Accidents can happen at any time. Even if you have the world’s best SD card, you can still lose files from it if you’re not careful. Your precious NRW files can even get deleted when you are trying to transfer the data from an SD card to another device, prompting a need to recover them. We also want to add that your files can get corrupted, they can be infected with ransomware, and they can even be formatted accidentally. Fortunately, you can get them back even in those cases.
In this article, we studied the possible causes for NRW file deletion and show you two solid ways to recover them. Without any further ado, let’s dive in.
What are NRW Files?
NRW is a special file format that is attributed to the raw images captured by the high-end Nikon COOLPIX cameras. This file format is designed to handle a huge amount of uncompressed image data. As a result, you can easily edit the aspects of NRW files, such as tone, contrast, or brightness, using a computer or the Nikon COOLPIX camera itself. These files are made to support the Windows Imaging Component, which is often used to process multiple image formats and metadata.
Possible Reasons for NRW File Deletion
The NRW files can suffer from deletion for multiple reasons. Let’s take a look at some common causes people lose their NRW files.
Accidental removal is one of the most common reasons for NRW file loss. It normally happens when you try to free up your camera’s memory or delete too many files from your computer in a hurry. A few wrong clicks and your important image files can be wiped out from your camera’s SD card. Thankfully, this kind of loss isn’t permanent, and you can restore the files as long as you take quick action.
Storage Media Corruption
No matter where you keep your NRW files, corruption can occur at any time if you don’t take proper care of the storage media. This is especially true for portable storage mediums, such as SD and microSD cards. Some of the biggest reasons that cause file corruption in portable storage mediums are:
- Physical damage
- Defective file system
- Improper handling
- Not performing proper eject operations
In the case of file corruption, the success rate of data recovery depends on the degree of damage.
You can also lose your NRW files because of accidental or poor formatting. Maybe you were merely trying to free up your SD card or drive, only to realize that you also had important NRW files in that storage space. Sometimes, people also accidentally reformat their SD cards when they plug them into their computers. Whatever the case is, these accidental formats wipe out all your data, deleting your important NRW files along with it.
Virus and Malware Infection
Virus infections can corrupt or erase your files, and they can even encrypt your files. For example, if your computer has ransomware that targets the image files, connecting your SD card filled with NRW files to your computer can encrypt every single image in it. The virus can change the properties of the NRW files to corrupt them. Malware can even hide the photos and automatically format the whole storage space. In any case, you will ultimately lose the NRW files.
1. Recover Deleted NRW Files via Data Recovery Software
Using a data recovery application is one of the fastest ways to recover the deleted NRW files. Data recovery applications scan your storage mediums to extract deleted files. Thus, you can easily recover the lost NRW files as long as they have been deleted recently. But before you move forward, you need to understand how to pick a credible one. Here are two conditions that you must meet to pick a credible data restoration app:
- The application must come from a reputable data recovery agency
- The data retrieving application must have a lot of positive reviews from its consumers. If the application has got thumbs up from a professional data recovery expert, that’s even better
As long as your chosen data recovery software meets these two conditions, download and install it on your computer and follow these instructions to recover the deleted NRW files:
- Connect the SD card that contained the NRW files to your computer.
- Next, open the data recovery application on your PC and select the SD card.
- Click on the “Search for lost data” or “Scan” button to start the scanning process. The application will scan the SD card to extract the files that were deleted from it.
- Once the scan is complete, the application will show you a list of recoverable files. Go through the list, review the NRW files, and select the ones you want to restore.
- Now, click on the “Recover” option.
- Select a folder where you would like to store the files and click on the “OK” button.
Now, the selected NRW files will be downloaded to the chosen folder. That’s it! You have recovered the NRW data.
2. Contact a Data Recovery Agency to Recover Deleted NRW Files
If the data recovery application didn’t work, you can contact a professional data recovery agency to recover the deleted NRW files. Data restoration centers have highly-trained data recovery experts and sophisticated labs to restore your lost data using a variety of industry-grade recovery techniques. Here are some factors you must consider picking the right data recovery agency:
Type of Service
Since you’re trying to recover the deleted NRW files, you should choose a data recovery agency that specializes in restoring data from cameras and portable storage mediums. Contact the agencies and make sure that they work with NRW files.
Even standard data recovery services from reputable agencies will cost you hundreds of bucks. The company uses well-maintained labs, industry-grade tools, complex applications, and hours of detailed data extraction to ensure you get most of your data back. As a result, their service would at least cost you $100, and it can stretch to $800 depending on the severity of the data loss.
A good warranty can protect you from unexpected charges. Most professional data recovery agencies will not charge you a penny if they are unable to rescue data from your storage media. But this is not an absolute rule. Without a warranty in the contract, you may need to pay a considerable sum even if they can’t retrieve the data successfully. Make sure that the data recovery agency you choose offers a proper warranty of buyer’s protection before finalizing the deal.
In most cases, the sooner you start recovering the data, the higher the chances are to extract the data successfully. Thus, you should always pick a data recovery agency that offers a quick turnaround time. Generally, the professional agencies have a turnaround time of 7-12 days as long as the problem is severe.