Just as anything in this world, flash drives and memory cards get old, worn out and eventually start going out of order or get broken at once. It’s a perfectly normal thing, so you should always be prepared to find you memory card suddenly unreadable — and especially if you had an incident potentially affecting the file system, such as a power failure or a virus attack. If you have a habit of making backups on a regular basis, you’re most probably covered. If not, you are in trouble.
Modern file systems usually do not physically delete files, but «forget» about them, allowing other files to occupy this space. In case of a serious corruption, the file system may lose the entire disk structure, thus rendering the OS incapable of accessing the files stored on it. However, the very principle of file system operation also helps recover files from damaged memory cards and even repair them, restoring as much as 100% of the allegedly lost data.
There are countless data recovery and disk repair tools on the market. If you need to recover data from an unreadable memory card and make it usable again, try tools like Flash Memory Card Data Retrieval or Removable Disk Undelete. Nearly all such tools work in a similar fashion and support the most popular file systems, but make sure they work with yours before downloading them. As a rule, such tools are completely automated, so your involvement will be minimal.
To sum up — don’t panic when you see a «Drive X: is unreadable» or a similar message. Modern memory card repair and data recovery tools often do wonders, so make sure you give at least some of them a try.
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