Memory cards can be often recovered with the same data recovery software used to recover hard drives. However, much depends on how the memory card was formatted. Quick or full format, version of Windows used to format the card, PC or appliance such as digital camera, and even brand and model of a digital camera matter a lot.
When formatting a memory card, the system effectively initializes the storage, preparing the card to store data. Formatting a memory card will effectively delete all files. The question is whether or not the files lost during the format operation are recoverable.
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