How to fix a damaged SD card

A damaged SD card is often a headache due to the large number of files on it. Here are some tips to overcome this.

Despite the increasingly impressive storage capabilities of smartphones and other electronic devices, many users still use microSD cards to facilitate transferring from one device to another. Not forgetting that this saves internal memory and saves it for other purposes.

If you’re the planning type, this tutorial will do you little good because you’ve probably taken the lead and transferred all your files to the second device. Otherwise, remember that recovering data from a damaged SD card is more difficult than it seems. However, if you do nothing, you will lose access to all photos, videos and other files stored on the device.

Check the physical integrity of the card

First of all, don’t forget to check if your microSD card is really damaged. Try it on different devices and different card readers to make sure. If you get an error message no matter what you try, you have an answer.

Not all SD cards can be repaired. To find out if yours is still salvageable, you should check that the device is not physically damaged. Look for signs of wear, especially on fasteners. In other words, look at the position of the gold lines on the back of microSD cards. If you find any cracks or other damage there, your chances of recovering your files are simply increased. If no trace is visible, if dirt is responsible for your problems, take the necessary precautions and gently clean the SD card.

If not, check the slot where your card is located. Your device’s microSD port may be blocked or damaged. It’s best to use an airgun, but giving it a big shot sometimes does the trick, if not better. Then try another SD card in your device. If it can’t read it, you already know your device is faulty. If not, it’s time to repair the SD card.

Two possibilities

When trying to recover data from a damaged card, you have two options: Command Prompt or Windows Error Checking Tool.

To use the Windows Error Checking Tool, you must first connect the SD card to your computer. From there, go to “This PC” in File Explorer. Right click on the device and go to “Properties”. In the next window that pops up, go to the “Tools” tab and click on “Checking” under the Error checking option. A final window will pop up and all you have to do is click the “Analyze and repair driver” button. The Windows tool takes care of the rest and tells you at the end that the process is working. Test your SD card one last time to make sure everything is fine.

For those who prefer to get more detailed information about the nature of the error, it is possible to go through the Windows command prompt. First you need to know the drive letter. This is the letter in parentheses. For example, a hard drive is usually identified by (C:). With this item in hand, press the Windows key on your keyboard, type “Command Prompt”, right-click on the program and click “run as administrator”. Then confirm by clicking yes.

In the window that opens, type the command “chkdsk /r” with the letter of your drive. For example, in our case, the drive is designated by the letter (E:). So, we have to write “chkdsk e: / r”. Spaces are important, don’t forget them. All you need to do is wait for the order to be completed. After that, Windows should inform you about the detected errors along with information about the SD card.

Let’s make a clean sweep of the past

If none of these solutions work, you are left with one last solution. However, this is a last resort as all files on the device will be lost. In other words, you can still format your SD card. Before resorting to this, be sure to try everything, including data recovery services. The solution is radical, but at least it will have the merit of saving your device.

To do this, go to the Control Panel application and then to the System and Security section. Go to Administrative Tools and click “Create and format hard disk partitions”. In the new window, find the title of the SD card in the “Volume” column and right-click / format. Then verify that the volume name is correct and that the File system setting is calibrated to FAT32. For proper cleanup, simply uncheck the box “Perform a quick format” and start the procedure with OK.

Note that duplicating backups and media is certainly tedious, but devilishly more efficient in the event of a storage device failure.

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