How to restore corrupted Memory Stick?

You have inserted your memory stick into your USB drive and saw a message informing you that your drive has been corrupted. You may have many important documents, photos, or other files that have been deleted or corrupted. Fortunately, Corrupted Memory Stick Recovery tool is here to help you.

Memory Sticks are storage devices used in digital cameras and some versions of the Sony PlayStation 2. They are an easy way to store lots of data on a small device. But memory sticks may get easily corrupted, which can destroy any data that was stored on them. If your stick starts saying it has corruption errors, your only option is to format it. Formatting the Memory Stick will remove all the problems, and allow you to save the new information onto it. But formatting cannot be an only option, because all your data will also be deleted with the problems that you can’t afford.

So in order to recover data from a corrupted Memory Stick, you must first repair it by formatting the memory stick. Once the corruption is repaired, you can recover memory card data on Mac or Windows operating system using a file recovery program.

Don't worry if you find out you have damaged memory stick. It is possible to get all those precious files back. Sometimes memory sticks become corrupted through viruses, software malfunction or human error such as improper  formatting. Those files have not been gone forever. With just some effort you can restore all your data. You can click here for more info on how to unformat card data and restore all lost videos, photos, songs, etc from the formatted card.

Memory Stick Corruption scenarios –

  • If you remove the memory stick improperly from the camera when you are accessing the files or at the time when your files are getting transferred to other multimedia storage device, can lead to the corruption of the memory stick. This might even leave the memory card in an inaccessible state. To know how to recover data from an unreadable memory card, click here.
  • If there is a sudden power failure at the time when your files are getting transferred then there is more probability that your card may get corrupted.
  • If your stick is infected by a virus then it is clear that your card has been corrupted. Virus is the most common factor responsible for corruption of any device.
  • Saving  and deleting files rapidly when the card is full

Use Corrupted Memory Stick Recovery software to restore memory card files that were deleted or lost in any of the above scenarios.

Apart from memory stick, you can also recover SD, CF card, MMC, XD-picture card, etc. by using memory card recovery. In order to recover memory card, you just need to connect it to the system, in which the memory card recovery software is installed. It supports different brands of memory cards like SanDisk, HP, Sony, PNY, etc. You can get more details on PNY memory card recovery by visiting at -

Steps to retrieve data from corrupted memory stick –

Just follow the following steps to retrieve lost data from memory card.

1. Download & install Memory Card Recovery Software.

2. After running it you will find three options on the main screen “Recover Files”, “Recover Photos” & “Recover Partitions/Drives”. Choose “Recover Photos” option.

Corrupted Memory Stick Recovery - Main Screen

3. Now select “Recover Lost Photos”.

Corrupted Memory Stick Recovery - Recover Deleted Photos

4. Select the Memory Stick that is corrupted and click on "Next" option.

Corrupted Memory Stick Recovery - Select Drive

5. Preview & save the recovered files.

Corrupted Memory Stick Recovery - Save Recovered Files


Do not set the Memory Stick near a heater or air conditioner because extreme temperatures can corrupt it.

See CF Card Recovery to restore data from Compact Flash Card.


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