SD Card Corrupted: How to Recover Corrupted SD Card

EaseUS SD card recovery software can help you recover data from a corrupted SD card, and fix corrupted files that cannot open on the SD card after recovery. Moreover, we also provided you with five solutions to help you fully fix a corrupted SD card in Windows 10/8/7.

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Overview of Corrupted SD Card

"Corruption" is a broad term and it's hard to tell specifically what refers to a corrupted SD card. Usually, when a Windows PC, Android phone, or digital camera can not read or recognize a memory card, or it starts sending strange error messages that prevent you from accessing data in it, we can determine that this SD card gets corrupted.

If you're seeing the following symptoms on your memory card, it's time to get nervous because your SD card is likely to get in trouble, and most importantly, the data is in danger.

When the SD memory card starts malfunctioning, you must prepare yourself with basic knowledge to take care of it. Unless the SD card is physically dead, broken, or damaged beyond repair, we can fix the most corrupted SD cards with the help of many powerful and free SD card repair tools.

The standard procedure to cope with a corrupted SD card including two processes: 1. corrupted SD card recovery; 2. troubleshooting. Next, let's read on and learn how to recover data from corrupted SD card, and the five best ways to fix the corrupted SD card.

How to Recover Corrupted SD Card Data: Photos, Videos or Documents

We usually check the connected SD card in Windows Explorer (Windows Key + E). While when a memory card gets corrupted, it's 99% not showing up here. Under this condition, you can go and check the SD card in Windows Disk Management (This PC/My Computer > Manage > Disk Management). The SD card may appear as RAW, or unallocated space.

The best chance to recover data from a corrupted SD card is with the help of EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, the professional hard disk recovery software & file repair software that is able to scan any storage drive that you cannot currently open or access.

Download the EaseUS corrupted SD card recovery software and recover files, photos, videos, and all personal data from the corrupted SD card.

Step 1. Run SD card recovery software and scan the card.

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on your PC and select your SD card. Then click "Scan" to start finding lost data on your SD card.

select the sd card and click scan

Step 2. Check found SD card data.

After the scanning process, you can click "Filter" to quickly find wanted files.

find wanted sd card files

Step 3. Restore SD card data.

You can check and preview found files by double-clicking each one of them. Then click Recover to save found SD card files to a secure location on your PC or external storage.

recover sd card files

Don't miss: How to fix corrupted files after recovery

How to Fix Corrupted SD Card: With/Without Formatting (5 Solutions)

Since a majority of corrupted SD memory cards are fixable, we provide you with five solutions to help you fully fix a corrupted SD card in Windows 10/8/7.

#1. Change SD Card Drive Letter

The drive letter confliction will cause Windows not recognizing the removable disk that is externally connected to it, making the SD card look like corrupted. So, assigning a new drive letter that is unique to the SD card can help Windows re-recognize it.

Step 1. Insert the SD card to your computer, go to Disk Management.

Step 2. Right-click on the SD card and select "Change drive letter and path...".

Step 3. Set a new drive letter for the card.

change drive letter to fix corrupted SD card

When the process finishes, you can check if you can reaccess it.

#2. Repair Corrupted File System on SD Card Using CMD

When the file system of the SD card gets corrupted, let it be NTFS, FAT32, or exFAT, you'll most likely to receive the error messages like "the file system is RAW", "the disk is not formatted", "the drive is not accessible", etc., which makes the memory card unable to work normally. Here, try to fix the corrupted SD card using cmd.

Step 1. Insert the corrupted SD card into your PC using a card reader.

Step 2. Click on "Start" > "Computer" > "Devices with Removable Storage" to search for your SD card and note the assigned drive letter.

Step 3. Click on the "Start" button, in the search box, type "cmd".

Step 4. Right-click "cmd.exe" and then select the "Run as administrator" option.

Step 5. Type the command: chkdsk [sd card drive letter]: /f /r /x and press enter.

Fix SD card file system error.

Chkdsk will start to check and fix any possible errors on the corrupted SD card and make it readable again.

#3. Repair Corrupted File System on SD Card Using Software

Step 1. Select a disk location where the corrupt files are saved. Click "Scan" to start finding the corrupt files and repairing.

select a location and click scan

Step 2. EaseUS data recovery software will run immediately to scan all over the selected drive to find lost and corrupted files as many as possible. After the scan, you'll go to the repair session as soon as the software detects corruption. Wait patiently until the repair ends. You can use the "Filter" to quickly locate the specific file type you're trying to repair.

scan and repair corrupt files

Step 3. Double-click on a file lets you preview the file quality. Select the target file and click "Recover". You should save the repaired corrupted files to a different location to avoid data overwriting.

recover corrupted files

#4. Update SD Card Driver

A worse case is that you cannot even find the SD card in Windows Disk Management. How to troubleshoot an SD card corrupted to this degree? Windows Device Manager, this is where you need to check the driver update information for the SD card. An outdated or corrupted driver will cause your SD card to malfunction as well.

Step 1. Connect the corrupted SD card to PC, right-click on This PC/My Computer, select "Manage".

Step 2. Click "Device Manager" and expand "Disk drivers".

Step 3. Right-click on the SD card, select "Update driver".

Step 4. Click "Automatically search for driver software online" and wait for the process to complete.

Step 5. When you turn on the computer the next time, Windows will automatically install the latest driver for your SD card.

Update USB driver.

#5. Format Corrupted SD Card

The disk formatting is the most commonly applied yet effective way to fix most memory card issues. Consider that the format behavior will erase data on the SD card, we suggest you put the SD card data recovery step in advance. If you've formatted the corrupted SD card prior to the notice, it doesn't matter, you can still use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to recover data from formatted SD card.

Step 1. Keep the SD card connected to your PC. Right-click on This PC/My Computer, select "Manage".

Step 2. Click "Disk Management", locate and right-click the SD card, then choose "Format".

Step 3. Select FAT32/NTFS/exFAT as the file system for the SD card and click "OK" to confirm.

format the sd card to ntfs with the build in tool

Bonus Tip: How to Repair Corrupted Files on SD Card

In the former part of the article, we introduced the efficient corrupted SD card recovery software for you to recover all kinds of data files from the corrupted SD card, meanwhile, five universally applied solutions to repair the corrupted SD card, including change a new drive letter, fix corrupted file system, update driver, and SD card format.

Data security is always the top concern when a memory card gets corrupted or inaccessible. Fortunately, third-party data recovery software could help us retrieve the largest portion of data, in this case, however, the other mishap is that files are not open after data recovery.

In case that a corrupted SD card damages your files as well, it's necessary to download the best corrupt file repair software to repair the corrupted files on the SD card.

If you don't have any technical know-how and want to minimize data risks, using third-party software could be a better choice. The Command line is suitable for computer professionals since wrong commands can cause severe problems. Therefore, we strongly recommend you try an automatic command line alternative.

EaseUS Tools M is a practical computer fixing tool that is safe and light-weighted. It's a perfect alternative to CHKDSK command. Use this one-click tool to solve your computer issues.

To fix file system error or disk error:

Step 1: DOWNLOAD EaseUS Tools M for Free and install it.

Step 2: Open the software and select the "File showing" option. 

Step 3: Choose the drive and wait for repairing. After the operation completes, click the "View" button to check the drive. 

select the drive and check off file system error

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Updated by Tracy King

Tracy is enthusiastic to share technical tips and solutions about computing and technology. Being an EaseUS member since 2013, she also writes instructional content about data recovery, file/disk partition/system backup and recovery, partition management and iOS/Android data recovery.

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