SD Card data recovery

In this article, I will talk about small data storage devices known as SD cards. I will also explain different uses of SD cards and how data recovery is possible when an SD card dies.

SD (Secure Digital) card is a small storage media that is used in mobile devices like phones and digital cameras. These cards can also be used in computers and laptops for data storage like normal hard drives and USB flash media. Usually laptops, iMac and MacBooks have a special slot for SD cards for reading and writing data. These devices were introduced almost one and half decade ago. Some of these cards have a physical lock or switch to protect writing data to the media. There are different companies that make SD cards. These include SanDisk, Toshiba, Kingston, Lexar, Transcend, Panasonic etc.

SD cards are very popular storage devices these days. The most common use is storage in digital and video cameras. Some cameras are coming with built-in hard drives for storing large amount of videos and pictures. Most of cameras are coming with SD cards. Cell phones including Samsung, LG and Blackberry mostly use SD cards for storage in addition to small internal space. SD cards come in different capacities like 512, 1GB, 2GB, 4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB or 32 GB. Most cards come in regular 1to 2 inch dimension. There are small cards available which are usually used in cell phones. These cards are known as micro SD cards. Micro SD cards are usually small in size but they can be of bigger capability. Micro SD cards are usually cheaper just like micro USB flash drives. This makes them attractive for buyers.

SD card stores information and if they fail then everything may be lost. What happens if data is lost? Data can be recovered. There may be different kind of problems with SD cards. Data corruption, controller corruption or damaged hardware, are some of the problems. Some time data may be destroyed by accidental format or low battery can cause file corruption. There are all kinds of solutions available for all these problems. If data has been lost due to accidental format or low battery, it can be recovered using different data recovery software. Usually a lot of companies claim that they have recovery software but there are very few that can perform good jobs. It all depends on research and experience before we know which one is the best recovery program. Mostly people try different software for retrieving data which could be dangerous if they are not using the right program. It is always best to go to a data recovery lab for a free evaluation.

An SD card usually consists of a board, a controller and nand chip. Mirco SD card are built differently. The nand chip is integrated into a small plastic piece. These small cards usually suffer from heating issues and are not recoverable if there is hardware issue. Therefore it is always advisable to avoid buying these cards (Micro SD cards) for electronic storage just to be on the safe side in case if it fails. In regular sized cards, there is a controller and chip that holds the information. If controller goes corrupt or if it dies, the information can be extracted directory from the nand chips.

The second kind of recovery is the physical damage. This damage could be a bad controller, dead board or broken connections. Data can be recovered by fixing hardware problem with care. This kind of device recovery needs extensive repair experience because a small mistake can damage the date permanently making the data recovery impossible. The next type is the process of reading nand chips directly and reconstructing the file structure. This kind of recovery is usually very time consuming and needs very high technical knowledge and experience in addition to professional recovery equipment. Recovery from these cards usually cost more like other traditional hard drive recovery.

In this article I explained what are SD cards, their uses, and different ways of data recovery when they fail.

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Rapid Increase in Data Consumption by Mobile Devices Drives the Global Embedded Multimedia Card (eMMC) Market, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.

San Jose, California (PRWEB) April 24, 2013

Able to provide ultra-fast memory, integrated Multimedia Cards (MEM) are rapidly deployed in mobile computing devices like the Android-based tablets, smartphones, digital book readers, digital cameras, navigation devices and portable terminals, among others. The evolution of embedded systems technologies have played a key role in enabling the eMMC memory architecture to be mounted directly on the circuit board. A eMMC solution typically includes multimedia card interface (MMC), a flash memory component, a flash memory controller with a HS-MMC driver software that controls the eMMC. Embedded memory solution, eMMC enables device manufacturers to reduce product development time and accelerate time-to-market rates. Integration of the component of the memory at the chip simplifies system design and integration and development saving valuable time engineering design.


The use of eMMC also helps to ensure the conformity of the product to the growing demand for greater memory densities . The eMMC memory architecture should attend a high adoption among memory chip designers, since the time to market (TTM) fast time-to-volume (TTV) and time goal profit (TTP) are essential keys to manufacturer competitiveness and customer satisfaction in the electronics industry. Extended data storage capacity; low power consumption; ability to increase memory density; low cost; compact seized; higher bandwidth of data transfer; and flexible configurability are the main benefits of eMMC solutions. The trend towards miniaturization will continue to drive the adoption of eMMC, given that the technology offers a perfect solution for high performance memory products with small form factors.


eMMC market growth will be fueled by technological developments that improve the functionality of the eMMC architecture. Currently developed and marketed is the integrated Multi-Chip Package (CGMP) Architecture memory that incorporates the integrated controller directly on the memory chip eliminating the need to develop separate software interface for NAND memory. PCMC provides the ability to meet the highly integrated modern mobile computing devices miniaturized memory requirements. A key advantage of the memory architecture comprises emcp space conservation, as it allows vertical stacking of a plurality of memory functions. Furthermore, ECP eliminates the need for separate memory expansion slot allowing the development of smaller and thinner devices. eMMC should attend the widespread adoption in low-end smartphones in the coming years as the technology moves up the value chain resulting from lower prices and better performance and functionality. A key factor in the adoption of eMMC in low-end smartphones is the memory of the architecture’s ability to make these smart phones and significantly improve the relationship cost benefit ratio. higher transmission speeds of eMMC allow video and graphics capabilities of superior quality in low-end phones and separate eMMC controller reduces the load on the main processor thus improving the calculation speed no extra cost.


The growth of smartphone sales should benefit the market for eMMC. Factors such as the ubiquity of the mobile Internet, features such as advanced messaging, email, web browsing, browsing, data streaming, and faster 3G / 4G create the need for higher density memory in smartphones. As the amount of data downloaded and stored increases, the demand for eMMC is expected to grow because of its superior memory management capabilities. Benefits such as low cost of advanced memory capacity, longer battery life and a simpler structure design can reduce production costs, promote eMMC adoption in smartphones and tablets. Manufacturers have already begun to incorporate 16GB / 32GB / 64GB eMMC in high-end smartphones and development is underway to accommodate eMMC on mid-range and low-end smartphones as well.


As stated by the new market research report on integrated multimedia card (eMMC) Asia-Pacific represents the largest as well as fastest growing regional market with an expected CAGR of 28.4% over the analysis period. The growth in the region is led by strong economic growth, rising income levels, continuous development of cellular markets, increasing 3G penetration and spiraling sales of smartphones and tablets.


Key market players include Faraday Technology Corporation, Greenliant Systems Ltd., Hynix Inc., Kingston, Micron Technology Inc., Phison Electronics Corporation, Samsung Electronics, SanDisk Corporation, Silicon Motion Technology Corporation, Toshiba America Electronic Components Inc. and Transcend Information Inc., among others.


The research report titled “Embedded Multimedia Card (eMMC): A Global Strategic Business Report” announced by Global Industry Analysts Inc., provides a comprehensive review of market trends, company profiles, mergers, acquisitions and other strategic industry activities. The report provides market estimates in units for all major geographic markets including the United States, Canada, Japan, Europe (France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom and the rest of Europe) , Asia-Pacific, Latin America and the rest of the world.


For more details about this comprehensive market research report, please visit http://www.strategyr.com/eMMC_Embedded_Multimedia_Card_Market_Report.asp .


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Goodbye Facebook Gifts, Hello GiftFly: An eGift Card Solution for Any Business to Start Selling Social & Mobile Gift Cards Anytime, Anywhere at No Cost…Instantly

Darien, CT (PRWEB) September 17, 2014

Digital gift cards are quickly becoming the most popular item for consumer purchases due to their convenience and instant delivery. Gift cards are a huge source of year-round revenue. And yet, big box retailers win the largest piece of these sales, leaving a huge gap. Tens of billions of dollars are spent at the larger retail outlets, mainly because of their widespread availability. GiftFly closes this gap by taking any business from local to national in seconds.

As of August 12th, Facebook ended their Gifts program. Many consumers found this to be an easy-to-use solution for their gifting needs, while businesses saw it as a powerful opportunity to increase their branding. At any rate, the departure of Facebook Gifts left a void in the world of social and mobile gift card sales.

GiftFly to the rescue.

“Now more than ever, customers will want to buy gifts from their favorite local merchants. We know our friends and family will really love these places. Now, any small business can compete with the big boys, right from a smartphone, tablet or computer. Distance does not matter. In 60 seconds, a merchant can be “live” selling an eGift card that any customer can personalize, purchase and deliver instantly. Merchants get paid the next day,” says Cory Perkins, CEO and Founder of GiftFly.

The premise is simple. GiftFly allows anyone, anywhere to give a gift card to virtually any local business. First, a customer chooses a friend via Facebook or email and designs their personalized gift card with any amount of money (up to $ 250). Then, after finding the business, they can send the online gift card to their friend’s Facebook account, email address, or mobile device in seconds.

Once the GiftFly is received, customers can easily redeem it at participating merchants using a QR Code on their smartphone, or through funds deposited into their PayPal or bank account.

“We wanted to create the most efficient way for shoppers to send and use gift cards while helping out small businesses dealing with the hassle of plastic cards,” says Natasha Miller, Director of Marketing of GiftFly.

Two types of cards are available: the cash card, which goes directly to the customer’s PayPal or bank account, and the merchant card, which is directly deposited into the bank account of the merchant on the next business day.

All of this is done for the lowest cost available to the business- plastic cards and expensive upfront fees are replaced by a completely free app. The GiftFly app lets employees scan codes, check the sales history of gift cards and even refund cards.

Once a business owner signs up at http://www.GiftFly.com/merchants, even more tools are available. These include real-time sales information, the capability to manage discounts and refunds, print signage and create their own promotions. The welcome kit comes with a sign, window decals, magnets and pens to help promote their new, 24/7 product.

GiftFly also collects the email addresses of gift card senders and receivers, in an attempt to maximize social media and email marketing potential. A GiftFly merchant can access customer information by logging into their dashboard and download the contact list to add to or build their customer database.

GiftFly was created as a solution to the largely broken plastic gift card industry: although gift cards have been the #1 gift in the U.S. for the past seven years according to the National Retail Federation, up to 60% of gift cards go unused each year. Since the explosion of plastic gift cards in 1995, that equals $ 403 billion in merchandising opportunities lost.

Combine those statistics with the rise of digital wallets, digital debit cards, PayPal, bank account apps and other mobile solutions and it is fairly clear— plastic gift cards are on their way out.

About GiftFly

GiftFly.com was founded in early 2012 with the mission to replace plastic gift cards with the best digital gift on earth – a custom online gift card for the local places you love. GiftFly is based in Darien, CT and is privately funded. GiftFly is available in Europe as http://www.extrabooking.com.