7 Most Common Causes of SD Card Corruption

A SD card is a kind of memory cards which is usually used in a camera or smartphone. Like other data storage media, it can get corrupt as well. This article will reveal the 7 most common reasons for its corruption.

SD card is a tiny type of flash memory cards, which permits us to access data at high speed. Thus, it is much more suitable for those removable electronic devices, such as digital cameras and smartphones, etc. It indeed does a good job in storing numerous pictures and videos and other kinds of files. However, equal to other data storage media, like external hard drives, SD cards can get damaged likewise for various reasons.

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The followings will expose the most common 7 factors which can render SD card corruption and cause data inaccessible. Therefore, in order to get rid of data loss, you should back up your SD card data consistently that will have a large role in future data recovery. For instance, if your encounter Outlook corruption, you can easily recover Outlook data from the backed up PST file.

1. Physical Damages

Since the SD card is pretty tiny, it is vulnerable to physical damages. For instance, you can blend a SD card without breaking a sweat. Moreover, although many SD cards are water-proof, they can be water-damaged as well if they are put in water for a long time. In addition, as SD card is entirely made from electronics, when it suffers electrostatic discharge, it will damage definitely.

2. File System Corruption

Also, the operating system of your smartphone or camera will make great effects on the SD cards. Whenever you try to access your data stored on the SD card, you will surely pass the operating system. Thus, if the operating system malfunctions, it will result in the file system corruption and lastly cause the SD card corruption. At that time, of course your data will be inaccessible too.

3. Accumulating Bad Sectors in SD Card

Like traditional hard drive, it is almost inevitable that bad sectors will be created on SD cards with time going on. So-called bad sector is the bad storage space that is unable to store data anymore. Over times, there will be increasing bad blocks in the SD cards. And finally one day, the SD card will stop working permanently.

4. Insert or Remove SD Card Improperly

Similar to common USB flash drive, a SD card should be inserted to connect with a camera or smartphone. Therefore, it is unavoidable that you will be required to plug in and plug out the SD card. In this course, if you handle it improperly, such as too violently or frequently using it on multiple different platforms, the SD card will get compromised. At that point, all the data will give you farewell.

5. Virus or Malware Infection

What’s more, SD card can get failed due to virus infection of malware attacks. For example, if your smartphone download any malware accidentally. At once, it will contract your data stored in the SD card. In this case, the data may be unreadable and in the meantime the SD card will be very likely to inaccessible as well.

6. Interruption in SD Card Formatting

Sometimes, you may need to format your SD card for some reasons. However, if the formatting process is interrupted or something wrong occurs in this course, there are great chances that the SD card will be compromised. In such cases, it is quite difficult to repair it. Hence, you should keep cautious if you intend to format your SD card.

7. Manufacturing Defects

Apart from the above 6 reasons, manufacturing defects should be included, too. In today’s market, there are a great amount of SD cards in various brands. As you all know, many SD cards are blazing cheap, whereas some are far more expensive. The main reason for this difference in price is their varying quality. The SD cards in poor quality must have many defects. In other words, such SD cards are more susceptible to damage. So you should buy a SD card with careful considerations.

Author Introduction:

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

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