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SD Card Keeps Deleting Files by Itself

Do you know why SD card deletes files by itself? It seems that your SD card is corrupting at different levels. On this page, you will get answers to why your SD card deleting everything you put there and how to fix it right.

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Table of Contents

 Does SD card delete files by itself? This article covers three useful fixes for this issue. The table below gives an outline. Read the content for details.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Do some card cleaning Check and clean the dust in the Card slot...Full steps
Fix 2. Format corrupted SD card Right-click to Format SD card to a new format...Full steps
Fix 3. Repair SD card bad sectors Run CHKDSK to repair SD card bad sectors...Full steps
Fix 4. Replace the fake SD card If Fix 1, 2, 3 don't work, replace the SD card...Full steps

Why did my sd card delete everything

"Lately, everything on my phone's SD card just deleted itself, including my backups, all my music, and pictures. I'm completely stunned. It seems that the problem is still there, SD card keeps deleting files by itself. I lost all the data!"

When your external micro SD card or perhaps USB hard drive starts malfunctioning, one of the typical symptoms is that it erases everything written to it. That's horrible. Your memory card will be totally useless before you find the cause and troubleshooting methods.

How to take care of SD card deleting files by itself

SD card, as a tiny, portable and extensible storage media, is widely used on mobile phones, digital cameras, multimedia players and nowadays DJI drones and GPS devices. It's so widespread that we've recognized it as an essential part of our digital life. Each brand of SD cards has its lifespan, from quite a few to ten years. Even so, some of us witness a very short life because it starts malfunctioning from time to time. As a matter of fact, you've been working with a corrupted SD card.

Why do SD cards get corrupted?

Many factors would lead to SD card corruption issues. For example, an unsafe ejection/removal from the computer/camera, viral damage, file system corruption, bad sectors, or even it's originally under quality.

What does a corrupted SD card look like?

It's agreed that your SD card has issues now when it begins to send specific error messages like the RAW file system, disk not formatted in Windows Explorer, no media in Windows Disk Management or i/o device error when you try to open the drive! What's more, it's also likely to generate some error codes or show strange signs that prevent you from utilizing it normally. All those mentioned situations result from the fact that your SD card is corrupting at different levels.

Has the SD card corrupted when it starts deleting files?

In most cases, yes, your SD card has issues now once it deletes whatever files you put there without your permission. This is kind of a tricky issue on some SD cards because no detailed information is provided to let you know where goes wrong. What's worse, It causes a great loss of data files you value so much. 

Hence, according to the mentioned issues you might encounter on an SD card, we'll endeavor to dig out the causes and find solutions for you to minimize the loss from seeing the SD card automatically erasing itself out of your control.

Solutions - How to STOP SD card from erasing itself

In the event of files keep disappearing from SD card automatically or SD card unknowingly deletes data by itself, the trouble can be mild to severe. You should show some patience to try each means from simple to complex, and restore the SD card that cannot help deleting files by itself.

Solution 1. Do some cleaning for the card

We suggest you take a look at your card at the beginning. Is there dust in its slot? If yes, it's time to clean your card. Typically, a small dental floss brush and some water/alcohol will help.

Solution 2. Format corrupted SD card

The other noticeable reason is that your card file system has corrupted. In this case, when you insert the card into a computer, Windows would prompt a message asking you to format it before you can use it. Do it as told.

Go through the whole process like this:

Confirm the format > Choose a file system (NTFS, FAT32, exFAT) > Tick Quick Format > Click Start.

format corrupted sd card to fix sd card deleting files by itself

Solution 3. Repair SD card bad sectors

Sometimes, the formatting won't go smooth, and you'll encounter an error 'Windows was unable to complete the format' on the SD card. Perhaps the memory card has been severely damaged by too many bad sectors on it. To call a stop of an auto-deletion, try to check and repair bad sectors with an appropriate tool.

Windows has an inbuilt disk check and repair utility for you to perform SD card repair. In addition, you can also perform CHKDSK commands via Windows Command Prompt with admin privilege. After viewing both utilities in terms of accessibility, ease of use, and efficacy, we find a third-party free alternative for you.

EaseUS CleanGenius is a user-friendly computer fixing tool that is both safe and lightweight. It's a perfect alternative to CHKDSK command. Use this one-click tool to fix the damaged file system easily.

Step 1. DOWNLOAD EaseUS CleanGenius on your computer and complete the installation.

Step 2. Run the software. Click "Optimization", and then choose "File Showing" . 

select the file showing option

Step 3. Select the drive with a corrupted file system. Tick the "Check and fix file system error" option and click "Execute".

fix file system

Step 4. Wait the tool performs the repairing task. After that, click the "here" button to check the drive.

fix file system

Solution 4. Replace your fake SD card

What if Windows can't format the SD card, nor an SD card repair utility? It's time for you to perform full data recovery to reduce the huge loss!

In addition, think for a second. Are you cheated by any brandless memory card? If the card hasn't been used for long but appears to bring trouble all the time, it's most likely to be a fraud SD card, so do not hesitate to abandon it and buy a new one with big names, such as SanDisk, Toshiba, Samsung, Transcend, etc.

Can you recover disappeared files from the SD card?

Data loss is the final consequence of having such a disabled SD card. Now take a breath and calm down. You need professional memory card recovery software to get all missing files back. It's easy and quick, only 3 steps are required. The recommended data recovery software works great on retrieving files from various storage devices after deleting, formatting, partition loss, etc. You're strongly recommended to rescue deleted files first before trying every means to fix the card!

Download EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. It's free data recovery software that allows customers to recover up to 2GB files for free. Upgrade to its full version once your data amount exceeds the limit.

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Step 1. Connect the SD card, memory card, or CF Card to your computer and launch EaseUS memory card recovery software on your PC. The SD card will be listed under the Devices section. Choose the SD card and click "Scan" to start looking for your lost data.

select a location and click scan

Step 2. The software will start a scan automatically. The scan is powerful enough to find all lost files that even lost file names. After the scanning process, you can find deleted items from the tree-view panel on the left. Then, click "Filter" if you are looking for a specific file type, like photos, documents, videos or emails.

scan and preview the memory/SD/CF card files

Step 3. You can directly double-click the files to preview the content. After this, you can choose wanted files and click "Recover" to restore them to a secure location on your PC or other external storage devices.

recover memory/SD/CF card files

The final word

SD card deleting files by itself is a general topic discussed by people on popular forums. By reading this article, you shall have a clear understanding that your SD card has developed corruption issues and it needs repair with effective solutions.

In total, we offered four solutions to take care of this faulty SD card that endlessly removes your saved files. 

  1. 1. Clean the dust that blocks the functional parts on it
  2. 2. Repair file system corruption
  3. 3. Repair bad sectors
  4. 4. Replace it with a new memory card after full data recovery

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Daisy is the Senior editor of the writing team for EaseUS. She has been working in EaseUS for over ten years, starting from a technical writer to a team leader of the content group. As a professional author for over 10 years, she writes a lot to help people overcome their tech troubles.

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Author Jean has been writing tech articles since she was graduated from university. She has been part of the EaseUS team for over 5 years. Her special focuses are data recovery, disk partitioning, data space optimization, data backup and Mac OS. By the way, she's an aviation fan!

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