Recover Data from Transcend SD Card and Flash Drive

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Recover data from Transcend device

Do you own an SD card, USB flash drive, or some other storage device manufactured by Transcend? Many people do, and some have been unfortunate enough to experience data loss. 

If you’re among them, and you’re looking for a comprehensive Transcend data recovery guide, then you’re in the right place. In this article, we review Transcend’s own data recovery software and provide step-by-step instructions that you can easily follow to recover lost data from any Transcend storage device

Are Transcend SD Cards and Flash Drives Reliable?

Transcend devices

Transcend is a Taiwanese manufacturer of storage devices, mainly SD cards (including SDHC and SDXC cards), USB flash drives (such as JetFlash drives), and solid-state drives (2.5”, M.2, and mSATA). The company was established in 1988, and it currently has 13 offices in multiple countries around the world, employing over 2,000 people. 

On its website, Transcend states that the company upholds the highest quality and believes in professional service. That’s probably why it was the first Taiwanese memory module manufacturer to receive ISO 9001 certification, the world’s best-known quality management standard. 

Indeed, Transcend storage devices are generally considered to be reliable, but that doesn’t mean their owners have no use for Transcend recovery tools. To help them perform Transcend memory card recovery and Transcend flash drive recovery without having to spend money on a third-party tool, the Taiwanese manufacturer decided to develop its own data recovery software, called RecoveRx.

Review of Transcend Data Recovery Software

Called RecoveRx, Transcend’s exclusive data recovery software features an extraordinarily simple user interface that greets users with two large buttons: Recover and Format. 

RecoveRx interfaceWhen you click the Recover button, you can search deep within any Transcend storage device for traces of deleted files that are still physically available and thus recoverable. RecoveRx can recover the following file types and file formats: 

  • Photos: BMP, CRW, DSC, GIF, JPG, ORF, PNG, RAF, RAW, RW2, TIF 
  • Videos: MPG, RIFF, SWF, TIVO, TS, WTV
  • Documents: CWK, DOC, PDF, PSB, PSD, TXT
  • Other: AIF, FCP, ISO, ITU, MID, MP3, OGG, RA, RM

As you can see, RecoveRx is severely limited when it comes to the number of file formats it can recover. Even such commonly used file formats as DOCX, XLSX, XLSX, MOV, WEBM, ZIP, or RAR are not supported, which greatly limits the usefulness of this data recovery software. 

Select a drive for recovery

The good news is that it takes just a few clicks to start a scan. While you can’t pause an active scan or preview recoverable files while it’s still in progress, you can at least see the estimated remaining time, so you always know if you still have enough time to grab a cup of coffee. Unfortunately, RecoveRx wasn’t able to recover ANY files during our Transcend SD card recovery test.

No files recovered

The poor data recovery result probably has a lot to do with the extremely limited file format support, but we’re 100% sure that the SD card contained several deleted DOC files that should have been recoverable.

We then decided to attempt the recovery of the deleted DOC files using different data recovery software, Disk Drill, and the results speak for themselves: Disk Drill was able to recover ALL lost files, and it even let us review recoverable files while the scan was still in progress. 

The following table compares RecoveRx with Disk Drill:

 RecoveRxDisk Drill
CompatibilityWindows, MacWindows, Mac
Ease of useEasyEasy
Performance BadExcellent 
File format support30+400+
Scanning methodsOnly oneMultiple 
Preview during scanNoYes
Scan pause/resumeNoYes
Live chat supportNoYes
Extra featuresFormatting Disk health monitoring, data protection, byte-to-byte backups, and more
PriceFree Free trial 

How to Recover Lost Data from Transcend Devices with Disk Drill

Transcend memory card recovery with Disk Drill is just as straightforward as with Transcend’s own data recovery software, but the recovery results are significantly better. That’s because Disk Drill supports over 400 file formats and multiple scanning methods. 

Disk Drill is available as a free download for Windows and Mac. The Windows version (which we’re using in this article) can recover up to 500 MB of data, while the Mac version can only preview recoverable files. To unlock unlimited recovery, you need to purchase a Disk Drill PRO license. Both versions can recover data from any storage device (not just those manufactured by Transcend), including pen drives, hard disks, memory cards, and so on. 

Step 1. Download and Install Disk Drill

Install Disk Drill

To perform Transcend memory card recovery with Disk Drill, you first need to download the latest version from its official website. The basic version of Disk Drill doesn’t cost any money, and it takes just a minute or two to install it. 

Step 2. Scan Your Transcend Device and Select Your Files

Scan the device

Next, launch Disk Drill and look at the list of available storage devices. Your Transcend memory card (or USB flash drive if you’re performing Transcend compact flash recovery) should be listed among them. Select it and click Search for lost data. 

Disk Drill makes it possible to browse recoverable files while the scan is still in progress, so feel free to take advantage of this feature of you don’t feel like waiting. That said, it usually doesn’t take Disk Drill much time to scan a storage device unless the storage device is very large or slow.  

Regardless of if you decide to give Disk Drill time to finish the scan, you need to select the files you want to recover. Feel free to select as many or as few files as you want.  

Step 3. Click Recover to Perform Transcend Data Recovery

Recover data from Transcend device

Finally, click the Recover button and tell Disk Drill where it should recover the deleted files. Never recover lost files to the storage device from which you’re recovering them because you could overwrite them and make their recovery impossible.  

David Morelo
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