Recover Deleted/Lost Photos from Memory Stick with Power Data Recovery

What Is Memory Stick

Brief introduction to memory stick:

Memory stick is a kind of removable flash memory card storage device, which was developed by SONY and was firstly released in October, 1998. Memory stick family includes the Memory Stick Pro, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Micro (M2), Memory Stick Pro-HG, etc., with different capacities and file transfer speeds.

sony memory sticks

Currently the largest capacity for memory stick is 64 GB. However, according to Sony, the maximum theoretical value reaches up to 2 TB. So it still has a long way to go. Memory sticks are light, reliable and easy-to-use. All recent digital cameras and camcorders released by Sony can use SD/SDHC cards as well as memory sticks to store data.

Advantages of memory stick:

  • Can be connected on computer via card reader;
  • Can be used to transfer data from one computer to another;
  • Small, easy to carry around.

Disadvantage of memory stick:

  • Can be much expensive to buy if you want to store large amount of data;
  • Easy to infect viruses from computers and lose data in it;
  • Small, easy to lose.

Help! My Photo Get Lost from Memory Stick

Since memory sticks are widely used in Sony devices, people use them to store photos, videos and audios frequently. However, it is still inevitably for us to avoid data loss from memory sticks. For instance, the memory stick get virus-attack or we just regret of deleting some photos. Then can we recover data on memory stick if we lost/delete them accidentally? When searching on the internet, such questions are flooded all over the internet. Below is an example showing the confusion:


Has anyone have problems with their memory stick? I shot a whole bunch of photos today. But when I tried to load onto my PC, only a few were shown, the rest are gone (they don't even show up in the Explorer). In the Explorer on my PC, it says 98MB was used, but I saw no files inside the folder DCIM or its subfolders. When I put back to my F707 and switch to play mode, it tells the same story - no photos. This is a 128MB stick made by SanDisk. I have used this stick quite a few times before with no problems until today. I'd appreciate if anyone can suggest a way to recover that 98mb of data. Thanks much!! "
--By Tom from Dpreview


In fact, similar with other removable disks, the data in memory sticks are recoverable. Here, MiniTool Power Data Recovery is recommended to recover lost photos from memory stick. It is a purely green data recovery software with senior screening functions. This tool occupies five recovery modules (Undelete Recovery, Damaged Partition Recovery, Lost Partition Recovery, Digital Media Recovery and CD/DVD Recovery) and is easy-to-use. With MiniTool Power Data Recovery, users can smoothly search desired data and do the memory stick recovery quickly.

Next we will show users how to recover data on memory stick.

How Can You Recover Photo from Memory Stick

Preparatory work:

  • Download MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition, install and run it. 
  • Connect your Sony memory stick to your computer.

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Working process:

Step 1: Select "Digital Media Recovery", which is specially designed to recover photos, music and videos from memory card, memory stick and flash drive.
Tips: Move mouse over the five modules to check which module is most suitable for your case.

digital media recovery

Step 2: Refresh the device list and find the Sony memory stick (In our case, it's K: drive). Then do a full scan on it.

scan memory stick

Step 3: After entering the folder, users could select specific files to recover in accordance with their needs. In our case, we want to make photo recovery in memory stick, then we should check *.jpg, *.gif, *.png…under "Advanced Filter" (Click to view the full list of the devices and formats Power Data Recovery supports). Thus, files with same type in memory stick will be collected into one folder.

advanced filter

Step 4: See the photos are already there. Tick the photos we need and press "Save".

tick photos

Step 5: Select the desired location and click "Ok" to start Sony memory stick data recovery and wait for the success.

save photos

See all the photos in memory stick are already there in the specific folder. At this time, file recovery for memory stick is finished.


note MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition has a 1GB data restoration limit; if you have got more data on memory stick for recovery, please purchase a license to unlock this restriction.

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