Table of Contents
- Video Recovery
- SD Card Recovery
- Recycle Bin Recovery
- Recover Data from USB
- Recover Deleted Emails
- Hard Drive Not Showing Up in Windows
- Recover Unsaved Word Documents
- Recover Deleted Files in Windows 10
- Recover Files from Virus Infected Hard Drive
- Photo Recovery Software
- Recover Files from Formatted Hard Drive
Popular memory cards include the SD card, CF card, xD-Picture card, and Memory Stick. Those devices may get damaged due to various reasons such as an incorrect removal of the memory card, virus attack or some other unknown reasons. The accident usually comes with error messages like "memory card error", "card locked", "memory card not formatted error", or an error code on your camera screen and results in terrible data loss disaster. So, how to repair damaged memory card and recover your data becomes quite important if you happen to encounter such a problem.
Here on this page, we will show you how to repair and recover corrupted memory card in detail.
If your computer can still detect or recognizes the damaged memory card, you can repair the card with three effective solutions.
Solution 1: Repair Damaged Memory Card Using CMD
Once you have damaged your memory card, stop further operations on the memory card (e.g. taking new pictures, or deleting or formatting the memory card). And using CMD command line is the first way you can try to repair damaged memory card without formatting. The following is the detailed guide.
(This method is also available to fix damaged USB flash drive.)
Step 1: Insert your memory card to a USB memory card reader and plug it into your computer.
Step 2: Go to the start menu, type cmd, right-click it and select "Run as administrator".
Step 3: Enter the following command (chkdsk e: /f /r /x). "e" means the drive letter of the memory card you want to repair.
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Step 1. Click "File Showing" to enter the next step.
Step 2. Choose the target device and tick the box of "Check and fix file system error". Click "Execute" to start fixing the problematic device.
Step 3. When the fixing process completes, click "here" to open and use your device.
After following the above steps, you might get a message, saying "Windows has made corrections to the file system" in the command window. That means the damaged memory card is successfully fixed.
Solution 2: Try Checking and Fixing the Memory Card
If solution 1 fails to work, you can try the "Check" option. This option will check the drive for file system errors. Here are the details:
Step 1: Connect the memory card to your PC.
Step 2: Go to My Computer > The memory card.
Step 3: Right-click the memory card and go to "Properties > Tools > Check".
Let the scan process complete, then close the scan window. Right-click the icon of the memory card and click "Eject". Then remove the SD card. Then, you can connect the memory card to your PC to check if it works.
Solution 3: Recover Data After Repairing the Damaged/Corrupted Memory Card
If you still cannot access your data on the card, you should try third-party memory card data recovery software to get back your data. EaseUS file recovery software is able to recover lost files in most data loss cases. You can try it to recover your photos, videos, music files, and documents if the corrupted memory card can appear as a drive letter in "This PC".
- Recover deleted, formatted, and inaccessible data in different data loss situations.
- Recover photos, audio, music, and emails from any storage effectively, safely and completely.
- Recover data from the damaged hard drive, recycle bin, memory card, flash drive, digital camera, and camcorder.
Step 1. Connect the memory card to your computer and launch EaseUS memory card recovery software on your PC. The SD card will be listed under the Devices section. Choose the SD card and click "Scan" to start looking for your lost data.
Step 2. The software will generate a quick scan and then a deep scan. The deep scan is powerful enough to find all lost files that even lost file names. After the scanning process, you can check and filter wanted files in this program. Click "Filter" if you are looking for a specific file type, like photos, documents, videos or emails...
Step 3. You can directly double-click the files to preview the content. After this, you can choose wanted files and click "Recover" to restore them to a secure location on your PC or other external storage devices.
Things could be a little bit difficult if your memory card is not recognized by the PC. This means that there is something wrong with your card reader or the card is physically damaged. There are two ways to solve this case.
1 - Change the Card Reader
A memory card reader is a device for accessing the data on a memory card. Most card readers also offer the write capability, and together with the card, this can function as a pen drive. If your memory cannot be recognized, change the card reader. Then, try again, to see whether it is deleted or not.
Tips for choosing a card reader:
- Portability and overall ease of use
- Supported card types: The more card types the better.
- Speed: USB 3.0 high-speed transfer rates.
2 - Ask Experts for Help (Might Cost a Lot)
If the internal storage of the memory card is damaged, your only option is to take the drive to a professional repair service. The storage medium of the SD card and the USB flash drive is different from that of the hard disk. If it is a physical failure, it is hard to fix. What's worse, the data will also get lost forever. You need to know this consequence in advance. But you can still try to recover data from a memory card using EaseUS data recovery software.
Also read: Top 10 SD Card Recovery Software in 2020
If your memory card or SD card gets corrupted or damaged, you can get full help from this page. In addition to repairing the corrupted memory card, you can also learn tips to protect your memory card.
- Never remove your memory card while turning on/off your camera or other devices.
- Never remove your memory card while saving and viewing a photograph.
- Never change your memory card when the camera is on.
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Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 7 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions about Windows & Mac data recovery, file/system backup and recovery, partition management and iOS/Android data recovery.
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