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How to Repair Damaged Memory Card and Recover Data

Updated on May 21, 2018 by Abby Haines to Data Recovery


This article will show you how to recover data from corrupted or damaged memory SD card and repair corrupted/damaged memory card to reusable again. Just try the best memory card recovery software and follow CMD command line here to repair corrupted memory card and recover data now.

Damaged memory card recovery overview

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 a power shortage, 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 two parts.

Repair damaged memory card without data loss using CMD 

Once you have damaged your memory card, it is highly recommended to 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. Following is the detailed guide.

(It's worth noting that this method is also available to fix damaged USB flash drive. For other similar demands such as how to recover data from corrupted memory card not detected, please refer to this link.)

1. Insert your memory card into a USB memory card reader and plug it into your computer. 

2. Go to the start menu, type in "cmd" in a search bar, hit enter and then you can see something named "cmd.exe" under a list of programs.

3. Right click "cmd.exe" and type in "chkdsk /X /f card letter:" or "chkdsk card letter: /f ", for example, "chkdsk /X /f G:" or "chkdsk h: /f" in the following command windows to start to repair damaged memory card without data loss.

how to repair damaged memory card using CMD

Follow all the above steps, you might get a message reads "Windows has made corrections to the file system" in the command window. That means the damaged memory card is successfully fixed. And then you can go to check if you can access your data on the card. If not, you should try a third-party memory card data recovery software to get back your data and then act a format command to fix the damaged memory card.

How to recover data from the damaged/corrupted memory card

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 and documents if the damaged memory card can appear as a drive letter in "My Computer". Here is the tutorial.

Step 1. Connect the corrupted or damaged memory card to PC, launch EaseUS data recovery software, select the card and click "Scan" to search for all the lost and existing files.

Recover data from damaged memory card - select to scan the specific disk

Step 2. A quick scan will start first. After it completed, a deep scan will automatically launch in order to find more files.

Recover data from damaged memory card - run quick scan and deep scan

  1. Step 3. After the scan, select out those you want to recover.
  2. Finally, click "Recover" button to retrieve them back.
  3. Here, you'd better save all the recovered files on a different drive or device in case of data recovery failure.

Selectively recover data from damaged memory card