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iCare Card Recovery Pro 2.0 Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — iCare Card Recovery Pro 2.0

iCare Card Recovery Pro will help you to restore deleted files like photos, songs, movies saved on all kinds of memory cards.
$39.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 343 (41%) 487 (59%) 42 comments

iCare Card Recovery Pro 2.0 was available as a giveaway on August 23, 2012!

Today Giveaway of the Day
$12.00 / month
free today
How would you feel about winning prizes on a regular consistent basis?

Due to major problems with registration the rerun is scheduled for Monday, August 27.

iCare Card Recovery Pro is a recovery program for memory card by digital camera, cellphone. It can efficiently restore deleted, lost or formatted photos, videos, songs from all memory cards including SD card, cf card, xd card, smartmedia card, MMC, MicroSD, MiniSD, SDHC and others. Besides memory card photo recovery, iCare Card Recovery Pro can also restore files from USB media.

Effective in the following cases:

  • Pressed wrong button.
  • Formatted card by mistake.
  • Deleted photos by accident.
  • Inaccessible memory card.
  • Memory card error.
  • Card not formatted error.

System Requirements:

Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000; Server OS


iCare Recovery



File Size:

10.1 MB



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Comments on iCare Card Recovery Pro 2.0

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Thanks for the re-run, wil install after work 4am, and send comment(s).

Reply   |   Comment by Bill Rutan  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Just found Pandora Recovery. It's FREE and works like a champ.

Reply   |   Comment by Gary  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Hello everybody,

the rerun of iCare Card Recovery Pro is scheduled for the upcoming Monday, August 27. Meanwhile you can enjoy our current offer.

Sorry for the inconvenience.
GOTD team

Reply   |   Comment by Giveaway of the Day project team  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Despite my careful following the GOTD’s instructions given @ 28 I am having the same problem with registration as other posters are.

It looks like GOTD is the only user of this software that doesn’t have these issues with registration.

Nevertheless, I would like to thank the GOTD team for a rapid response to the issues raised by previous posters and for trying to help us register today’s giveaway.

Reply   |   Comment by im  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+36)

Same as #33. Unable to register. I've tried 4x; uninstalled for good. Too bad, would have liked to try it. Unless they get a fix, won't be trying again :(

Reply   |   Comment by Charlotte  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+22)

Dear users,

we contacted the Developer regarding registration issue several hours ago, but haven't got any answer still. Maybe it is difference in time zones to blame.

We will keep you up-to-date.

GOTD team

Reply   |   Comment by Giveaway of the Day project team  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+24)

I had the same problem (Windows 7). Tried to deactivate antivirus & firewall, not helpful. I think I did not make any mistakes in copying and pasting, no space left.

Reply   |   Comment by cassie  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+20)

I just downloaded, followed instructions, and pasted the activation code, but I too, get the internet failure message, even after the comments it's been tested. Uh.... so....????? It's not working....

Reply   |   Comment by Average Jo  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+28)

Installed and registered fine this morning. On my spare PC (Win XP) and laptop (Win7) I keep getting "Internet failure" message and software refuses to register. I have noted @28. So glad they've tested it once. I've tried dozens of times - exactly as specified! My internet access is fine. Not very reassuring.

Reply   |   Comment by tedbasher  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+29)

Anyone else using XP and having trouble installing this? When trying to register the licence key, it comes up with "Internet failure, please check you net setting or try again"

Since I am typing on this page, there is nothing wrong with my net settings.


Reply   |   Comment by Ken  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+38)

Have very carefully copied and pasted the key, several times now, but the result is the 'Internet failure ... etc. ...' message, each time. Have checked my internet connection, etc., all fine. Not an encouraging start, unable to even get to first base. Uninstalling.... thanks anyway, GOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by Lindzus  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+31)

See my comment here which is #65:

Prior to successfully recovering my data as described in that comment I had used an older version of a giveaway of the day for iCare FORMAT Recovery Software version It took over half a day to perform the scan (12 or more hours) and show the files. When I attempted to save the recovered files the program crashed just as it was finishing the save after several hours into this final step. Gurrrr. That's when I tried what worked iCare DATA Recovery version 4.5.2 which is mentioned in my comment.

Here's my question that hopefully the developer will answer to concerning today's program.

The iCare DATA Recovery program version 4.5.2 appears to be able to do what this iCare CARD Recovery Pro 2.0 can also do. If I'm correct I don't need Card Recovery Pro 2.0 also. Is this correct?

Thanks in advance for your response and today's offer.

Reply   |   Comment by BeenTaken  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

doesn't find my sd card; I know there are jpgs there that I can recover (so far, only one program has found them but I couldn't afford it) but this software doesn't even find the card. Can't see the help file either and their website says that its there. Very disappointed...

Reply   |   Comment by JMS  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

To the readers who voted thumbs down on my comment #13:

iCare Card Recovery might work for you, but


Zentimo (from a previous GOTD) does not have this problem: my SD cards are recognized as soon as they're inserted.

This is the proof iCare Card Recovery is failing somewhere.

I'd like to know why, but as I said, the cause is probably that my Ricoh card reader is NOT connected to an internal USB controller port.

I did some research on SD cards the day I inserted a 8 GB SDHC that couldn't be read. I found out that many SD card devices are, in fact, connected to a USB port.

Reading the posts, it seems some users give thumbs down to those who criticize the product...

Reply   |   Comment by papin  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)

iCare's recovery software is one of the ones in my toolkit, and I do recommend keeping it around. It's not my starting point recovery utility, but as I've mentioned before, everybody's scanning algorithm is slightly different, and some work better in some situations than others, and vice versa, so always try more than one recovery app. Card Recovery Pro is a subset of the full Recovery package, so if you don't have the full package, give this a whirl.

The biggest problem for all recovery software is wear-levelling algorithms that are becoming more popular, especially in larger flash devices. In order to maximize the life of the flash device, manufacturers have started adding the ability to prioritize writing to free memory blocks that have been used the least, which is done in part by mapping logical addresses (what your camera or computer uses to identify a memory block) to physical addresses (which your flash memory card's on-board chip only knows). Once you delete a file, the used block "usage counter" is incremented, and a remap automatically occurs. The deletion tracking is also essential for boosting write speeds, especially with devices having faster access speeds, large physical blocks or multi-level memory cells (generally found in better-value / lower cost, higher-density GB/$ flash devices) - ouch, that's both the high and low ends of the market.

The lack of a preview function is a problem for almost all file recovery software when you are recovering a few lost images amongst a large number of files. This is going to become an even more important function as time goes on. So if a preview shows garbage for every attempted recovery, then chances are, the "advanced" flash device is wear-levelling.

As an example, I've got a 6-month old 16GB microSDHC and a 4-year old 2GB SD card, both from Lexar, and nothing I've tried is capable of properly recovering files from the newer 16GB unit, but most everything works with the old 2GB. So it's not the recovery software's fault that it doesn't work right, it sees the correct logical addresses and uses them, but the on-board flash controller is playing a shell game that the host computer will know nothing about.

Can the wear-levellling algorithms be turned off? Only the specific manufacturers know, and they ain't tellin'! However, most of these algorithms only work with the default FAT32 partitioning. So, if the flash device isn't used by a camera or most basic consumer devices (they only know FAT32), you may want to reformat your flash device to NTFS (some manufacturers do track NTFS file usage), Linux EXT2+ or other partition types - you will loose significant write speed, but regain the ability to recover files.

So, always check twice (thrice, 4 times ...) before selecting a file for deletion. Remember that flash media can be enviromentally sensitive, especially in high temperature change & static situations. Flash media also tends to really dislike changing clock speeds when being accessed, something that any cell phone could inadvertently do (especially if dropped, or an incoming call/text disrupts an operation). Backup, backup, backup.

Reply   |   Comment by CompNetTeach  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+30)

I just installed iCare Card Recovery on Windows 7 laptop and it only finds my USB thumb drive and not my SanDisk Ultra II SD HC 8GB memory card from my camera. I have tried to refresh - restart program - looked for help online - nothing.

Reply   |   Comment by MJG  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Installed with no problem (Win7 home 64bit)
I have a USB drive that I cannot access. I tried to recover anything from it, but iCare didn't even detect it :-(

Reply   |   Comment by Serchaw  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Scanning found my USB hard drive, but not my Patriot USB thumb drive (the one that needs fixing). Tried it twice more, no luck, so even being free, it's not worth anything to me, uninstalled promptly.

Reply   |   Comment by Boots  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Would not register. Said that the registration number has expired.
Windows 7

Reply   |   Comment by Ted  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Dear Ted and other GOTS users, who are having hard time registering,

we have tested the procedure once on our side and the key has been successfully accepted. Please copy&paste the full code and make sure there are no extra spaces when you insert it in the activation field.

Sorry for the inconvenience,
GOTD team

Reply   |   Comment by Giveaway of the Day project team  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-42)

Tried to recover deleted files from a USB drive, but the files were just scrambled data.

Reply   |   Comment by Jorson  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)

I just finished a test.
Deleted on purpose a TXT file 10KB on a 16GB flash card.
Instructed to recover. After 48 minutes found 18 files to un-delete but the TXT file was not among them. I said to continue recovering and after 18 minutes it said 5 files recovered.
I try to open them, it said not recognized file format for every one them.
Useless, to say the least for this software. Wasted hour and a half and nothing was recovered that can be used later.

Reply   |   Comment by Glen3  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+18)

can it restore deleted images on an Iphone?

Reply   |   Comment by meagain  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-14)

To recover files on a USB or flash card it depends on your recycle bin settings mostly (for Windows - all versions). These settings are usually set not to permanently delete the files. What happens is, every USB drive or flash card creates a Recycler folder where deleted stuff gets stored in (this folder is NOT accessible via Windows Explorer and is hidden). Also most antivirus software will create a quarantine folder. If your settings are set to permanently delete, then chances are pretty much slim to recover a file from USB. If you are happen to have access to a Linux machine, you can recover more than through a Windows PC.

Perhaps for most parts recovery developers take the first approach as it is the easiest. But also more advanced functionality is more expensive. But again, USB drives and flash memory cards are all together a different kind of storage. If a USB drive gets flashed, that's it, end of the story and you won't recover anything.

Reply   |   Comment by Ton  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Hi, Registration pretty straight forward, the "buy" button disappears on next start of iCare Card Recovery Pro.

Put it to work, only device showing - my large usb Drive (600 GB in total), scans the whole drive without possibility of choosing Folders (my camera card has also great number of "empty" Folders, so I presume it would attempt to scan the whole card, as in the case of drive?) - always a time consuming letdown!..

Already found several thousands Files (no view unfortunately), Elapsed Time showing 20 odd mins, Remaining Time 6hrs..(goes up actually when attempting to send the whole "operation" to the Taskbar - but no possibility of that either!)

With 7hrs (now) remaining, and being stuck with that view on my Desktop - have to Cancel this lengthy Operation:(, without finding out how effective this Software really is. Pity, looks like one of those "over night" procedures.., but Those scanning something much, much smaller - might give us better clue what and how well this Software recovers Files.

And finally! - When scanning is CANCELED mid way - it does Analysis and next does "Save Recovery Status", or so, showing what it found.., preview (then) doesn't show what picture looks like, even thou it was pretty much standard jpg..

I have to say that few odd pictures I chose to save to desktop - EXIST anyway (I've checked), and of those missing FOR SURE, and I know which Folders they belonged to - Found NOTHING, except for "Thumbs db". Not impressed, perhaps I'm missing the whole concept here??

Reply   |   Comment by fran  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

Thanks to iCare Recovery Software Ltd + GOTD.

Tested the software.

There are serious flaws in this software.

It took 5min to read a 2GB SD card.
And found 1092 files.

I put in a card with many existing images that were not deleted. This approximates a real life test where you accidentally deleted some photos in a card.

The "results" after the check just showed me a long list of files. There is no separate indication as to which was not deleted (i.e. no need to recover those) and what was deleted (you may want to recover some of those. This is very bad.

The preview feature works on a per file basis. So I had 1092 files in the card and I have to preview each one to check one by one.
There should be a small thumbnail next to each filename so you can see whether it is the one you want to recover.

The "Help File" on pressing F1 was clearly for another software, namely: iCare Data Recovery Software
It is completely unsuitable for this software. Someone just dumped in the wrong thing at the last minute. Like throwing in a Ford Fiesta engine into a Ford Mondeo and expecting the car to move.

There is no explanation of what the icon with a plus on a folder means and there is no icon tip when you mouse over it. Similarly for the icon with a minus on a folder.

Reply   |   Comment by ric  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+45)

as with #4, if you find a product is good, go with it.
I tried iCare when it was first posted to here a year or so ago, was so impressed with it I introduced it to computer shop I work for and they have since bought several licences and it a source of several thousand dollars a year in customer data recoveries, only issue I have with the standard software is it says it's supposed to work with HFS, but doesn't seem to, will this be the same? or will it recover data from HFS USB devices? either way I'm getting it regardless, it's value is grater than it's lacking

Reply   |   Comment by David  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-10)

I have installed it but i can't register it! I've read and followed every instructions! The following error comes all the time - "Internet failure, please check your net setting and try again." And everything's fine with my net connection. :/
please help!

Reply   |   Comment by Riya  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+28)

Test conditions:

Didn’t work for me on the USB Drive...............XP
Software unable to recognize the USB cards..........
It doesn’t say anything here about USB devices, but when you launch the software it says to “insert a card or USB drive”. I tried with three separate USB drives from three different manufacturers and the program couldn’t “see” any of them.

Reply   |   Comment by Test conditions  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

Test conditions:

- Computer: laptop running XP Pro SP3 (almost fresh install with last updates)
- Device: Ricoh SD/Memory Stick/xD/MMC card reader
- Cards: SDHC Sandisk 8 GB and SDHC Emtec 4 GB

Result: Software unable to recognize the cards !!!

One possible cause: The Ricoh device is not connected to a USB port and the product don't know how to deal with that.

I should receive $39.95 for conducting the test in lieu of the software's authors. But since it's GOTD day, it'll be free today. LOL

Reply   |   Comment by papin  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-10)

I would have liked to try this software but once the downloaded had completed the setup file would not work so couldn't install it. I'm using XP Pro and have had no problems with other downloads from GAOTD, this is typical... you find a useful product and then you can't use it Grrrr.

Reply   |   Comment by I'm in charge  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-10)

It's nice to see that they're offering this. Their regular recovery program was offered here on August 3, 2011. THAT took 8 hours to do a deep scan of my 16GB SDHC flash card in a SDHC card reader; and even then, what was recovered was unreadable.

Best of all was Glary Utilities "File Undelete" sub-program.

THIS program took 8 minutes to scan my 8GB HP thumb drive. Excel and other files that I had long deleted were garbled. If you have a folder icon changer like I do, it does NOT save the changed folders, but reverts them back to the default manila.

I'm not sure if this program is going to be helpful. If you deleted a file, it recovers the "ghost" of what was there. You'll get something back, but it may not be readable or useable. (I did recover some .ICO and .PNG graphic files.)

Reply   |   Comment by CJCotter  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)

I just installed successfully and Norton never complained. Nice work correcting the false detection problem.

Reply   |   Comment by C.B.  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-21)

AVG Resident Shield Alert

Perhaps if I uninstalled the giveaway two days ago (Doronix Math Toolbox 1.0) it will solve the problem?
I cured a similar situation some times ago by uninstalling the previous giveaway program.
The problem then had to do with a new install shield.
Please go back to the old install shield!

File name: c:\downloads\giveawayoftheday\iCareCardPro\Setup.exe
Threat name: The file is signed by an untrusted certificate, issued by: Toolbar.db7.

Show details: Ptocess name: C:\Program Files\WinZip\WINZIP32.EXE, Process ID: 3364

Should I choose:
a) Move to Vault (Recommended): Will safely quarantine the infected file to the Virus Vault
b) Goto to file: Opens Windows Explorer in the folder in which the file resides
c) Ignore the threat: The identified file will remain in the current location on your disk.
To ensure you are protected, Resident Shield will not allow you to access files that are infected.

Reply   |   Comment by Ingvar  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

Dear Ingvar and other AVG users.

We have updated the wrapper and added digital signature. It has allowed us to sort out the problems with security tools you (and we mean our visitors here) experienced before.

Though the certificate is trusted by Microsoft, Symantec and Agnitum, AVG is returning false alarm. We have already contacted the AVG developers and are waiting for being approved. Hopefully it will happen soon, but you never know how long it may take.

Considering this if you trust GOTD team and the Developer of current offer, please disable AVG before installation. In case you don't feel like turning the security apps off (and it is totally understandable), we will appreciate it if you give us (and AVG team) a little bit more time to fix the issue.

Sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

GOTD team

Reply   |   Comment by Giveaway of the Day project team  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+62)

I haven't been impressed with iCare in the past, and the normal price is way too high for such restricted recovery software. I generally recommend Piriform Recuva, but sometimes you need more advanced recovery software. Microsoft doesn't support internal volumes larger than 2TB unless you use GPT. However, Microsoft allows external drives to cheat, which is why you can buy 3TB external drives that appear as a single non-GPT volume. Most recovery software can't deal with those. I needed to recover TBs of data on such a drive (thanks to Windows Media Center). It's not clear if any open-source software can handle that, and the UI of TestDisk and PhotoRec is absolutely horrible, there was no way that I was going to attempt such a massive recovery with those.

There's tons of file recovery software with endless features and price points. I settled on LSoft Active@ File Recovery. It has a different feature set than Active@ UNDELETE, and supports things like various virtual machine images, TrueCrypt volumes, etc. Naturally, it supports all of the usual things like lots of partition and drive types, USB and SCSI drives, RAID, all types of memory cards and flash memory devices, RAW image files, etc. At the time it may have been on sale, and the Professional version was on sale for just slightly more than the regular version, so that's what I bought. There's a demo version, but when you buy it they give you a link to the purchased version. I recommend uninstalling other versions before installing purchased or updated versions. It's a very good product, and had no problems recovering my TBs of deleted files via (very) quick scan, with original filenames, as fast as the drives could handle the data.

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+38)

Installed and registered with no problems. I had a 8GB SD card, which was completely erased after I unplugged it incorrect. That was actually a great loss, 'cause all my pics from our trekking tour to Nepal was gone in a flash second. After a scanning with this tool, I was offered to "reclaim" the original content, and of course I'm grateful for that. In my case the program worked just fine. However, I think, the price is set much to high. Perhaps, there's freeware, that does the same job, but I couldn't find the right one. Thanks a lot to iCare and not least the team behind GAOTD. Greetz from Denmark.

Reply   |   Comment by Allan  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+53)

I've once used a previous version of it. The GUI was ugly and the data restoration pretty much failed. That was about a year ago. Well, let's hope, they have improved the software, else I can't recommend it.

Reply   |   Comment by Sepp  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-107)

So much easier to comment when the software is good and where the company is clear about who it is and when the website is well-written.

Downloaded, installed, and registered on Win 7 Pro easily.

I did not have an immediate need, so I popped in some existing USBs and let the software do the work. It easily found a bunch of stuff and offered to recover it. Organization of the files was easy as well, giving a tree view, and also organizing files by type. (There is a typo in a pop up where "appreciated" is the correct spelling.)

I would suggest leaving some screen space for previewing images (and other files types if possible) rather than having to click to preview.

I have tried a bunch of recovery software before, including free stuff, but think this one did a thorough job and has a simple, easy-to-use interface. One click to scan, a few clicks to find what you want, and then one click to recover.

Since there is also a free version that will recover up to 2MB, commenting on the price is more challenging. I suppose $40 might not be too much to pay if you have lost files that must be recovered, especially if there are photos on the card!

Thanks GAOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by Barry  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+64)


These guys have a giveaway page on their website and it also has some special offer during the giveawayoftheday promotion. However you need to pay some $$ to use other software from icare.

I used their standard edition via some other giveaway channels. It scanns fast. Not too bad of their programs.

I will try this one to see whether it works the same as the standard edition.

Reply   |   Comment by Joey  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-42)

Oh, I guess it does say something about USB at the end. Still, didn't work for me.

Reply   |   Comment by Matt Sweeney  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+27)

It doesn't say anything here about USB devices, but when you launch the software it says to "insert a card or USB drive". I tried with three separate USB drives from three different manufacturers and the program couldn't "see" any of them. Sorry, don't have a memory card handy, can't say how well that works.

Reply   |   Comment by Matt Sweeney  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+55)
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