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How to Fix/Repair Damaged SD Card and Recover Data

Updated on Jul 30, 2018 by Abby Haines to Storage Media Recovery


This article shares a great way to fix or repair damaged SD card error by using chkdsk command and download EaseUS data recovery software to recover data from damaged SD card if necessary.

Can I Fix/Repair a Damaged SD Card Error Without Formatting It?

"In the morning, I received Damaged SD card error message read "SD card is damaged. Try reformatting it." when I attempted to share some pictures on my phone through Facebook. When I clicked in, Android reminded me that "Format SD card? All data on your card will be lost". I didn't format the card as there were so many important files including hundreds of pictures, a collection of my favorite movies, dozens of documents. Is there any reliable damaged SD card recovery solution that I can use to fix or repair the damaged SD card error without format. I have to get back my data."

When your SD card is damaged or corrupted due to certain reasons, your data will usually become inaccessible. If you tried to open it on your computer, Windows would remind you that the card is not accessible because the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable. At this point, you can try two damaged SD card recovery solutions, using chkdsk or third-party data recovery software to fix the card and recover lost files. Before starting, one thing you should note is to stop using the damaged SD card until you fully retrieve your data, or you may suffer data recovery failure.

Use chkdsk to fix/repair a corrupted SD card without data loss

The "chkdsk" command is your first choice for damaged SD card repair. Requiring no format, it allows you to fix or repair a corrupted SD card and regain access to all your important files on the device. Let's see how it works. (I'm using Windows 7 for this demonstration)

1. Plug in your SD card to your computer with a card reader.

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

3. Right-click "cmd. exe" and then you will get the following command windows that allow you to fix your corrupted SD card without formatting.  

Using chkdsk to fix a corrupted SD card without data loss step 1

4. Type in "chkdsk /X /f sd card letter:" or "chkdsk sd card letter: /f ", for example,"chkdsk /X /f G:" or "chkdsk h: /f".

Using chkdsk to fix a corrupted SD card without data loss step 2

After finishing all the steps, Windows will have checked and fixed the file system of the SD card. It usually takes several minutes. After that, if you see "Windows has made corrections to the file system" in the command window, then congratulations! The damaged SD card is successfully fixed, and you can see your data again. If not, you should try a third-party data recovery software to retrieve your files from the damaged SD card and repair it by formatting.

Use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to recover data from damaged SD card

EaseUS file recovery software is a professional data recovery program that can be used to recover deleted, formatted or inaccessible data in various data loss cases. It supports recovering data from computer hard drives, recovering formatted USB drive and all storage media like SD cards, CF cards, etc. With its powerful data recovery capacity and wizard-like interface, it is the best choice to recover your data from a damaged SD card. After recovering all your data, you can format the SD card to fix the Damaged SD card error.

Before purchasing the full version for real damaged SD card data recovery, you can first download the trial version to scan the card and check which files the program can recover. For a step-by-step tutorial, please refer to memory card data recovery. If you don't think you can get a satisfactory result, just don't pay it! You have nothing to lose. But if it works, you will rescue your important data. So, please try it with no hesitation whenever you are facing a damaged SD card data recovery task.

To Recover Data from Corrupted SD Card:

1. Connect the corrupted SD card to your PC, launch EaseUS's data recovery software, select the card and click "Scan."
2. A quick scan will first start to search for all the lost and existing data on the SD card. And after that, a deep scan will automatically launch to find more files.

3. After the scan, choose those files you want to recover and click the "Recover" button to retrieve them back.

Recover data from corrupted SD card