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How to check SD card for errors

Updated on Dec 05, 2018 by Abby Haines to Partition Manager

SD card gets corrupted! This page shows you how to check SD card for errors. Try it to repair your damaged SD card when it cannot be accessed and shows read and write error.

"I have a microSD in my Samsung phone and it somehow got corrupted. My phone says that I need to scan SD card to check and fix errors. But I am not sure how to do this. Can anyone help?"

Overview of scanning and checking SD card for errors

The longer you use an SD card, the higher the possibility that errors, bad sectors or corruptions occur on the device. It will finally cause errors like memory card not formatted, SD card not recognized, SD card read and write error, SD card is damaged try reformatting it, blank SD card, unable to format SD card, SD card data not showing or become shortcuts, SD card shows 0 bytes, memory card locked, SD card is not accessible the volume does not contain a recognized file system, etc. 

If you are caught in one of these issues, you need to scan and check SD card for errors to fix the card and make it work properly. Even you can do it both on your Android phone and PC, we prefer to the latter because your PC works better in repairing damaged SD card.

Check and repair SD card for errors in Windows

1. Open Windows Explorer, right-click your SD card, go to Properties -->Tools --> Check now. 
2. Check both "Automatically fix file system errors" and "Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors".
3. Press the Start button to let the Check Disk to scan the SD card and correct any errors it finds. 

Check and repair SD card for errors in Windows

Windows built-in Check Disk utility can quickly check an SD card for errors and it works at most times. It is your first choice if you want to fix a damaged SD card without formatting it. And if the error can not be repaired in this way, you can try to format the corrupted SD card with EaseUS free partition software and see if it helps. 

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 Windows 10 is supported

Format the SD card to repair errors 


Step 1: Open EaseUS Partition Master. Find your SD card and right-click the partition you want to format and choose "Format".

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 1

Step 2: Set a new partition label, file system (NTFS/FAT32/EXT2/EXT3), and cluster size to the selected partition, then click "OK".

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 2

Step 3: Click "OK" on the pop-up window to continue.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 3

Step 4: Click the "Execute Operation" button on the toolbar, then click "Apply" to start formatting your SD card.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 4

Useful tips for checking SD card for errors

  • Format corrupted memory card will erase all your data, please make sure that you have made a backup. And if you can not access the card, you can try EaseUS disk data recovery to check if your files are recoverable.
  • If the errors cannot be are repaired even you have reformatted the SD card, we recommend you to buy a new card.
  • Regular backup your files in case that errors or corruptions occur on your SD card again and cause unexpected data loss disaster.