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7 Methods for fixing a currupt SD Card

Emily

Feb. 18, 2020

Did your Memory card stopped working in your phone or PC?? Don't worry, all hope are not lost, here are 7 quick fixes that you can use to fix that stubborn SD card and recover your files.
Fix 1: Connect SD card to another device
At times, a device may not read an SD card due to incompatibility or driver-related issues. In such cases, try to connect your SD card to another device in both PC or Mac.
Fix 2: Try chkdsk command to check for memory card errors
Open command prompt, by clicking on start button and typing CMD.
Type chkdsk followed by drive letter, colon and /f at the command prompt. Example chkdskE:/f
Insert the affected card into a card reader and connect it to your system.
Go back and open My Computer
Search for your SD card under "Devices with Removable Storage" and note the drive letter assigned.
Next, Right-click "cmd" and then select the "Run as administrator" option.
A command window opens, and you can fix your corrupt memory card from here.
Next, type chkdsk followed by the drive letter corresponding to the SD card, then by a colon and /f.
After that, press enter, the Chkdsk will check for possible errors and try to fix the corrupt SD card. Follow the subsequent message prompts.
Lastly, check your assigned drive letter to your SD card to verify if the files are recovered or not.
Fix 3: Assign a new drive letter to an unreadable SD card
Connect your SD card to a card reader in the system, If your system does not assign a new drive letter to it, then it isn't reading it or the card is unreadable. In some cases, the reader might be assigned a drive letter, but still, you get the message "Please insert the disk into drive E:" indicating that it isn't reading the card. To resolve this problem assign a new drive letter to this connected Card through your operating system settings.
Fix 4: Use Sandisk in-built solution to restore deleted files from SD card
Fix 5: Format SD card
If you can read all the files but cannot save them, then your card might be in write-protected mode. Unlock the write-protection switch to save or modify files on the card.
If, you are still unable to read or write to the card, then possibly your files are lost or have become inaccessible. To fix it, you need to use a disk diagnostic tool that can work on memory cards too. Although you can also get access to your card by reformatting it, it will remove everything on the card. Therefore, make sure you have recovered all the stored files and copied everything to another drive before SD Card format.
Fix 6: Reinstall the driver
You can try to reinstall the driver by following these steps:
Click the Device Manager option on the left side.
Click Uninstall and click Ok .
Disconnect your storage media and restart your PC.
Reconnect your SD card again. Your PC will detect it.
Fix 7: Nothing worked? Yes, Recovery Software is your solution !
Whenever an SD card becomes inaccessible or corrupt, the SD Card data may seem to get lost but the data is still there. You can recover photos & videos as long as your SD card is not physically damaged. As long as your card has not been overwritten, by having files saved over the deleted pictures, it is possible to recover the lost photos & videos.
To recover files(be it pictures, videos, music or documents) on your damaged SDCard, check on my other articles.
Things to Remember to Protect your SD Card!
Never remove a memory card while turning on/off your camera or other devices.
Never remove your memory card while saving and viewing a photograph.
Do not take or view new pictures on battery low mode.
Never change your memory card when the camera is on.
Use SD cards from established brands such as SanDisk, Panasonic, Sony, Kingston, Lexar, Olympus, etc.
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