Each time you try to access your memory card, an error message shows up stating: “SD card is damaged. Try reformatting it.” In order to fix SD memory card, you format it but end up losing all the content stored in it. Isn’t it an unpleasant situation? You did exactly what the message suggested to fix the issue but it got aggravated.
Figure 1.1 illustrates the error message
If the memory card displays a read error or any other inaccessible error, stop using it immediately. Then, turn off the device and safely eject the memory card. If you continue to use the affected memory card, then the probability of recovering data from it would be low.
If the memory card corrupted or damaged then you can not access the data stored in it. There might be a possibility that during data transfer, damaged is a change in the file format or the memory card has some bad sectors.
There are several ways by which a memory card can turn corrupt. Some of them are below:
- The memory card is physically damaged (dropped in water, spilled hot coffee on it, etc.)
- File System is corrupt
- Removing the memory card while the files are being transferred
- Using the same memory card in multiple devices
- Improper ejection of the memory card
- The memory card is attacked by a virus
Whether it is your camera or smartphone, there are situations which may corrupt the memory card and result in data loss. To prevent – it, ensure that you backup all the data stored on the memory card so that you can easily restore from the backup files.
To repair corrupt SD memory card, turn off your camera/smartphone, remove the memory card and then insert it again. If this works, then backup all the data stored on the memory card and then format it.
Methods to fix memory card and data recovery
If the memory card is still unreadable, then follow these methods to fix the SD memory card:
METHOD #1: Connect the SD memory card to your computer
Connect the affected SD memory card to your computer and check whether the problem persists or not. Sometimes there are compatibility issues which may prevent the device to recognize the memory card. You can connect the memory card to your computer through a card reader. Also, you can connect the corrupt memory card to another camera/ smartphone to check the issue.
METHOD #2: Repair corrupt memory card using Command Prompt
Connect the corrupt memory card to your computer, go to “My Computer/This PC” and under “Devices and drives” section, locate the memory card and note its drive letter. Now run Command Prompt and type “chkdsk h: /r”, where “h” is the drive’s letter.
Figure 1.2 illustrates the chkdsk command
The chkdsk command checks for the issues and repairs the corrupt SD memory card. After the process is complete, connect the memory card to see if the issue has been resolved or not.
METHOD #3: Assign a new drive letter
In the search box, type “Disk Management Utility” and look for the memory card. Right click on the memory card and then select “Change Drive Letter and Paths”. After applying the changes, restart your system and connect the memory card again.
Figure 1.3 illustrates the error message
METHOD #4: Disable the memory card
After connecting the corrupt memory card to your computer, go to “Device Manager” and right click on the memory card and select “Disable”. Wait for a few minutes and then click “Enable”. For the changes to take effect, you may have to restart your computer.
Figure 1.4 illustrates to disable the memory card
METHOD #5: Use a data recovery software
To efficiently recover files from the corrupt memory card, you can use a professional card recovery software. However, the software will work only if the memory card is accessible. In case of the memory card is physically damaged then the software will not work.
Under such circumstances, you must seek the assistance of data recovery services. Data recovery services have built-in tools and a dedicated team to fix SD memory card and safely recover data from it.
Irrespective of the reason or complexity of the issue, Stellar Data Recovery can recover up to 100% of your critical data from SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards with different “Speed Class”, Laptop hard drives, external hard drives, RAID server, etc.
Ensure that the memory card you’re using is compatible with your camera/smartphone and that you follow the appropriate insertion and ejection process. Data loss is unavoidable and following proper methods will resolve the issue. Sometimes these methods fail to repair the corrupt SD memory card; you can then leverage Stellar Memory card recovery services to assist you in the best possible way.
Most importantly, to strike a balance between your device and the memory card, make sure that you select the right memory card!