6 Simple Ways to Fix and Recover Data from Corrupted Memory Card

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As the need for digitization increases in this modern era, so does the need for the latest external hardware drives. In a time of dual lens cameras and 4K video recordings, the size of files and media has increased and soared to new heights. Nobody likes to crowd up their internal memories of phones or computer systems with loads of data and thus the hunger for hardware drives increases with every passing day. Though cloud storage has provided with an efficient alternative, people still doubt their security flaws and tend to resort to the traditional memory cards and hard-disks.

The biggest worry, however, is that the modern external devices are very delicate and vulnerable. A wrong foot may result to complete corruption and thus, format all the data stored on them ranging from photos to your beloved music collection. If not dealt with correctly, this loss may be permanent and thus, we bring a number of fixes to restore your memory card to its original health and safeguard all your data collection.

If your SD card is displaying a blank screen or is unreadable, try out the following recovery options:

Method Number 1

  • Connect your SD card drive to another device:

Sometimes a device might be responsible for the ill-performance of the SD card. Thus, try connecting it to another platform, say your laptop or another working cellphone. In case, you are not able to access your files on other devices too, opt for the other solutions mentioned below.

Method Number 2

  • Move over to the CHKDSK command:

If the SD card is not accessible on other platforms, your laptop may come into handy. In the Start Menu of your computer browse through and open Command Prompt (you may search for it in the Search box or type cmd in the Run application on your Windows) after you have connected your SD card to your system using a card reader. Once you have reached this stage, perform the following steps:

  1. Go to This PC (for Windows 10) and search your SD card drive.
  2. Jot down the drive letter.
  3. Go back to the Command Prompt.
  4. Type the following command chkdsk<memory card drive letter>:/f and press Enter.
  5. Command Prompt will work towards solving the issues with the SD card and restore it to its full functionality.

Method Number 3

  • Designate a new drive letter:

Upon connecting the SD card to your computer, if the system doesn’t readily allocate a drive letter to the drive or display the message “Please insert the disk into drive E:” then it indicates that the PC is not to read the card. In such case, you may enter the drive letter explicitly. To do this, go to System Settings and change the drive letter manually. This may resolve the conflict.

Method Number 4

  • Seek SanDisk Inbuilt Solution’s aid:

SanDisk provides external help with the use of it Inbuilt Solution software. The following steps will guide you through the procedure of how to use it:

  1. Browse through Removable Device on your computer and once you find your SD card, right click on it.
  2. Toogle to Properties from the available drop-down menu.
  3. Upon checking if you discover that the memory card is using up more space then initially available then the files might be in a hidden state.
  4. To restore your files, use SanDisk Inbuilt Solution.

Note: To restore the files that you have deleted from your SDHC card, SDXC card or any other types of SD cards you may use the Remo Memory Card Recovery tool

Method Number 5

  • Try reinstalling the driver:

You may try to reinstall the memory card inbuilt drive manually. To do so, follow the steps mentioned below:

  1. Go to Control Panel select the Device Manager option.
  2. Find your memory card drive from the Disk Drives.
  3. Right-click on the label of the SD card and uninstall the default drive.
  4. Once the drive is uninstalled, reboot your system.
  5. Reconnect your SD card.

Method Number 6

  • Format the SD card and operate on a Data Recovery Tool:

In case that none of the above methods solve the issue, resort to the very last option, that is, formatting the memory card. We recommend to use Remo Memory Card Recovery tool once you have formatted the SD card to restore the lost data and files. To reinstate the memory card to its initial phase, perform the following steps:

  1. After downloading, open the Remo Memory Card Recovery tool.
  2. Click on Recover Lost Photos.
  3. Toggle through the list and select your memory card.
  4. Click on Next.
  5. The tool will then perform a thorough check and provide you with the list of the data files stored on the selected memory card.
  6. Select any destination folder to save the files.

Note: Sometimes the data on the memory card may be inaccessible if it is write protected. Prior of performing the above methods or fixes, do ensure that your memory card is not write protected and if it is then kindly disable the write protection.


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