10 Vital Dos and Don’ts when SD Card Gets Corrupted

SD card has been widely used for achieving additional storage space on cameras or smartphones. Yet, like other types of data storage media, it can get corrupted easily. Now, this article will show 10 vital dos and don’ts if a SD card is damaged.

SD card can become compromised due to a variety of factors, including suddenly shutting down the devices, improperly removing SD card from devices, not being formatted for a long time, accessing the SD card on low battery mode and so on. In a nutshell, similar to hard drives, USB flash drives, etc., SD card, as one of the most popular data storage media, can get damaged readily as well. Thus, in order to avert painful data corruption on SD card, like corrupt PST on hard drive, you’d better learn some tricks about how to deal with a damaged SD card. Thereinafter, we will expose 10 dos and don’ts under this circumstance.

10 Vital Dos and Don'ts when SD Card Gets Corrupted


1. Reboot the Device

First of all, in this scenario, you can try rebooting the device, no matter a camera or a smartphone, to fix the issues on SD card. At times, it will make effects. But, if it fails, you can just proceed to try other approaches.

2. Remove Write Protection

Most of time, the main reason why a SD card becomes inaccessible and you think it as corrupted is the enabled write protection on the card. In this case, what you can do is to remove the protection.

3. Run Anti-virus Software

In addition, SD card can malfunction due to virus infection. Thereby, you can run the anti-virus software on the SD card. It will scan the card and detect if there are any viruses or malware on it. If detected, the software will kill them at once.

4. Repair Bad Sectors

Of course, SD card can be corrupted due to bad sectors. Hence, you could attempt to repair the bad sectors by run error-checking tool on the SD card on computer. For instance, the Windows-based PC has an inbuilt CHKDSK that can do this job.

5. Format SD Card after Backup

Provided that the SD card still cannot work as normal through the above means, chances are that something wrong occurs to the file system. In this case, you can try formatting the card. But, before formatting, you should back up the card data.

6. Resort to Reliable Recovery Tool

If you receive any error messages which prevent you from formatting the SD card, it means that the current case is much more complex and difficult than what you think. In this situation, you have no choice but to take recourse to relevant card data recovery tool or professional recovery service.


1. Remove SD Card without Turning off Device

If you want to try this SD card on other devices, you must be going to remove it from the current device. In this course, you should turn off the device first of all. Hard removing the SD card without shutting down the device will lead to further damage.

2. Use SD Card when Device Has a Low Power Supply

Assuming that your camera or smartphone has a low power supply, you shouldn’t continue using the SD card. Otherwise, inconsistent power supply could damage the SD card without letting you know.

3. Download Unknown Data to SD Card

Also, due to the fact the viruses are becoming more and more rampant and they can attack data easily, you should keep your SD card away from such risks. Hence, you should never download unknown data, such as pictures, music or video from unknown sources to the SD card.

4. Unplug SD Card from Computer Unsafely

Last but not least, perhaps you have scanned and tried repairing the SD card via the computer disk repair tool, like CHKDSK on Windows PC. After that, you will unplug the card from the PC. You should insure that it is removed safely.

Author Introduction:

Shirley Zhang is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including corrupted mdf and outlook repair software products. For more information visit www.datanumen.com

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