
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "I logged on my laptop the other day and found that all my work files were corrupted. I have no idea what happened to them! Thankfully my company had this tool installed and with the help of IT, I was able to recover my data that had been automatically backed up every month! I was able to get most of my files back, and I was really happy with the results!"
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    #11[TUTORIAL] How to Recover Data From a Corrupt Memory Card or USB Drive

    [TUTORIAL] How to Recover Data From a Corrupt Memory Card or USB Drive

    How to Recover Data From a Corrupt Memory Card or USB Drive is an article by Dan Price on Make Use Of where he goes over several tips that you can apply to restore a damaged or corrupted pen drive or memory card.

    Articles

    Free

    Louis Fields
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "This helped me a lot. Very recently I had an issue with my memory card and I thought it was a goner, but these simple straightforward steps helped me get things back in order. It also has some tips that will save me from problems like this in the future."
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    #12[TUTORIAL] How to fix corrupted an SD card in Android

    [TUTORIAL] How to fix corrupted an SD card in Android

    How to fix corrupted a SD card in Android is a video by HackdroidTech that teaches you how to repair a memory card on your Android device.

    Videos

    Free

    Alexander Smith
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "This is a pretty decent tutorial but it's also pretty limited. If you're just looking for how to fix an SD card specifically, this video will probably take care of you. Of course it doesn't go over every possible problem with the card but it will solve the issue in the majority of cases. If however you're looking for some other sort of memory drive repair like I was, you'll be disappointed as not a whole lot of stuff here is applicable."
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    #13Recuva

    Recuva
    Recuva is a data recovery software for Windows that can recover lost data on hard drives, DVD or CDs, memory cards, and external drives.
    Software

    Windows

    Free- Varies by plan

    Victoria Arenas
    Written on October 29, 2017
    "Losing data due to hard drive damage can be a sudden and devastating event. Being able to fix and retrieve lost data is made easier by Recuva."
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    #14Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery

    Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery

    Data recovery software to restore documents, photos, music or videos lost due to deletion from any HFS, HFS+, FAT, ExFAT and NTFS format based file system. Recover data and pics from your phone and more.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free- Varies by plan

    Harold Chapman
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "This is a pretty well-regarded software suite, and probably worth every penny if you aren't familiar with the few free Linux tools that can do the same thing. I think it's a little limited in what it can do for memory cards, but overall, a good solution for recovering data."
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    #15[TUTORIAL] How To Repair Corrupted Pen Drive or SD Card In Simple Steps?

    [TUTORIAL] How To Repair Corrupted Pen Drive or SD Card In Simple Steps?

    How To Repair Corrupted Pen Drive or SD Card In Simple Steps? is an article by Fossbytes that explains a method you can use to try and restore the information on a damaged pen drive or SD card.

    Articles

    Free

    James Murray
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "I definitely think an app like this would come very handy for not just anyone who is technologically smart, but also the instructions provided by this solution make it easy to repair said corrupted equipment. I always tend to my find my tech equipment breaking at some point and an app like this would definitely be useful."
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    #16[Solved] How to Recover Data from a Corrupted Memory Card or USB Drive

    [Solved] How to Recover Data from a Corrupted Memory Card or USB Drive

    [Solved] How to Recover Data from a Corrupted Memory Card or USB Drive is a video by Rohit Kashyap that teaches you how to recover data from your corrupted memory stick using the EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.

    Videos

    Free

    Megan Reynolds
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "I wanted an article, not a video with poor english. I wanted to know different ways or devices to use to restore a memory card, but this only showed one way. This really didn't answer my question at all."

Summary

Best What are the best resources for restoring a damaged memory card or pen drive
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1iLike Any Data Recovery ProSoftware 14 Paid
2Amazing SD Memory Card Data RecoverySoftware 12 Paid
3Shining Pen Drive Data RecoverySoftware 11 Paid
4Free Card Data RecoverySoftware 11 Free
5Safe365 SD Card Data Recovery WizardSoftware 9 Free
6[TUTORIAL] How to Repair a USB Flash DriveArticles 6 Free
7[TUTORIAL] Repairing Corrupted Files using CMDVideos 5 Paid
8iData Recovery WizardSoftware 3 Free
9[TUTORIAL] USB Drive RecoveryArticles 2 Free
10EaseUS Data Recovery WizardSoftware 2 Free
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