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How To Repair A Corrupted SD Card


If you are one of the 85 percent of the global audience using an Android phone then chances are that you have an external storage card on your device. This would mean that there’s high probability that this SD-card is prone to getting corrupted. If so, then you stand to lose a lot of data as SD-card will generally hold most of your media such as songs, video and photos. So here are some steps you can take if you don’t want to lose your SD card data.

Re-name your SD card

One of the most common treatment to a faulty SD card is renaming it. When we say rename the drive we mean assigning a new letter name (drive name) to the drive. This may make your Android phone read the SD card differently and it’ll end up showing you your missing photos or videos.

So how do you change the name of your SD card?

  • First insert the SDcard into your PC.
  • Then right click on ‘This PC’ icon and select ‘Manage’ option.
  • After that select the ‘Disk Management’ from the left section in the new window that opens.
  • Over there you have to locate your SD card and right-click on that and then Click on ‘Change Drive Letter and Paths’ option.
  • Now, you can select ‘Change’ option to assign a new drive letter for the SDcard.
  • Now, unplug your SDcard and reinsert it. The SD card has been renamed.

Use a third-party software

If renaming the SD card doesn’t work then quite clearly your SD card has been infected with a virus and you would need to download third party apps so that will try and find the infection. Third-party software like easeUS partition, Recuva, Rescue Pro, etc. are good choices is you need to extract data from your SD card.

Repair using Windows and Mac

Your PC can also work as solution to solving your corrupted SD card problem. Both Windows and MacOS have tools that can debug your SD card.

If you are a Windows users then,

  • Open ‘This PC’ and right-click on the SDcard drive. Over there you can choose the option called ‘Properties’.
  • Inside the ‘Properties’ window, select the ‘Tools’ option.
  • Now press the click on ‘Check’ button to scan your SDcards for errors and fix them.

If you are a Mac user then

  • Open ‘Disk Utility’ program from the ‘Utilities’ menu.
  • Then, you need to select the SDcard and click on the ‘First Aid’ tab.
  • After this, click the ‘Repair Disk’ button to start the debugging process.


If nothing else works then you will most likely have to format your SD card and it will wipe out all your data. Be sure to take a backup of all the data you can see on your SD card.