Your SD Card got corrupt? Sorry to hear that.It's sad when we loose pictures or videos of wonderful moments just because your SD got corrupt and you're unable to fix it. Well, worry less! Here are Easy ways to fix your Corrupt SD Card.

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Memory cards have a limited number of lifespan, for example, a flash card unit has approximately 10,000 write/erase operations, due to which after certain cycles the chances of corruption increases. Therefore, it is better not to use SD card that has been used frequently for several year.

Ok, now to the Fix.

Fix 1: Try to connect your SD card to another device, as sometime, few SD cards may not be compatible to certain devices.

Fix 2: Insert the affected card into a card reader and connect it to your system. Click on the "Start" menu from your Windows taskbar and then select the "Computer" option. Search for your SD card under "Devices with Removable Storage" and note the drive letter assigned.
Next, click the "Start" option again and type "cmd" in the "search" box. 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 you 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: Connect your SD card to a card reader to the system, if your system doesn't assign a new drive letter to it, then it isn't reading it. 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 (OS) settings.

Fix 4: If none of the files can be read, then possibly the directory will list the filenames but the files can't be accessed. You can right-click on the drive letter and select "Properties." If you are able to view the used space on the card and if it shows all or almost all free space, then either all the files have been deleted or the directory has been erased.

Fix 5: If you are able to read all the files but can't save them, then your card might be in write protected mode. Unlock the switch to save or modify files on the card.

If still you are unable to read or write to the card, then possibly your files are lost or have become inaccessible. In order 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, but 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: Try Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery Software as your 6th fix, if your card is corrupt. You can also try the software if you have formatted your SD card or have accidentally deleted files and you want them back.


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 big brands such as SanDisk, Panasonic, Sony, Kingston, Data Traveller,Transcend etc.

Culled from Stellar Data Recovery

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