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Repair Not Working SanDisk Memory Card without Losing Data

Posted by Tracy King to Storage Media Recovery 2017-01-23

Summary

If your SanDisk memory card, USB or hard drive stops working suddenly, relax! This article provides the best card recovery software and reliable methods to help you restore data from not working SanDisk memory card or other storage devices and repair it to work again within a few simple clicks.

SanDisk memory card stopped working, help!

"Help, my SanDisk memory card in my mobile phone suddenly stopped working yesterday. All my photos and favored music files are not accessible and it’s not showing up in my mobile. 
I tried to connect with my computer, but my computer cannot read data on it. How to fix this problem?
"

SanDisk memory card suddenly stopped working on your PC, mobile phone or camera? SanDisk memory card not detectable or cannot be recognized by your PC? Relax! Effective methods are available here to help repair not working SanDisk memory card without losing any data. Just follow below offered method to repair SanDisk memory card and recover precious data right now:

Part 1. Recover data from not working SanDisk memory card

When your SanDisk memory card, USB drive, external hard drive or SD card etc storage devices become inaccessible, undetectable or unrecognized, don’t do anything to your device. Keep it safe and then follow below steps to recover important data from SanDisk memory card, SD card, USB drive etc devices firstly:

Step 1. Download professional data recovery software
Professional data recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is highly recommended for you to free download and activate for restoring unlimited data from SanDisk memory card or other storage devices. You can free download it right here now:

Step 2. Recover data from not working SanDisk memory card
When SanDisk memory card is not working or not detectable, don’t worry. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard can help you read and restore all fancy data from SanDisk memory card now:

1. Connect your SanDisk memory card, USB or other devices with PC; 
Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and select location where the SanDisk memory card is, click Scan;

Scan to recover data from SanDisk memory card.

2. Let this software to scan and fin all data and other files on the SanDisk memory card with Quick Scan and Deep Scan mode; 
3. Preview and select found files, click Recover to restore all found files to a safe spot in PC.

Restore lost files from not working SanDisk memory card.

Note: Don’t rush to restore your found data back to the SanDisk memory card. It’s still not readable and you shall follow method offered in Part 2 to repair SanDisk memory card in advance.

Part 2. Repair not working/responding SanDisk memory card

To repair not working or undetectable SanDisk memory card, you have two choices here. You follow either one to repair SanDisk memory card into reusable again:

Method 1. Run a disk check up to repair SanDisk memory card failed error

You can try CMD order to run a disk check up to fix all internal errors on SanDisk memory card so to repair the card. Or you can directly run a free partition manager software for help.

1. Use free partition manager software to check and repair SanDisk memory card

If you prefer simple methods, you can simply apply EaseUS Partition Master Free with its Check partition feature to repair SanDisk memory card now:

  • Launch EaseUS Partition Master Free and right-click the partition that you want to check by clicking "Check partition".
  • Choose the way that you want to use to check partition: Check Partition Properties, Call Windows Chkdsk to fix errors, Surface Test. Click OK
  • Let EaseUS Partition Master automatically check hard disk partition errors and repair errors for you. Click OK to finish the process.

Repair SanDisk Memory card

2. Run CMD command to check and repair SanDisk memory card

  • Open Command Prompt and type: chkdsk /f c: (replace c with a drive letter of your external hard drive);
  • Hit Enter to let the checking process to run;
  • When it’s finished, type: exit and hit Enter to finish the process.

Method 2. Update SanDisk memory card driver and format it into NTFS

Step 1. Update SanDisk memory card driver

  • Open "Computer" and choose "System Properties".
  • In the task bar on the left, click "device manager" and next to "USB controller" click "+".Then you’ll see a yellow exclamation mark.
  • Right click and choose "update driver software", then click "automatically search for driver software online"...

Then your SanDisk memory card driver will be updated, but it’s not the end. You still need to format the card to be reusable again. How?

Step 2. Format and reset SanDisk memory card to NTFS/FAT32

If the computer cannot detect it, you can use Disk Management tool to force the computer read it and then format it into NTFS or FAT32 now:

  • Right-click This PC/Computer > Tab Manage;
  • Click Device Manager > Open Disk Management;
  • Then the SanDisk memory card will show up in Disk Management as portable device;
  • You can then right-click on SanDisk memory card and select Format;
  • Then you can set file system NTFS or FAT/FAT32 for your SanDisk memory card;

When the process is finished, your memory card will be reusable again. And you can then import restored data in Part 1 into the SanDisk memory card and reuse them on your mobile phone or camera again.