[Hot] Tips & Tricks on How to Recover Corrupted SD Card

In most cases, SD cards are reliable devices, but they may get damaged or corrupted in one or the other way. In such a case it is handy to know what to do without panicking. More often than not, data from your SD card can be recovered just like any data from your hard drive.
 If you are looking for a software, that finds any files, whether they are deleted or are stored on a corrupted SD card, look no further. In this article, I will show you two ways on how to recover corrupted SD card as well as give you some tips on how to avoid damaging your SD card.

Top 2 Ways to Recover Corrupted SD Card

1Recover Files from Corrupted SD Corrupted SD Card with A Software

AnyRecover is a professional data recovery software, which will not let you down. It has not only many recovery features it also recovers almost all files on your corrupted SD card. This includes: Documents, Photos, Videos, Emails, Audios, etc.

It is equipped to handle and recover files from any of the following lost data scenarios:

  • Inappropriate Shutdown (crash)

  • Shift + Delete (the file is permanently deleted)

  • Mistakenly deleted data

  • Emptied Recycle Bin

  • Formatted devices

  • Lost Partitions

  • Damaged hard drive

  • Virus attack

  • Removed from an external storage device

One thing worth saying, even though AnyRecover is a powerful recovery software, it was designed with the user in mind. You do not need to be a computer whiz to use it. Everything is laid out for you on the interface. All you need to do is following the prompts.

Next I will show you in detailed steps on how to recover files from your SD card using AnyRecover.

Steps to Recover Data from a Corrupted SD Card

Step 1. Begin with downloading, installing and opening AnyRecover.

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Step 2. Connect the device to the computer - either way using a USB cable or connect it directly. If possible, you can also take the SD card out of your device and put it straight into your PC. Choose "External Device Recovery" mode.

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Step 3. Select SD card and click on Next for scanning.

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Step 4. After the scanning is finished, you receive a preview of the files discovered in a new window. Select and preview the files you want to safe and Click recover.

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2Recover Corrupted SD Card with CHKDSK Command

The CHKDSK command (check disk) is Microsoft's hard disk scanning and repair utility. Even this feature was introduced more than 30 years ago; it still holds its usefulness to the current day. You can use the CHKDSK command as long as you enjoy the administrative privileges.

First, you need to make sure the external device is connected.

Step 1. Begin by launching the Command Prompt (Windows key + x).

Step 2. As soon as the user's menu comes up, let go of those two keys. Go through the menu and click on Command Prompt (admin) or Power Shell (admin) depending on your computer.

Step 3. Type: "chkdsk d: /f /r".


d stands for the SD card which needs checking or repairing. You will need to use the letter referring to that particular drive.

/f - fixes errors on the memory card

/r - fixes corrupted sectors on the disk

Step 4. As soon as the scanning and repairing is finished, check the drive and see if you can recover your data.

Tips to Avoid Damaging Your SD card

Use A High-Quality Card and Card Reader

Your data is essential; saving on your memory card, can quickly be saving money in the wrong place.

Safely Eject Your Card from The Computer

The same goes for the computer. Always use Safely Eject Your Card. If the computer is still reading your memory card when you take it out, the integrity of the card might be at risk.

Put Your Card in A Safe Environment

This means keep your card away from water, dust, heat and static electricity.

Stop Using the Card When You See Errors

Whatever error you notice with the memory card, stop using it and ask an expert to see what is going on.


While there are many ways to recover data from a corrupted SD card, best is not to wait until it comes to that. Treat your memory card correctly and never push your device to its limit. Most importantly, always make a backup.

However, if your SD card none the less stops working one day, try AnyRecover. Currently, there is no better recovery software available. You will be surprised, what AnyRecover can find and recover!

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By  Simon Marcus , to External Device Recovery

Posted on Dec 13, 2018  ( Updated: Dec 16, 2019 )

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