SD cards are solid state memory cards used in computers, televisions, digital photo frames, cameras, and many other devices that benefit from small form factor, removable, storage modules.

However, SD cards are prone to accidental formatting, or damage, leading to the loss of stored files and data including photos, videos, documents etc. The life of the memory card is limited. Therefore they can become dead or corrupt after a certain time of period.

Common signs & signals of a corrupt SD card

Typically, the status of an SD card that does not work starts with an error message. If it is not corrected at the right time, it leads to the possibility of permanent data loss, which can be a penalty situation for a card holder and in this case it becomes difficult to recover the SD card. A corrupt SD card does not allow you to access your files from it. Files may be missing; the card cannot be opened by your computer or is not recognized.


Here we are sharing some common signals that indicate to you that the SD card is failing and you are on the verge of data loss:


SD Card is Damaged
SD card is not accessible. The files are corrupted and unreadable.
Message : “disk is write-protected” means you can only view the file but can not add, delete, copy or save them.
Photo Error – Photos on your SD card are missing.
Unreadable SD card
SD Card Read Only/Locked Error.
Any other SD card Error message like “bad sectors”, “0 bytes” “wont mount”“SD Card full “ etc .

Top 5 fixes to recover or fix corrupted SD card

1: Anhydrate hidden files stored on a corrupt SD card

If your SD card connects to a virus-infected PC, the virus can hide all photos, videos, or other files and folders in the media. In this case, you can follow the following steps to recover your photos and files and recover your lost data.

  1. Add your SD card to your system
  2. Open Windows Explorer
  3. Open Tools> Folder Options> View
  4. Check in Show hidden files, folders and drive options.
  5. Uncheck the Secure Operating System option.
  6. Click on OK.

Now you will be able to see all the hidden videos, photos, folders, songs and audio files and in the memory card.

2: Reinstall the SD card driver

If specifying the drive letter does not help, it is still well worth a try to update or reinstall the driver. Here’s how to reinstall SD card driver to recover the not detected storage media.

  1. Click “Start” and enter “Device Manager”. Select it from the results.
  2. Find your SD card and right click it,
  3. Clieck on “Update Driver”.
  4. Click “Search automatically for updated drive software”.
  5. If there is no new driver, try to look for one on the manufacturer’s website and follow the installation wizard.
  6. If it doesn’t work to update driver, just right click the device and select “Uninstall”. Then restart your computer, and Windows will reinstall the driver by itself

3: Use Windows Troubleshooter to fix corrupted SD Card

The Windows troubleshooter feature often looks for problems and improvements related to hardware and drivers. You can try to fix memory card errors by following these steps:

  1. Connect your SD card to your computer or Laptop.
  2. Go to and Click Start > >Settings> > Update & Security> > Troubleshoot
  3. Select Hardware and Devices
  4. Clicks run the troubleshooter
  5. Restart your PC

Your SD card issue should be fixed

4: Get Solution from SD card Manufacturers

Some well-known SD card manufacturers such as Samsung, SanDisk, Kingston, etc. also offer solutions to repair corrupt SD cards. You can use their tools to recover data from corrupt SD card and fix the issues.

To download the tools, you can visit the manufacturer’s website and follow the instructions given by them to fix their card issues. You can also contact their customer support to get the recovery support.

5: Nothing worked? Contact Data Recovery Experts near You

If the above suggestions also do not cure your rot card issue, then you can take help of a reliable data recovery company. Professional SD card recovery experts can recover formatted SD cards using their software’s and tools.

If you are residing in Melbourne area, then you can contact Melbourne Data Recovery – Data Retrieval group to get fast and efficient recovery of you SD card Data.


We have devised a transparent, three step process to retrieve your files, and in as little as 24 hours we can have your data returned and fully functional.


In this process professional technical engineer will examine your complete SD card and give you an estimate for both the cost and how much time it will take to retrieve the data.


Our Recovery process will includes various tools and software’s to retrieve data from your micro SD card without causing it any further damage.


Once we have fixed the issue, we will send you a detailed list of all the files recovered from your device and onto your selected device or onto your cloud storage.