A great if somewhat unknown use for data recovery tools is as an insulator when attempting to recover photos from corrupted memory stick storage. Memory sticks and other solid state external media such as flash drives and SD cards are excellent carriers for malware and viruses. They simply do not have the built in firewall protection one can make available in their PC. Viruses like to download and transfer onto external storage devices like this and from there attack your computer.
When you have hundreds if not thousands of valuable digital photos stored on a memory stick or a flash drive it becomes a difficult task to recover those photos and then use a file shredder on the drive so as to destroy the malware. Quality photo recovery tools allow one to recover lost data from flash drive devices and safely preview files. These selected files can then be saved to a second external storage device without ever risking damage to your computer.