Kingston is one of the largest manufacturers of flash-based memory products in the world, selling everything from high-capacity SD cards to fast USB flash drives and more.
Because Kingston storage devices are in the hands of so many people, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Kingston SD card recovery and Kingston flash drive recovery are among the most commonly researched data recovery topics.
In this article, we explain how you can increase your Kingston data recovery success rate, and we also discuss why you should stay away from the official Kingston recovery tool and download a third-party data recovery application instead.
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Tips to Increase Your Kingston Data Recovery Success Rate
Even though there are many shady data recovery services and software applications that promise to reliably recover every single lost file, the fact is data recovery results are never 100% guaranteed. You can, however, do a lot to increase your data recovery success rate.
- Stop using the storage device: To avoid accidentally overwriting the lost files and thus making their recovery impossible, you need to stop using the storage device on which they are located. To be extra safe, we recommend you disconnect it from your computer, camera, or any other device it was connected to.
- Start data recovery ASAP: Don’t delay the data recovery process more than absolutely necessary. Experience tells us that those who start data recovery as soon as possible experience better data recovery results than those who take their time with it.
- Don’t defragment the device: Despite what many people believe, defragmentation doesn’t help recover lost files. In fact, there’s a good chance that even the best Kingston data recovery software won’t be able to help you restore files from a defragmented storage device since they most likely will be overwritten.
- Save your data to a different place: You should never recover lost files to the same storage device from which you’re recovering them because you could partially or completely overwrite them and make their recovery impossible.
- Use the best data recovery tool available: Some data recovery tools deliver mediocre results, and some can even do more harm than good. That’s why you should always start with the best tool available, even if it means spending money on a license.
Now that you know how to increase your Kingston Data recovery success rate, it’s time we take a closer look at Kingston’s official recovery tool and discuss why it might be best to stay away from it.
Overview of Kingston’s MediaRECOVER 4.0
MediaRECOVER 4.0 is a versatile data recovery software application capable of restoring over 250 file types, including photos, audio, video, documents, archives, database files, and more. Back in the day, Kingston recommended MediaRECOVER 4.0 to all users who have lost important data from pen drives, hard drives, SSDs, memory cards, and other storage devices sold by the company.
Today, Kingston doesn’t even provide a download link for the software anymore, so users have to look for it elsewhere. We were able to find it on several websites providing free software downloads, including CNET Download.
After we downloaded the application, we were able to install it without any issues. Despite its outdated user interface (MediaRECOVER 4.0 hasn’t been updated since 2007!), starting a scan wasn’t difficult since all we had to do was select our storage device, specify the recovery path, and click next.
When the scan was finally over, MediaRECOVER 4.0 informed us that we need to purchase a license in order to get our files back. The problem is that the website of the company that used to distribute software licenses for MediaRECOVER 4.0 is no longer accessible, so purchasing a license and unlocking the ability to recover deleted files is IMPOSSIBLE.
Indeed, the best MediaRECOVER 4.0 can do is preview recoverable files, but you needed to find a different Kingston USB flash drive recovery tool or Kingston SD card recovery software to actually get your files back. We recommend Disk Drill because it works on both Windows and Mac, is easy to use, supports more than 400 file types, and has received countless positive reviews from users worldwide.
How to Perform Kingston Data Recovery with Disk Drill
Performing Kingston data recovery with Disk Drill is so easy that anyone can do—no special skills required. Here’s an example of real Kingston micro SD card recovery (Disk Drill can recover data from SD cards, USB flash drives, hard drives, and all other commonly used storage devices):
Download and Install Disk Drill
You can download Disk Drill for free directly from its official website (no need to scour third-party download sites) and install it with confidence, knowing you’re not giving an installer that has been tampered with admin permissions and allowing it to infect your computer with dangerous malware.
Scan Your Kingston Storage Device
When you launch Disk Drill, it will list all storage devices connected to your PC or Mac (we’re using the Windows version of Disk Drill in this article), and you simply need to select your Kingston USB flash drive or memory card and scan it. Disk Drill will automatically go through all available recovery methods in the optimal order, so just sit back and let it do its job.
Recover Your Data to a Different Storage Device
Finally, go through all recoverable files and select those you want to get back. Disk Drill can preview all common file formats, so deciding which files to recover shouldn’t be a problem. Once you have made your selection, you can click the Recover button and specify the recovery directory. As we’ve already said, you need to select a directory located on a different storage device than the one you’re recovering from to avoid overwriting the same files you’re trying to recover.