10 easy steps to Recover Data from a Corrupt SD Card

It is important to note that not all data may be recoverable, especially if the SD card has suffered physical damage.

Regularly backing up your data from the SD card can help protect you from data loss in case of corruption. It is important to ensure that you handle your SD card with care, safely eject it from devices, protect it from malware or viruses, and avoid exposing it to extreme environments.

Factors that may lead to corruption of SD Card

There are several factors that can lead to a corrupt SD card. Some of the most common ones include:

  • Physical damage: SD cards can be damaged if they are dropped or exposed to extreme environmental conditions like heat, moisture or magnetic fields.
  • Incorrect formatting: If you remove an SD card from a device without safely ejecting it or if you format it incorrectly, it can cause corruption.
  • Malware or virus infection: Just like computers and other devices, an SD card can also get infected with malware or viruses.
  • Power surges: Power surges can cause data to become corrupted during file transfers or while writing data to an SD card.
  • Bad sectors: SD cards can develop bad sectors over time, which can cause corruption of data.

What to do on notice of corruption

The chances of successful recovery may vary depending on the severity of the corruption and the type of data recovery software used.

  1. Stop using the SD card immediately to prevent further damage or data loss.
  2. Use a card reader to connect the SD card to your computer.
  3. Open the Disk Management tool on your computer.
  4. Locate the SD card listed and right-click on it to select “Format”.
  5. Choose the “Quick format” option and click “OK”.
  6. Download and install a data recovery software tool like Disk Drill or Tenorshare 4DDiG data recovery.
  7. Launch the data recovery software and select the SD card as the target device.
  8. Run a deep scan to search for all possible files that can be recovered.
  9. Preview the recovered files and choose the ones you want to retrieve.
  10. Click on the “Recover” button to save the recovered files to a new destination.

Note that the specific steps may vary depending on the software tool you use and the type of corruption on your SD card. It’s always a good idea to make a backup of your important data to another storage device to prevent data loss.

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