HOW TO FIX A CORRUPTED SD CARD IN 2020

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SD Cards are compact portable flash memory cards which are used to expand the storage space of your device to store your data.

As much as useful and powerful these cards are, sometimes, due to carelessness, accumulation of bad sectors, manufacturing defects,  internal computer issues or viruses, these storage cards  get corrupted.

Since there is a pandemic happening out there in the world, we need to find some easy user solvable methods to rectify the issue in order to stay safe and be protected. If you’re having any other problems with your Laptop you can visit Asus Service Center in Navi Mumbai to fix your Laptop.

Now, there are two ways:

  • Formatting corrupted card (in case of backup data available)
  • Repairing (in case of no backup data)

FORMATTING: (IN CASE OF BACKUP DATA AVAILABLE):

Now, this method is followed when your data is already backed up and you just want to start reusing it as a fresh storage medium.

The steps for formatting are as follows: 

  • Connect your card to your PC.
  • Select This PC folder.
  • Right-click on your SD card and select Format. This opens the Format window.
  • Click the File System box. You get options – NTFS, FAT32, exFAT. Choose the one that you want to format.
  • Start Formatting

This method will ensure that your data is completely erased. But this will ensure that you can restart storing data.  Simpler methods are available in your Android phones too. 

REPAIRING: (IN CASE OF NO BACKUP DATA):

This method involves various sub-methods; you can try any of these or all of these to solve your issue: 

  • Basic step 
  • Using Windows Troubleshooter
  • Changing the drive letter
  • Using Command Prompt
  • Trying to enable and disable the SD Card
  • Using SD Card repair solutions provided by the manufacturer
  • Using third party tools
  • Seeking assistance  from the SD Card service centre

 BASIC STEP:

One of the basic steps is to remove your SD card and insert it back to your device. If the SD card shows all your data, then, it was just an initial glitch. 

Backup your data and format it in order to not repeat the extensive loss of data.

USING WINDOWS TROUBLESHOOTER:

Windows troubleshooter is the preexisting service offered by Windows in order to solve your SD Card issue.

Errors can be fixed using this method.

  • Connect your SD Card to your computer
  • Select Start > Settings > Update and Security > Troubleshooter
  • Select Hardware and devices
  • Run the troubleshooter

Windows automatically performs the required operation. Next, you need to restart your computer; the SD card issue has to be solved.

CHANGING THE DRIVE LETTER:

  This is another simple step in order to fix your corrupted SD Card.

  • Open Disk Management
  • Look for the SD Card name and right click on it
  • Select Change Drive Letter and Paths
  • Click the drive letter and click Change
  • Select the drive letter from the drop down list, and click Ok.
  • Necessary fixes will be done. Restart your computer and reconnect your SD Card to check for the fixes. 

USING COMMAND PROMPT:

This is one of the most trusted solutions in order to repair a corrupted SD Card. This method is inbuilt in Windows, it automatically tests and checks via the command prompt when you type a keyword. This is a simple preferred way as it doesn’t format your storage and also fixes it.

  • Connect your corrupted SD Card to your computer.
  • Open Command Prompt (CMD) in Administrative Mode
  • Type the following command:
    chkdsk [SD Card drive letter]: /r
  • Press Enter. The check disk tool will scan your SD card and fixes the issue

This method has been proven effective in many cases.

TRYING TO ENABLE AND DISABLE THE SD CARD:

 As the title suggests, all you need to do is:

  • Connect the corrupted SD Card to your computer
  • Go to Device Manager
  • Right-click on the SD card and select Disable.
  • Wait for a few minutes and then click Enable.
  • Restart your computer for effects to take place.

USING SD CARD SOLUTIONS: 

Many SD Card manufacturers provide their own low-level utility tools for repair purposes. Such tools can be used to fix and restore SD cards to their full capacity.

These tools can be accessed by visiting the websites of these manufacturers or by contacting their customer support. In my own personal experience, such an alternative have turned out to be quite useful.

USING THIRD PARTY TOOLS:

There are many third party tools and software made available on Google in order to recover your data.

For instance, softwares like Stellar SD Card recovery service, Recuva by Piriform, SDFormatter by SD Association helps you to recover data and also repair your SD Card in some cases. 

SEEKING ASSISTANCE FROM SERVICE CENTRE:

There are chances that the warranty of your corrupted USB drive or SD card is still valid. So, if your storage device is giving you problems, again and again, it’s advisable to invest some effort and go for a replacement or refund.

But, follow this step only and only if your SD Card gives a lot of issues over and over.

The need of the hour is to stay inside home and try to face this pandemic.

Try the above mentioned steps; go out for the replacement only if necessary by making yourself safe by wearing masks and maintaining social distancing. 

Wish that your SD Card issue is solved using the solvable stay-at-home methods.

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