How to Recover Photos from SD Card BAD Sectors ?

Summary: In this blog, we will understand the causes of SD Card bad sectors and solution on SD card corruption to fix bad sectors  and recover Photos by using Stellar Photo Recovery Software.

When your SD card displays bad sectors error, it means that the data on your SD card is inaccessible. This is because sectors on your SD card are damaged and can’t be further used to store any more data.

The good news is – you can still retrieve data from SD cards having bad sectors by using photo recovery software. Also, you can try the demo version of Stellar Photo Recovery which is free to download and you can scan all your lost and get a preview of that.

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I have a 32 GB SD card, which I purchased online and was using this card for my camera for 14 months. I am a wedding photographer, and I have been using this card for so long. The thought of backing up the data never occurred to me. Two days back it stopped working and started showing an error.

Some photos on it are fine, and I can view some parts of pictures, but that is all. I need to retrieve these pictures immediately for editing. What can I do? How can I fix bad sectors on the SD card? A situation like this usually causes an environment of panic. And in this type of situation, we start doing our own R & D to retrieve data from the SD card.

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Note: It is recommended to avoid meddling with your SD card once it stops working to prevent permanent loss of data.

Causes of SD Card Bad Sectors

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Reasons behind when SD card is not accessible or is not recognized are given below:

      1. Low quality or cheap SD card
      2. Inappropriate handling and care of SD cards such as keeping it in the dust, dropping it in water, etc.
      3. Removal of SD card from smartphone or camera without switching off the device
      4. Removal of SD card from computer abruptly or without ejecting
      5. Disconnection of SD card from the computer, while read/write operations, are being performed
      6. Using the same SD card in different devices
      7. Excessive use or aging can also lead to SD card bad sectors
      8. The SD card already had bad sectors when you bought it, and it increased over time

Signs of Bad Sectors on SD Card

SD card bad sectors are the most common reason for inaccessible data on your SD card. However, it may not be the case always. Uusally SD card corruption contains bad sectors if it shows the following signs:

      1. Your device- camera or smartphone- doesn’t recognize the SD card.
      2. You can view the card data once you insert it on the computer. But files are inaccessible, or the card won’t allow read/write operation.
      3. As soon as you insert the card into your computer, it asks you to format the SD card.
      4. When you try formatting the card, the process doesn’t complete or stops
      5. Avoid using one card for multiple devices
      6. Don’t remove the card abruptly from a camera, smartphone, and computer
      7. Try to back up your files and pictures from time to time on another device
      8. Keep your card in a clean, dust-free, and dry place
      9. Avoid buying a low-cost card because these have low quality
      10. When you encounter “Bad sector error,” don’t try to write any data on your SD card

Top 10 Methods to fix corrupted SD card

1. Unhide hidden files stored in corrupt SD card

2. Try chkdsk command to check for SD card errors

3. Use Diskpart in CMD command

4. Reinstall the driver

5. Use Windows inbuilt Troubleshooter to fix Corrupted SD Card

6. Use SD card repair solution provided by manufacturer

7. Use drive ‘Error Checking’ feature

8. Assign a new drive letter, if SD card is not detected by PC

9. Format corrupted SD Card to fix errors

10. If Nothing works ? Use SD card data recovery software to restore files

Steps to recover photos by SD Card Bad Sector Repair Tool

Whenever you encounter bad sectors error on your corrupted SD card, stop trying to recover data from hit and trial methods. Instead, download Stellar photo recovery software for a quick fix. This software is user-friendly, and you don’t need any technical knowledge for bad sector recovery using this software. Check out the steps below.

1: Click here to download the photo recovery software
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2: Hit Install and wait for the installation to complete (It might take a few minutes)

3: After the installation, stellar photo recovery software will automatically launch

4: Insert the SD card with the bad sector for data recovery with the help of an SD card reader and select that drive in the software.

5: Click Scan now to scan SD card for bad sectors and wait for a few minutes

6: Your pictures will be displayed, select the ones you want to recover, and hit Recover.

Tips to Protect your SD Card

SD cards are fragile media device and are very much prone to data loss problems, so they need to be protected . Here are some preventive measures which should be kept in mind to safeguard your SD card data:

  • Avoid unwanted and abrupt removal of SD card from any device or system to prevent SD card corruption.
  • Protect SD cards from dust, temperatures, dirt & moisture.
  • Use high quality SD cards from known brands such as SanDisk, Panasonic, Sony, Kingston, Lexar, Olympus, etc.
  • Stop using the SD card if in case you’ve encountered data loss.
  • Avoid using SD card in multiple devices.
  • Always have an antivirus installed on your system.
  • Use a good quality card reader for connecting your SD card to system.


The most comfortable option to restore data from bad sectors on the SD card is to use Stellar Photo Recovery Software. If in case, due to any reason, you are not able to retrieve data through this software, there can be additional physical damage in the SD card. Prefer utilizing Stellar Data Recovery Services in such a scenario to avoid permanent loss of data.

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